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Music is a game mechanic that allows the player to sing, and use instruments to create music. Songs can be imported into the game using ABC notation. This allows players the ability to share songs, or search for songs others have composed online.


Instruments are objects that can be used to create music. There are a large number of different varieties of instruments, including the Trumpet, Saxophone, Microphone, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Flute, Violin, various different types of percussion instruments, and Piano.

In multiplayer, different players can play different instruments together to create music as a 'band'.

When playing music, notes float up in time with the player making music. Tiy stated in a stream that they intend to give each race a unique instrument as well.

Instrument Listing

Below are all the instruments in game to date.

Instrument Description
Accordion Icon.png Accordion An accordion. Get those arms working!
Acoustic Guitar Icon.png Acoustic Guitar An acoustic guitar. Perfect for campfire songs.
Banjo Icon.png Banjo A banjo. Get ready to duel!
Bass Guitar Icon.png Bass Guitar A bass guitar. Lay down some rhythm.
Bright Piano Icon.png Bright Piano A bright-sounding piano. Great for performing more upbeat songs!
Clarinet Icon.png Clarinet A clarinet. Try not to squeak.
Drum Kit Icon.png Drum Kit A drum kit. Better warn the neighbours.
Electric Bass Guitar Icon.png Electric Bass Guitar An electric bass guitar. Lay down some rhythm.
Floran Bone Xylophone Icon.png Floran Bone Xylophone A bone xylophone. Produces a killer sound.
Flute Icon.png Flute A flute. But is it magic?
Hammered Dulcimer Icon.png Hammered Dulcimer A hammered dulcimer. Bash out a tune.
Harmonica Icon.png Harmonica A harmonica. Favourite instrument of grizzled space captains.
Harp Icon.png Harp A harp. Plucky.
Koto Icon.png Koto A koto. For that oriental sound.
Lead Guitar Icon.png Lead Guitar A lead guitar. For those who like to showboat.
Microphone (Male) Icon.png Microphone (Male) A microphone. Do your best Elvis impersonation.
Microphone (Female) Icon.png Microphone (Female) A microphone. For all the soulful divas out there.
Music Box Icon.png Music Box A music box. Is this a wind-up?
Nylon Guitar Icon.png Nylon Guitar A nylon guitar. It gently weeps.
Oboe Icon.png Oboe An oboe. It's pretty dusty.
Ocarina Icon.png Ocarina An ocarina. Make sure you have time to practice.
Overdrive Guitar Icon.png Overdrive Guitar A guitar. For those who like distortion.
Piano Icon.png Piano A piano. Truly a key instrument.
Reed Organ Icon.png Reed Organ A reed organ. Don't blow this performance.
Rock Organ Icon.png Rock Organ A rock organ. A real stadium-filler.
Saxophone Icon.png Saxophone A saxophone. For when you've got the space blues.
Steel Drum Icon.png Steel Drum A steel drum. Let's make some noise.
The model M Icon.png The model M A Glitch model M. With buckling spring mechanism from a more civilized age.
Trumpet Icon.png Trumpet A trumpet. Try not to blow your own horn.
Violin Icon.png Violin A violin. Don't bow out just yet.

Adding your own songs

Songs need to be added to the game directory. Place them in the folder path:


Starbound uses .abc files to play music, search online for .abc compositions to add in game!

Place the file into the \songs folder, you may need to restart after adding them there.

Suggested websites

Songs in .abc Format

Programs to listen to and/or edit .abc Songs