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9th Apr '16 7:35:04 PM BlueGuy
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* Most of the music in ''Pinball/TheXFiles'' is derived from the series' theme song.
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9th Apr '16 10:18:52 AM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Many songs in the ''SilentHill'' games (Theme of Laura, I Want Love, Your Rain, Waiting For You, etc.) feature a guitar riff from the latter part of the opening theme of the first game. Variations of this theme occur in the TearJerker scenes with Lisa in [=SH1=](Not Tomorrow) and Angela in [=SH2=](Theme of Laura Reprise).
** "Home Town", the ending theme from ''SilentHill3'', is a vocal version of the opening theme from SH 1.

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* Many songs in the ''SilentHill'' ''Franchise/SilentHill'' games (Theme of Laura, I Want Love, Your Rain, Waiting For You, etc.) feature a guitar riff from the latter part of the opening theme of the first game. Variations of this theme occur in the TearJerker scenes with Lisa in [=SH1=](Not Tomorrow) and Angela in [=SH2=](Theme of Laura Reprise).
** "Home Town", the ending theme from ''SilentHill3'', ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'', is a vocal version of the opening theme from SH 1.



** A melodic line from the guitar solo in "I Want Love (Studio Mix)" from the ''Silent Hill 3'' soundtrack shows up again in "Your Rain" from ''SilentHill4'' and "Hell Frozen Rain" from ''Silent Hill: Shattered Memories''.

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** A melodic line from the guitar solo in "I Want Love (Studio Mix)" from the ''Silent Hill 3'' soundtrack shows up again in "Your Rain" from ''SilentHill4'' ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' and "Hell Frozen Rain" from ''Silent Hill: Shattered Memories''.



** A variation of the "White Noiz" motif from ''SilentHill2'' is used in "A Stray Child" in ''SilentHill3''.

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** A variation of the "White Noiz" motif from ''SilentHill2'' ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' is used in "A Stray Child" in ''SilentHill3''.''VideoGame/SilentHill3''.
7th Apr '16 11:16:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* One song in ''ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4hZ2Yfb34Q "Mission"]], is a remake of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsg8XNFSNr4 Get Them]]" from the original ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D''.

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* One song in ''ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'', ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4hZ2Yfb34Q "Mission"]], is a remake of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsg8XNFSNr4 Get Them]]" from the original ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D''.



* ''{{Drakengard}}'' has a theme called "Growing Wings" which represents the series (all two of 'em) as a whole. A version of it is played when [[spoiler:the main protagonist from the first game dies in the second]] which is just heart-wrenching.

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* ''{{Drakengard}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' has a theme called "Growing Wings" which represents the series (all two of 'em) as a whole. A version of it is played when [[spoiler:the main protagonist from the first game dies in the second]] which is just heart-wrenching.



* The ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series has its classic theme song music from the first two games (which was mixed with "Hall of the Mountain King" and "Flight of the Bumblebee" for the syndicated cartoon), which was even referenced as late as 2001 in ''Sonic Advance''. A bit more commonly, though, is the Round Clear music from ''Sonic 3 & Knuckles'', which has been used for over ten years when a character completes a stage.

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* The ''SonicTheHedgehog'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' series has its classic theme song music from the first two games (which was mixed with "Hall of the Mountain King" and "Flight of the Bumblebee" for the syndicated cartoon), which was even referenced as late as 2001 in ''Sonic Advance''. A bit more commonly, though, is the Round Clear music from ''Sonic 3 & Knuckles'', which has been used for over ten years when a character completes a stage.
24th Mar '16 3:27:45 PM Sark0TAG
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* ''VideoGame/{{Obsidian}}'' has its theme scattered about in various forms within the game. The introduction uses a smooth acoustic version, a [[DarkReprise dark, ominous cello theme]] at the end of the Spider Realm, a choral theme mixed in with cybernetic beeps and chirps within the Conductor Realm, and a rhythmic mellow version in the main menu and credits.
27th Feb '16 4:30:33 PM Sark0TAG
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* "The Game" from ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'' and ''The 11th Hour''. Most of the characters' {{leitmotif}}s are variations of this riff. There are also a few other recurring themes, like the OminousMusicBoxTune(heard in the mouse puzzle and the tower), the library theme and the Stauf Train theme in ''[=T11H=]''.

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* "The Game" from ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'' and ''The 11th Hour''. Most of the characters' {{leitmotif}}s are variations of this riff. There are also a few other recurring themes, like the OminousMusicBoxTune(heard in the mouse puzzle and the tower), the library theme and the Stauf Train theme in ''[=T11H=]''.''[=T11H=]'', which actually mixes the two games' themes together in a rock remix.


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* ''VideoGame/TheRoom'' has its theme make a brief appearance on a toy piano in a SimonSaysPuzzle, near the end of the first game; and again in the third game on a music box where you have to guide two moving figurines to its center.
16th Feb '16 4:20:54 PM Jatboy1000
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**[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros for 3DS and WiiU]] has it's own RecurringRiff , which is used just as much as Brawl's.
9th Feb '16 9:54:38 PM CassandraLeo
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* This is incredibly common in ProgressiveRock. In addition to the Pink Floyd examples mentioned above:

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* This is incredibly common in ProgressiveRock.ProgressiveRock and ProgressiveMetal. In addition to the Pink Floyd examples mentioned above:



* Music/TheSmashingPumpkins' ''Music/MellonCollieAndTheInfiniteSadness'' gets its title track reprised at the ends of "TMhru the Eyes of Ruby" and "Farewell and Goodnight".

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** Music/DeathspellOmega's ''Paracletus'' reuses the main riff of "Epiklesis II" to open up the final song, "Apokatastasis pantôn".
** Music/{{Sigh}}'s ''Hangman's Hymn'', being structured as a funeral mass of sorts, contains recurring elements throughout the album, culminating with the final song, which reprises motifs from nearly every previous song on the album at some point.
** Music/FrankZappa used these all the time, not just within the same album but throughout his career. He had a special name for lifting guitar solos from one song into another, "xenochrony". A complete list of examples from his catalogue would probably double the length of this page.
* Music/TheSmashingPumpkins' ''Music/MellonCollieAndTheInfiniteSadness'' gets its title track reprised at the ends of "TMhru "Thru the Eyes of Ruby" and "Farewell and Goodnight".
9th Feb '16 9:48:29 PM CassandraLeo
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*** ''Duke'' did this a lot to close off the album, reprising elements of "Guide Vocal" and "Behind the Lines" among other tracks. This makes much more sense when you find out that six of the songs on the album[[note]]"Behind the Lines", "Duchess", "Guide Vocal", "Turn It On Again", "Duke's Travels", and "Duke's End"[[/note]] were [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally intended]] to comprise a much longer continuous suite of songs until the band decided they didn't want it compared to "Music/SuppersReady" (and also realising, perhaps correctly, that ProgressiveRock had become a withering genre by 1980). They still performed the songs as a suite live, and they have been bootlegged in this form.

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*** On ''Wind & Wuthering'', one of the riffs from "Eleventh Earl of Mar" is reprised in the second half of "...In That Quiet Earth".
*** ''Duke'' did this a lot to close off the album, reprising elements of "Guide Vocal" and Vocal", "Behind the Lines" among other tracks.Lines", and "Turn It On Again". This makes much more sense when you find out that six of the songs on the album[[note]]"Behind the Lines", "Duchess", "Guide Vocal", "Turn It On Again", "Duke's Travels", and "Duke's End"[[/note]] were [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally intended]] to comprise a much longer continuous suite of songs until the band decided they didn't want it compared to "Music/SuppersReady" (and also realising, perhaps correctly, that ProgressiveRock had become a withering genre by 1980). They still performed the songs as a suite live, live (which was given the name "The Story of Albert"), and they have been bootlegged in this form.
4th Feb '16 1:05:14 AM CassandraLeo
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*** ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'', being a RockOpera, gets in on the action. Most prominently, the TitleTrack gets a DarkReprise as "The Light Dies Down on Broadway", but there are other examples.

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*** ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'', being a RockOpera, gets in on the action. Most prominently, the TitleTrack gets a DarkReprise as "The Light Dies Down on Broadway", Broadway" (which also reprises elements of "The Lamia"), but there are other examples.
4th Feb '16 1:04:31 AM CassandraLeo
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* ''VideoGame/ActionDoom2UrbanBrawl'' has one of these. It first appears at the very beginning of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYXRhqzPuNE intro theme]], then (if you're going the good way, because there are multiple paths through the game) pops up in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeev8am5D0M first stage intro]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO6S8fFPMnU bar music]], end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZHp75UeGhM the final level music]] and (in a warped form) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1Mnu2uZVak the final boss theme]], until it finally ([[MultipleEndings hopefully]]) returns [[BookEnds at the very end of]] the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0D3MkaDFPo good ending theme]].

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* ''VideoGame/ActionDoom2UrbanBrawl'' has one of these. It first appears at the very beginning of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYXRhqzPuNE intro theme]], then (if you're going the good way, because there are multiple paths through the game) pops up in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeev8am5D0M first stage intro]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO6S8fFPMnU bar music]], end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZHp75UeGhM the final level music]] and (in a warped form) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1Mnu2uZVak the final boss theme]], until it finally ([[MultipleEndings hopefully]]) returns [[BookEnds [[{{Bookends}} at the very end of]] the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0D3MkaDFPo good ending theme]].



*** Neither of these bands restricted their use of this technique to just that one album. For example, in NIN's ''The Fragile'', the piano motif from "La Mer" reappears in "Into the Void". Pink Floyd used this in all their albums from ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'' to ''Music/TheFinalCut''. On ''Dark Side'' there's the obvious case of the heartbeat motif which BookEnds the album, but "Breathe" returns not merely as a reprise but also as the harmonic backing to "Any Colour You Like". ''Music/WishYouWereHere'' has the obvious example of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and ''Music/{{Animals}}'' has the obvious example of "Pigs on the Wing", both of which book end the album ("Sheep" also reprises elements from "Dogs"), but ''The Final Cut'' really takes it UpToEleven as there are a rather large number of motifs that make multiple appearances on the album.

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*** Neither of these bands restricted their use of this technique to just that one album. For example, in NIN's ''The Fragile'', the piano motif from "La Mer" reappears in "Into the Void". Pink Floyd used this in all their albums from ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'' to ''Music/TheFinalCut''. On ''Dark Side'' there's the obvious case of the heartbeat motif which BookEnds {{bookends}} the album, but "Breathe" returns not merely as a reprise but also as the harmonic backing to "Any Colour You Like". ''Music/WishYouWereHere'' has the obvious example of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and ''Music/{{Animals}}'' has the obvious example of "Pigs on the Wing", both of which book end the album ("Sheep" also reprises elements from "Dogs"), but ''The Final Cut'' really takes it UpToEleven as there are a rather large number of motifs that make multiple appearances on the album.



*** In ''Going for the One'', the last riff of "Awaken" is basically a major-key transposition of the opening riff of "Siberian Khatru", also from ''Close to the Edge''. The band's live album ''Keys to Ascension'' gives a [[LampshadeHanging sly nod]] towards this by making these two songs the BookEnds of the first disc.

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*** In ''Going for the One'', the last riff of "Awaken" is basically a major-key transposition of the opening riff of "Siberian Khatru", also from ''Close to the Edge''. The band's live album ''Keys to Ascension'' gives a [[LampshadeHanging sly nod]] towards this by making these two songs the BookEnds {{bookends}} of the first disc.



*** ''Selling England by the Pound'' opens and closes with the same melody.

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*** ''Selling England by the Pound'' opens and closes with the same melody. As with the ''Duke'' example below, these songs[[note]]"Dancing with the Moonlit Knight", "The Cinema Show", and "Aisle of Plenty"[[/note]] were [[WhatCouldHaveBeen initially composed]] as a single suite, but the band split it up to [[{{bookends}} bookend]] the album after deciding it was too similar to "Music/SuppersReady".



*** ''Duke'' did this a lot to close off the album, reprising elements of "Guide Vocal" and "Behind the Lines" among other tracks. This makes much more sense when you find out that six of the songs on the album[[note]]"Behind the Lines", "Duchess", "Guide Vocal", "Turn It On Again", "Duke's Travels", and "Duke's End"[[/note]] were [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally intended]] to comprise a much longer continuous suite of songs until the band decided they didn't want it compared to "Music/SuppersReady". They still performed the songs as a suite live, and they have been bootlegged in this form.

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*** ''Duke'' did this a lot to close off the album, reprising elements of "Guide Vocal" and "Behind the Lines" among other tracks. This makes much more sense when you find out that six of the songs on the album[[note]]"Behind the Lines", "Duchess", "Guide Vocal", "Turn It On Again", "Duke's Travels", and "Duke's End"[[/note]] were [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally intended]] to comprise a much longer continuous suite of songs until the band decided they didn't want it compared to "Music/SuppersReady"."Music/SuppersReady" (and also realising, perhaps correctly, that ProgressiveRock had become a withering genre by 1980). They still performed the songs as a suite live, and they have been bootlegged in this form.
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