Celeste Composer Lena Raine Makes Music For Minecraft

Three new tracks for the Nether update

When I think of Minecraft, its music comes to mind as readily as its blocky world and characters. The game wouldn't be what it is without C418's soothing soundtrack that accompanies you as you carve through caverns or peacefully stroll through the sunset. So many elements, features and stuff have been added through countless updates, and Minecraft is a better and more enduring experience, but to this day these quirky bits evoke the "feeling" of Minecraft for me – that sense of calm exploration.

The same can be said for Celeste, a mechanically spot-on platformer made all the more brilliant by its emotionally resonant soundtrack. Celeste's composer, Lena Raine, has done wonders. And after? Minecraft of all games. Raine is composing three tracks for the upcoming Nether update.

“I wanted each piece to feel like a progression of emotions, or a journey from place to place in this other world,” she said in a Minecraft blog post. "There's a degree of beauty to the Nether, but it's also terrifying in both its detail and its scale."

Players will be able to hear "Rubedo" in the Nether Wastes, "Chrysopoeia" in the Crimson Forest, and "So Below" in Soul Sand Valley and Basalt Delta (a new biome for the 20w15a snapshot). This final area will surround adventurers with "flowing flakes of white ash" - quite the sight to compose.

"One of the main instruments in Minecraft is the piano, and so one of my challenges for me was to see how far I could push the sound of the piano until it sounded like other things. "

Chances are I'll hear these songs outside of the game, but I'm looking forward to it. On that front, Raine said, "I'm not sure what the plans are for some sort of release outside of Minecraft itself (it's out of my control), but please let the can-know if you want to see a release! I certainly do."

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