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I've played mostly with Minecraft's music muted since Alpha, and have just recently started keeping it on while I play.

In the latest version (1.10), the subtle gameplay music seems to kick in ten or twenty minutes after starting the game and wandering around above ground. It will play for a while, then go away.

Is there any pattern to the gameplay music, or are there any special triggers?

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possible duplicate of What does Minecraft's scary music mean? –  z - Jan 18 '12 at 1:21
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Though I just dupe voted, it occurs to me that this is probably different, as the linked question asks about cave sounds, and this one appears to ask about the music. (CC @yx.) –  John the Green Jan 18 '12 at 1:27
    
@yx.—I read through that question. It addresses the ambient sounds, not ambient music. –  dlras2 Jan 18 '12 at 2:08
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Well, first, there are two terms you're using here that may cause confusion. Ambience is the term used to describe the "cave noises" that play when near caves. I will assume that you are talking about the gameplay music, though, so here's that.

Until recently, I thought that is was completely random, but it actually isn't. A random track is selected at sunrise, sunset, noon, and midnight, though in some cases no music at all will be selected. This chooses completely randomly between the various Minecraft in-game music tracks.

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Ambient music and ambient noise are both very standard terms. But I think that "ambiance" in Minecraft refers more often to the cave noises. –  dlras2 Jan 18 '12 at 2:24
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@DanR: True, but the wiki refers to them with these terms. He wasn't wrong, I was just clarifying. –  Jake King Jan 18 '12 at 2:40
    
That would be a good reason to stick to those terms! I also found your answer under the "trivia" section on the page. ;-) –  dlras2 Jan 18 '12 at 3:04
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I play Minecraft all day and I've noticed that a track plays at sunset and midnight.

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