How Carl Stalling and Looney Tunes Influenced a Generation of Composers

In following the visual logic of screen action rather than the traditional rules of musical form (development, themes, variation, etc), Carl Stalling created a radical compositional arc unprecedented in the history of music. All the basic musical elements are there, but they are broken into shards, a constantly changing kaleidoscope of styles, forms, melodies, quotations. ~John Zorn, Composer

Thanks to Royal College alum David Bruce for his mini-lesson.

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