I was able to contact Steve Bramson through his website and talk about the music in Scooby Doo on Zombie Island. Here is the email:
Dear Mr. Bramson,
I'm a big fan of the background music in the old cartoon movie Scooby Doo on Zombie Island. At work today, I found myself humming the background music and wondering "where did the inspiration for that soundtrack come from?". Certainly a lot of music had been listened to and studied, you can hear it in the music. It's great and I wanted to take a second to thank you for your contribution. I'm also interested in what your influences were for the film were, if you wouldn't mind sharing those. Thank you for your time!
Hi Ethan, I'm sorry for the slow reply to your email. My score to Scooby Doo on Zombie Island is also one of my favorites. Thanks for your interest in my work. As to background-that could be a long answer! l'll just say that I've been around music my whole life and absorbed from everything I've heard over these many years. As far as the theme goes, and I assume you mean the lyrical one (there's also a couple of other darker ones), I attribute that lyricism to my early years playing a lot of jazz and in so doing learning all of the classic songs, all of which had such great melodies. More specifically, I think I derive a lot of inspiration from the project itself: watching the video, getting into the story and mood. Somehow this translates to a musical idea and I'm off to the races! Certainly for Scooby Doo, I was drawing on the cliches of old horror movies and tried to have fun with that. I hope this is all of interest to you. Thanks again for your nice note. Kind regards, Steve Bramson