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Ripple Field: Ocean Waves

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Ripple Field: Ocean Waves
Truncated clips of Ripple Field: Ocean Waves.
Debut appearance Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1997)
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa
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Ripple Field: Ocean Waves[1] is a stage theme from Kirby's Dream Land 3 that was composed by Jun Ishikawa.


Kirby meets a Zebon in Ripple Field.

Ripple Field: Ocean Waves is a moderately fast theme that is in the key of C major. It starts with a short drumbeat, then plays the first portion of the main melody, which appears to use the "call and response" technique. The "call" portion is played with a pan flute, while the "response" is played with a string section. It does this call and response twice, and then moves on to the second portion of the theme. The second portion is played with a trumpet, while it goes into a minor key for a short time. The main instrument then changes into a string section once again, and plays a high pitched melody (the theme is in a major key at this point). After the string section finishes its part, the bass of the song goes up three whole steps (Ab, Bb, then C), and the song then loops.

This theme has similarities to "Float Islands", "Sea Stage", "Aqua Star", and "Bountiful Star", the beach/water themes also composed by Jun Ishikawa.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

This theme can be heard in Stage 1, 4, and 6 of Ripple Field and in Stage 3 of Cloudy Park.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

The original "Ripple Field: Ocean Waves" appears as one of themes for use in Races and Free Rolling in Kirby's Dream Buffet. It is unlocked by reaching Gourmet Rank 70, and is called Kirby's Dream Land 3: Memorial Song 1.

Other appearances[edit]

This theme can be heard in the Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Compilation Soundtrack, where it got its English name. It was present in the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert as the first theme in the Kirby's Dream Land 3 / Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Medley.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 海ステージ[1]
umi sutēji
Sea Stage
Same as one track from Kirby Super Star.