In the vast world of the Internet, few things seem to inspire the sort of devotion enjoyed by Minecraft. From what we’ve seen, what first appears to be a primitive world where all a person can do is move blocks around forever morphs into something far more beautiful, a world of infinite possibilities.
German composer Daniel Rosenfeld (aka C418), then, is probably one of the prime beneficiaries of the game’s popularity.
As the creator of both the soundtrack to and sound effects in Minecraft, as well as the soundtrack to the documentary Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, his name and livelihood is tied inextricably to the project, cultivating a large following of his own as a result.
And upon listening to Rosenfeld’s new album, one, released on December 23, it’s easy to understand what his fans hear. one consists of 31 instrumental pieces which combine sparse, minimal melodies, varied instrumentation, and vague feelings of happiness and nostalgia perfect for life in another world. Each track blends into the next without drastic changes, but that’s seemingly the point: Rosenfeld’s music is something in which one is supposed to lose oneself. “Drunken Carboni” sees rhythmic pulsing à la Philip Glass Ensemble slowly fade into droning strings, before those strings fade into the heavily filtered-yet-human chiptune-worship of “The Weirdest Year of Your Life,” and this sort of natural progression litters the album.
Rosenfeld has made no secret of his desire to compose music for a living, and in this day and age, IYS can do nothing but applaud such a desire. If C418’s music or story compels you, a physical copy can be purchased at Fangamer which includes the original 31 tracks along with four remixes.