Still Alive + Minecraft = Internet

The internet is eating itself.

It’s hard not to think that musical blocks weren’t added to Minecraft with the sole intention of ensuring a trillion new YouTube videos that we all can’t resist posting. Double that down with the internet’s endless love for Portal’s Still Alive (how will they ever compete with that in Portal 2?), and you’ve got a post that has to be there first thing on a Monday morning to correctly start your week. And this isn’t a half-arsed job. Incredibly only taking five or six hours to put together, this is a remarkable piano rendition of the Coulton song.

The project, by Tritex989, came after popular demand from his posting of the introduction. He explains that the timing issues are due to redstone lag, rather than setting it up incorrectly. But since the idea of getting two notes to play in order is beyond me the idea that someone may criticise it seems very silly to me.

Oh, and the punchline is lovely.

You can download the map for the tune here.


  1. mowglie says:


  2. adonf says:

    “the punchline is lovely”

    Wohohoho spoilers !

  3. Merelia says:

    The last bit was fantastic.

  4. Shadram says:


  5. DarkNoghri says:

    Anyone care to explain how this works for someone who’s about to go to bed and can’t be bothered to search?

    • evilbobthebob says:

      NOT NOT gates between every note for delay.

    • Trans says:

      What do you mean; NOT NOT gates? Is it NOT gates or NOT??

      Bah, i tried to lean about how to use logic gates from the wiki, but it gave me a terrible headache. I thought “How hard can it be?” Then saw an amazing picture of a “JK Flip-flop” at which point I thought they were taking the piss. But no, such a thing really does exist, and more… it has a purpose. Though I know not what it could be.

      I need to sink a few more hours into the game but I have this fear that as soon as I fire it up, it will immediately be 4am in the morning 2 hours before I have to up for work, but because of strange temporal anomolies due to Einsteinian time-dilation theory (or something) it will only feel like I started playing 20 minutes ago at 7pm.

      That is what happened last time and all I did was build a glass house and shit myself when I heard a strange noise in the cave…

      Brilliant game but I feel rather inferior to some of the guys/gals working on the wacky projects.

      EDIT: And btw how can I be posting comments too quickly?

    • evilbobthebob says:

      I mean INPUT->redstone->block with redstone torch->redstone->block with redstone torch->redstone->OUTPUT. Each of those (redstone->block with redstone torch) is a NOT gate, because it reverses the input’s value. It is called a “repeater” on the wiki, because it is used to extend redstone signals past the 17 block limit. However, the torch change induces a delay which is fortunately almost identical to a double note duration. I employed this to good effect with a pressure plate to make a “doorbell” that goes ding-dong.

    • Renk says:

      The best tutorials i’ve seen is this series of youtube videos here: link to

      He does a pretty good job of laying down the basics of all the gates and such. Beyond that, the next best thing is to make your self a large flat playground in-game, a large pile of redstone dust, some switches, and go at it.

  6. stahlwerk says:

    The pigs are listening.

  7. Tei says:

    The same dude has created LIFE, life inside a computer, using minecraft. Check his other videos for the conway game of life.

  8. markside says:

    And I thought my sandstone tower was pretty good…. Back to the drawing/madly-adhocking board.

  9. Jerricho says:

    Thats incredible. He wins this week’s internet.

  10. d32 says:


  11. Legionary says:

    I’m making a ‘note’ here, huge success.

    (I’ll get my coat.)

  12. CMaster says:

    Quoting myself from here
    “I predict that within the next week or so, RPS will run a story where somebody has created a machine to automatically play a well-known video game tune using redstone and tone blocks.”

    Pretty obvious, but still feeling kinda smug about the accuracy.

    • Shazbut says:

      I remembered. Your prophetic ability wasn’t lost on me.

    • opel says:

      Swiftly guide us into the future, oh wise and powerful prophet. Tell us all that you know. XCOM – good, bad? Deus Ex? Will someone reply with “What a shame?”

    • golden_worm says:

      Ohh, what’s really going to bake your noodle later on is, would they still have posted it if you hadn’t said anything?

    • CMaster says:

      No, not really.
      I’m pretty sure they’d have posted this anyway.

    • Starky says:

      I think everybody who’s been on the internet and reading RPS for more than a week or two probably guessed that within a week of the music blocks going live people would be posting video’s of video game tunes played with them.

      Ranked in order of probability would be…

      Still Alive
      Mario 1-1
      Zelda theme

      Then I expect to see some Moonlight Sonata, maybe some Canon, then some pop/hip Hop themes.

    • DOLBYdigital says:

      *golf clap*
      Thanks golden_worm for the laugh, haven’t seen that movie in a long time.

  13. Shadowcat says:

    I liked the bit with the jumping cow.

  14. rei says:

    Neat. Doesn’t exactly fit in your living room, though. Maybe notch will make an LP-pressing machine block that spits out records when you feed tunes into it, somehow.

  15. radomaj says:

    How about this, though?

    • Starky says:

      That is cool and all. but it is basically just flashing lights – the music was done outside of minecraft using sampled sounds from minecraft.

      It’s still impressive, but not as impressive as if it was possible in game (it isn’t – yet).

    • PleasingFungus says:

      That is… really cool.

      EDIT: And now I look a bit foolish.

      Ah well

  16. Spatula says:

    Damn it. That tunes in my head now :-(

  17. DrunkDog says:

    I like the half-arsed-ness of the whole thing. It works in that lovely fudge-y way Minecraft does so well.

  18. Khryses says:

    Well that is just intensely awesome.

    Now all I have to do is reopen my minecraft, forge new weapons and sprint from ‘Ground’ to ‘Lava level’ through three security doors and find my inventory before it despawns, then try to work out how to make use of my redstone bounty to make sweet music!

    …I imagine there’s something in the wiki ^_^

  19. Tom OBedlam says:

    Thats just magic, isn’t it?

  20. Narcotic says:

    Lets not forget this: link to

  21. nuh uh no way says:

    What a… triumph.

  22. TalonofElysia says:

    The cake is no longer a lie!

  23. Bahumat says:

    In before someone posts a link to a working “In the Fire And The Flames” by Dragonforce in Minecraft.

  24. Bob Lewis says:


  25. Vinraith says:

    Impressive bit of work, obviously, but I wish the inherent restrictions of the system (timing, octave limits) allowed you to make a more… musical piece of music.

    • Wulf says:

      Hopefully Notch will include other tone blocks with different octaves/sounds!

  26. Araxiel says:

    God damn it Internet! What can you not do?! What’s next? A cat playing Minecraft playing Still Alive?

  27. Ergates_Antius says:

    Reminds me of the time I programmed the whole of the first movement of the Moonlight sonata into my Spectrum 128+2 using only PLAY* commands.

    Took a while….

    * Marginally more advanced than BEEP

  28. outoffeelinsobad says:

    My life is drab and meaningless in comparison!

  29. Alwayswright says:

    Just sayin