"Butter Building" is a theme composed by Hirokazu Ando for Kirby's Adventure. It is one of the most well known themes in the Kirby series.
"Butter Building" is a jolly theme in E major and 4/4. A notable characteristic trait of this piece is the scarce usage of its tonic. It starts with a double dominant introductory segment. Its melody consists of short phrases with a repeated syncopated first note and movement down or up until stopping on the mediant or dominant, hinting at the key; this is followed by a high-pitched response. The melody repeats with a different ending, that leads into the second portion. This part has a more lyrical melody that contains some phrasing elements from "Vegetable Valley". This part emphasizes the minor harmonies associated with the mediant G-sharp. However, the minor does not stay long, as it gives way to dominant, and soon after the track loops.
Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
The theme is used mostly in the level of the same name, although it can be heard in some stages of other levels.
In Kirby's Adventure, a faster paced and shorter version of the theme plays in the Crane Fever Sub-Game, while the crane is moving.
A remix of the Butter Building theme plays during Easy difficulty stages of Competition Mode.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
A slow-paced remix of this theme plays in stage 2 of Shiver Star. It is named "Above the Clouds" in the Kirby: Planet Robobot Original Soundtrack, and is arranged by Jun Ishikawa.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
A very faithful and upbeat arrangement of the theme plays in Silent Seabed.
When the "Old School" sound mode is selected, the Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land arrangement plays in Machine Mansion and Mad Mechanism.
Kirby: Squeak Squad
A version of the Butter Building theme very similar to the Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land one, except with an updated soundfont, can be heard in stages 4, 5 and EX of Prism Plains, Cushy Cloud - Stage 7 EX, Ice Island - Stage 3 and Secret Sea - Stage 3.
Super Smash Bros. series
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a track named "Butter Building" is one of the tracks available to be played as a default track in the Halberd stage. Despite being named after the Butter Building theme, it's actually a medley, although it predominantly features said theme.
In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Butter Building theme receives another medley named after it, this time called "Butter Building Ver. 2". It's one of the default tracks of the The Great Cave Offensive stage. "Butter Building" from Super Smash Bros. Brawl also returns for the Halberd stage, but this time as an unlockable track.
The two remixes along with their stages reappear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, now being playable in all Kirby series stages, like all other tracks. However, both are renamed: "Butter Building" to "Butter Building (Brawl)" and "Butter Building Ver. 2" to "Butter Building (for 3DS / Wii U)". Both are available from the start as default tracks.
A piano centered arrangement of the "Butter Building" theme plays in Tempest Towers.
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
The Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land arrangement of the theme is reused in the map of Happiness Hall in the New Challenge Stages mode.
When selecting Kirby's Avalanche in the "Kirby's History" mode, its Butter Building remix plays.
Kirby Fighters Deluxe and Kirby Fighters 2
The original Kirby's Adventure version of the theme is reused in the Butter Building stage. In Kirby Fighters 2, a new remix of it can be unlocked as the secret song for the same stage.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
A remix of the theme can be unlocked by collecting one of the Treasure Chests found in the The Wild Red Yonder stage, to then be played at the Music Room.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
The "Above the Clouds" version from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is reused in Resolution Road - Stage 6 EX.
In the Kirby's Adventure soundtrack album, the "Butter Building" theme receives a vocal remix named カクテルを作つくろう! (Let's Make a Cocktail!).
In the bonus track Club Mix フィールドのなか (Club Mix: In the Fields) of the Hoshi no Kirby 64 Original Soundtrack, the "Above the Clouds" arrangement of the theme is mixed in with other level themes of the game, along with some of Kirby's voice clips.
In The Sound of Kirby Café, the theme receives an upbeat remix in Track 2: Butter Brimming Building / Butter Building.
Names in other languages
Shiro no men
||Tour de Beurre
(-chen is used to signal the diminutive form)
||Palazzo di Burro
||Edificio de mantequilla
Edificio de Mantequilla