That said, it was last Monday when The Shaft got my hopes all fired up with this tweet:
Minecraft Universe http://bit.ly/kkK6bW Coming soon from the Dead Workers Party!
… so when the announcement came yesterday that the world premiere would be made via their Ustream broadcast, I got very excited! Unfortunately, my PC had other ideas, and after two hours or so of watching The Shaft, it decided to thrash its hard disk, ruining the moment for me! Mind you, I found out from my friend Imperialistic that there were problems down in Huntsville, anyway, at least for a while:
@AstragaliUSA Not just you, the streaming comp Blue Screened from Epic Overload
Still, I did eventually get the chance to see it, after much swearing from me and a reboot from the PC…
As for my opinion? Well, the short version is this:
But if that’s not good enough for you, here’s the longer version…
Eric’s really excelled himself with Minecraft Universe! I thought that In Search of Diamonds was impressive, but MU is an outstanding audio-visual treat. The whole experience is delightfully trippy, what with light shows, warping landscapes and a rocket-powered pig – and the music matches it perfectly. It was also a very pleasant surprise to hear WelshPixie, whose vocals added a marvellously ethereal quality to the tune. Eric says that he put in a huge amount of work on this, and it really shows – the video combines artistry and technical excellence, and the music uses a very clever mixing of in-game and external instrumentation.
What’s more, Minecraft Universe has already received the Notch Seal of Approval – as shown by this highly complimentary tweet:
I’m fairly sure this is one of the definitions of awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B0gg58y02A
It looks like ez enjoyed the video as well, if her re-tweeting of Eric’s release tweet was anything to go by… 🙂
New AWESOME Minecraft music video by @Nailhead http://blip.tv/theshaft/minecraft-universe-5194146 @TheShaftPodcast @WelshPixie
It wouldn’t surprise me if the number of views for Minecraft Universe out-does the tally for In Search of Diamonds… At this rate, Eric’s going to have a whole album, I reckon…
Yes, I’m already a huge fan of Eric’s music and videos, but he’s gone up even further in my estimation with Minecraft Universe – and I really hope that, as long as Minecraft continues to provide him with creative inspiration, he comes out with more first-rate stuff like this!