Stardew Valley’s charming farm decorations include two unique little blocks that play a flute note or a drum sound when players run by them. Though they’re cute, I never quite figured out how to arrange them. Mine were typically consigned to gather dust in a random chest somewhere in a dark corner of my farm.
But in the hands of the right player, flute and drum blocks transform into something incredible: walking tracks that play complex classical melodies and popular tunes. And in the past six months, talented Stardew Valley players have created masterful flute block arrangements of dizzyingly complex songs like Mozart’s “Rondo Alla Turca (Turkish March),” Green Day’s “American Idiot,” the Pokémon battle theme, and of course, Toby Fox’s “Megalovania” from Undertale (in which the character even looks like Papyrus).
On Reddit, clips of players walking these musical paths have garnered tens of thousands of upvotes, and it’s easy to see why. These walking tracks are mesmerizing — like a video game equivalent of a vintage music box, one of those slowly rotating cylinders where each protruding metal tab makes a gentle plink. You can look at them and know this took some time to make. The arrangement of “Megalovania,” for example, took six hours to plan, followed by five hours of placing blocks, creator Yaramy wrote in the Reddit post. And this is someone who has made quite a few.
Arranging music is challenging, even with the best tools, and doing it in Stardew Valley takes a combination of Excel wizardry and furious clicking. It also involves some very specific hurdles: There’s the limitation of sounds that can be played at any given time; a sprite’s walking speed, which augments the tempo; and the challenge of finding a big enough spot on Stardew Valley’s map to lay it all out. Capturing the essence of a song is difficult — but still possible! — even with this small toolkit.
“One of the basics of recording is you have all these tracks you can use,” PK Levine, who did “American Idiot,” told Polygon over the phone. “In Stardew you have two, because at most your farmer can run by two flute blocks at a time in continuous sequence, at least. There’s exceptions to that rule, but they’re tricky.”
Levine is a multi-instrumentalist who can play guitar, piano, and drums. Green Day’s anthemic hit is obviously an iconic choice, but Levine picked it specifically because the song largely alternates between guitars and vocals, which allowed him to make it sound “driving, exciting, and interesting” with one track of flute and one track of drums. No rock song would work without those drums, Levin explained. Even then, it’s still an uphill battle, as “with drums you could be hitting as many as three drums simultaneously, and there’s frequently heavy syncopation,” Levine said.
Redditor NetWarrior FM, who created the Mario overworld theme and John Williams’ “Duel of the Fates” (a Star Wars theme) in Stardew Valley, explained that the flute blocks also have a limited sonic palette. Over email, he told Polygon, “you have to get a little creative and go an octave higher or lower and try to get the best sounding notes.”
No masterpiece is created overnight. Levine started his arrangement by making a detailed spreadsheet in which he mapped out the notes — flute blocks can play a range of 24 — while referencing the Stardew Valley wiki page and a tablature of the song’s melody and vocal line. The flute block row alone required 16 columns, which roughly translates to two 8/8 bars, Levine explained.
“The number of flute blocks that you’re going to run past in a certain time is going to be fixed,” Levine said. “So you can’t get really tricky with the rhythm. Essentially, a 4/4 bar of music translates directly to eight flute blocks.”
Drums can be even trickier. There are seven values, but they’re fairly subjective. You have to identify the difference between the bass and the snare, for example, and it can be hard to discern. Some players think the bass drum is at click zero, but for Levine, the bass is four clicks in while click zero sounds more like a low tom. Multiple creators explained that it comes down to trial and error.
“I basically laid out 16 drum pads and ran past them repeatedly — I just kept tweaking and tweaking and tweaking until I could cram it into those 16 pads,” Levine said. “It’s not until you hear it together that you get the sense, Does this work?”
Players can change the pitch of each flute and drum block in Stardew Valley by repeatedly left-clicking the mouse. A flute block defaults to C, and 12 clicks will get you to C at a higher octave. If you’re not a music person, this basically means a lot of fucking clicking to get a simple “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” let alone “Turkish March” or the drum line of “American Idiot.”
Levine is playing the game in multiplayer with mods Stardew Valley Expanded and CJB Item Spawner installed — for spawning flute blocks — and it took roughly four in-game months to complete the Green Day track. He did it in his multiplayer game, even though it doesn’t allow a player to pause, because he “loves playing with [his] friends” and just “wanted to do this organically.” Stardew Valley Expanded’s larger Calico Desert also gave Levine ample space; in a prior arrangement of the Gravity Falls theme, Levine used the vanilla game, and cacti kept getting in the way.
To play the song, his sprite pounds a cup of coffee, then sprints through. Base player speed is five; drinking a coffee bumps it up to six. So, guzzling coffee changes the song’s tempo, though it also happens to match the aesthetic — if I had to run through a musical maze, I’d caffeinate myself too. This is closer to the faster tempo of “American Idiot,” according to Levine, and it’s not unusual to see in other arrangements. On Levine’s next project, he’s planting grass on the path to slow his character’s walking speed because the track has a slower tempo.
NetWarrior FM took a different approach, using the mod CJB Cheats Menu in order to pause in-game and so his character sprite didn’t have to sleep as often. It also allowed him to adapt his player speed. He didn’t “plan on where to place the blocks beforehand” but likes to “just go with it.” NetWarrior FM also uses an item spawning mod, but just discovered a flute block mod that lets players change the instrument (toy piano is one option). He’s currently using it to arrange “Let It Go” from Frozen.
Every time one of these arrangements crosses my feed, I pause to take it in. I’ve seen enough to be able to “read” the shape of the song: You can tell which bars repeat when they appear like a closed loop that a player can walk a full lap on, with branching paths that lead to other movements or from a chorus to a verse. Thirteen years of classical piano and I can’t play anything I used to be able to, but evidently I can parse Stardew Valley flute block music. Go figure.
They’re evidence of hard work and incredible creativity, like a beautiful structure in Minecraft or a perfectly terraformed Animal Crossing: New Horizons island. They’re a physicalization of a song distilled into simple melodies and drum lines, pieces of music history that fans can recognize even without all of the bells and whistles. I wonder what they’ll adapt next.
The Flute Block is a crafted piece of Furniture. The recipe can be obtained from Robin's 6 heart event. The Flute Block itself can be obtained as a reward for donating 3 artifacts that include the Bone Flute to the Museum.How many flute blocks are in Stardew Valley? ›
To solve the puzzle, Stardew Valley players must take five Flute Blocks to Pirate Cove on a rainy day. Players can ensure a rainy day with the use of the Rain Totem; with this item, the next day will always bring showers.How do you reset flute blocks? ›
You can right-click a flute block to increase its pitch. There are 24 possible pitches, after which right-clicking again will reset to the first one.How do you get 5 Iridium bars in Stardew Valley? ›
Smelting. Iridium Ore can be smelted in a Furnace to create an Iridium Bar. The smelting requires 5 iridium ore and 1 Coal and takes 8 in-game hours.What is the code for Flute Block Stardew Valley? ›
- Follow the planks to reach the Mermaid Boat.
- Press the clams in this order to receive a pearl.
- You can only receive one pearl from the Mermaid Boat.
Only one Pearl can be obtained from the Mermaid Boat per save file, or one per player in Multiplayer.What is the rarest material in Stardew Valley? ›
The prismatic shard and galaxy sword are each incredibly rare so finding either, or both, is a real treat.What does Robin love? ›
- Goat Cheese.
- Prism Shard.
- Rabbit's foot.
A frequent problem can be sticky flute pads. Sometimes the key can become stuck completely until lifted or, much more common, the pad will make a sticking noise when played and the keys are being opened and closed. Trapping cigarette paper between the keys should temporally fix the problem.
After you play a flute for a long period of time, the condensation can build up inside the first chamber of the flute and the flute stops playing. The solution for this is to remove the bird from the flute and let it dry overnight. In most cases, overnight is enough to have the flute dry out.Why won t my flute play high notes? ›
When the high notes aren't coming out, or they're sounding off, that could mean a few different things. One of the most important aspects of our flute playing is air. If we don't use enough air, our notes won't be supported, so we should always focus on taking in lots of air before we play.How do you get infinite iridium in Stardew Valley? ›
If you can get a Fish Pond and put Super Cucumbers in it, it'll start to generate Iridium every few days. The Travelling Cart will occasionally sell it.Can I buy iridium from Clint? ›
One Iridium Bar can also be received as a gift from Clint at the Feast of the Winter Star. Two to three Iridium Bars may occasionally be found in treasure rooms in the Skull Cavern. The Statue Of Endless Fortune has a 25% chance to produce one daily, if it is not a villager's birthday.How do you get unlimited iridium Stardew? ›
Although there are several prerequisites to receive it, the Statue of Perfection is an item that can be placed on the Farm and will regenerate Iridium Ore every day. After receiving it, players can then use an in-game exploit to maximize the iridium yield to an unlimited amount.How do you get 5 iron bars in Stardew Valley? ›
An Iron Bar is created by smelting 5 Iron Ore in a furnace with 1 coal for fuel, or by Crafting the "Transmute (Fe)" recipe (3 Copper Bars into one Iron Bar which is unlocked at mining level 4). Iron Bars may occasionally be found in Garbage Cans after receiving the Furnace blueprints from Clint.Is there another way to get the mermaid pendant in Stardew Valley? ›
If the player gets divorced, they can purchase another one, which can be given to any marriage candidate. If the player is engaged but not yet married, they can return to the Old Mariner and purchase another pendant. The Mermaid's Pendant cannot be sold.What floors are best for iron Stardew Valley? ›
The Mines (Floors 41 - 79) have a high concentration of Iron Nodes with potential abundance at Floors 71 - 79. Can be dropped by Metal Heads in Floors 81-119 of The Mines, by Stone Golems in Floors 31-39 or by Iron Slimes.What is the best floor for ore Stardew Valley? ›
To farm Iron Ore, you should play through levels 40 to 79 of the mines, since that is where Iron Nodes are most likely to spawn. To farm Gold Ore, you should play through levels 80 until 119 and then rinse and repeat until you're satisfied with how many Gold Ores you have on you.Which level has the most iron Stardew? ›
To get iron, you need to break an iron node with a pickaxe. The best place to do so is in the mines, and the highest concentration of iron nodes is between levels 41 and 79.
You can only obtain one pearl from the Mermaid Boat per save file, but you can also obtain them from fish ponds, artefact troves and by deep sea fishing on the Night Market submarine. You can only receive one pearl from the Mermaid Boat.Is Elliot a mermaid Stardew Valley? ›
Elliott is a hybrid human/merperson, having been the result of a mermaid mother and human father. This resulted in him having the ability to go between merperson form and human form.Why won t the Old Mariner sell me the amulet? ›
If you are already married or have a housemate, the Old Mariner will appear, but will not sell a Mermaid's Pendant. If you get divorced, you can purchase another one, which can be given to any marriage candidate.How do you get divorced in Stardew Valley? ›
2 How To Get Divorced
Once inside Mayor Lewis's manor, they should head towards the left side of his house, right beside his kitchen. There, they'll find two books. If they choose the book on the right, an options box will pop up to ask if the player wants to get divorced.
The performance lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes. The player may leave the boat anytime, but leaving will restart the show. After the show, clam shells inside the boat can be clicked to play musical notes. Playing the correct notes in the correct sequence will award the player a special item.
Secret Note #19
First, walk left until they hit a permanent obstacle. Then walk up until they hit an obstacle, and so on. The path will lead the player around the house, through town, and ultimately to a secret Solid Gold Lewis statue hidden behind Mayor Lewis' house.
To spawn this item using an animal's name, visit Marnie's Ranch, speak to Marnie and purchase an animal (we recommend a chicken as it is cheapest). Name the animal  and press OK. You will then receive the stardrop item.Does horse flute work on the island Stardew Valley? ›
It only works outdoors while no other players are currently riding your horse (if in Multiplayer) and can be used to summon your horse to Ginger Island and to the Desert.