Minecraft Dungeons Diaries: Sound

Minecraft Dungeons Diaries: Sound


The thing I really like about sound design
is when it adds to that storytelling. When it naturally brings the experience to
something bigger or greater or funnier or more scary. One of the most common misconceptions when
it comes to audio for games is that it’s only about music. Obviously there is other things like voiceovers
and dialogue that people think about as well, but I think the sound design itself, and just
the general like mix of the whole game plays a huge role in the whole experience. I think the sound design from Minecraft Dungeons
is built on a base of vanilla Minecraft sound design and music design, but on top of that
we have darker dungeons that we go into, so it’s like darker, heavier, meatier sounds. But there is also an arcade element to the
game, which is like you pick up the emeralds and it’s almost like, you know, a satisfying
arcade-y sounds to them, which is completely new in the Minecraft universe. So sometimes the work that we do isn’t just
what makes a sound, or what music there is in the game, but also how we balance them
with each other. So it could be as simple as just removing
the music from the game altogether at a specific point and that could be very effectful for
example. Creating music for Minecraft Dungeons has
been an ongoing process as well. It is not like we decided something from Day
1, this is how the music’s gonna sound, but as the game development went on, the game
got more and more arcade-y, so we had to put in sort of some rhythm in the music as well,
something that you know keeps you going foward. The first sub-dungeon that I made music for
was the crypt in Creeper Woods, and it was inspired by the fact that you are entering
a lower space in a dungeon and it gets darker, so I figured let’s add something that’s conventionally
musically darker, ‘cos there’s like a light and dark scale to how scales work in music. So I chose the double harmonic minor for that,
and added descending arpeggios for that, so it felt like it was descending into the dungeon. We came together in Aspudden in Stockholm,
in Uppenbarelsekyrkan, which is a church that I have sung in for ten years. We were talking about making a theme for the
game, and then we were talking about what instrument we would use to make this theme,
and we were first talking about piano, because it’s recognised from vanilla Minecraft, but
then we sort of unlocked the idea, because we use choirs here and there in the game but
you know darker choirs that fit the dark dungeons, that we should record a choir that is inspired
by the way villagers talk in Minecraft, to create sort of this – I really like that sort
of “spoopy” – it’s both dark and eerie and beautiful but at the same time a bit funny,
that’s Minecraft for me, it is both ways. We agreed on having some sort of villager-ish
sound to it, so it connected to the Minecraft franchise, which I haven’t done before, I
don’t think anyone has done that before, so that’s fun, them singing without words and
more like the “hrrm hoh hoh” style of the villagers. So, me being an avid choir singer, I know
a lot of choirs here in Stockholm and just called the ones I thought would fit the best,
and yeah basically had them sing the songs like villagers. What’s cool about having a live choir is it
gives, I think, the performance a greater presence, I think that’s noticeable really
on an emotional level. Dungeons might look like a really simple game,
because it’s pixel art, but there is actually a whole lot of depth to it, and there is a lot of
musical and sound content there. So just getting that and getting it to work
on all of the different platforms that we’re gonna release on, that has been a challenge
for us, and something that we’re really proud of being able to deliver to the players.

100 thoughts to “Minecraft Dungeons Diaries: Sound”

  1. I think you should add a mining machine and a grass cutter machine pls add them we are bored just mining with our pickaxes i thought of this like a day ago pls add them

  2. This is bug in minecraft pocket edition I don't know this in Windows 10 [the bug:if you shot with crossbow the crossbow in inventory is is full but in your hand not full] I can't write English very much

  3. Sorry, idiots. But this game has WORSE music than e.g. "Regina & Mac" (& that´s an indie-game made by 3 developers btw)…lol
    This "music" here sounds similar as "Zelda Breath of the Wild" (some simple, slow pianos, is what they call "music" there lmao).

  4. Can y'all still update Minecraft on wiiu pls do so
    Also can u make air vents, animations like crawling and running,and make it where u can go in air vents,And add it where there is a shrink potion and u can make tiny blocks.

  5. Eyyyy minecraft……..about minecraft earth…….I live in kasserin(in Tunisia in Asia (I dont know if it is Africa or asia))
    I dont have minecraft earth and I beg u 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 times to make it to my country
    If you please

  6. Idk about the mixing of the darkness of the dungeon with the humor with Minecraft. I’m not sure how they will mix and remove the tone from a dungeon. Just one criticism I have.

  7. I hate you minecraft what the hell you scammed me for 15:00 dollars seriously you now have to download the pack your the worst

  8. Ok thats it we got now news about the good minecraft you are only focusing on minecraft dungeons ok im Quittung minecraft its so boring and just a laggy mess i wont play something that is not getting any updates

  9. minecraft you guys should put permissons for your worlds so when you are offline they could still go in your world on ps4

  10. Hey Mojang You Should Add This Thing Where Like You Can Make Things Sticky By Adding Some Slime To Them. The Appearance Won’t Change And It Will Work Just Like The Slime Block But Its Name Will Change To
    Eg. (Sticky Diorite) Something Like That?! Because We Players Sometimes Have Trouble Trying To Make Extendable Tables And Popping Shelters And Stuff Like That. Hope You Can Help! 😊

    Like So Notch Can See

  11. Hi there just looking for help … I wanted to know if anyone can make a map and do designs on that map and then sell them on the store and if you can how do you do that and what is the method or set up to make and sell your designs or world ?

  12. How come everyone else but PS4 people can't have the nether update when I herd it came out today but when I got on it wasn't there got me mad like common now

  13. Mojang what I wanna see is the nether for bedrock and severs for ps4 I know snapshot is out for hava but I wanna see it on bedrock and they must be everything on your off hand for bedrock and finally custom shield for bedrock

  14. Джеб, пожалуйста, добавь первый snapshot адское обновление в bedrock Edition

  15. We don't care about voice we care about the minecraft ps4 its gone???
    And my friends to every my friends he now plays fortnite because the new minecraft ps4 is stucks 😭

  16. Porque voces nao atualizam o minecraft de xbox 360? Tem muita gente que quer atualizaçao para o minecraft de xbox 360 e voces estao nem ai para essas pessoas atualizem para o xbox 360 porfavor

  17. Since all of you at Mojang are so convinced Evolution is true that you treat it like a scientific fact in the news articles, why not make an add-on about it? I'm sure it'll trick all the children into believing your stupid lie! Let's see, for starters, mobs can be quite diverse. You can "evolve" a mob to turn it into another creature, even though it is impossible to add on to the genetic code of an organism. Also, there will be different rock layers, and you can find the fossils of "simpler" organisms the deeper you dig. And as a bonus, if you dig deep enough, you can find the bones of intermediate links that we still haven't found the fossils of in real life. I'm sure all the kids will learn a lot about geology. But oh! You must pardon me, I almost forgot the most important feature of all. The Cambrian Explosion! Deep, deep down, where Cambrian Rock lies, you can find fossillized remains of creatures from every Phylum. Although this is a little strange, as organisms living during Cambrian times should be much "simpler" according to Evolution.

    So there you have it! I think an add-on that let's you explore the only religious-free explanation of the origin of life would be awesome and educational for the kids. I'm sure this idea will go off with a big bang, despite the fact that it is impossible for life to form from random chemical reactions.

  18. Deme porfis un like lovi y es como que aller estaba minecraft y oi des perte mientras abia un nuevo juego minecraft es el me jorjuego y todos lo aman. aora son los majores juego de minecraft

  19. I FORGOT WHEN ITS GOING TO COME OUT BUT I CANT WAIT INTIL IT COMES OUT! ITS WORSE THAN WAITING TO GO HOME FROM SCHOOL!

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