Aggie's Music

I usually blab about film scores on this blog, but I don't mind the occasional tangent towards other interests. :)

Thursday, May 10, 2007


OH yays! The books I ordered from Chapters are in! Last night, I had a nightmare about explosions and dead body parts, but now I feel a lot better knowing my mailbox ate this beautiful package!!

"Tunes for 'Toons", by Daniel Goldmark. Yay! I jumped when I saw this book on Amazon! It spans the cartoon times of the 1930s-50s. There are a lot of classic cartoon books, but not a lot on the music! It talks about Carl Stalling, Scott Bradley, Silly Symphonies, and the JAZZ times! This is one field of music that I'm really getting interested in.

"The Art of Film Music", by George Burt. I was trying to find some more film music books that dealt with the classics (e.g. "Film Music: A Neglected Art", by Roy M. Prendergast) and I found this book! It's around 200-250 pages, but it's crammed with scores by Hugo Friedhofer, Elmer Bernstein, and Alex North. I think the set-up of this book might be better than "A Neglected Art" (it is more recent), but we'll see!

"Deep Listening: A Composer's Sound Practice", by Pauline Oliveros. Pauline came to one of my composition seminars last term. Her philosophy, and this book, greatly revolves around the idea that any kind of sound can be interpreted as music. It is something that requires meditative practice, and it was one of the contemporary musical practices and I found interesting. The book is small, but is filled with short and rather simple steps/lessons to help you hear the world. Oooooooo.

Oh noes, which one should I read first?????



  • At 8:37 PM, Blogger Kevin Langley said…

    I was a little disappointed with Tunes For Toons. There almost no mention of Darrel Calker in it. The Lantz Swing Symphonies are IMO the best cartoons set to music ever made. Especially since they revolved around jazz at the height of the jazz era. I don't recall any mention of Winston Sharples or even Phillip Scheib at Terrytoons.

    It's definetly worth reading but it's not as complete as I hoped it would be.

  • At 8:51 PM, Blogger Aggie said…

    Yeh, I would've loved more info on Winston Sharples, but I'm very new to the field, and I think this is a great start for me.. somebody who is interested in composing for cartoons.. and it makes sense to start off with Stalling and Bradley, heh.

    Who knows? Maybe Goldmark will make another book! :P


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