Originally Posted by alexh
The two start with IDENTICAL instruments. For the first 26 secs or so I felt they are almost indistinguishable.
Frequently, when I'm listening to the radio I hear the beginning of a song and think, "Oh, it's X-song!" and then it kicks in to some other song..
That "identical" sound is electronic rain, which both theme's were trying to capture using a synthesizer.
It's possible, but it's also possible that there's only so many ways to do that sound given the technology of the time and that they are bound to sound similar from time to time.
Have you heard/seen the Pachelbel rant on youtube?
Themes/sounds repeat. Might be copied/inspired. Might be similar ideas. Maybe they were both inspired by some other song/sound/live show that had the same bit???