Lavender Town from Pokemon is a haunting song so today on Epic Game Music I get into Pokemon red, green blue soundtrack. The OST was composed by Junichi Masuda. This is a remix of a song entitled “Lavender Town”. Spooktoberfest Part 1 in underway with Lavender Town.
Lavender Town (Japanese: シオンタウン Hepburn: Shion Taun, Shion Town) is a fictional village in the Pokémon Red and Blue video games. Stylized as a haunted location, Lavender Town is home to a large Japanese-style graveyard. The background music of Lavender Town is renowned for adding to the town’s eerie atmosphere, and gave rise to the Lavender Town Syndrome creepy pasta.
Lavender Town is a very small village that can be visited in Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, and the remakes thereof. It is home to the “Pokémon Tower”, a Japanese-style graveyard filled with hundreds of tombstones for deceased Pokémon. Hence, the village is suggested to be a haunted location, and the player character can come across ghost-type Pokémon here. The Pokémon Tower was replaced by the “Kanto Radio Tower” in Pokémon Silver and Gold. Lavender Town is also home to the “Name Rater”, which allows players to change the nickname of their Pokémon, and a care home for abandoned Pokémon.
The Pokémon Tower makes an appearance in the first season of the Pokémon anime series, when its main characters search for ghost-type Pokémon for a difficult gym battle. Lavender Town also appears in the Pokémon Adventures and The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga series.
The background music of Lavender Town has garnered much interest due to its creepy sound. Listing it as the second-most scary video game track in 2012, Brittany Vincent of Bloody Disgusting stated that Lavender Town’s “deceptively calm … tune ranks highly on most gamers’ lists of terrifying childhood memories.” Lavender Town’s music, composed by Junichi Masuda, combines sharp chiptune sounds with “a cavalcade of jarring chords” to create an eerie atmosphere. Jay Hathaway of Gawker stated that leaving the music on loop may cause a “vague sense of dread”.
According to a creepypasta story that was uploaded anonymously on Pastebin in 2010, the music of Lavender Town compelled the suicide of over 100 Japanese children in the spring of 1996. Others allegedly suffered nosebleeds, headaches, or became irrationally angry. According to this urban legend, high pitch binaural beats messed with the brains of children in a way adults were immune to. This fabricated illness was dubbed “Lavender Town Syndrome” and the original story went viral after being spread on general interest websites such as 4chan. Various people have added details to make the story more convincing over time, such as Photoshopping images of ghosts into spectrogram outputs of the Lavender Town music
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