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
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.)
In this episode we examine the music of Nightmare Before Christmas and The Skeleton Dance and their shared roots that stretch back over six hundred years.
Carl Stalling Pt. 2
In this episode, we dive deep into Carl Stalling's methodology of composition and compare it to musical quotation and variation, the bizarre art form of musique concrete, and the innovative creativity of hip hop.
Carl Stalling Pt. 1
When you think of cartoon music, you probably think of the work done by one man: Carl Stalling. In this episode, we take a sweeping look at his life and legacy...and endure a little of his madcap looniness in the process.
The Other Guys Pt. 2
In this episode, we look at the meteoric rise and fall of Fleischer studios and the long-term influence their composers have had.
The Other Guys Pt. 1
As we look at Walt's biggest rival in the '30s, Isaiah brings to light the art and music of Fleischer Studios and the Jewish immigrants who gave America some of the most beloved cartoon characters and the greatest animation soundtracks.
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.
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.
Isaiah Campbell does a great job of explaining Disney’s contribution to music and critically analyzing its pros and cons.