Friday, April 5, 2013

There are only 24 songs in all creation.

That's not me saying it, but some of the folks over there. (See, Nico? That's what happens when you get successful.) Let's be honest here: Final Fortress and Volcano Valley have NOTHING in common, except for the key. And apparently that's enough to be considered a remix. Since there are 24 different keys in music, this means that all songs of the same key are the same song, and therefore there can only be 24 songs in the history of ever. That means Mystic Cave is a remix of the Inspector Gadget theme. That means Robo's theme is a remix of Never Gonna Give You Up. That means Twinkle Park is a remix of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

You were born with a brain. USE IT.


  1. I listened to these two songs for the first time today, but to say that they have nothing in common with each other other than the key just isn't fair. They do share the same chord structure and a very similar opening melodic line, that part from :08 to :12 in the video. I'm not all too familiar with the music of the Sonic series on the whole, so I couldn't really say whether this was deliberate or not; I wouldn't go so far as to call it a remix without more evidence.

    These little musical ideas are often snuck in there (with varying degrees of subtlety) to give the series' music a sense of cohesion. For example, It's no coincidence that the little fanfare plays after beating a New Super Mario Bros. course sounds a lot like the first few notes of the SBM ground theme. In the Pokémon series, the intro music from Pokémon Red and Blue was quoted in the Gold and Silver Champion music, which itself was evoked in the intro to the Reshiram/Zekrom battle music (so I suspect). There are countless examples of this if you know what to look for, and the similarity between the Volcano Valley and Final Fortress songs may be something along these lines. I haven't played the games these songs were featured in, so I can't at all what the composer's intention may have been.

    1. Yeah, I have to agree with this. They're most certainly not remixes, but there's definitely a resemblance there.

  2. As someone who knows nothing about music:

    24 KEYS!? That's more than the Water Temple! How is Link even going to find enough doors to open?

  3. Yeah, there are 28 possible minor and major keys when you just multiply the seven note values by four (flat major, sharp major, flat minor, and sharp minor). When you take out the ones that are the same thing as others...yeah, it does come out to 24. Granted, I highly doubt those people REALLY know what they are talking about in music when they say that something is a remix just because it shares the same key. Heck, you can transpose music into different keys than the original if you want...