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Daniel Rosenfeld (born May 9, 1989), better known as C418 (pronounced "C-four-eighteen", not "C-four-one-eight") is a German electronic musician and sound engineer best known for composing the soundtrack to Minecraft. He and Notch would later try 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)
  • The whatever directors cut (January 2008)
  • 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 – Volume Alpha (March 2011) (the Minecraft soundtrack, with some bonus material)
  • I forgot something, didn’t 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)
  • Excursions (September 2018)
  • Cookie Clicker (September 2021)

This musician's work 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.
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Bushes and Marshmallows includes a track of silence called "Turn". The next song, "Edward", begins with a vocal singing, "It is done. The album's done. Close your player, the album's done. ("Edward" is then followed by the song "What".)
  • Concept Album: According to the musician, Excursions is supposed to feel like a journey through the messy parts of New York City.
  • Drone of Dread: Minecraft - Volume Beta includes a few pieces written as background music exclusive to the Nether, such as "Concrete Halls" and "Warmth", which are heavy with low, foreboding tones evoking the dangerous, yet lonely nature of the dimension.
  • 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.
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  • 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: He's most well known for the ambient soundtrack to Minecraft. Because of this, he deliberately avoided producing ambient music on several subsequent albums, 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"
    • "Habitual Crush" from 148 is mostly the protagonist lamenting how they obviously don't deserve affection despite having lied and screwed up.
  • Stage Whisper: Daniel whispering '4, 1, 8, 2' in the left speaker can be heard very slightly before 'Round Up to the Inevitable End' enters its first status of percussive crescendo.
  • Take That, Audience!: "Friend" from 148 is an angry piece that repeatedly tells someone they aren't the protagonist's friend and to go away. According to Rosenfeld, the song was directed at all of the people who follow him on Twitter just to bash him.
    “Friend” is a secret message to all the Twitter followers who hate me but still insist on following me. Why? Leave me alone. You are not my friend.
  • 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.