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Ambience

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Ambience (also called ambience sounds or ambient sounds) are sounds that can be heard when the player is near dark areas or underwater.

There are 2 types of ambience: Cave and Underwater.

These sounds were made by C418, who also composed the game's music.[verify]

The volume of ambient sounds can be changed through "Music & Sounds" in the Options menu, by changing the "Ambient/Environment" bar.

Cave ambience[edit]

Cave ambience (cave sounds in Legacy Console Edition and eerie noise according to subtitles) is a set of sounds that occasionally play when the player is in proximity to a dark space. Their nature is to be disturbing.

A dark cave. This is where one will most likely hear cave ambient sounds.

Cave ambience sounds can be played in any dimension, including the Nether and the End, and can be heard in both singleplayer and multiplayer.

These sounds play in dark (light level lower than 9) areas. Such areas don't need to be sealed off or hidden, as ambience can be heard from a space that the player can actually see, nor does the player need to be underground for them to play. Cave ambience can occur in a space of any size, but they seem much more likely to play in larger spaces that are completely filled with a light level lower than 9, without any lighting from the sky.

There are 19 cave ambience sounds in total, one of which is picked randomly when the game decides to play one.

Name Sound Description
Cave 1 High-pitched echo
Cave 2 Choir-like echo
Cave 3 Low-pitched echo
Cave 4 Loud distant roar
Cave 5 Deep metal sound
Cave 6 Loud, deep echo
Cave 7 Quiet, deep echo
Cave 8 Echo of distant roar
Cave 9 Wind-like echo
Cave 10 Sharp violin sound
Cave 11 Quiet distant echo
Cave 12 Short nearby Roar
Cave 13 Deep distant roar
Cave 14 Glitching electronic sound
Cave 15 Metal-like, slightly elecronic sound
Cave 16 Minecart-like metal sound
Cave 17 Echo-like sound increasing in loudness that then change to sharp, quick and loud sound decreasing to ambient echo while metal sounds are heard
Cave 18 Opening of gate-like sound decreasing in loudness
Cave 19 Sharp, high-pitched sound that change to series of sharp, clacking sound

Underwater ambience[edit]

Not to be confused with the sound produced by flowing water called Water Ambience.

Underwater ambience (also called underwater sounds or ocean sounds)[verify] is a set of sounds that play while the player's head is underwater. They can be heard within a body of water of any size and in any dimension.

The sound "underwater ambience" plays in an endless loop, while the other sounds occur randomly.

There are 22 underwater ambience sounds in total:

Name Sound Description
Underwater Ambience Various water sounds heard when below the water surface

It plays in an infinite loop while the player is underwater

Animal 1 Echoing sounds of a distant aquatic creature
Animal 2 Loud plopping sound
Bass Whale 1 Distant very quiet whale sounds
Bass Whale 2 Distant whale sounds
Bubbles 1 Bubbles in water
Bubbles 2 Bubbles in water
Bubbles 3 Bubbles in water
Bubbles 4 Bubbles in water
Bubbles 5 Bubbles in water
Bubbles 6 Bubbles in water
Crackles 1 Cracking sound
Crackles 2 Faster cracking sound
Dark 1 Quiet disturbing sounds
Dark 2 Quiet disturbing sounds
Dark 3 Quiet disturbing sounds
Dark 4 Loud disturbing roar
Driplets 1 Driplets on water
Driplets 2 Driplets on water
Earth Crack Cracking sound of ocean floor
Water 1 Water sounds
Water 2 Water sounds

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.3Added Cave Ambience, consisting of 13 different sounds.
Java Edition
1.2.112w07aThe map format was updated to the Anvil format, which now allows ambience to be heard in multiplayer.
Cave Ambience was known to play only in 3×3×3 spaces or larger, but it's been heard playing in spaces of smaller size.
1.915w43aAdded one cave ambience sound, increasing total from 13 to 14.
1.10pre2Added two new cave ambience sounds, now with a total of 16.
1.1217w13aAdded two new cave ambience sounds, now with a total of 18.
1.1318w02aAdded one new cave ambience sound, now with a total of 19.
18w10aAdded 22 different underwater ambient sounds.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Ambience", "Cave ambiance", "Cave sound", "Underwater ambience", "Underwater sounds", or "Ocean sounds" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

Cave 14 viewed in a spectrogram.
  • Some of the ambience sounds seem to be made by creatures that don't exist within the game, such as the sounds Bass Whale 1 and Bass Whale 2.
  • When "Cave 14" is viewed in a spectrogram, it appears to contain the face of a creeper. This is an easter egg made by C418. Disc 11 shows a similar easter egg while viewed in a spectogram.

See also[edit]