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Waltz on Water

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In video games, there exists a shocking tendency to play waltz music whenever things get really wet. Maybe it's because the most famous waltz happens to be called "On the Beautiful Blue Danube", or maybe there's a slight phonetic similarity between the words "waltz" and "water". It could even be that waltzes and similar compositions are often described as "flowing", much like water. Whatever the reason, 3/4 time is a favorite signature for video game music programmers to use for water levels.


Another common piece of music to use for water levels, especially with beaches, is a tropical-sounding tune, but that's another trope for another time.

Compare Snowy Sleigh Bells, Steel Drums and Sunshine, and Jungle Jazz for other types of music associated with a certain video game setting. See also Regional Riff.


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