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First 30 seconds of "Ruins" from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
Debut appearance Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa
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This article is about the theme from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. For other uses of "ruins", see Ruin.

"Ruins"[Japanese title] is a musical track from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. It plays within Rock Star - Stage 2 and Aqua Star - Stage 4.


"Ruins" runs at roughly 114 beats per minute and has an odd time signature compared to most songs in the Kirby series. Although the song can be notated with just 6/8, the melody and percussion follow a structure resembling eight bars of 9/4 plus a single bar of 3/4. The song does not have any distinct sections—instead, the song's single section repeats with different instruments removed or added. The song is notable for its use of bell sounds and a synthetic choir for backup. One of the main instruments is a synthetic low flute-like sound similar in tone to Middle-Eastern instruments such as the Ney.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese いせき[1]