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The String Arcade

by The String Arcade

This is a recording of video game music, arranged for string quartet. This isn't an arbitrary (or novelty) collection of game music, but a well curated collection of music that works together thematically as a completed recording.
Genre: Classical: String Quartet
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Grasswalk - Plants vs. Zombie
3:06 $0.99
2. Echos of Ecco - Ecco the Dolphin
4:34 $0.99
3. Ferdinand Wanders Out for a Late Night Haircut - Pettington Park
3:01 $0.99
4. Engii - Ftl
3:07 $0.99
5. Sonic 2 Scherzo - Sonic the Hedgehog 2
3:19 $0.99
6. Outlaws Title Theme
2:22 $0.99
7. Medicated Cow Walks the Cobbled Streets With Disgruntled Goat - Ravenshire Castle
2:27 $0.99
8. Scurvy Scallywags Theme - Scurvy Scallywags
1:38 $0.99
9. Scabb Cemetery_international House of Mojo - Secret of Monkey Island 2
2:59 $0.99
10. Altered Beast Title Theme
1:58 album only
11. Optimism for an Improvement in the John Situation
1:55 $0.99
12. Turret Suite - Portal 2
3:38 $0.99
13. Minecraft Title Theme
3:24 $0.99
14. Tron Arcade Medley
4:40 album only
15. Tango Down - Grablox
1:41 $0.99
16. Dance of the Space Bugs - Galaga
3:30 $0.99
17. The Legend of Zelda Title Theme
2:26 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
100% of the sales from this recording go to the Alameda Music Project. AMP is an after school, K-5 music program, based on the El Sistema music program of Venezuela and is a tuition-free program featuring strings, chorus and percussion.

The String Arcade began as a Kickstarter campaign which was succesfully funded in Aug. 2013..

The project was produced by composer Dren McDonald. He arranged 13 of the songs (4 of them his own compositions), mixed the recordings, oversaw the KS campaign and worked with the musicians during the sessions. 4 of the songs were arranged by Jason Poss (Sonic, Tron, Ecco and Galaga). Tim Lindeen was the remote recording engineer.

String Arcade Players:
Cello - Robin Reynolds
Viola - Emily Onderdonk
Violin II - Celia Harris
Violin I - Alisa Rose (except on Ecco, Sonic, Minecraft & Tron)
Violin I - Philip Brezina (only on Ecco, Sonic, Minecraft & Tron)

Special Guests: Videri String Quartet playing The Legend of Zelda
Cello - Jeremiah Barcus
Viola - Rosie Samter
Violin I - Aubrey holmes
Violin II - Renee Spadey

Produced by Dren McDonald and the Kickstarter Backers
Recorded by: Tim Lindeen
Arrangements: Dren McDonald
Except for Echos of Ecco, Tron Arcade Medley, Sonic 2 Scherzo, & Dance of the Space Bugs by Jason Poss

COVER ART: Eunjung June Kim

Mastered: John Mayfield,, Nashville, TN
Music Prep: Robin Reynolds, Jason Poss, Dren McDonald
Mixed by Dren McDonald

"Dren takes the essence of these great game songs and transforms them into the classical style. The result is a new way of looking at these songs in a different light, and in a soothing manner.”
- John Romero
(game developer, Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein 3D, Ravenwood Fair)

" @drenmc's @thestringarcade album is wonderful."
- Kenny Young
(Head of Audio, Media Molecule, LIttle Big Planet, Tearaway)

"They are, without a doubt, one my favorite musical groups working in the games field. "
- Ben Prunty
(composer, FTL, Gravity Ghost)

"The String Arcade's take on Scurvy Scallywags is a brilliant arrangement, and in such fine company with so many iconic games!"
-Clayton Kauzlaric
(Scurvy Scallywags, Voodoo Vince)



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