The Very Serious Art of Writing Music for Very Funny Cartoons

Source: InsideHook.

Did you grow up listening to experimental music? Most people would likely answer that question in the negative — even if their current listening abounds with the likes of Xenakis, Stockhausen and Merzbow. But there’s an argument to be made that the soundtracks of classic animated cartoons are a lot more avant-garde than you might think. Carl Stalling, who composed the music for a number of Looney Tunes shorts, was praised for the groundbreaking nature of “his cut and paste style — a singular collision between jazz, classical, pop, and virtually everything else in between” in a review of a 1990 compilation.