Christopher Tin
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can you make a song for the people who want to feel the world as thiers... or one for those who truly want to keep on living, you probably wont read this but im only 12 and i love your songs!!!


Christopher Tin responded on 08/24/2010
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Hi! Yes, I will do my best to keep writing music that makes people appreciate beauty and love living. Thank you for your question, and very nice to meet you. :)

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How did you get started with composing for commercials? How do you get into that field?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/23/2010
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Well, the way I got into commercials is pretty non-traditional (sort of like the way that I got into games, in fact). I had written music for a PBS special. The producer of that documentary then went on to found an ad agency with a commercial director, and they hired me to score some of their first commercials. I still work with them to this day. But the traditional way of getting into that field is to work as a freelancer for any number of large commercial music houses. Write a number of specs for them, and eventually one of them might get picked up and aired.

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Hey Chris-
What is the cell phone carrier thing for? Also Is everything OK with my MP3 order of your CD? I ordered that with the physical CD and have not received anything back.
thanks!!


Christopher Tin responded on 08/21/2010
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I'm not sure what you mean the cell phone carrier thing... and also, as far as your MP3 download problem goes, could you send an email from the account your purchased with to sales@christophertin.com? We'll take care of you that way.

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Are you a Christian, or do you believe in God and Jesus?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/21/2010
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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 inspired you to use The Lord's Prayer as one of your songs?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/20/2010
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Much of African choral music is actually Christian in nature... it's a long-standing choral tradition. It was also a convenient text that the original singers (Talisman A Cappella) already knew the pronunciation of.

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What was the most enjoyable piece to write on "Calling All Dawns"?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/19/2010
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I had a lot of fun with Hamsafar, I must say...

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What languages would you like to use on your next album? (;


Christopher Tin responded on 08/19/2010
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Well, I'm open to suggestions! I was thinking more African languages (probably Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa, etc.), probably Bulgarian, maybe some other Slavic languages. Maybe English! It sort of depends who I can get to work with me on it.

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Do you write all your music by hand/ear or do you use some sort of computer program as an aid?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/19/2010
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I do both. All the fine details I work out by hand and ear, but I often sequence out all my writing, just to hear how it will sound. Most of my main ideas just come when I'm out and about, though, and not in front of a keyboard. Walking my dog, for example, or even when I'm taking a shower.

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Is there a live recording, music or video of Mado kara mieru? I just love your work so much.


Christopher Tin responded on 08/19/2010
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Hmm... no concert recordings, nor music videos yet... I think there are a few random fan YouTube videos here and there, though! Try searching under Madokara Mieru as well.

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What the most tedious and/or difficult aspect of composing?


Christopher Tin responded on 08/18/2010
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Wow, good question. This one really made me think. I'd say being a copyist is the most tedious thinga. Copying is when you've written out the full orchestral score, and then you have to prepare a part for each individual musician in the orchestra. You can't make mistakes, because if you do, it takes a long time to correct them on the recording stage, and that gets to be expensive. As for the most difficult thing, I really can't say. It's all enjoyable. I'd say maybe the production side is the most difficult for me (because it's the side where I have the least education). That is, knowing just how to EQ certain instruments, how to compress drums, etc.