Composer Elfman visits Wonka's Factory

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From Reuters: Los Angeles Billboard, 2005.07.09
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Rather than rifling through countless chocolate bars for a golden ticket, a simple listen to Danny Elfman's score to the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will transport anyone to Willy Wonka's elusive realm.
Elfman brings Tim Burton's adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel to life with influences ranging from Bollywood musicals to 1970s funk to tribal chanting.
"There were moments that I couldn't believe what I was doing, it was so over the top," Elfman says. In addition to the orchestral score—recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios—the composer wrote four songs based on the mischievous children in the book: Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee and Veruca Salt.
Elfman took the lyrics from Dahl's original Oompa Loompa chants and recorded all the voices himself with a quirky falsetto here and a deep baritone there.
"It was really fun at first," he says, but in the middle of recording each part as a different Oosumpa Loompa, he thought, " 'This is madness. Why am I doing this?' "
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