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Miracle Matter (theme)

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Miracle Matter
Various arrangements of the "Miracle Matter" theme.
Details
Debut appearance Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)
Last appearance Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022)
Other appearance(s) Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
Kirby Star Allies
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa
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"Miracle Matter"[Japanese title] is a theme from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and Miracle Matter's theme. It was composed by Jun Ishikawa.

Composition[edit]

Jun Ishikawa learned about Miracle Matter late in the game's development, so he quickly composed its theme by reusing other themes.

"Miracle Matter" is an intense drum-and-bass song that has no real melody. It features the same structure and progression as "Boss", and begins with a variant on that song's intro.[1] The sampled drum loop is taken from the "Boss" theme with mechanical sounds from "Studying the Factory" overlaid. This is not coincidental — Jun Ishikawa, the composer of "Miracle Matter", learned about the boss very late in development, and had to make a theme fast. Thus, he chose to modify "Boss" (reusing the drum loop and parallel shifting the chords) and added the existing waveforms from "Studying the Factory". He noted that the designer was pleased by how the song lacked a melody.[2] Indeed, while a brass melody set in C Phrygian dominant is audible just after the halfway point of each loop, the percussion (including the occasional appearance of a timpani going between C, G, and B-flat) and bass line (going almost entirely between C and C-sharp, only hitting G to mark the end of each bar) dominate the arrangement by all measures, with the occasional orchestra hit (going between C and B-flat for most of the theme).

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

Miracle Matter appears.

"Miracle Matter" first appears in this game, playing when Kirby fights Miracle Matter. It can be found as Music 20 in the Sound Check, which interestingly, is also the number of Miracle Matter's sides. It also appears right after "Boss", the theme it derives from.

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

The original version of "Miracle Matter" is one of two possible themes that can play in Smash Combat Chamber EX.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

The original song is reused for the Rocky ambush and Chef Kawasaki mid-boss battle in Sector B. It appears as track 087 in the game's Jukebox.

In addition, "Miracle Matter" is remixed, along with "0² Battle" and "Ripple Star: Stage Select", for the battle against Morpho Knight when the 1P is Adeleine & Ribbon. At first, it faintly appears during the "0² Battle" segment, steadily increasing in volume, until it "explodes", overtaking it, and then transitions to "Ripple Star: Stage Select". After that section of the song ends, "Miracle Matter" returns for the outro, though now decreasing in the intensity to better loop back to the calm "0² Battle". This arrangement is titled おとめたちのやみとのたたかい (The Girls' Battle with the Darkness), was done by Hirokazu Ando, and can be found as track 178 in the Jukebox.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

The original version, named Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards: Memorial Song 2 in-game, appears as a track that can be played during races and Free Rolling upon reaching Gourmet Rank 118.

Other appearances[edit]

Oddly, while the original version is not included in the Hoshi no Kirby 64 Original Soundtrack, it is club-mixed with "Neo Star: Stage Select", "Boss", and Kirby's voice samples in the track Club Mix ボスたち (Club Mix - Bosses). This arrangement was done by Shinji Yoshimura.

The original version of "Miracle Matter" was also included in the compilation album The Very Best of Kirby: 52 Hit Tracks.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ミラクルマター
Mirakuru Matā
Miracle Matter


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