Minecraft’s newest snapshot includes music composed by Lena Raine & Kumi Tanioka

Publication date of the original Japanese article: 2021-10-26 11:08 (JST)
Translated by. Ryuki Ishii


Snapshot 21W42A for the Java Edition of Minecraft went live on October 20, which includes some of the content for the upcoming Caves & Cliffs: Part II update. The latest snapshot also adds new tracks composed by Lena Raine and Kumi Tanioka.

The renowned composer Lena Raine, who created the beautiful ambient music for Celeste, handles the majority of the songs for Caves & Cliffs. Raine’s signature style is prominent, and the Japanese composer Tanioka injects new breath into the soundtrack with her contribution to three of the songs.

Kumi Tanioka is a Japanese composer who previously worked at Square/Square Enix. She was involved in various works including Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. In the former title, she composed tracks such as “Gustaberg” and “Awakening.” In Crystal Chronicles, she handled the theme song “Sound of the Wind” and the ending theme “Moonless Starry Night.”

Tanioka left the company in 2009 and became a freelancer. Since then, she has worked on Ragnarok Odyssey, Half-Minute Hero, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, and more. Recently, she has been working with the sound production company ATTIC INC. on many occasions, including the aforementioned Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

In Minecraft, she composed three songs that are currently available to listen to: “Floating Dream,” “Comforting Memories,” and “An Ordinary Day.” Mellow piano tracks created by Tanioka, who is also a pianist.

* She tweeted out saying how it was an honor to be able to work on this project and provide tracks alongside Raine.


The official launch of Caves & Cliffs: Part II is scheduled for later this year. Meanwhile, you can listen to the new tracks via Spotify, Apple Music, or by playing the snapshot 21W42A.