CARL STALLING AND THE WARNER BROTHERS STUDIO ORCHESTRA - THE CARL STALLING PROJECT: MUSIC FROM WARNER BROTHERS CARTOONS 1936-1958 (RELEASED 1990)
Carl Stalling composed scores for Looney Tunes from 1936 to 1958. He cranked out a score a week, every week for 22 years. His music is complex, busy, and full of inside jokes. Brings to mind Frank Zappa and John Zorn in alot of ways (I believe John Zorn wrote the liner notes in this collection).
From Wikipedia: "Stalling was consistently an innovator. He was the first music director to extensively use the metronome to time film scores. He was one of three composers, along with Max Steiner and Scott Bradley, credited with the invention of the click track. His stock-in-trade was the "musical pun", where he used references to popular songs, or even classical pieces, to add a dimension of humor to the action on the screen. Working with legendary directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson, and Chuck Jones, he developed the "Looney Tunes" style of very rapid and tightly coordinated musical cues, punctuated with both instrumental and recorded sound effects, and occasionally reaching into full blown musical fantasies such as The Rabbit of Seville and A Corny Concerto."
Really good stuff.
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