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Emporia Magical Melodies

Magical Melodies.

His many songs subjugate the charts! Can all this amazing music come from just one man?!
― "Magical Melodies Sweep Columbia!"[src]

Magical Melodies is a studio, music publisher, and record label owned by Albert Fink. The main studio is located in the Market District in Downtown Emporia. Under the company, Fink has published several very successful songs, catering to the whims of the Columbian public.

Known Publications[]

See also: BioShock Infinite Licensed Soundtrack
Title Arrangement
"God Only Knows" barbershop
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" calliope
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" vocal with piano
"Tainted Love" vocal with piano
"Shiny Happy People" vocal with orchestra
"Fortunate Son" a cappella

BioShock Infinite[]

Main article: BioShock Infinite

In reality, songs were plagiarized from the future due to Albert Fink's discovery of a Tear inside his studio.[1] When the player discovers this Tear, Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" can be heard playing from within.

Magical Melodies was heavily damaged during the Vox Populi attack on Emporia. Albert's body can be found right near the Tear. The phonograph plays another of his plagiarized works in the form of a period-correct version of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears.



Behind the Scenes[]

  • The record label is heavily inspired by the label design of an Improved Berliner Gram-O-Phone Record featuring "Ah! La Femme Il N'Y A Que Ça" by Mons. A. Fertinel, recorded in Montreal, Canada. Apart from the label name, they are identical right down to the spindle marks.
    • The name on the record refers to Emile Berliner, best known for inventing the disc record gramophone. His invention directly competed with Thomas Edison's cylinder phonograph, eventually dominating the format war because of its ease of manufacture.
    • The Voxophone in-game menu features an altered Magical Melodies record label.
  • In a pre-release gameplay teaser,[2] a stand can be seen featuring several white and pink record sleeves next to the barbershop quartet. This was removed in the final version of the game.
    • The sleeve appears with an altered version of Magical Melodies logo as well as two modified variations of the Voxophone advertisement. It was directly inspired by the pink paper record sleeves used for 1930s English dance band recordings manufactured by His Master's Voice, Parlophone, and coincidentally, Columbia Records.[3]
Bee Sharps Barbershop Quartet Cut Content

Removed record sleeve design.

Bumble Bee Sheet Music

Sheet music inspiration.

  • The advertisement for "God Only Knows" is based off of a 1912 sheet music cover for "Be My Little Baby Bumble Bee".[4]
  • The sheet music found in the studio is "Allegro for Flute Clock" by Ludwig van Beethoven. It can conventionally be played by a flute trio, but it was intended for a Flötenuhr or Spielühr, otherwise known as a mechanical pipe organ.
    • Elizabeth studies the same sheet music in her Tower.