Minecraft Player Covers Portal's "Still Alive" Entirely on Note Blocks

By Natalie Schmidt

October 1, 2021

Minecraft is truly a game where you can create anything, and this Redditor’s Minecraft Portal cover shows off its musical capabilities.

To this day, Minecraft remains one of the biggest and most successful games of all time. With so much possibility for different play styles and creativity, it’s solidified itself as a game that can truly go beyond its “sandbox” definition.

Players have created everything from a massive virtual library to full-scale recreations of Westeros, but this time, Redditor minoan8128 took to the game’s note blocks for inspiration.

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With what must be hundreds of note blocks, minoan8128 played the entirety of Portal‘s “Still Alive.” The acclaimed song was originally written by Jonathan Coulton and sung by Ellen McLain as the infamous GLaDOS. Most importantly, “Still Alive” was the game’s end credits theme, providing a bit of additional character to the murderous robot.

Firstly, the video takes the viewer on a minecart ride through the song. An intricate Redstone set-up hits the blocks in time, playing the song’s full chords, percussion, and melody at once. It’s fun, it’s nostalgic, and it’s an impressive feat of musical engineering.

Check out the full song cover below:

Additionally, you can catch glimpses of other Portal references in the Redditor’s game world. Large Aperture Science logos, Portal turrets made from banners, and a recognizable cake are sure to bring a smile to any Portal fan watching.

Following that, there’s even a GLaDOS sculpture sitting between two “portals,” sending Minecraft llamas from the classic blue portal to a connecting orange one. It’s another display of clever Redstone building, which can often be one of the most complicated aspects of the game.

Even more impressively, the Redditor did it all in Survival Vanilla Minecraft. The sheer amount of time alone required to complete the song makes this an impressive project, let alone the resource gathering. minoan8128’s gave a true in-game performance, showing off another creative possibility for Minecraft.

Personally, I’ll be keeping my eyes out for any other Minecraft note block covers out there. For those interested in giving it a shot themselves, Minecraft is available on PC, mobile, Xbox One, PS4, and the Nintendo Switch.

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Natalie Schmidt

Natalie (She/Her) is a writer and game design enthusiast hailing from way-too-sunny Los Angeles. She loves to dissect game narrative and analyze mechanics, but she doesn’t even want to think about how many hours she’s spent playing D&D or The Witcher 3. Aside from triple-A adventures, she’s passionate about RPGs of all kinds and meaningful representation in games

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