C418
Volume Alpha


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jonny Hunter CONTRIBUTOR (103 Reviews)
May 12th, 2011 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Video-game music, almost forgotten, looking for love.

It's not often that I choose to relax to a soundtrack, let alone one from a videogame and let alone one that I've played all of one time. But for "Volume Alpha" I make an exception, I make this exception because as a stand-alone album it holds itself among the top electronic/ambient albums of the year.

"Volume Alpha" does what any soundtrack should, it sets the mood. It can be quiet and peaceful at times or loud and epic, but at all times it's beautifully calm. This is the kind of album that you sit down to for a quick listen, only to emerge, staggering and numb, 2 hours later, confused but knowing that time wasn't wasted. It's immersion music, it will wash over you and if you allow it to do so you'll relax instantly, which pretty much makes it a "must have" for ambient fans.

Where the album really excels is when it gives the illusion of being simple, forming easy-to-listen-to samples that you can hum along to, annoying everyone else in the immediate vicinity, when in fact it follows the genuine trend of electronic music in being extremely complicated. The strong partnership of a piano lead and swirling synths can be found in a lot of the songs, most notably "Living Mice", and it creates a kind of signature for C418, it's expected. This doesn't mean that it's a bad thing, in fact it's necessary for building the mood and not breaking the listener out of it, but a tiny bit more variety would be nice.

That's not to say that there isn't any variety to be found, the final song "Droopy Likes Your Face" is completely different to anything else the album has to offer and is more in line with electronica than ambient. This sudden shift in tone and style hints at the fact that it was included as an advert for what C418 can achieve when he's not working to an order. In the end it's actually quite good, one of the best on the album, though it's probably for the best that it was placed at the end to prevent it from completely breaking the mood.

The fact that it's a soundtrack may put people off it, and I can't blame them because it put me off it too. But what we have to admit is that this is a stunning piece of ambient work that no one could have expected from a producer so small. It certainly isn't perfect, but it's easy to love.

Oh and the game in question is "Minecraft".



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Slum
May 12th 2011


2579 Comments


minecraft ftw

WashboardSuds
May 12th 2011


5025 Comments


I thought this was Minecraft seeing that album art

its a decent game, probably not as fascinated with it as other people are

WashboardSuds
May 12th 2011


5025 Comments


solid review btw, I pos'd

omnipanzer
May 12th 2011


21621 Comments


Relaxing game... relaxing soundtrack... do they randomly throw in a zombie moan or hisssss because that would be bad ass.

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StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 12th 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^

Nope, but there's a nice little number with the sound effects of someone shooting a chicken with an arrow.

omnipanzer
May 12th 2011


21621 Comments


YES!

/tiger woods fist pump

pizzamachine
May 12th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've always liked the music, yup, it's relaxing.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
May 12th 2011


2887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

heard the first two songs, sounds awesome

Eko
May 12th 2011


2119 Comments


minecraft ftw [2]

FearThyEvil
May 12th 2011


12629 Comments


minecraft ftw [3]

Wheelah
May 12th 2011


756 Comments


Playin' Minecraft right now.

wabbit
May 12th 2011


7010 Comments


"Relaxing game..." when you are in the open during the day. At night if you get caught in the wrong spot it is the most stressful game ever.

Also fuck creepers wrecking my shit...RIP great penis tower

FatChickIrl
May 12th 2011


4096 Comments


this looks so wierd haha

cvlts
May 12th 2011


8967 Comments


...tha fuck is this?

whywontyoudie
May 12th 2011


3063 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

5'd this based on the fact that Minecraft is awesome. music is cool too. but MINECRAFT

wabbit
May 13th 2011


7010 Comments


This game more than any other makes you feel so productive from doing absolutely nothing. I spent two hours getting obsidian last night and I felt like I had accomplished something (well except when I drowned that one time.)

omnipanzer
May 13th 2011


21621 Comments


"Also fuck creepers wrecking my shit...RIP great penis tower"

I lol'd

Torii
May 14th 2011


816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Love this review. pos'd.

Torii
May 14th 2011


816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Also, Minecraft is tits.

Jonnyborg
May 14th 2011


232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Seeing a review for this pleases me.



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