Sound Byte: Meet the Composer - Disney Epic Mickey's Jim Dooley

Learn more about the man behind the music of Disney Epic Mickey.

James (or Jim) Dooley is an Emmy-award-winning composer who graduated from New York University. (He was also a speaker at this year's PAX, which you can read about here.) In 1999, he began working with Hans Zimmer on Gladiator, which then led him to work on movies such as The Da Vinci Code, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, King Arthur, and many more. In addition to having an extensive background in film, he's a prolific composer in other forms of media, including television, where in 2008 he won an Emmy for his music in the hit ABC series Pushing Daisies. When it comes to video games, though, he has worked on Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier, a couple of SOCOM games, and, of course, Disney Epic Mickey. Watch our interview below to find out what kinds of challenges he faced when it came to reimagining some of Disney's most famous tunes.

Sound Byte is GameSpot's game music blog, which covers every aspect of music in games, including interviews with top game music composers and discussions of new and classic game soundtracks. Have a question or suggestion? Leave us a comment below. For a list of previous Sound Byte features, click here.

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13 comments
Sophia
Sophia

@hannify The Now Playing is up, you can see 30 minutes of gameplay there...

Sophia
Sophia

@hannify - read the hands-on previews or wait for the review.

Witchsight
Witchsight

I can think of a few songs better than Take on Me... but he still seems cool!

ChamomileBaths
ChamomileBaths

"Stand from a perspective and say what you want to say, not what you think people want to hear." I think "stand from a perspective" is a huge part of that quote which I overlooked in the past

ChamomileBaths
ChamomileBaths

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spooky102
spooky102

Hopefully this game will be good.

julgamespot1
julgamespot1

Very cool interview. As a musician myself it's great to see into the mind of a talented composer.

64-bit
64-bit

his background is Sonia Sontomayor :P

despa1r_fact0r
despa1r_fact0r

@rachkovsky: that looks to be Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

rachkovsky
rachkovsky

Who's the woman in the portrait in the background.

liquidman86
liquidman86

yay video interview, Much better than the written one. Gets a feel for the composer.