Music / C418

Daniel Rosenfeld (born May 9, 1989), better known as C418 (Cee-four-eighteen, not cee-four-one-eight) is a German electronic musician and sound engineer best known for composing the soundtrack to Minecraft (he and Notch tried collaborating again with a game called 0x10c that eventually got scrapped). He has released a lot of independent work which can be listened to on his Bandcamp page.

His unique style blends elements of ambient, house, trance, and IDM.

  • bps (Dec 2007)
  • Mixes (May 2008)
  • sine (September 2008)
  • zweitonegoismus (December 2008)
  • Bushes and Marshmallows (August 2009)
  • A Cobblers Tee Thug (January 2010)
  • circle (March 2010)
  • life changing moments seem minor in pictures (August 2010)
  • little things (January 2011)
  • Minecraft Ė Volume Alpha (March 2011) (the Minecraft soundtrack, with some bonus material)
  • I forgot something, didnít I? (July 2011)
  • 72 Minutes Of Fame (July 2011)
  • Seven Years of Server Data (November 2011)
  • Catacomb Snatch Original Soundtrack (March 2012)
  • one (December 2012) (the soundtrack to the Mojang documentary, with some bonus material)
  • Minecraft - Volume Beta (November 2013) (the second Minecraft soundtrack with songs that are to be added to the game, also includes the rest of the music discs)
  • 148 (December 2015)
  • 2 years of failure (September 2016)
  • Dief (March 2017)

This musician contains examples of:

  • all lowercase letters: The vast majority of his song and album titles are not capitalized- the main exceptions are the two official Minecraft soundtracks, Volume Alpha and Volume Beta.
  • Everything Is an Instrument
    • He uses what sounds like pots and pans in a kitchen sink in "water" from Seven Years of Server Data.
    • Rhythmic mechanical keyboard clacking intended to represent Minecraft's programmers hard at work form part of the percussion backing in "surface pension" from one.
  • I Am the Band: C418 is Daniel Rosenfeld, playing keyboards and synthesizers with himself.
  • Instrumentals: His work predominantly lacks vocals of any kind. Notable exceptions include the various remixes of "Tsuki no Koibumi" (vocals by Laura Shigihara), and a handful of songs on 148.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: "Sweden" is based on the same minimalist, fading, primarily-piano principle as "Minecraft", the song C418 built Volume Alpha around, and subsequently the eponymous game's musical character.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis: Heís most well known for the ambient soundtrack to Minecraft. Because of this, he deliberately avoided ambience on some of his other works, aiming more for house and electronica.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: When there are vocals in the songs, the singers will be the ones backing themselves, whether it's him or Laura Shigihara.
  • Self-Deprecation: Common on his former blog, and to a lesser extent on his website.
    "Here you'll find some articles about who I am and why I'm such a dork"
  • Word Salad Title
    • The album a cobblers tee thug was made in five days "for shits and giggles" (to quote Rosenfeld) as a collaboration with his friend sohnemann.
    • "I glove thy flob" from one, in addition to being nonindicative, is a cover of Pachelbel's "Canon in D" done in a mix of Minecraft note blocks, piano, and some synthesized sounds.