"Minecraft-Volume Alpha" is part one of a two-part soundtrack to the game your kids are likely playing right now.
"Minecraft-Volume Alpha" is part one of a two-part soundtrack to the game your kids are likely playing right now.

Minecraft music: the perfect distraction from "Minecraft"

Yesterday, I stopped to see a friend who generously gave me a stack of records, just because. One of them – an older release – caught the eye of my kids.

"Minecraft-Volume Alpha," by C418. Sure, it was the lenticular Minecraft cover that really grabbed their attention, but we took it for a spin, and my kids heard music that they recognized – or at least was in the style of music – from their surely too many hours spent building worlds and then chasing each other around in them.

That led me to type "Minecraft" into Spotify, and like cover versions on YouTube, Minecraft music is definitely a thing. And while it appears to skew heavily ambient, Minecraft music appears as wide-ranging as the game itself.

The C418 record is the first of a two-part soundtrack to the game that was composed and performed by German musician Daniel Rosenfeld. While we listened, my kids said things like, "That's the sound you hear when doors open," referring to the game. Meanwhile, I could imagine myself getting a deep tissue massage while this soothing electronica oozed out of speakers in a dark, fern-laden room smelling of citrus and mint.

I think my offspring preferred more uptempo, novelty-ish songs like Tryhardninja's "Revenge (Minecraft Creeper Song)" ...

This take on Men At Work's "Down Under" ...

And, most of all, they were stoked to robot dance to this catchy Dwayne Russell creation while, singing, "creepy, creepy, creepy" ...

The music won't change their lives or mine, but, hey, at least they looked away from the screen for a couple minutes.


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