7. Danny Elfman
If you watch several Tim Burton films in succession, you might notice that the music sounds similar in many of them. That's because Danny Elfman has composed the music in all but one of Burton's films. Also like Townshend, Elfman has had no formal music training. As a result of Elfman's involvement with the rock band Oingo Boingo, he has noise-induced hearing loss. He has since ruled out an Oingo Boingo reunion in support of protecting his hearing.
Fun fact: Danny Elfman wrote and provided vocals for four songs in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but he didn't just sing them; he crafted different "singers" by using pitch changes and modulations. Talk about creativity!
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Last Updated: December 30, 2013