Review Fix chats with Bay Area composer Dren McDonald about his classic video game music album, “The String Arcade.” Reimagined for the a string quartet, McDonald puts a cool twist on some of your favorite gamer tunes. “The String Arcade” spans a few decades in video game history, from stand-up arcade classics (Galaga, TRON), through the 8- and 16-bit eras (Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Ecco the Dolphin) and the golden age of 1990s adventures (Monkey Island 2, Outlaws), to more recent hits (Portal 2, Minecraft), indie favorites (FTL — Faster Than Light, Scurvy Scallywags), and mobile/social games (graBLOX, Pettington Park, Ravenshire Castle).
“The String Arcade” officially released on February 11 for digital download and CD. All album proceeds will be donated to the Alameda Music Project (http://www.alamedamusicproject.org), a tuition-free K-5 after-school program launching in September.
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