Daniel Goldmark works on American popular music, film and cartoon music, and the history of the music industry. He received his B.A. in music from the University of California, Riverside. Goldmark received both a M.A. and Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a dissertation titled Happy Harmonies: Music and the Hollywood Animated Cartoon. Goldmark co-edited The Cartoon Music Book (A Cappella, 2001), Beyond the Soundtrack: Representing Music in Cinema (California, 2007), Funny Pictures: Animation and Comedy in Studio-Era Hollywood (California, 2011), and Jazz/Not Jazz: The Music and Its Boundaries (California, 2012). His monograph, Tunes for ‘Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon, was published in 2005. His current research is on music publishing, Tin Pan Alley in the early 1900s, and music publishing in Cleveland, including the music of Cleveland-born composer J.S. Zamecnik. These topics come together in Goldmark’s latest edition, a collection of piano music for film to be published by Dover, titled Sounds for the Silents: Photoplay Music from the Days of Early Cinema. He is the series editor of the Oxford Music/Media Series from Oxford University Press, and from 2010 to 2013 he was review editor for the Journal of the American Musicological Society.
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, featuring the world’s most famous jazz bagpiper.