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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
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.
"Calling All Dawns is a masterpiece... I would challenge you to find a better production in any genre... This presentation of intense composition is sure to inspire many more composers in the genre, and could quite possibly change the face of world music..."Dr. Music's Weekly Checkup
"Christopher Tin's album is a masterpiece. Every track is of such a high calibre and standard... "Calling All Dawns" is not just the best world music album of 2009, it's one of the best world music albums of the decade. Pure and absolute musical hedonism."Higher Plain Music
"I opened it up and listened--something I rarely do quickly with new CDs. After hearing just the first track, I took it home to play for my wife, because I thought she would be blown away by it. I cannot explain why, but parts of it nearly had me in tears. This is really great stuff."Richard Glasford, Music Choice
"With superior vocals, Calling All Dawns is a refreshing & exciting juxtaposing of one of the finest orchestras in the world with a new spin on traditional ideas. A definite recommendation to anyone looking to enjoy & expand their classical view of world music."Mark Glasky, WXEL
"I’ve heard three preview tracks, and it’s evident that Christopher Tin’s The Drop That Contained the Sea will deliver above and beyond its gorgeous predecessor, Calling All Dawns. Tin’s passion for the voice and sensitivity with an orchestra shines brightly and I can’t wait to hear the whole album. It’s fantastic music."Emily Reese, Minnesota Public Radio
"The Drop That Contained the Sea is a powerfully dramatic work, well-conceived and skillfully realized. While retaining his marked ability for writing music with a wide appeal, he has also formed his own distinct voice without any obvious influences... the end product is reflective of Mr. Tin's deepending maturity as a composer."NY Concert Review
"The Drop That Contained the Sea is one of the must-have albums of 2014 for those who appreciate his unique approach to classical crossover music. I find it to be much more diverse emotionally compared to Calling All Dawns. I eagerly await his next album but I’m afraid he may have set the bar a bit too high with this one."Game Music Online
"Calling All Dawns simply took my breath away and after a few years the conceptual composer returns to simply wow us all again with a beautiful album that has to be heard to be believed. Hands down, I can say now this will be the Classical album of the year – nothing will touch it. This wave stands taller than the rest. Stunning."Higher Plain Music
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.
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).
"I think that this is the future of electronic music... As it begins to pervade our culture, we'll see it used more artfully within other forms of music. They turn negative soundscapes into sexy, euphonic compositions of righteous synth, virtuous instrumentalism, seductive vocals, and just the right amount of bass."LessThan3
"... I felt sex dripping from almost every track... like a lover walked through the door with "A Rapture," and left with "Love Is Love". Cue 'God of Love' and the exhilaration ensues: a dirty, Lohan-esque love affair, teeth catching lips and hair being pulled, all chased with clear liquor; you can thank Stereo Alchemy during the pillow talk."Paradigm Magazine
"... a broad spectrum of electro elegance. The sheer complexity of some of the tracks is mind-boggling, from the percussion to the little nuances and frequency changes in all the instruments as they go. It's these things that elevate a good album to a truly great one. Quite frankly, 'God of Love' is one long eargasm from start to finish..."Higher Plain Music
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