11 episodes

Walt Disney was no musician, yet Disney music has become the soundtrack of our lives. In D-Composed, Isaiah Campbell, author and Disney enthusiast, rolls up his sleeves and digs deep into the history of Disney music and its impact on culture, leaving no stone unturned and no topic unaddressed. Whether you love history, music, or Disney, you are sure to learn something new and finally know why you whistle while you work.

D-Composed Isaiah Campbell

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Walt Disney was no musician, yet Disney music has become the soundtrack of our lives. In D-Composed, Isaiah Campbell, author and Disney enthusiast, rolls up his sleeves and digs deep into the history of Disney music and its impact on culture, leaving no stone unturned and no topic unaddressed. Whether you love history, music, or Disney, you are sure to learn something new and finally know why you whistle while you work.

    A Case for History, Music, and Animation

    A Case for History, Music, and Animation

    In the first episode of our second season, Isaiah takes a step back and examines whether analyzing the history of cartoon music is a worthwhile endeavor today. (Spoiler Alert: It is.)

    • 17 min
    Where Does Disney Music Come From?

    Where Does Disney Music Come From?

    In this inaugural episode of D-Composed, Isaiah takes us to the 1954 Academy Awards, where Disney sets a record for nominations and wins. From there, we explore the notion that Disney Music is worth studying on its own merit, acknowledging some problematic issues along the way, and setting up the question this podcast hopes to answer: Where does the music come from?

    • 13 min
    The Whistling Mouse Pt. 1

    The Whistling Mouse Pt. 1

    When Mickey Mouse whistled on screen in Steamboat Willie, it changed EVERYTHING. But what created the world of music and entertainment from which that moment was born? Isaiah takes you through the uncomfortable American heritage of slavery, blackface entertainment, and the emergence of a distinctly American culture as we examine how it was that a mouse learned how to whistle.

    • 31 min
    The Whistling Mouse Pt. 2

    The Whistling Mouse Pt. 2

    “It all started with a mouse,” Disney liked to say. But in reality, it all started with music. Isaiah gives a survey of music history, highlighting especially American music and the influence of Rag-time, as we try to understand why Disney picked Steamboat Bill as Mickey’s first melody.

    • 31 min
    The Whistling Mouse Pt. 3

    The Whistling Mouse Pt. 3

    After a disastrous recording session in 1928, Disney might have wondered why he bothered with the process at all. In this episode, Isaiah follows the trail of recording technology from prehistoric cavemen to the Cotton Club in Harlem. Through the process, we see how the process of communication has shaped our culture.

    • 32 min
    The Whistling Mouse Pt. 4

    The Whistling Mouse Pt. 4

    How did all the elements of Steamboat Willie's music come together to rocket Disney to superstardom? In this episode, Isaiah examines the nature of time itself and how it relates to music as we see the true work involved in synchronizing sound with animation. And we congratulate Alan Menken on becoming an EGOT winner!

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Daddy-ART ,

Excellent

Great content about Disney but even better about music, the history of entertainment, etc. Initially there is a bit much of unnecessary “white guilt” that he pours over but I think that it is necessary to frame the difficulties that some artists were going through at the time. In the end he isn’t judging the events of the past against our standards now but against timeless moral standards.

BirdSharAnn ,

Great on history and music of Disney

We get a glimpse of the beginnings of the history and music of Disney. Great information. I look forward to future Decompose podcasts that will teach us more on this interesting subject.

LattisRay ,

Excellent Insights

Isaiah Campbell does a great job of explaining Disney’s contribution to music and critically analyzing its pros and cons.

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