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October 10th, 2016 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound

Back in January, a fan named Ellie transcribed EarthBound Beginnings’ full soundtrack (see here). Ellie’s been working hard since then, though, and has done a transcription of EarthBound’s soundtrack too, which is no easy feat – it’s nearly 200 pieces of music!

Here’s a list of the transcribed music:


You can download the sheet music PDF and other related files from Ellie’s site here. It looks like MOTHER 3 transcriptions might be in the works too!


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11 Comments to EarthBound’s Full Soundtrack in Sheet Music Form!

HpBoost said on Oct. 10, 2016

This is the best. Thank you so much, Ellie!

William said on Oct. 10, 2016

Oh my goodness. I think I’m going to cry. This is wonderful, how did I not know about this?

linkdude20002001 said on Oct. 11, 2016

Ellie, you are amazing!! 😀
Can someone explain “In C” and “transposed”? I’m not familiar with sheet music. I’m just gonna make my roommate play it for me.

linkdude20002001 said on Oct. 11, 2016

Also, would you happen to like help with the song titles? You have a mixture of official titles and fan names. For example, you have Twoson’s theme under the official title “Boy Meets Girl”, but Onett’s theme is just “Onett” instead of “Let’s get this Adventure Started”. And Humoresque of a Little Dog is named here as “Buy Somethin’ Will Ya!”, which isn’t even a Mother reference or grammatically correct (lacking a comma).

KingOfSwords said on Oct. 11, 2016

Are you familiar with keys in music? “In C” means that all the sheets are written in the key of C major. That’s good for playing because, barring accidentals, there are no sharps or flats. A piano player can play this entirely on the white keys, only using black keys for accidentals.

Now, not every song in EarthBound is in C in-game. Off the top of my head, I believe that Onett is in C major, while Twoson is in G major. So, if you played Onett using the score in C, it’ll sound just about the same as it does in-game, but Twoson in C will sound either higher or lower than in-game. I haven’t actually looked at the sheets yet, but I’m guessing that the transposed sheets would contain Twoson in G?

JRokujuushi said on Oct. 12, 2016

The score in C means it’s displayed like it would be for a piano or other instrument with a C tuning. The transposed score means the different instrument parts are transposed for their particular instruments, like a Bb trumpet, where what looks like a C on the score would actually play a Bb.

They do this with instruments that come in different pitches so a player of that instrument can pick up an instrument of any pitch and use the same fingerings to play the correct notes. It’s more like the sheet music tells the player what kind of fingering to use rather than what the actual note is they’re playing.

linkdude20002001 said on Oct. 17, 2016

Ah, thank you guys. 🙂

Fred Bounder said on Oct. 17, 2016

Thank you!

Saturn said on Nov. 1, 2016

I love how the Happy-Happy Village theme is highlited in blue

Ellie said on Nov. 10, 2016

@linkdude20002001 The names came from the starmen.net website, so they might not be too standard, sorry.

Anonymous said on Nov. 12, 2016

Ah, okay. Well, I’ll work on getting the site updated in that area finally.


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