Making of Angry Birds music

This blog is propably a long overdue, but better later than never! As Angry Birds composer (and sound designer), I would like to shed a light to the making of Angry Birds music. First of all I would like to address how I was inspired – I literally lived and worked the whole summer in my summer cabin in the shores of lake Saimaa, in the town of Puumala. Now, this place is really quiet and comfortably placed on the most beautiful countryside in Finland. Anyway – also the nature is really close to you. And the Birds.

This is me, having an inspirational brake from composing Angry Birds theme in 2009, floating in a lake, surrounded by a flock of ducks. (and having a beer)
Ari relaxing while making Angry Birds Theme

OK. Now, The Angry Birds theme was actually the first version of the song that I wrote after getting the design documents of the game. There was a small debate about it beeing too annoying (oh really?), but eventually me and Rovio decided that it was actually a good thing (I also wanted Angry Birds to have a really memorable theme). See, when you are making as crazy and unique game as Angry Birds, there cannot be any generic music going on – it has to be memorable, somewhat silly and highlighting, underlining the feelings of the birds. And about talking about the feelings of these silly, really angry birds – the song is composed to have three parts: the first part is when the Birds are happy and doing their usual stuff like singing, being cute, just caring about the eggs. Second part is when the Birds realize that their eggs have been stolen – they became angry, confused and crazy. The third part is when the Angry Birds have noticed the pigs are stealing their eggs, and then started chasing/bombing/war against the pigs – a war that only Angry Birds can have: silly, out of control, excessive and Angry. And how militaristic sounding war can really cute, cuddly and crazy birds have? Mi-mi mim-mi, mi-mi mimmi….

Oh, this my view from the summer studio.Rovio producer didn’t like it (while he was tormented by heat and view of concrete blocks in an office back in Helsinki)
A view from Ari's summer studio

So, Angry Birds theme must be one of the most known and memorable themes out there right now. If my calculations are correct, way over 100 million people have already heard the Angry Birds theme song, making me the most listened composer in the world right now. Really. I’m also continuing to make new versions of the Theme – many of you have propably heard the different versions of the Theme in Angry Birds Seasons (Halloween, Happy Holidays, Hugs & Kisses, St.Patrics Day etc) and the latest AB Rio. There were also really fun to make and a subject of a different blog article that I will write down later.

I’m also gonna address about the singing of the Angry Birds – most of you don’t propably know but I’m also the main voice behind the Birds and Pigs. In the Original game there is 5 voice actors including me and Rovio guys, and my voice covers most of the Red bird and pigs. In the Angry Birds trailers, it’s mostly my voice heard – in the AB Rio Trailer, I’m the voice of Red Bird and Blue Bird (man that was funny to make). “Mi-mi-mimmi, mi-mi-mimmi” -singing cracked me up every time. ;)

This is me playing Angry Birds tunes in my summer cabin studio. Or just showing off in a fake situation.
Ari playing inside summer cabin studio

Anyway, if you have any questions about making of the Angry Birds music, post a question here and I’ll try to get back to you. I’ll post a blog about Angry Birds sound design later, so lets just stick to the music for now. (Note: I use Cubase 5 and loads of VST -instruments, can use both Mac and PC platforms. AB sheets are coming in the near future!)

About Ari Pulkkinen

Producer, Composer, Sound Designer, CEO of AriTunes

56 thoughts on “Making of Angry Birds music

  1. Jacob L. Downer

    When you DO post the sheet music, may I please ask you for permission to make arrangements of it for other forces (i.e. one or two pianos) and share them via my YouTube account of JupiterIV?

  2. Liu Yuling

    Hi,
    We are Taiwan Bamboo Orchestra which is a band full of bamboo-made instruments. We have a project on remaking the theme music of your most popular computer game “Angry Birds” into our music album. We would like to negotiate on the song’s copyright and get the authorization from your company. We also look forward to the possibilities of working with your company? As following, the link is a video which was recorded while TBO playing the theme song of Angry Birds and also the band’s brief introduction, please have a look. We will be anticipating the cooperation with your company. Thanks for your time!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4d9QvNZqUs

    Brief introduction of Taiwan Bamboo Orchestra:
    The band uses bamboo as the material for making musical instruments and has lately become a hit among music groups around the world. The ensemble is known as the “Green Orchestra” and the “Eco Orchestra” due to bamboo’s characteristic traits such as growing quickly, being able to be harvested quickly, its abilities of recycling and reusing, and that it is generally good for the environment. Taiwan Bamboo Orchestra was established earlier in 2011 and was formed by a group of musicians who are well-experienced and have majored in music. Luo Cheng-Hun ,the general director is to introduce Taiwanese Bamboo music to the world and also to raise the impression of Taiwan bamboo music so as to have communications with other music performers from other countries. The percussion instruments of the orchestra are made from bamboo .Several delicately made bamboo instruments are designed by the band and were supervised by chief adviser Professor Wu. Although the orchestra was founded at the beginning of this year, it has already been invited to perform in several occasions and also has received many good reviews.

    Best regards,
    Liu Yuling

  3. Balaz Sabo Sipos

    Hello,

    The Angry Birds Theme is Really Cool, can you maybe send me sheet of version for piano, and if you give me permission to transcript it for Accordion?

    My little children would love to play this on accordion :)
    or if you have maybe done version for it, for accordion, it would be great.

    Hope Ari Pulkkinen will see this,

    Anyhow, BEST REGARDS and tnx for THIS AWESOME MELODY :)

    Balaz Sabo Sipos

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