1. Faculty

Dren McDonald

Technology and Applied Composition

"The music is equally ingenious, cinematic, emotional, engrossing. Dren McDonald is another discovery I made thanks to Gathering Sky, and he is now on my personal list of the best composers in mobile games." -Pocketmeta


  • Sound Design
  • Mixing and Mockups


  • BA, California State University, Long Beach


  • Game Audio Network Guild 2015: Best Audio in an Indie Game, Best Sound Design in a Casual Game (both for Gathering Sky)
  • Game Audio Network Guild 2014: Best Game Music Remix - The String Arcade "Grasswalk" from Plants Vs. Zombies

What is your hometown?

Long Beach, CA

What are you passionate about outside of music?

My kids, video game design, and game audio middleware.

Who were your major teachers?

Lanny Cordola and Michael Carney.

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“What is it that I love and how can I make a living doing that?”

What was a turning point in your career?

Leaving the music industry for the game industry.

What is your daily practice routine?

I'm usually composing or sound designing every day.

What are your most important collaborations?

The String Arcade, Gathering Sky.

What recordings can we hear you on?

Dangerous Dave in the Deserted Pirate's Hideout Original Game Soundtrack
Gathering Sky Original Game Soundtrack
The String Arcade
The Music of Ravenworld (Music from Ravenwood Fair, Ravenskye City and Ravenshire Castle)
The Barbary Coast EP