Originally Posted by Ximenean
I still wonder if Mr Walter actually composed that little motif, or merely arranged a familiar musical cliché, a bit like that "Kung Fu Fighting" motif discussed in a memorable thread. Does/did he or the rights owners get paid every single time it's used?
He did indeed compose it and indeed gets royalties- that's the whole point of stock music (well, that and to provide a source of music for media that doesn't require licensing outside music or composing your own). In the United States, KPM cues are distributed through Associated Production Music
. Although APM offers practically any type of music imaginable, they're probably best known for their archival cues (mostly KPM) which are often used in an ironic fashion in shows such as Ren & Stimpy
, SpongeBob Squarepants
, The Daily Show
, and countless commercials- including Walter's now-iconic three-note sting.