Last year, composer Dren McDonald led a successful Kickstarter campaign for his project The String Arcade, a string quartet reimagining of classic video game music. Now that the recordings are finished, The String Arcade is available for preorder on iTunes and BandCamp and will make its official release on February 11 for digital download and CD.
The String Arcade features fifteen original arrangements inspired by games from Galaga to Minecraft and performed by local musicians. A special appearance is made by the Boston-based Videri String Quartet who perform “The Legend of Zelda” suite. One preview track, Plants Vs. Zombies‘ “Grasswalk,” has been released as a free digital download available on SoundCloud. Here is a list of the tracks available on the album:
- Grasswalk – Plants vs. Zombies
- Echos of Ecco – Ecco the Dolphin
- Ferdinand Wanders Out For a Late Night Haircut – Pettington Park
- Engii – FTL – Faster Than Light
- Sonic 2 Scherzo – Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Outlaws Title Theme – Outlaws
- Medicated Cow Walks the Cobbled Streets with Disgruntled Goat – Ravenshire Castle
- Scurvy Scallywags Theme – Scurvy Scallywags
- Scabb Cemetery/International House of Mojo – The Secret of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge
- Altered Beast Title Theme – Altered Beast
- Optimism For an Improvement in The John Situation
- Turret Suite – Portal 2
- Minecraft Title Theme – Minecraft
- Tron Arcade Medley – Tron Arcade
- Tango Down – graBLOX
- Dance of the Space Bugs – Galaga
- The Legend of Zelda – The Legend of Zelda
The String Arcade can be preordered at a discount leading up to the album’s February 11 release. Digital downloads are available from iTunes for $7.99 (normally $9.99), and the CD version, which includes two bonus tracks not included with the digital download, can be preordered from BandCamp for $9.99 (regularly $11.99).
If awesome discounts aren’t enough to convince you to preorder, also know that all proceeds from album sales will go to the Alameda Music Project, a tuition free K-5 after school program. So go preorder some great video game tunes and help the children too!