Hearing 'Imperial March' In Major Key Will Make You Happy

  • by: Maarten Schenk

Musician Ian Gordon has transposed the score of the Imperial March from Star Wars to a major key, and now the ominous sounding theme for übervillain Darth Vader sounds surprisingly happy and upbeat. Festive, even.

Ian explains how he modified John William's original composition:

Though I have been a musician for many years, I have no real knowledge of music theory. I learn the themes by ear and then record them into Cubase. From there I basically mess with the notes until they sound 'happier' or 'sadder' depending on the theme. That's all there is to it.

He also made a video explaining the process, demonstrating how he gave the theme from The X-Files an update:

Which other pieces of music would benefit from this treatment? Let us know in the comments!

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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