Daniel Rosenfeld

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Daniel Rosenfeld
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Rosenfeld in 2011
Background information
Also known as C418
Born (1989-05-09) May 9, 1989 (age 28)
East Germany
Genres
Occupation(s) Independent musician, composer, sound engineer
Years active 2004–present
Labels Mojang, Ghostly International[1]
Associated acts
Website c418.org

Daniel Rosenfeld (born May 9, 1989)[2] is a German musician, producer and sound engineer best known as the composer and sound designer for the video game Minecraft. His music is generally published under the name C418 (/s.fɔər.tˈtn/).[3]

Early life[edit]

Rosenfeld, son of a Soviet gold smith and a German mother, was born and grew up in East Germany after reunification, and the economic realities of the region may have limited his resources to learn audio composition.[citation needed] He says he learned to create music on early versions of Schism Tracker and Ableton Live in the early 2000s, which were both rudimentary tools at the time.[4] He states it was his brother who introduced him to music composition. His brother told him about Ableton Live, commenting that "even an idiot" can successfully create music with Ableton.

Music for Mojang[edit]

Learning under the restrictions he experienced in his early life turned out to help Rosenfeld when he began collaborating with Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson. The sound engine in the still young Java game was not very powerful, so Rosenfeld had to be creative in his approach to creating sound effects and music.[4]

As a freelance artist, Rosenfeld was not on staff at Mojang,[5] the organization behind Minecraft. Rosenfeld still owns the rights to all the music in the game,[6] and has released two albums featuring songs from the Minecraft soundtrack.[5] The first soundtrack, Minecraft – Volume Alpha, was released on March 4, 2011. The video game blog Kotaku selected the music of Minecraft as one of the best video game soundtracks of 2011.[7] On November 9, 2013, Rosenfeld released the second official soundtrack for Minecraft, titled Minecraft – Volume Beta. Many of the new songs being added into to features of the game that were not present when the first batch of music was produced; i.e. the Nether or the End.[8] Minecraft - Volume Alpha was first released in a physical format on Ghostly International in 2015.[1] Recently, Rosenfeld has been teasing a third Minecraft album on his Twitter page. Multiple posts mention it, and a recent one on August 10, 2017, possibly announces that it's complete (I just listened through an album I recently finished and I think it might be the best thing I've ever made). There is also reason to believe this album will be released in two part, as he announced on twitter he had two unfinished albums around the same time.

Persson and Rosenfeld worked together again after Minecraft's success on the creation of a new game, titled 0x10c, but the game was never released, with Persson halting production in August 2013. Rosenfeld released an album featuring his work on the project in September 2014. The album was released digitally with little publicity; Rosenfeld simply sent out a tweet stating that it was available.[9]

Independent work[edit]

In addition to game soundtracks, Rosenfeld composes his own independent music. He has released a large amount of music on his Bandcamp page, of which he has only officially released seven LPs (not including Minecraft soundtracks): 72 Minutes Of Fame (along with "I forgot something, didn't I") in 2011, Seven Years Of Server Data in 2011, One in 2012, 148 in 2015, 2 years of failure in 2016, and most recently, Dief in 2017.[8] He says he does not seek fame, and he struggles with public attention, such as critical comments from his large group of followers on Twitter.[6] The Guardian has compared his compositions to those of Brian Eno and Erik Satie because of their ambient quality.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album name Tracklist Release date Length
Circle
  1. sleepless
  2. deldee
  3. minimal
  4. love
  5. subtle cupcake rhythms
  6. depado
2006-03-22 (this date may be
incorrect according to C418's twitter)
00:35:54
The Whatever Directors Cut
  1. I
  2. never
  3. named
  4. these
  5. tracks
  6. properly
  7. so
  8. do
  9. your
  10. guesswork
  11. yourself
  12. will
  13. ya
  14. thank
  15. you
2008-01-27 00:50:07
Mixes
  1. 20 kids
  2. Confusion
  3. Incredibly detailed acid trip
  4. 20 kards
  5. Kitten
  6. Pink
  7. Average C418
  8. No but Yes
2008-05-23 00:25:35
Zweitonegoismus
  1. zweiton
  2. egoismus
  3. einfallslos
  4. kopfmusic
  5. phlips
  6. krank
  7. phleps
  8. sand
  9. anthem
  10. plastik
  11. ritalin
2008-12-16 00:41:04
Bushes and Marshmallows
  1. I apologize
  2. Incredible
  3. Unreasonable
  4. Question
  5. I believe I can fly
  6. Yes
  7. Phaos
  8. Boygames
  9. Monkey Park
  10. Chant
  11. Uzick
  12. Höre
  13. A big thank you to
  14. But I love you
  15. Turn
  16. Edward
  17. What
2009-08-01 01:02:55
Life Changing Moments Seem Minor In Pictures
  1. After you hear this you are older
  2. I lack an emotion
  3. This song is not good
  4. I can't afford mastering
  5. Words you will never understand
  6. Kitchens are best for making
    sound effects
  7. Minecraft is acid
  8. I will perhaps never meet you in person
  9. In Berlin people act differently
  10. One second is enough to die for
  11. I can't afford mixing
  12. Droopy likes ricochet
  13. Droopy likes your face
  14. I don't need to know you to be in love
  15. Sometimes I make video game music
  16. One second
  17. Long songs are for people who don't
    have time to make them short
  18. Long songs are for people who don't
    have time to make them short
  19. Long songs are for people who don't
    have time to make them short
  20. Long songs are for people who don't
    have time to make them short
  21. Long songs are for people who don't
    have time to make them short
  22. Long songs are for people who don't
    have time to make them short
  23. Long songs are for people who don't
    have time to make them short
  24. If you don't know what to do just steal
    the amen break
  25. Please do
  26. 26
  27. Who cares but me
  28. I don't sing
  29. I jate my hob
  30. Lack of creativity is dangerous
    in Berlin
  31. Life changing moments seem minor
    in pictures
2010-08-12 01:11:53
Minecraft – Volume Alpha
  1. Key
  2. Door
  3. Subwoofer Lullaby
  4. Death
  5. Living Mice
  6. Moog City
  7. Haggstrom
  8. Minecraft
  9. Oxygène
  10. Équinoxe
  11. Mice on Venus
  12. Dry Hands
  13. Wet Hands
  14. Clark
  15. Chris
  16. Thirteen
  17. Excuse
  18. Sweden
  19. Cat
  20. Dog
  21. Danny
  22. Beginning
  23. Droopy likes ricochet
  24. Droopy likes your face
2011-03-04 00:58:48
I Forgot Something, Didn't I.
  1. The Long-Winded and Painful
    Death of Sweeney S Greenville
  2. Meatcraft
  3. shit with a twist!
  4. a game select thing
  5. Something loud, old, and scary
  6. song that didn't get on
    the new album #1
  7. song that didn't get on
    the new album #2
  8. something avant garde and
    experimental, which could have
    just been called experimental
  9. Inappropriate BADWORD Deluxe
2011-07-18 00:37:17
72 Minutes Of Fame
  1. Timelapse Kingdom
  2. United Colors of Scrapyard
  3. Alive
  4. I Jike my Lob
  5. BD08
  6. You Have to Cut the Dope
  7. Marketing Squander Versus
    the Little Man
  8. From the Window
  9. Along the Busiest of Roads
  10. Welcome Back to the Machine
  11. Stilbruch
2011-07-19 01:11:58
Seven Years of Server Data
  1. Atempause
  2. Vlem
  3. C418, Big Giant Circles - BGC418
  4. C418, deadmau5 - mau5cave
  5. The first unfinished song for
    the Minecraft documentary
  6. The song I show if someone wants
    to hear a new Minecraft song
  7. Lusine Icl - Tonic (C418's "I use this
    in my set" remix)
  8. Weebl - Lemons (C418's "I want this
    to be a complete song" mix)
  9. water
  10. a fail
  11. The weirdest remix i have ever
    worked on.
  12. Some really obscure ambient tune
  13. komphund
  14. Not Atlantis
  15. Another weird ambient tune.
  16. sirtet
  17. What it would have sounded like
    if I were to DJ 5 years ago
  18. Cobalt Something Something
2011-11-03 00:50:45
One
  1. cliffside hinson
  2. surface pension
  3. independent accident
  4. danny makes chiptune
  5. the first million
  6. certitudes
  7. imposter syndrome
  8. buildup errors
  9. for the sake of making games
  10. preliminary art form
  11. lawyer cage fight
  12. lost cousins
  13. total drag
  14. drunken carboni
  15. the weirdest year of your life
  16. swarms
  17. diskdance
  18. pr department
  19. faux video production
  20. one last game
  21. this doesn't work
  22. wooden love
  23. disco, C418 - I glove thy flob
  24. post success depression
  25. social lego
  26. jayson glove
  27. clumsiness and innovation
  28. no pressure
  29. one
  30. Nifflas, C418 - fifflas
  31. Laura Shigihara, C418 -
    tsuki no koibumi
2012-12-23 01:35:28
Minecraft – Volume Beta
  1. Ki
  2. Alpha
  3. Dead Voxel
  4. Blind Spots
  5. Flake
  6. Moog City 2
  7. Concrete Halls
  8. Biome Fest
  9. Mutation
  10. Haunt Muskie
  11. Warmth
  12. Floating Trees
  13. Aria Math
  14. Kyoto
  15. Ballad of the Cats
  16. Taswell
  17. Beginning 2
  18. Dreiton
  19. The End
  20. Chirp
  21. Wait
  22. Mellohi
  23. Stal
  24. Strad
  25. Eleven
  26. Ward
  27. Mall
  28. Blocks
  29. Far
  30. Intro
2013-11-09 02:21:08
148
  1. Semantic Satiation
  2. Septic Shock
  3. Seismic Stratigraphy
  4. Droopy Remembers
  5. C418 and Disasterpeace -
    Kompass
  6. C418 and Baiyon - 185
  7. C418 and Big Giant Circles -
    Jimtention
  8. C418 and Laura Shigihara -
    Tsuki No Koibumi 2
  9. Friend
  10. Vierton
  11. Aria Economy
  12. Biome Party
  13. 481772
  14. Ample Time
  15. Habitual Crush
  16. Divide by Four Add Seven
  17. Round Up to the Inevitable End
  18. Beta
  19. 841
2015-12-18 01:58:47
2 Years of Failure
  1. 90s_in
  2. 90s_tripverse
  3. 90s_ani
  4. 90s_management
  5. 90s_nostress
  6. 90s_out
  7. pizza
  8. house_loneliness
  9. choice_broken
  10. cr1_meadow
  11. cr2_finl
  12. 185_pre
  13. egoismus_2016edit
  14. kaneda
  15. stranger_think (remix of Stranger Things theme)
2016-09-13 01:01:50

EPs[edit]

Album name Tracklist Release date Length
Bps
  1. aeiouw
  2. flu
  3. det
  4. yeh
2007-12-23 00:15:32
Little Things
  1. kaffee
  2. bummer
  3. peanuts
  4. familiar faces
  5. it's complicated
  6. hotel music
  7. repetition
  8. sod
  9. heyhey
2011-01-16 00:27:38
Sine
  1. test
  2. headache
  3. no
  4. jacke
2008-09-02 00:19:42
Dief
  1. Texture Prayers
  2. Work Life Imbalance
  3. Imaginary Interlude
  4. Smooth Fall
  5. Blank Cubicle
  6. Keighley
  7. Match cut
2017-03-13 00:31:58

Miscellaneous[edit]

Album name Tracklist Release date Length
A Cobblers Tee Thug (C418 and SMN co-release)
  1. klack
  2. drood
  3. waylong
  4. acid
  5. hop
  6. dish
  7. sound
  8. goltra
  9. crowdpleaser
  10. shit
  11. test
  12. bai
2010-01-05 00:41:40
The Driver - Savlonic (C418 Remix)
  1. The Driver (C418 Remix)
  2. The Driver (C418 Remix - Instrumental)
2012-04-01 00:05:38

Non-Minecraft video game soundtracks[edit]

Album name Tracklist Release date Length
Catacomb Snatch Original Soundtrack (C418 and anosou co-release)
  1. C418 - Theme
  2. anosou - Mummyf---er
  3. C418 - Enforcer Brittanica
  4. anosou - Scarab's Gold
  5. C418 - Dune Storm
  6. anosou - Ending
2012-03-20 00:22:11
0x10c (official soundtrack to the unfinished game 0x10c)
  1. 0x10c
  2. 0
2014-09-15 00:03:08

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