After more than a decade of being played by the public, Minecraft is getting its first songs from a composer other than Daniel “C418” Rosenfeld. Three additional tracks have been added to the newest snapshot available for the Java edition of Minecraft. The composer behind the new tunes, Lena Raine, is best known for her work on the Celeste soundtrack.
The new music comes to Minecraft in preparation for the upcoming Nether Update. Each track plays in a different part of the Nether.
Three new Lena Raine Minecraft songs
If you don’t want to brave the Nether to find the new songs, you’re in luck as users have already uploaded them onto Youtube. You’ll hear Rubedo while walking through the Nether Wastes. Chrysopoeia will play within the Crimson Forest. So Below can be heard in Souls and Valleys and Basalt Deltas.
“I wanted each piece to feel like a progression of emotions, or a journey from place to place within this other world,” Raine is quoted as saying in the patch notes for the snapshot update. “There’s a degree of beauty to the Nether, but it is also terrifying in both its details and scale.”
Raine has been widely praised for her work on the Celeste soundtrack. Our review of the Farewell DLC for Celeste mentions the music is something that enhances the game, helping to make the DLC remarkable. Raine later talked about her passion and what influenced her while composing the music for the Farewell DLC.
Before Celeste, Raine also worked on music for Guild Wars 2 and other games.
With Minecraft‘s music by C418 being nothing but iconic at this point, Raine was careful not to stray too far from the work she’s building upon. “One of the primary instruments in Minecraft is the piano, and so one of my challenges to myself was to see how far I could push the sound of the piano until it resembled other things entirely – again, that alchemical process.”
To hear the new music in-game, you’ll have to select the newest snapshot from the version selection menu in the Java edition of Minecraft. The music will also be a part of the Nether Update if you don’t want to play a work-in-progress snapshot of Minecraft.
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