Video Feature: Music Thievery?

Did The Last Story steal its theme from Final Fantasy IV? We investigate.

By Dustin Grissom. Posted 04/02/2012 14:30 5 Comments     ShareThis

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There are plenty of songs out there that sound similar to others, but in some cases, you’ve just got to wonder: “Did the composer deliberately rip this song off of another?” In The Last Story‘s case, perhaps, but the two songs in question have glaring resemblances, both behind the scenes and in the music itself. Check it out for yourself and see what you think.


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5 Responses to “Video Feature: Music Thievery?”

  • 255 points
    Joshua A. Johnston says...

    They are similar in some ways (I like The Last Story one better) but that may owe simply to favorite licks by a composer — a lot of John Williams stuff has some relation, too. Baten Kaitos and Eternal Sonata, done by the same composer, are also strikingly similar.

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    morpha says...

    You need to be careful of falling into bad journalism traps and using misleading titles to get page-clicks.

    The tunes are very similar but also different, to be expected as the same person made the musical score.

    Heres another version of your article. OMG I just realised that Bioshock is the same as another game! Its called System Shock and its exactly the same. Oh wait, both games were made by the same people… but im still going to call it theft.

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    • 697 points
      Adam Sorice says...

      Ello there morpha.

      Thank you for your comments! I would say that the article title is fair (we put a question mark and everything!) but that just being written by the same person does not automatically result in the exact same song being produced. No popular music song writer would get away with producing two such identical songs without their originality being drawn into question.

      Regardless, our intention was not to sensationalise the content whatsoever.

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    Terr says...

    There are similar aspects to it, but a lot of music can sound similar especially in the same genres. Theme of Love is one of my favourite compositions, though I didn’t find it similar enough to Last Storys theme to have even recognised it. Played side to side, I’m sure this similarity can be seen for many many compositions. I don’t think it was intentional & if it was, so what?

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    lukas85 says...

    you gone insane! i have to disagree with you guys on this one, but those two songs are totally different, they have a similar structure and instruments, for example, both have and arpeggiated arp and strings for the harmony, and thats it, the final fantasy uses a piano for the lower notes reinforcing the harmony , while the last story uses syntethized strings for the same purpose. and the biggest diference( instrument wise) lies in the melody, in the final fantasy song the melody is performed by strings, maybe a chello, but in the last story is played by a flute, and this two melodies are very different (music wise), the only thing that they have in common is that both have high pitch elongated notes with acentuated decay and release. I think the last story is a better song and sounds like a improved version of the final fantasy song, but not a copy.

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