The SPOGreatMusic Podcast Series: S01E14

Release Date: April 2, 2021

Guest Host: Ronald Royer | Composing music for an animated film is among the most complex, time consuming and technically challenging project a film composer can face. From Walt Disney’s developments in the field to present day work, go behind the scenes with composers who have experience in the field.

Episode 14 explores the topic featuring an interview with author Daniel Goldmark.


Here’s some additional information and pictures on our special guest interviewees for this episode:


Ronald Royer, Music Director & Conductor

Ronald Royer is an extremely talented cellist, composer, and educator. His wife, Kaye, has played clarinet with the SPO for more than thirty years. Ron has performed on, or composed music, for many films. You can learn more about Ron here, or on his fantastic new website Check out his IMDB page here.


Daniel Goldmark, PhD, Author

Mr. Goldmark is Head of Popular Music Studies, Director of Center for Popular Music Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor, Department of Music, College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Daniel Goldmark works on American popular music, film and cartoon music, the history of the music industry, and popular music in Cleveland. He is the author or editor of “The Cartoon Music Book” (A Cappella, 2001), “Tunes for ‘Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon” (California, 2005), “Beyond the Soundtrack: Representing Music in Cinema” (California, 2007), “Funny Pictures: Animation and Comedy in Studio-Era Hollywood” (California, 2011), “Jazz/Not Jazz: The Music and Its Boundaries” (California, 2012), “Sounds for the Silents: Photoplay Music from the Days of Early Cinema” (Dover, 2013), “Korngold and His World” (Princeton, 2019), and the “Grove Music Guide to American Film Music” (Oxford, 2019).

Goldmark also spent several years working in the animation and music industries. He was an archivist at Spümcø Animation in Hollywood, where he also worked as the music coordinator on the short cartoons “Boo-Boo Runs Wild” and “A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith.” For five years Goldmark was research editor at Rhino Entertainment in Los Angeles, where he also produced or co-produced several collections and anthologies, including a two-CD set of the music of “Tom & Jerry composer” Scott Bradley, and a two-disc anthology entitled “Courage: The Complete Atlantic Recordings of Rufus Harley”.

Find Daniel’s books listed on You can also learn more here.


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