Album: Scott Bradley, Music From the Tex Avery Original Soundtracks (Milan)

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Lauded by avant-garde musicians such as John Zorn, the cartoon film scores of Carl Stalling and Scott Bradley can be read as postmodern before their time: just perfect for short attention spans, with every musical cue parodying conventions and clichés from popular memory.

Bradley was a student of Schoenberg who proudly used 12-tone technique in his work for MGM from 1937 to 1957. Listening to these six scores for madcap Tex Avery shorts is a curiously satisfying experience, with more ideas in these 30 minutes than in many composers' entire careers.