Wednesday, May 13, 2015

MIDI Week Singles: "Music 3" - Tetris (NES)

"Music 3" from Tetris for the NES (1989)
Composed By: Hirokazu Tanaka
Released By: Nintendo
Developer: Alexey Pajitnov

I chose this song for today because is entered my head unbidden.  Then I got to thinking about how Time has sealed the 'tetris theme' as the Tchaikovsky song dance of the sugar plum fairy (Music 1 on the NES version).  In fact, for some the 'Tetris theme' has eclipsed Tchaikovsky as the home of that song.  I've certainly heard "Oh, it's the tetris song!" linked with that melody before.  To that end, I want to say that the above track was always a nice departure, after having heard SugarPlum Fairy repeat a billion times.  

Composed by Hirokazu Tanaka, Music 3 is a cool theme and I don't mind listening to a few dozen rotations.  It is most certainly not a staple of Russian Classical Music.  Incidentally, Tanaka did other compositions for Nintendo, including the oft-paired contemporary of Tetris on the NES:  Dr. Mario!

Finally, I want to note that Tetris was a Family Fun Time game for me, growing up.  It stands as the only game we own that wasn't given for a birthday present, Christmas or from relentless badgering.  In fact, I don't remember asking for Tetris, my Dad just really liked it, so he went out and bought it when he was out returning the rental.  



  1. Listening to this song again, I think it sounds like it is an underwater theme.

  2. Yes! Song 3 was my go to song whenever I got tired of listening to "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies." I felt that it got the short end of the stick (couldn't tell you how though) being after Song 1 (Sugar Plum) and Song 2 with it's frantic Russian-esque tempo. And I too could see this as some sort of underwater music, akin to "Aquatic Ambiance" from Donkey Kong Country.