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Thomas Moronic Presents … Totaka’s Song *

* (restored)

*Start paying attention at 1:31!


“It’s charming but in its own way a little creepy, like there’s some kind of conspiracy, or some hidden meaning in the song beyond a cute little signature.” –

SonicPinhead (2 months ago)
The song that will haunt us forever…in a sorta…good way?

RayeliB (2 months ago)
So THAT explains the tune I listened to while playing Yoshi’s Story. I remember wondering why the music changed so suddenly xD That was so long ago.

inasnitycheeseboy (2 months ago)

Purly (3 months ago)
I didn’t say creepy silly~ I said wacky~ You know, funny and wierd~
I don’t know the game at all, only because Totaka’s song is in there.

Splleeman45 (3 weeks ago)
I am never getting this song… It scares me too much…

– Youtube viewers


Kazumi Totaka

Kazumi Totaka (戸高 一生 Totaka Kazumi?, born August 23, 1967) is a Japanese music composer and voice actor from Tokyo who composed many major Nintendo games, including Mario Paint and Animal Crossing. He occasionally also does voice acting for Nintendo games, including Yoshi from the Mario and Yoshi series. He is also one of the various composers who worked on the title Super Smash Bros. Brawl.



Kazumi Totaka is also a vibraphonist, working in many solo or group music productions. His alias is known as Liberal Music from lollop record releases. Totaka is the vibraphonist in the group Spritual Vibes with Nobukazu Takemura and singer Kiku. Most of his projects were active in the mid to late 90s, and were mainly collaborations with Takemura.


K.K. Slider

“Those industry fat cats try to put a price on my music, but it wants to be free.” – K.K Slider


K.K. Slider, known as Totakeke in Japan, is a character in the Animal Crossing series of video games, who has attracted a cult following in his own right. He is a dog who performs songs on Saturday nights after 8:00 PM. In the original Gamecube game, he performed outside the train station. This venue is not featured in the later DS and Wii versions. Instead, he appears at a café known as The Roost, a venue not present on the Gamecube. If the player has room in their inventory, K.K. will give them a ‘bootleg’ of one of his songs, which is a tape version adapted for playing on an in-game stereo. Though recognizably the same song, the bootleg version often differs considerably in style.

K.K. Slider is widely recognized as being a game version of Kazumi Totaka.


Totaka’s Song

“Kazumi Totaka’s Song” is a short, 19 note tune hidden in almost every game he has worked on as a composer. It was first discovered on the title screen Mario Paint, which led many people to refer to it as the “Mario Paint song”, and was thought to be the first instance of the song. It has since been discovered in the Japan-only Game Boy game X, which predates Mario Paint by months. It was later found in many other games including Animal Crossing, Link’s Awakening, Yoshi Touch & Go, Virtual Boy Wario Land, Luigi’s Mansion, and several others. As of now, people are still actively seeking the song in the few games Totaka has worked on where it has yet to be discovered.


Confirmed appearances of Totaka’s Song:

Totaka’s secret theme tune has been discovered in the following games:

Animal Forest
Animal Crossing (K.K. Song)
Animal Crossing: City Folk (K.K. Song)
Animal Crossing e-Reader cards (#P15, “Boy,” “Who’s Dunnit?”)
Animal Crossing: Wild World (K.K. Song)
Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and the DX version
Luigi’s Mansion
Mario Artist: Talent Studio
Mario Paint
Pikmin 2
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Virtual Boy Wario Land
Yoshi’s Story
Yoshi Touch & Go

Gamers are still looking for the song in the following games and applications:

Wave Race 64
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Wii Sports
Wii Channels
Wii Music



Mario Paint

System: Super Famicom / SNES
Year: 1992

On the title screen, click on the O at the end of “MARIO”. It will turn into a bomb and explode, scattering the letters everywhere. The music will stop and in its place will play Kazumi Totaka’s song.


Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

System: Game Boy
Year: 1992

Lose all of your lives so you get the Game Over screen. Wait on the screen for a minute or so, and Kazumi Totaka’s song will play.


The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

System: Game Boy / Game Boy Color
Year: 1993 / 1998

1. You meet up with a character called Richard during your search for the Slime Key. Richard, the frogs in his house and the background music are all originally from Kaeru no Tameni Kaneha Naru – another of Totaka’s games. If you wait for the music in his villa to loop several times, Kazumi Totaka’s Song will begin to play.
2. On the title screen in the Japanese version of the game, if you enter your name as Totakeke then the File Select music will change to a remix of Kazumi Totaka’s song. The only other version of the game this works in is the German version of Link’s Awakening DX, only you have to enter “MOYSE” as your name. Claude Moyse was the German translator on the game.
3. A third instance of Totaka’s Song has been heard on the game’s dumped music soundtrack, but so far has not been found in the game. It sounds like it is played on one of the Instruments of the Sirens.


Yoshi’s Story

System: Nintendo 64
Year: 1997

Wait for a moment on the Trial Mode stage select screen. After the music has looped a few times it will stop and Kazumi Totaka’s song will play.


Luigi’s Mansion

System: Gamecube
Year: 2001

After you first meet E.Gadd, you will be asked to do some training with the Poultergust. Before your training begins you will see a screen where you are shown the controls of the game. Wait on this screen for 3 minutes and 25 seconds, and the music changes to Kazumi Totaka’s Song.



Story of Totaka’s Song, part one

Story of Totaka’s Song, part two

Story of Totaka’s Song, part three

Totaka’s Song hidden in Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru

KK Slider plays Totaka’s Song in Animal Crossing

Totaka’s Song in Link’s Awakening

Totaka’s Song in Mario Paint

Totaka’s Song in Super Mario Land 2

Totaka’s Song in Yoshi’s Story



*Text collaged from: Wikipedia, Kisrael, Youtube, Nintendo Database, Myspace




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  1. David Ehrenstein

    Fascinating, Thomas. Do you know The Folk Crusaders>/A> ?

  2. _Black_Acrylic

    I know nothing of Nintendo but I just heard the song via that Super Mario Land 2 clip and I like it a lot! Cool that it has a hidden subterranean life below our world up here.

  3. Steve Erickson

    How long has Nintendo been making ANIMAL CROSSING? I’m not a gamer, but I’ve only heard about it this year, when it suddenly seemed to become as ubuquitous as FORTNITE or CALL OF DUTY.

    I’d really recommend Ja’Tovia Gray’s 40-minute film THE GIVERNY DOCUMENT (SINGLE CHANNEL), which she recently made available for free viewing on YouTube. An exploration of the lives of Black women, it integrates everything from Brakhage-style hand-painted film to footage of drone bombings to glitchily edited images of the Monet Gardens in France. But it centers around woman-on-the-street interviews conducted in Harlem on the subject “Do you feel safe in your body, in the world?”

  4. Thomas Moronic

    Aww! Nice to see this again! I’d totally forgotten about it! Dennis – I’ll write more next time
    But Zac’s Drug Binge is fantastic! It’s just fucking great! More to come!!!

  5. Henry belden

    Hi Dennis,
    Can I send you a video of a reading I did of a selection of letters I had been writing you for a while? Respectfully,

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