C418 (real name – Daniel Rosenfeld) is a German sound designer, musician, and composer, who is best known for composing the music in Minecraft, a sandbox video game that was bought by Microsoft for $2.5 billion in 2014.
Rosenfeld was born on May 9, 1989, in East Germany.
His parents immigrated from Soviet Russia to Chemnitz, the third-largest city in the German federal state of Saxony.
His older brother got into making electronic music. Daniel said: ”When I was 12, my brother gave me some Aphex Twin CDs, and I was totally into that.”
In the early 2000s, Rosenfeld learned to create music on Ableton Live and Schism Tracker.
In 2008, he created the soundtrack album for an unreleased indie game, titled Circle.
In the follow-up year, Daniel released an album called ”Bushes and Marshmallows.”
Minecraft – Volume Alpha
On March 4, 2011, he released Minecraft – Volume Alpha, the first Minecraft soundtrack album. The last two tracks are from C418’s previous album “Life Changing Moments Seem Minor in Pictures.”
Daniel said for Billboard: ”Being the composer of Minecraft is basically like imagining the distance between earth and moon.”
Gaming site Kotaku named the album among The Best Game Music of 2011. In 2020, Daniel tweeted: ”Kotaku was one of the first gaming websites to write about my music in any significant way.”
”Minecraft – Volume Alpha” comprises most of the music featured in Minecraft.
A physical release of ”Minecraft – Volume Alpha” was issued by Ghostly International on August 21, 2015.
Minecraft – Volume Beta
On November 9, 2013, Rosenfeld released Minecraft – Volume Beta. It appeared on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart, and it was completely self-released by Daniel on his Bandcamp account and other digital download services.
It includes 30 songs for a total length of approximately 140 minutes. He said: ”It’s my longest album ever, and I hope you’ll love the amount of work I crammed into it.” Daniel also said that “the tone [Minecraft – Volume Beta] is both more positive and at times very dark,” than ”Minecraft – Volume Alpha.”
Minecraft – Volume Beta includes newer music that was added into Minecraft after the release of the previous album. This album is his 13th album overall.
Beyond Stranger Things
In 2017, Rosenfeld has produced the theme for Beyond Stranger Things, the after-show for the Stranger Things, a TV series released on Netflix and created by the Duffer Brothers.
The series stars Cara Buono, Winona Ryder, Joe Keery, David Harbour, Charlie Heaton, Finn Wolfhard, Natalia Dyer, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, and Millie Bobby Brown.
Beyond Stranger Things was launched alongside the release of Stranger Things’ second season, and it has seven episodes.
On September 7, 2018, Daniel released another studio album, titled – ”Excursions.” The first single released is called Beton, while its second single, ”Thunderbird”, was released on August 20, 2018.
Rosenfeld said about the album: ”This new project, Excursions, has been a trip down my own memory lane before Minecraft, when I aspired to create music I could hear on a commute to dance to.”
In January 2019, the album was released on CD by Driftless Recordings.
Excursions’ tracklist includes:
- Cold Summer;
- Figure 8;
- Fake Triplets;
”Minecraft specifically is just so random; you can’t predict anything at all, ever.”
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”Whenever I obsess over a piece of music, I am out of commission for weeks.”
”Fortnite’s marketing is really on point currently.”
”After weeks of reading books of ALL sorts, I am still none the wiser.”
Rosenfeld chose the name C418 since it is “really cryptic and doesn’t actually mean anything.”
In 2018, Daniel appeared in 9 episodes of Minecraft The Web Series, while in 2012 he was featured in the documentary – ”Minecraft: The Story of Mojang.”
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C418 – Net Worth
Daniel earned most of his wealth from composing music for Minecraft. He still owns the rights to all the music in Minecraft since he was not on staff at the company that owned Minecraft, but he worked as a freelance artist. It is not known how much C418 received for creating music for Minecraft.
Moreover, Daniel released numerous independent albums on his Bandcamp page. Rosenfeld said to FactMag: ”I never assumed making money and making music was the same thing.” Therefore, C418 has an estimated net worth of $0.5 million.
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