Christopher Tin
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As a composer, I know you get this a lot, what influences your music?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/17/2010
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Hmm... on a musical level, I get influenced by a lot of different styles of music. But on a conceptual level, I draw from a lot of texts... poems, prayers, etc. And I also like the idea of big, unified concept albums, like Calling All Dawns... things that have architecture to them.

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what made you do the music for civ 4


Christopher Tin responded on 08/15/2010
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I got asked to, and couldn't say no!

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hey chris im michael and i love your work and i am musician. i want know how you felt when you wrote these wonderful pices i play civilization IV just to hear your music.


Christopher Tin responded on 08/15/2010
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Hi Michael--as I was writing them, I was thinking "Wow, I'm really having fun just piling in all the musical goodies: modulations, thematic development and recapitulation, counterpoint, call and response, big gnarly bridges..." It wasn't until I played it for the first time for some of my friends that I thought, "Wow, I think I may have done something really right here..."

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Would you ever consider doing the soundtrack for a movie? Is there a particular movie soundtrack that you really liked?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/14/2010
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I do write movie soundtracks, actually. Working on one right now... You can check out my credits on the IMDb. As for movie soundtracks, there are a lot of great ones. Just off my head, ET, Empire Strikes Back, Sphere, The Mission, Wall-E, The Power Of One, Angels In America...

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Christopher, what language are the soloist and choir singing in on "...Dawn" CD?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/12/2010
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Each song is actually sung in a different language. They are: Swahili, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, French, Latin, Irish, Polish, Hebrew, Farsi, Sanskrit and Maori.

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How old were you when you learned to play your first instrument and what was it? How many instruments can you play now and what are they?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/10/2010
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I was five when I started learning piano. Since then I went through trumpet, guitar, bass, and taiko drums. Nowadays I can noodle around on a number of different things.

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Do you believe in God?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/10/2010
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Religion is a personal thing, and people should not let their beliefs--whatever they are--affect others. I would prefer that my own beliefs not affect the way people enjoy my music, so I decline to comment on questions regarding my religion.