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The Suction Cup Symphony is a song that was composed by Gary Stockdale. This song plays in the episode of the same name.
The Suction Cup Symphony is an orchestral piece composing of a piano (the episode only), strings, flutes, a timpani, bass drums, cymbals, bassoons, horns, trumpets, trombones, tubas, a triangle, and a snare drum. A popular rearrangement of the piece itself plays at mainly F major. In the episode, the only instruments shown are: 2 violins, 2 cellos, a timpani, a piano, a harp, two flutes, tubas, and three trumpets. In the SpongeBob episode of the same name, additional sound effects are provided by SpongeBob and Patrick, an example being Patrick's strange talking while he is sitting on a tuba's bell (the bell-shaped hole that brass instruments have which serve as mouthpieces).
The piece starts off with short and strong notes being attacked. It follows the main theme, composing of a piano, strings, woodwinds, and brass. A short musical phrase plays, which then follows with several other musical phrases.
In the episode that this piece plays in, SpongeBob and Patrick start to make sound effects throughout the piece and while practicing before the symphony performance.
Some of which including Patrick examining his tongue and making strange noises, Patrick using a workshop hammer as a reflex hammer and then making glass smashing noises, with a clock ticking noise as well, dropping a brick onto Patrick's foot, with its dropping sound effect and Patrick's screaming, dropping an anchor onto Patrick's foot, with a more emphasized dropping sound effect, SpongeBob applying a rubber glove on himself while also squeezing a rubber duck, leading to Patrick's joyful noises, Patrick becoming shocked by the X-rays coming from the X-ray machine, SpongeBob operating a laughter machine with Patrick feeling calm and relaxed, Patrick reading magazines and his "hmm" commentary, SpongeBob swirling his seat upwards, tickling Patrick's brain, causing Patrick to laugh, smashing Patrick's brain, causing Patrick to stick his eyes out and make a high-pitched flatulent noise, repeated again to make a lower-pitched flatulent noise, pressing two fingers on the sides of Patrick's brain, causing Patrick to burp, Patrick, continuing to read magazines with his "hmm" commentary, Patrick getting shocked by the X-rays coming from the X-ray machine, a balloon inflation followed by a deflation squeak from the laughter machine, SpongeBob applying a rubber glove on his hand and squeezing a rubber duck to amuse Patrick, Patrick continuing to read magazines with his "hmm" commentary, SpongeBob tickling Patrick's brain, amashing Patrick's brain, causing a low-pitched flatulent noise, SpongeBob coming out of a timpano (singular of timpani), expanding Patrick with a sphygmomanometer, which expands another timpano, popping it and letting Patrick float around like a balloon, and lastly Patrick opening his mouth to release the air and deflating to end the performance.
Much to Squidward's surprise, the audience ends up loving the performance giving him a round of applause in return.
- In some countries, the Suction Cup Symphony is played one semitone higher, thus playing in F♯ instead of F. This is because some episodes are played in PAL speed instead of NTSC speed.