Despite being over a decade old, Minecraft is still one of the most popular games in the world. The simple, yet addictive gameplay casts a wide net, but Microsoft has also done a great job of supporting the game with regular updates. The latest Snapshot (20W15A) brings changes to the Nether, including the addition of a Basalt Deltas biome. It also adds three brand new tracks to the game’s stellar soundtrack. The new music comes from Lena Raine, the talented composer for Celeste.
Celeste composer Lena Raine joins Minecraft
As Microsoft explained in a recent blog post, the three tracks will officially become part of the game when the Nether Update releases in full. As Lena Raine explains, she set out to push the piano to its limits to capture both the beauty and terror of the Nether.
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.
I wanted each piece to feel like a progression of emotions, or a journey from place to place within this other world. There’s a degree of beauty to the Nether, but it is also terrifying in both its details and scale.
New music for the Nether
Celeste features one of my personal favorite video game soundtracks of all time, so I’m pretty excited to see what she brings to the table this time. Here’s a summary of the new lineup from Lena Raine:
- Rubedo will be played in the Nether Wastes
- Chrysopoeia will be played in Crimson Forests
- So Below will be played in Soulsand Valleys and in Basalt Deltas