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Air Ride: Nebula Belt

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Air Ride: Nebula Belt
Various arrangements of "Air Ride: Nebula Belt".
Details
Debut appearance Kirby Air Ride (2003)
Last appearance Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando, Jun Ishikawa, Shogo Sakai or Tadashi Ikegami
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"Air Ride: Nebula Belt" (capitalized as "Air Ride: NEBULA BELT" in the Sound Test) is the theme for the course with the same name from Kirby Air Ride.

Composition[edit]

Taking a sharp turn on the racetrack.

"Air Ride: Nebula Belt" is a vivacious theme in 3/4. The intro consists of chords and arpeggios that functionally lead into the main part. It has a unique tonal structure: a D minor melody with a submediant major accompaniment and D major arpeggios as a response. The melody itself is simple and repetitive, simply revolving around and F and ending in a rising tonic fifth. The instrumentation here is primarily synthetic. It plays twice, then followed by a syncopated staccato descending chord progression which serves as an intermission. An extended version of the melody is then heard in the lower registers from acoustic instruments. A less eventful intermission with ominous minor harmonies connects this to the second G minor section. Here, the phrases of the melody can vaguely be heard in the low strings; however, the rhythm is quite different, featuring dotted rhythm and syncopation. The second intermission follows again, ending in a punctuated fanfare. The track loops from the melody.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

In Kirby Air Ride, "Air Ride: Nebula Belt" plays in the Nebula Belt racecourse. It can be unlocked in the Sound Test by completing the Checklist objective "Time Attack: BEANSTALK PARK Finish in under 03:00:00 on Rocket Star!"

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, a remix of the theme titled ギャラクシーのかなたまで ("To the End of the Galaxy") plays during the Star Slam Heroes Sub-Game. This was arranged by Yuuta Ogasawara.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エアライド:ギャラックス
Earaido: Gyarakkusu
Air Ride: Galax
European French Air Ride: NEBULA BELT -
German AIR RIDE: NEBULA BELT -
Italian Air Ride: NEBULA BELT -
European Spanish AIR RIDE: NEBULA BELT -