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The Annotator

106 EpisodesProduced by Christopher ColemanWebsite

The podcast where composers share thoughts and stories about their original scores. In every episode, a composer tells the creation story of their music used in some of today's top film, television and video game soundtracks.


Jim Dooley - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)

Jim Dooley is an Emmy Award-winning composer/songwriter with a diverse repertoire spanning the film, television, video gaming and live theatrical industries. Among his many compositions in Television, Dooley has written original music for ABC’s critically acclaimed series, “Pushing Daisies,” for which he earned a 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for “Best Original Music Composition for a Series.” 

He’s also written a number of original scores for Dreamworks features including: “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” “Madagascar” the Academy Award-winning “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” and in video games: “Epic Mickey,” “Infamous” “Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier,” “SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy Seals

One of his recent endeavours was for a Netflix series. Based on the internationally best selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler), season two of the Netflix original series plunges further into the epic world of this darkly comedic mystery. Executive produced by Emmy Award-winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler - the new season of A Series of Unfortunate Events consists of ten cinematic one-hour episodes, and premiered worldwide in the spring 2018, exclusively on Netflix. A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – and their extraordinary encounters with the devious Count Olaf who will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance.  

In this episode of THE ANNOTATOR, Jim Dooley discusses balancing some of the more menacing and psychological Bernard Herrmann influences with the whimsical nature of the books and series. He shares about writing themes for the three Squalor children which were defined by their actions rather than by their characters. And he also opens up how he had to write a Mambo which embellished with the sounds of children's toys.


02:35 - Lemony in Sewer

04:01 - Introducing Esme

04:57 - Violet Searching the Penthouse

05:32 - Olivia Runs After Taxi

06:29 - Sunny's Mambo

08:37 - The Kids Emerge from the Tunnel

10:09 - Entering the Village

11:46 - The Village Elders

13:04 - Hector's Balloon

15:07 - VFD Party


The original score has not been released.


You can also hear more music and find out more about Daniel Ran at his official site ( or follow the composer on twitter @jimdooleymusic


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