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Jim Dooley is the composer of the Emmy-winning score for Pushing Daisies.

Outside of Daisies, he often collaborates with fellow composer, Hans Zimmer, on such projects as Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Simpsons Movie, and The Da Vinci Code.

Highlights from the "Pie-lette" as well as photos from the scoring session are available on his web site. Other select tracks from the Pushing Daisies score are available on his MySpace page.

Dooley won a Primetime Emmy Award for his work in "Pigeon".

The music of Pushing Daisies

Jim Dooley was introduced to the series creators by Blake Neely, who was original set to create the score. Dooley's music for Daisies is often compared to Danny Elfman's music, a comparison that Dooley doesn't accept at all. Dooley actually likens his music to that of the film Amelie. The music is played by a traditional symphony orchestra with a choir, an accordion, a harpsichord, a banjo, a piano, a synthesizer and oriental instruments.

Dooley also did the arrangements of the songs "Hopelessly Devoted to You" for "Dummy", "Birdhouse in Your Soul" for "Pigeon" and "Morning Has Broken" for "Smell of Success".

Themes

  • Love theme - The main theme, a waltz that often plays under scenes feautring Ned and Chuck.
  • Emerson's theme - This theme is a recurring jazz riff often played by a xylophone or vibraphone.
  • Olive's theme - Olive's theme is very seductive and played by a tenor saxophone.
  • Alfredo's theme - This theme features an accordion and a clarinet playing a little minor ditty. Not only played whenever Alfredo is in the scene, but also whenever Chuck's homeopathic pies are seen.
  • Oscar's theme - This theme is very reminiscent of something from Danny Elfman and is played mainly by a bassoon.

Soundtrack

Recently, on Dooley's web site, it was announced that the soundtrack of the first season of Daisies will be released on December 23, 2008 on Varese Sarabande.

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