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Minecraft: Music Discs

Posted: Sep 22, 2023 in Minecraft

mc head By Kevin Lott

Overview

If you thought Minecraft was just about building and surviving, you couldn’t be more wrong. From complex Redstone engineering to captivating adventure maps, there are unique aspects of the game you are sure to have not fully explored. One of the hidden gems within the game is the collection of music discs. These audible items allow players to immerse themselves in a world of melodies, adding a musical touch to their humble abode. In this blog, we will delve into the world of music discs in Minecraft, exploring their origins, how to obtain them, and the wonder they bring to the game.

Music Disc

Music Discs? Seriously?

Seriously! Music discs were first introduced to Minecraft in the “Alpha” version of the game. Most tracks were made by C418, the composer of the game’s original soundtrack. Each disc has a unique tune, ranging from calming melodies to energetic beats, and serves as a testament to the game’s attention to detail.

Music discs cannot be crafted; instead, they can be found in various ways throughout the game. Players can obtain them as rare loot from dungeons, mineshafts, strongholds, and desert temples. Additionally, certain mobs, such as creepers and skeletons, have a chance of dropping music discs upon defeat.

Minecraft Jukebox

Once found, music discs can be played using a jukebox. When a disc is inserted into a jukebox, it begins playing its unique tune while also showcasing the name of the song and the artist. From the calming ambiance of “Stal” to the mysterious allure of “Wait,” each disc evokes a different emotion, making the Minecraft world even more immersive and captivating. For avid collectors, obtaining all the music discs becomes a quest in itself. With a total of thirteen discs available in Minecraft, including one hidden disc, players can create an impressive music library. Some players even create dedicated rooms or buildings to showcase their collection, turning their Minecraft world into a virtual music gallery. This adds a personal touch to the gameplay and allows players to express their creativity in unique ways.

Who is C418?

C418 is the stage name of Daniel Rosenfeld, the German musician and composer responsible for creating the iconic music for Minecraft. He composed the majority of the music tracks in the game, including the soothing and atmospheric tunes that players often associate with Minecraft’s unique gameplay experience. C418’s music has become an integral part of Minecraft’s identity, capturing the essence of exploration, creativity, and relaxation. His compositions, such as “Sweden” and “Minecraft,” have garnered widespread acclaim and have become beloved by players worldwide. C418’s music continues to be a significant contribution to the immersive and enchanting world of Minecraft.

C418

There’s a certain nostalgia that comes with the track of C418 that Minecraft veterans just can’t explain. When you come back to Minecraft after a long time and you start to hear the classic tunes seeping in through the audio, you just can’t help but have memories flooding in. At least, that’s how it is for me and many others. In any case, C418 and his music tracks have had a big impact on millions of players worldwide.

Post Release Discs

Although C418 is the original composer of the official Minecraft soundtrack, there are music discs in Minecraft that weren’t made by C418 including tracks created by Lena Raine and Kumi Tanioka. These artists composed and sold their music to Microsoft, which is why their music isn’t owned by C418. The sequel to Volume Alpha, which is a Minecraft soundtrack, contains all the music discs that can be found in the game.

Pigstep

While it is a popular opinion for C418 to return as the responsible party for Minecraft’s music and sounds, most likely due to the nostalgia-inducing beautiful songs they’ve composed, there are other talented artists who have contributed their unique tracks to the game.

Custom Discs

Minecraft also allows players to customize the music discs that exist in the game currently by creating their own music discs. By using resource packs and data packs, players can replace existing music discs with their own compositions or remixes. This feature opens up endless possibilities for players to personalize their gameplay and share their musical creations with others within the Minecraft community.

What I find especially hilarious is when you are playing on a server where the players are unaware of the fact a datapack is being used which completely changes/adds unofficial songs as music discs. The look on their face when some random song is playing instead of C418 is priceless!

Bastion Remnants
Deep Dark City

Dangerous Music Discs

You might be surprised to hear, but some of the rewards that you can earn from tackling the most dangerous structures in all of Minecraft include exclusive music discs which cannot be found anywhere else! Piglin Bastions are structures found in the Nether, inhabited by Piglins. These structures often contain chests that can hold valuable loot, including the legendary Pigstep! You can acquire Pigstep by searching through the chests in these structures. Pigstep is a pretty interesting song, with a super upbeat melody that has the beat drop immediately, almost as if the song had all the build-up cut out.

Next, there’s a music disc in the Deep Dark. The Deep Dark is a new underground biome introduced in the Caves & Cliffs update. It is a mysterious and dangerous place that is home to the Warden, a powerful new mob. Dubbed “Ward”, this music disc requires the players to find a chest hidden within the Deep Dark. I rather not talk about this disc, as you could hardly call it music. But it’s something!

Conclusion

Music discs in Minecraft offer a delightful and immersive experience, adding a neat novelty to the game. From discovering and collecting them to creating custom music discs, players can explore their musical side within the virtual world. I would say my favorite song has got to be Pigstep! While I believe that C418 could never be replaced as the OG Minecraft composer, the new songs that have been added to Minecraft are not bad by any means. Anyway, with all that being said, have a great day!

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