See, following a successful Kickstarter campaign, California composer Dren McDonald has arranged a number of videogame soundtracks for string quartet. Meet: The String Arcade. Classy!
Like I say, I wouldn’t normally listen to string music, but The String Arcade’s videogame tie in was a good excuse to crank it up. And crank it up I did.
With 15 tracks in all, there are lots of familiar names here, but some of the String Arcade pieces I enjoyed most I had no prior familiarity with.
I wouldn’t have been able to hum the Minecraft theme, for example, but played by string quartet, it’s immensely enjoyable.
On the whole, I was surprised at how emotive The String Arcade is. There’s obviously a lot of excellent videogame music out there, but this is seriously impressive stuff.
Some of the movements are predictably playful, but far from being some twee tongue-in-cheek nod to videogames, The String Arcade is also dark, broody, and at times balls-out ominous.
Pencilled in for a February 11 release, you can currently pre-order The String Arcade for £5.99 at iTunes before it jumps up a couple of quid.
And if you’re in two minds, you might be swayed by the fact that it’s all for a good cause, with all The String Arcade proceeds going to a non-profit after school music program in Almeda, California.
Or heck, if you frown upon helping your fellow man, but enjoy videogame and/or string music, you can always check out The String Arcade for the sheer enjoyment, and to hell with the kids.
I’ll briefly reiterate how much I loved The String Arcade (a lot) before relaying the full track list. Here it comes:
- Grasswalk - Plants Vs. Zombies
- Echos of Ecco - Ecco The Dolphin
- Ferdinand Wanders Out For a Late Night Haircut - Pettington Park
- Engii - FTL
- Sonic 2 Scherzo - Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Outlaws Title Theme
- Medicated Cow Walks the Cobbled Streets with Disgruntled Goat - Ravenshire Castle
- Scurvy Scallywags Theme - Scurvy Scallywags
- Scabb Cemetery_International House of Mojo - Secret of Monkey Island 2
- Optimism For an Improvement in The John Situation
- Turret Suite - Portal 2
- Minecraft Title Theme
- Tango Down - graBLOX
- Dance of the Space Bugs - Galaga
- The Legend of Zelda Title Theme
Composer: Dren McDonald
Pre-order price: £5.99 @ iTunes
Release date: February 11