Christopher Tin
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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.

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I noticed on your CD, most of the song's lyrics were not written by you. Where do you find the lyrics?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/09/2010
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Lots and lots of research. Always looking for great old poems, prayers, and stories to set to music. Feel free to send in any suggestions.

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I noticed on the back of Calling All Dawns, it says, "Produced by Christopher Tin". What did you actually do in production of the CD? I mean, you wrote the music, right?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/09/2010
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Yes, I did write all the music. You're not the only one who was confused by that. I thought that people would assume that I wrote all the music, but even radio DJs have asked me that question. As far as the production goes, in addition to writing everything, I edited all the recordings, played some of the instruments, arranged everything, coordinated all the artists... basically everything that goes into putting together an album, other than playing each and every instrument and being the engineer.

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What are your goals?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/08/2010
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To live a good life, and to inspire others to do so.

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If you could meet anybody (past or present), who would it be?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/08/2010
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That's a tough one... Leonard Bernstein, maybe?