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Bumper Crop Bump (theme)

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Bumper Crop Bump
Various arrangements of "Bumper Crop Bump" from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
Details
Debut appearance Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)
Last appearance Kirby Fighters 2 (2020)
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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"Bumper Crop Bump"[derived from Japanese] is a theme from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards for the Sub-Game with the same name. It was composed by Jun Ishikawa.[1]

Composition[edit]

"Bumper Crop Bump" is a comical and playfully bombastic theme, which matches the scrambling competitive action of the sub-game it plays within.

"Bumper Crop Bump" is an energetic and somewhat comical theme in C minor and 4/4. The melody comes in on an off-beat with an immediate A natural accidental characteristic of G minor, soon joined by a frantic bassline. This melody is quite similar to the second phrase of "Neo Star". However, rather than slowly rising like the latter, it features a bright descending arpeggio closer to the first phrase of "Neo Star", followed by a resolution based on the opening intonations. This repeated by two brass parts, one providing harmonic support. The second section features a bombastic syncopated chord progression with a dissonant G-flat, ending similarly to the first section the first time while ending in a rising progression and repeated chords the second.

The third section shares intonational similarities with the first, but is higher-pitched and more lyrical in character, alternating between sweeter major harmonies and sharper minor chords. Its first iteration ends with a dominant trill, while the second has the resolution from the first section. A fourth and final section borrows the second section's progression and rapidly modulates upwards before ending up with a bombastic dominant again, after which the track loops.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, "Bumper Crop Bump" plays during the eponymous Sub-Game.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

In Kirby Fighters 2, the theme is arranged in a medley with "Green Greens" as the default staff credits theme. Notably, even after the track transitions, the "Green Greens" backing is still present in the Bumper Crop Bump section.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese とるとるバトル
Toru Toru Batoru
Catch Catch Battle
This is the Japanese name for Bumper Crop Bump.

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