Musicology Professor and Author of Tunes for ‘Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon
Daniel Goldmark is an associate professor and director of the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. His expertise includes American popular music, film and cartoon music history as well as music industry history. Daniel is author of Tunes for ‘Toons: Music in Hollywood Cartoons (2005) as well as several other books.
Early Life and Education
Goldmark first witnessed Mel Blanc’s renditions of Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig voices when he was 4 years old; an experience which left a lasting impression. Since then he has taught musicology at Case Western Reserve University.
His inventions included the LP record, created in 1948 by decreasing its revolution speed from 78 rpm to 33 1/3 rpm and increasing hairline grooves per inch from 400 to 1,600. Vinyl instead of shellac was used, reducing weight while improving sound quality by replacing steel needles with sapphire ones. He also invented color television systems which were briefly implemented in New York City during 1951.
Goldmark joined CBS in 1936 and eventually rose to become president of its laboratories division, pioneering color television systems which would later be adopted by other networks. He also invented numerous car improvements – patenting devices enabling drivers to trigger car horns using knee pressure instead of their hands – and held various patents related to these innovations.
Daniel Goldmark, associate professor of musicology at Case Western Reserve University, first encountered Bugs Bunny and the rest of Looney Tunes as a 4-year-old watching them cavort to Mozart piano sonatas on television. It marked his introduction to classical music, leading to an ongoing journey exploring its sounds – both cartoon-related and otherwise.
Goldmark began his research at CWRU in 2005 with an eye towards exploring Cleveland’s early-20th-century music publishing industry and its relationship to composer Carl Zamecnik, known for creating photoplay music for silent films.
Goldmark’s research interests center around American popular music, film and cartoon music as well as the history of the music industry. He has written or edited five books including Tunes for ‘Toons: Music in Hollywood Cartoons.
Achievement and Honors
Daniel Goldmark teaches music history, film music and the history of the music industry. He has edited five books: The Cartoon Music Book (A Cappella 2001), Beyond the Soundtrack: Representing Music in Cinema (California 2007) and Funny Pictures: Animation and Comedy in Studio-Era Hollywood (California 2011) along with his monograph Tunes for ‘Toons: Music and Hollywood Cartoons published in 2005.
Goldmark began working at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in 2005 when its graduate program was quite small and has seen it expand into an internationally acclaimed one, partnering with departments across campus as well as in University Circle and Cleveland. He takes great pleasure in watching as film and popular music studies have experienced such tremendous growth – “it’s really gratifying!” – adding that Oxford Music/Media Series from Oxford University Press also features heavily.
Goldmark as an academic believes music to be an essential component of American cultural history and offers courses on American popular music, film and cartoon music, the history of the music industry as well as Tunes for ‘Toons: Music in Hollywood Cartoons. He has published various books such as Tunes for ‘Toons.
He began teaching musicology at Case Western Reserve University in 2005 when the graduate program in musicology was still small. Over 16 years, he has seen it flourish into a nationally-recognized department.
He is an expert in cartoon music, having written multiple books including The Cartoon Music Book and Tunes for ‘Toons: Music in Hollywood Cartoons. Additionally, he has amassed an extensive library of collections and anthologies featuring cartoon tunes.
Goldmark has been working in the music industry since he was young, contributing to books and serving as editor at Rhino Records. He currently teaches at University of Alabama with areas of expertise encompassing popular music studies, film and cartoon music analysis, American cinematic history and culture of music industries – his specialties being Tunes for Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon; Beyond the Soundtrack: Representing Music in Film (2007; 2011), Funny Pictures: Animation and Comedy in Hollywood (2011) as well as several collections and anthologies edited or co-edited for which he co-edited or co-edited multiple collections or anthologies including Tunes for Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon (2001); Tunes for Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon (2001); co-edited or co-edited several collections/anthologies such as Beyond Soundtrack: Representing Music in Film (2007 & 2011); Funny Pictures: Animation and Comedy in Hollywood (2011) among many other collections/anthologies including; Tunes For Toons: Cartoon Music Book (2011) among other projects (and co-editing or co-editing or co-editing other collections/anthologies like ‘Tunes for Toons for Toons:Music and the Hollywood Cartoon; Music Book 2001), Cartoon Music Book 2001) among several collections/anthologies including Tunes For Toons Representing Representing Representing Representing Represent Representing Represents) (2012) and Funny Pictures: Animation and Comedy In Hollywood 2011). He currently teaches at Alabama where his expertise lie in Film/Cartoons 2001), Beyond Represent Representing Represents/co edite/co authored :music book such as Taught on Representing Representing Representing Film) etc). Funny Pictures (2011)). /Co Editoring or co-Editing ‘Behin Film’ among numerous anthologies/Co edited : Representing Represents/Co- Editing The Cartoon Book’ (2007) Beyond Representing Representing Music In Film;s (2011) being edited/ Co -Edites (2011) as Professor where his areas of teaching/ Cartoon Music In Hollywood (2011) etc etc… / Comedy (2015) etc… and Comedy In Hollywood (2010) and/ co ‘