If you haven't seen the television show "Pushing Daisies" yet, you're missing out on a spectacular storytelling treat. The distinctive music is a big part of what makes the series so much fun, and the man behind the that music is James Michael Dooley.

Another relative newcomer to the soundtrack arena, Dooley has dabbled in just about everything from film scores (Madagascar, The Mars Underground) to television ("Pushing Daisies","What About Brian") to video games("Castle Wolfenstein 2007", "SOCOM 3:US Navy Seals"). He recently sat down with Tracksounds! to talk about his work on "Pushing Daisies" and just how crazy the experience can get.

Each episode is about 40 minutes and I have about six days to write that. So every moment that I'm awake I'm writing! And if I'm not writing it's because I'm eating. That's kind of all I do right now."

One of my first comments about the show when it started was how Tim Burton-esque the storytelling is, only in a more light-hearted sort of way. The music naturally seems similar to that of Burton's usual score collaborator, Danny Elfman, but Dooley points out that, while he's a fan of Elfman, the style for the show is quite different.

"We were going for more of an AMELIE type of sound, which is a "wide-angled," adult-fairytale, with a narrator and this super-real world. The more you look at it, the less similarities there are with a Danny Elfman type of score. There was never any Danny Elfman music used to temp the show or anything like that...All that said, I take it as an honor for such a comparison to be made. While I'm happy with the score for PUSHING DAISIES, I don't want it to be called an ode to Danny or some knock off,...which I don’t think it really is."

For the full interview, head over to Tracksounds!

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