Christopher Tin
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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.

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What instruments do you play?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/10/2010
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I play piano and guitar, and I can make semi-pleasant sounds on a lot of related instruments, like bass, accordion, mandolin, dobro, ukelele, etc.

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Do you have plans for a new album? If so, when is it going to be released?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/10/2010
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I do, yes... but I sort of need to sell more of the first one before I can afford to do another one. (They're expensive labors of love.) So if you can help me spread the word about Calling All Dawns, that would help speed things along!

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Despite the usefulness of modern sequencers and other music software, are there ever times you work with staff paper and a pencil?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/09/2010
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Good question! All the time. When I did my album, almost everything was sketched out at one point pencil-and-paper. When I'm scoring films and commercials, a lot of times it's not really necessary--nor do I have the time. But when it really matters to me, and when I have the time to put in a lot of detail, I like to break out the manuscript paper.

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Just cause you mentioned it on Facebook... What is your favorite frozen yogurt spot?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/09/2010
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Pinkberry! I usually get the small original, with blueberries, mango, strawberries and dark chocolate crisps. Delicious!

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Which song that you've composed is your favorite? Personally, I like Mado Kara Mieru and Hamsafar. :)


Christopher Tin responded on 08/09/2010
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I think for awhile I was big on Caoineadh, but Hamsafar is a perennial favorite. My favorite 8 bars out of the entire album, in fact, are the 8 bars leading up to the last big chorus in Hamsafar. The bit that goes 'Khorshide cheraghdano...'

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What kind of stuff gives you inspiration?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/09/2010
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Other people's music. Just love hearing what other people are doing out there. You can learn so much, as a musician, by listening to different genres of music. Been listening to a lot of jazz fusion lately. Maybe next month I'll be listening to baroque music. There's a lot of great stuff out there.