Dren McDonald

My Music

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Personal Info

Full Name

Dren McDonald

Bio

Dren is an award winning game audio professional who has worn many hats over the course of many projects (composer, sound designer, audio director) and has shipped over 60 game titles. The indie game “Gathering Sky” won 3 GANG awards for Best Indie Game Audio, Best Sound Design in a Casual Game and Best Article (3 part journal about the audio development of this title.)

He has worked in-house as Audio Director for Loot Drop (Ghost Recon Commander, Pettington Park), and at 6 Waves/LOLapps where he worked on hit titles such as Ravenwood Fair, and Ravenskye City. As director of NERDTRACKS he’s gotten his hands dirty on a bevy of titles and interactive projects for publishers/developers such as Valve, Glu Mobile, Facebook, Razer, Microsoft, 17 Bit, DeNA, Romero Games, PlayFirst, EA, and Disney Interactive on a variety of platforms. He is also a visiting faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the Technology and Applied Composition Department, and has previously taught at UC Santa Cruz’ Games and Playable Media graduate program.

Personal Website

nerdtracks.com

Country

USA

City

SF Bay Area

State

CA

Work

Skills

Performer, Composer, Sound Designer, Audio Director, Field Recordist

Instrument Skills

Guitar, Vocalist, Mandolin, Ethnic Strings, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Slide Guitar

My Awards

2010 GANG Distinguished Service Award
2011 GDC Online “Best Audio in an Online Game” nominee
2012 GANG “Best Audio in a Casual, Social or Indie Game” nominee

Games I've worked on

Desktop Dungeons,
Slots of Fun (Idle Games),
Endless Reader,
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Foodimal Frenzy,
Skulls of the Shogun,
Zombie Farm Escape,
Zombie Farm Battles,
Pettington Park,
Ghost Recon Commander,
BlackJack (Mobilityware),
Go (Mobilityware),
Video Poker Tour,
Snow Day,
Zoo Swap,
Ravenwood Fair,
Ravenshire Castle,
Ravenskye City,
Zombie Farm 2,
Tree World,
Overlap,
MindSnacks,
MLB: Full Deck,
Le Bun’s Fashion Stash,
graBLOX,
Zoo World 2,
Cloudforest Expedition,
Idle Worship,
Back & Forth,
Music Construction Set – The Blues,
Instant Jam,
Riddim Ribbon Free,
Riddim Ribbon: Black Eyed Peas,
Tap Tap Revenge 2,
Tap Tap Revenge 3,
Tap Tap Revenge: Kings of Leon,
Tap Tap Revenge: Coldplay,
Tap Tap Revenge: Metal Blade,
Pocket Clinic,
Tommy Tronic

Current Employer

nerdtracks.com

Employer's website

nerdtracks.com

Current Title

audio director, composer, sound designer

Previous companies you worked for and job title there (optional)

Loot Drop (Audio Director),6 Waves/LOLapps (Audio Director)