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Air Ride: Magma Flows

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Air Ride: Magma Flows
Various arrangements of Magma Flows' theme from Kirby Air Ride.
Debut appearance Kirby Air Ride (2003)
Last appearance Kirby Mass Attack (2011)
Other appearance(s) Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (Japanese version)
Composer(s) Shogo Sakai[1]
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"Air Ride: Magma Flows" (capitalized as "Air Ride: MAGMA FLOWS" in the Sound Test, and occasionally simply called "Magma Flows") is a theme created for Kirby Air Ride which also appeared in the Japanese version of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. It can be heard in the race track of the same name, and was composed by Shogo Sakai.[1]


Racing in the Magma Flows.

"Air Ride: Magma Flows" is an energetic theme in A minor, 4/4. The intro section features a descending octave topped with a gong crash, then followed by a rapid xylophone passage. The first section begins with a descending glissando played by woodwinds and a xylophone and a piano bassline ascending by thirds. Its melody, played octaves apart by a clarinet and bassoon, begins with an ascending scale, and its second phrase consists of broken chords, which are interrupted by brass and a reiteration of the xylophone passage. This melody plays four times with different instruments and makes way for the second section, played by strings and consisting of dominant-tonic chords in A minor, C major and E minor (the triad's tonalities), and suspends on the dominant to B minor. The third section stays in this key and bears many similarities with the "Fountain of Dreams" theme, maintaining most of its instrumentation, melodic patterns, and rhythm. A high-pitched suspenseful final section ties it back to the first section, at which point the track loops.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

This theme originates from the volcanic track of the same name. It can be unlocked by racing over 4,800 feet in 2 minutes on this course.

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

In Kirby Mass Attack, the theme is remixed and known by the name "Scalding Spring" ("Boiling Lava" in the British English version). It plays in Volcano Valley - Stage 1, Volcano Valley - Stage 3 and Volcano Valley - Stage 5.

Other appearances[edit]

"Air Ride: Magma Flows" appears in the Japanese versions of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! under the name "Attack!". It plays in Combat Kirby and Fright to the Finish.

This theme was featured in the "Kirby Air Ride Medley" in the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert together with "Air Ride: Fantasy Meadows" and "The Legendary Air Ride Machine".

The theme was also included on the Kirby's Airride Business trip Sound Test, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Sound Plus, and The Very Best of Kirby: 52 Hit Tracks.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エアライド:マグヒート
Earaido: Maguhīto
Air Ride: Magheat
"Magheat" is the Japanese name of Magma Flows.
European French Air Ride: MAGMA FLOWS -
Italian Air Ride: MAGMA FLOWS -
European Spanish AIR RIDE: MAGMA FLOWS -