Minecraft - Volume Beta
Minecraft - Volume Beta is the second soundtrack for Minecraft by C418, the first being Minecraft - Volume Alpha. It was released on November 9, 2013 on C418's website at Bandcamp and on the Apple Music, with a release later on Spotify.
The album includes 30 songs for a total length of about 140 minutes. It features many music tracks which were added to Minecraft "silently" in the Music Update, as well as the music discs that were missing from the first album and a few tracks that are not in the game.
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The second official soundtrack of Minecraft. 140 minutes in length and extremely varied. Featuring the all-new creative mode, menu tunes, the horrors of the nether, the end's odd and misleading soothing ambiance and all the missing record discs from the game!
It's my longest album ever, and I hope you'll love the amount of work I crammed into it.
|No.||Title||Filename in Minecraft||Length||Track preview||Description||Notes|
|1.||"Ki"||—||1:32||This is a reprise (a similar but slightly different version) of "Key" from Minecraft - Volume Alpha (note that both have the same pronunciation). It starts off with "Key" but includes more electronic music.|
|2.||"Alpha"||credits.ogg||10:03||This track is a reprise of some tracks from Minecraft - Volume Alpha, including "Minecraft", "Mice on Venus", "Moog City", and "Sweden". It plays during the End Poem, after defeating the ender dragon.||This is the first of two longer songs which are "Album Only" on the iTunes online store.|
|3.||"Dead Voxel"||nether2.ogg||4:56||It begins with ambient music and distant, high-pitched sounds similar to ones heard in "Ballad of the Cats" and later turns into a serene but dramatic piano song with Japanese music. It is a less dissonant, more somber variant of "Concrete Halls". At the end, part of "Beginning" can be heard.||This, along with "Concrete Halls" and "The End", is present in Legacy Console Edition as of TU9.|
|4.||"Blind Spots"||creative2.ogg||5:32||Starts off primarily featuring a major seven chord, and later introduces darker minor chords. The entire track is a piano song dominated by a repeated quarter note rhythm.|
|5.||"Flake"||—||2:50||This song starts with a calm, bell-like synth and ambient sounds and later a glitchy rhythm enters.||This track is used in the Legacy Console Edition Festive Mash-Up Pack.|
|6.||"Moog City 2"||menu2.ogg||3:00||Sequel to "Moog City" from Minecraft - Volume Alpha|
|7.||"Concrete Halls"||nether1.ogg||4:14||This track is a rhythmic song with dark, relatively dissonant ambient music, heavily reverbed percussion, and distant ghast sounds.||This track, along with "Dead Voxel" and "The End", is present in Legacy Console Edition as of TU9.|
|8.||"Biome Fest"||creative1.ogg||6:18||It starts with a song of synthesized voices which makes way to an electronic song with bells in the background.||This track was previously used in a video by Notch to demonstrate biomes.|
|9.||"Mutation"||menu1.ogg||3:05||This track is a variation on "Minecraft" from Minecraft - Volume Alpha with string ensemble embellishments (this is likely where the name "Mutation" originated).|
|10.||"Haunt Muskie"||creative3.ogg||6:01||An upbeat, ambient, rhythmic track. It begins with the growing sound of echoing chimes and clarinets that quicken in pace. A reversed piano, accompanied by a synthesized accordion or similar instrument, begin to play up and down a scale, shortly before echoing and fading away, after which the main portion of the song starts. A saxophone can be heard in the background throughout most of the piece.||The title is an anagram of the virtual singing character, Hatsune Miku.|
|11.||"Warmth"||nether3.ogg||3:59||The song starts with loud, hollow sounds of something banging on a metallic object, which fades into synthesizer music with enderman-like sounds. Near the end, the music turns back into banging sounds, but louder and less muted. At the end are sounds of a large amount of a water-like liquid flowing.|
|12.||"Floating Trees"||menu4.ogg||4:04||It is an ethereal and calming track in which times of rain(?) can be heard. It is written in the same key as "Minecraft". The end seems to contain the start of the melody from "Subwoofer Lullaby" from Minecraft - Volume Alpha.||This appears to be a reference to the well-known annoyance of leaving a tree only partially chopped down, thus leaving it “floating”.|
|13.||"Aria Math"||creative4.ogg||5:10||It has a main theme played in hang drums throughout the song with electronic music to accompany it. Later the main theme turns into guitar accompanied by a crescendo played in orchestral strings near the end.||Aria is a music term for a song of air.|
|14.||"Kyoto"||—||4:09||A downtempo song in two main parts. The first part features a piano playing the bass part, with a melody and countermelody in saxophone and flute, respectively. The second part features synthesized strings and celesta.||Kyoto is a Japanese city and was formerly the imperial capital of Japan. This track was also used in the festive mash-up pack for the console edition.|
|15.||"Ballad of the Cats"||nether4.ogg||4:35||A period of techno-sounding music and then a break. Later a second period of peaceful music and then a techno-style ending. Near the beginning and end are distant, echoing ghast sounds.|
|16.||"Taswell"||creative6.ogg||8:35||It starts off as a track of echoing, ethereal music and high-pitched beeping with odd static-like periods in between. It suddenly becomes an upbeat, catchy song with steady drum beats. Later it turns into an electronic track with the middle song in the background. It starts playing quieter static-like periods at the end.||This track's title is a reference to the late Ryan Davis of Giant Bomb.|
|17.||"Beginning 2"||menu3.ogg||2:56||This track is a sequel of "Beginning" from Minecraft - Volume Alpha. A variation of "Minecraft".|
|18.||"Dreiton"||creative5.ogg||8:17||An ambient track that makes use of hang drum sounds. It is a slow rhythm that slowly loudens, and then suddenly quiets down again, slowly crescendoing until dramatically quieting into a guitar piece.||"Dreiton" is German for "three tone" and may be a reference to C418's earlier album,zweitonegoismus ("two tone egoism"), which itself may be a reference to an even earlier album, Sine (description: eins- "one" in German.)|
|19.||"The End"||end.ogg||15:04||After a loop of part of the track "Minecraft" succumbs to excessive reverb and glitching, a low-pitched drone starts and grows slowly, eventually gaining a harmony of choir voices. At the climax of this piece, a pulsing, one-note "ostinato" appears and is overlaid with a half-tempo rendition of the song "Sweden". Throughout the track, extremely distorted and/or remixed versions of the tracks "Dry Hands", "Wet Hands", "Danny", "Oxygène", "Equinoxe", "Subwoofer Lullaby", "Beginning", "Cat", and "Haggstrom" from Minecraft - Volume Alpha can be heard. "Floating Trees" from Minecraft - Volume Beta can also be heard.||This is the second of two longer songs which are "Album Only" on the iTunes online store. The track was already present in Console Edition as of TU9, along with "Dead Voxel" and "Concrete Halls".|
|20.||"Chirp"||chirp.ogg||3:07||A retro tune with a sample from a 1970 MATTEL Program Disc: Bossa Nova Style playing in the background, along with a vaporwave-like version of Mall.||From this track until Far (track 29) are all music discs available in the game excluding "Cat" and "Thirteen", and with the exception of "Eleven" being an exclusive music track. Second part is "Mall".|
|21.||"Wait"||wait.ogg||3:54||An upbeat remix of ""Minecraft"".||This track was originally titled "Where are we now" and for a long time was in the record folder but was not added as a music disc due to issues with the spaces in its name. This was finally rectified by renaming it and it was added as a music disc.|
|22.||"Mellohi"||mellohi.ogg||1:38||A slow, slightly melancholic waltz with a sample from a mellotron playing in the background.|
|23.||"Stal"||stal.ogg||2:32||A moderate jazz-like piece with a recorder.|
|24.||"Strad"||strad.ogg||3:08||A tropical-sounding piece with the main melody being played on a handpan and steel drum, accompanied by a glitchy electronic beat and ending on some melancholy melodica chords.|
|25.||"Eleven"||—||1:11||A slow, calm piano piece. At the beginning, the record static from the start of the music disc 11 can be heard, but is abruptly switched to the new tune when a record scratching sound interrupts it.||This track references the music disc 11 in its name and length, but features a new track instead of the disturbing sound of a person running away from some unknown creature.|
|26.||"Ward"||ward.ogg||4:10||The record starts off with an excerpt from Chopin's Funeral March played on synth organ but goes into an electronic, upbeat, exploration and adventure tune with a dark undertone.||The old-sounding intro to this song is shortened in Minecraft - Volume Beta, compared to the in-game music disc version.|
|27.||"Mall"||mall.ogg||3:18||A calm, underwater-like, piece of serene music.|
|28.||"Blocks"||blocks.ogg||5:43||An upbeat, catchy tune with a shuffling rhythm.|
|29.||"Far"||far.ogg||3:12||A calm, relaxing, nature-like melody.|
|30.||"Intro"||—||4:36||This track consists of a person (C418 himself) humming and playing notes on a piano, as if compiling a song from his head. Strings, along with echoing synthesized sounds and other recordings of what may be the same voice, fade in afterwards, until the song ends.||On C418's website there is a description for this song: "See you next time".|
Total running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes, 49 seconds.
- Lena Raine
- Music Disc
- The article on C418's wiki
- "Minecraft - Volume Beta" – Bandcamp.
- "Minecraft Biome Test" – (Archive) Nizzotch on YouTube, October 27, 2010
- "Minecraft Volume Beta" – C418's Website.
- Frédéric Chopin - Piano Sonata No.2 - III Marche Funèbre