Parodius music is one of the more distinctive features about the Parodius series. The games contain an extensive use of classical music and other well-known music, in what could be termed as wacky remixes. According to Hidenori Maezawa, music composer for Parodius ～Tako wa Chikyū o Sukū～, the use of public domain classical music in the original Parodius was the result of having only a one month deadline to complete the entire soundtrack. There are also a number of rehashes of in game music from Gradius and other Konami games—very little of the series' music was newly composed. There are even rearrangements of some popular music.
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“Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.”
—Albert Camus (19131960)