A young friend recently introduced me to the world of Minecraft. (Yeah, I know, I’m a late bloomer.) Minecraft is a video game where players build things out of textured cubes in a 3D-generated world. Activities include exploration, resource gathering, crafting and going on adventures.
As I’ve explored Minecraft further, I’ve found that music plays an important role in the game. Although there is a musical soundtrack provided, I’ve learned that many players turn down the soundtrack and stream their own music while they play. Players even create their own soundtracks using note blocks. Do a YouTube search and watch and listen to some of these creations.
A particular video caught my eyes (and ears)! The gamer painstakingly created a Minecraft experience to visually and aurally show the genius of the first canon from The Musical Offering by J.S. Bach. I’ve written several posts on this work.
Nicknamed the “crab canon,” Bach intended for it to be played forwards by one instrument and backwards by another – at the same time, of course. (This is Bach, after all!)
Some call this game “Mindcraft.” Watch this video entitled, Minecraft Crab Canon: A Musical Palindrome, and you’ll see why.