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Awards

2 GRAMMY Awards
2 Game Audio Network Guild Awards
1 Game Audio Network Guild Award Nomination
2 Independent Music Awards
1 Independent Music Award Nomination
International Songwriting Competition, 1st Place
RCM Horovitz Composition Prize Winner
Regional Emmy Award: Best Historical Feature*
John Lennon Songwriting Contest Finalist
USA Songwriting Competition Hon. Mention
GameSpy: Best Music (H/M)
Archaeological Channel Film Festival (H/M)
Sundance Composer's Fellowship

Press

"When I first heard about an unusual classical album — devoted to a droplet of water moving from snow to a mountain stream to the ocean and back to the clouds — performed in 10 languages, I thought it might be a bit much. Then I heard the music. I was hooked." - Jason Margolis, PRI's The World
"This year's Grammy Awards will be remembered as a musical milestone for the video game industry and Christopher Tin. The 34-year-old composer from Santa Monica, Calif. won two Grammys for "Baba Yetu", a song he composed for 2K Games' Civilization IV and for a follow-up album that was inspired by the game. It's the first time that video game music has ever been awarded a Grammy." - Wall Street Journal
"What good is global domination without a great soundtrack? The 2005 hit Civilization IV got "Baba Yetu," as its rousing, anthemic theme song, courtesy of composer Christopher Tin." - Time Magazine
"Commissioning and performing one of the pieces in the project gave me a fresh perspective on how a gifted composer like Tin finds his voice as an artist and hones his vision for a project even in the face of challenging circumstances and multiple revisions... the experience of being inside Tin’s compelling and unpretentious creative process was exhilarating." - David Rutherford, Colorado Public Radio
"His piece, Baba Yetu, for Civilization IV, combined orchestral elements with strong African vocals, joyfully suggesting the cradle of life itself, instead of the more militaristic sounds one might associate with a strategy game about conquering... The sound is of a burgeoning, evolving civilisation itself, peaking in imperial crescendo before, appropriately enough, dying out." - Lucy Prebble, The Guardian
"Tin knows his craft. He certainly knows all the tropes that make those blockbuster soundtracks succeed... This was my first contact with what I would later discover was the prodigious breadth of Tin’s interests in different forms of music, not only on a global scale but also on a commercial one, since he was just as capable of writing music for video games as turning out this delightfully intimate little song..." - Stephen Smoliar, Examiner
"Composer Christopher Tin's "Baba Yetu," originally written for the video game Civilization IV, has been nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). It's the first time music written for a game has been nominated for anything at the Grammys. And a well-deserved first it is." - The Atlantic
But beyond the massive success of his Civilization IV theme “Baba Yetu,” Tin’s career in classical composition has earned him equal — if not more — praise from the recording industry. His 2009 classical crossover album Calling All Dawns also won a Grammy the same year as “Baba Yetu.” His newest album, The Drop That Contained the Sea, premiered at Carnegie Hall this past April before releasing at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical charts in May.- VentureBeat
"The opening theme to Civilization IV took home videogame music’s first ever Grammy award last night… “Baba Yetu” is a standout piece of music — always one of the highlights of [the Video Games Live] concerts, for me — and richly deserving of the award." - Wired

Calling All Dawns

A song cycle about life.

Calling All Dawns is a song-cycle in three movements: day, night and dawn. Each movement corresponds to a different phase of life--life, death, and rebirth. There are songs of joy, mystery, and hardship, reflecting the complexity of our mortality. There are songs of the deepest, darkest sorrow to accompany us through death. And finally, there are songs of triumph and exultation that bring us roaring back to life, beginning the cycle anew.

The twelve songs are sung in twelve languages, including Swahili, Mandarin, Hebrew, Irish, Farsi, and many more. The lyrics themselves come from a variety of sources, both sacred and secular: Japanese haiku, Maori proverbs, the Torah, the Bhagavad Gita, and many more. Each song flows seamlessly into the next, and the album ends on the same chord that it opens with--thereby representing the fluid, cyclical nature of the universe. It carries a strong message of unity: that regardless of race, culture and religious belief, we are all connected through our common human experience.

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The Drop That Contained the Sea

A theme and variations on water.

The Drop That Contained the Sea is a collection of commissioned works on the theme of water. Each of the 10 pieces is sung in a different language, exploring a different vocal tradition: Bulgarian women's choirs, Mongolian throat singing, and Portuguese fado, to name just a few. Each piece also deals with water in a different form, arranged in the order that water flows through the world: melting snow, mountain streams, rivers, the ocean, and so forth. And like Calling All Dawns, the end of the album flows back into the beginning, reflecting the endless nature of the water cycle.

The title The Drop That Contained the Sea comes from a Sufi concept: in the same way that every drop of water contains the essence of the sea, inside every human is the essence of all of humanity. In keeping with this idea I've introduced a water theme in the prelude, and woven subtle variations throughout the album. It contains all seven notes of a major scale-four descending and three ascending-mirroring the flow of water through our world, and representing the vast ocean of melodic possibility contained within a single scale.

God of Love

Renaissance poetry reinvented as trip-hop.

Stereo Alchemy is Christopher Tin's electronic collaboration with producer Kametron. Their debut album is God of Love--a collection of 10 songs based on Renaissance and Romantic era poetry, by writers such as Christina Rossetti, John Donne, and Lord Byron. They describe their signature sound as 'decadent electronica'--a blend of trip hop, post punk, and synth pop.

The album features guest vocals by singers Melissa R. Kaplan (of Universal Hall Pass and Splashdown), Mozez (of Zero 7), and Lia Rose (of Built for the Sea). The album was mixed by three-time Grammy-winning engineer Darrell Thorp (who mixes for Radiohead, Beck, and Paul McCartney) and mastered by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson).

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Water Prelude
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Haktan Gelen Serbeti
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Temen Oblak
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Iza Ngomso
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Tsas Narand Uyarna
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Passou o Verao
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Devipravaha
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Seirenes
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Haf Gengr Hridum
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Waloyo Yamoni
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Baba Yetu
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Mado Kara Mieru
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Dao Zai Fan Ye
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Se E Pra Vir Que Venha
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Rassemblons-Nous
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Lux Aeterna
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Caoineadh
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Hymn do Trojcy Swietej
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Hayom Kadosh
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Hamsafar
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Sukla-Krsne
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Kia Hora Te Marino
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A Rapture
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Unbound
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God of Love
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She Walks in Beauty
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Is It Possible
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Monster of the Sky
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To Eternity
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My Heart's Fit to Break
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Young Lovers
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Love Is Love
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Contact

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