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  • 102.3 Montreal [Link]
  • 2Old2Play'The surprise performance for me came in the next segment, Civilization 4. I've never played the game before or really had any experience with it whatsoever (I'm not a PC gamer). The amazing music coming from the orchestra along with a monumental effort from the choir easily made this the best performance of the night. I was truly taken aback by this piece of music. I would almost say that I would see VGL again just to hear this again, although the rest of the show sure makes it easier to say that. Excellent job done on Civ 4!'
  • Action Trip'...the soundtrack in Civilization IV is one of the most soothing, fulfilling and fitting I have heard in a video game yet.'
  • ALLTVMUSIC 'My favorite cuts: 1, 5, 10, 11 & 12 for various outlets'
  • Alphr [Link] → 'If you played Civ 4, you'll be familiar with that game's brilliant opening theme - Baba Yetu (we've got a video of it further down). Good news, the song's composer, Christopher Tin is back in Civilization 6. The new song is called Sogno Di Volare, which is Italian for 'the dream of flight'. It's suitably grand, and you can watch a video about Tin's process of composing it below. '
  • AMPB/Classical 'A fine recording. Not charting , but getting some spins'
  • AMPB/Pick to Click 'Getting light airplay'
  • Amped IGO'The title track is an awesome, up-beat song that is definitely the highlight of the soundtrack..'
  • Ars Technica [Link] → 'Congratulations to Christopher Tin, as a beautiful song's long journey is rewarded.'
  • Associated Press'I can't say enough about the excellent soundtrack..'
  • Atlantic, The [Link] → 'Composer Christopher Tin's "Baba Yetu," originally written for the video game Civilization IV, has been nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). It's the first time music written for a game has been nominated for anything at the Grammys. And a well-deserved first it is.'
  • BBS Radio 'ADDed 'Dao Zai Fan Ye' & 'Mado Kara Mieru''
  • Billboard [Link] → 'For the first time, a videogame theme has been nominated for a Grammy--sort of. Among the nominees for best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalist(s) is composer Christopher Tin's "Baba Yetu," featuring the Soweto Gospel Choir singing the Lord's Prayer in Swahili. Initially written as the theme song for the 2005 strategy game "Civilization IV," it has become something of a modern choral standard, as well as a regular feature of the popular Video Games Live concert tour, feauturing game music performed symphonically.'
  • Billboard [Link]
  • Billboard [Link] → 'Among the big surprises and performances of last night's Grammy Awards is the historic win of composer Christopher Tin, who took home a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for the song "Baba Yetu."'
  • Billboard [Link]
  • Blast Magazine'Not to mention the music is outstanding, giving a rich atmosphere to the colonization of Mars.'
  • BMI [Link]
  • Bobby Blackwolf Show, The [Link]
  • Bombad Radio [Link]
  • Cambrian News [Link] → 'Christopher Tin from California, one of the adjudicators of the series, wrote the score. He won one of his Grammys for his composition Baba Yetu, the main theme song in the popular video game Civilisation IV. The song Baba Yetu has been sung by many a choir worldwide and is highly respected in choral circles.'
  • CBC Music Library, Toronto [Link] → 'I just added The Drop That Contained The Sea to our collection at the CBC. It's a wonderful work and great recording, thanks for sending it to us.'
  • CFCR/World 'ADDed To ROT'
  • CFRO/A-Trane 'Playing 'Hamsafar.' I'm a fan of Susan Deyhim's work'
  • CFRU 'Spinning'
  • Chicago Maroon'At least the music really rocked.'
  • China Daily [Link]
  • China Daily [Link]
  • CHYZ/World 'CMJ-ADD'
  • CIBL/World 'ADDed To NR'
  • Cinefonia'Christopher Tin created a remarkable work in the expression of the most extreme and subtle of emotions.'
  • CIUT'This is a listeners journey. With our multicultural listenership the various languages are a benefit'
  • CivFanatics [Link] → 'This music is not a small group playing in a studio. This is an orchestra of over two hundred musicians playing Christopher's music. This album has a larger-than-life depth to it. It gives a fullness, a richness, that I don't normally feel when listening to music. I'm hard pressed to put into words the feelings I get from this album. The album has a full, rich sound which gave me visions of wide open plains, sprawling mountains, and far horizons over the ocean.'
  • CJAM'ADDed To ROT'
  • CJAM/The Judy Adams Program 'ADDed To ROT and makes my August 2015 Best Of'
  • CJSF/Wandering Rhythms 'Playing: Devipravaha'
  • CJSF/World 'ADDed To ROT'
  • CKCU/World 'ADDed. I REALLY like it'
  • CKUA/Classical 'Some very interesting and cool material on here'
  • CKUW 'On the airplay shelf'
  • CKUW/Shades of Classics 'ADDed'
  • CKXU 'Spinning'
  • CNN Money'It's a meditative kind of day here in New York. Go to this site and click the free music for "Baba Yetu." It's the theme song for the game Civilization IV...the Lord's Prayer in Swahili. Peaceful and inspiring.'
  • Colorado Public Radio [Link] → 'Commissioning and performing one of the pieces in the project gave me a fresh perspective on how a gifted composer like Tin finds his voice as an artist and hones his vision for a project even in the face of challenging circumstances and multiple revisions... the experience of being inside Tin's compelling and unpretentious creative process was exhilarating.'
  • Colorado Public Radio [Link]
  • Computergames.ro'The theme from the main menu (Baba Yetu) is the piece de resistance - I liked it so much that I listened to it for days on end.'
  • ConciergeQuestionnaire [Link]
  • Cosmopolitan [Link] → 'Taylor Swift occasionally tweets out great covers of her songs (or an entire album's worth if you're Ryan Adams), though she usually sticks to relatively straightforward interpretations. On Thursday, however, she shared something a little bit different - an orchestral, truly epic rendition of "Bad Blood."'
  • CSCR/World 'CMJ-ADD'
  • Daily Post [Link]
  • Destructoid [Link]
  • Dirty Dog Jazz [Link] → 'Award-winning film and video game composer wrote music for the sea in this new album that blends Jazz, Classical, World and other elements into a vocal/orchestral masterpiece. Utilizing some of the world's most amazing choirs including the Soweto Gospel Choir, Anonymous 4, Schola Cantorum and more, Tin's new album is beyond mesmerizing.'
  • Don411 [Link]
  • Dr Music's Weekly Checkup'Every once in a while a record comes along that transcends boundaries... Calling All Dawns is a masterpiece of modern World music... Tin's work takes on an explosive quality that is born from Classical but grows up into a risk-taking contemporary adult... I would challenge you to find a better production in any genre than what Tin has done here... It is one of the most 'advanced' of its kind in the genre, without a doubt. 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...'
  • DualShockers [Link] → 'I challenge anyone to close their eyes throw on a good pair of headphones and listen to Baba Yetu featuring the Soweto Gospel Choir and not be moved.'
  • Ekostories [Link]
  • El Diario Montanes [Link]
  • Elder Geek [Link]
  • Eminence Online [Link] → 'This album is, in a word, awesome... It really is a marvel, and it required the participation of dozens of people from nearly every continent on earth. ...Christopher Tin has achieved something mighty with this studio album.'
  • Engadget [Link]
  • Engadget [Link] → 'The CD will have eleven tracks (full tracklist after the jump), and will feature music from a slew of terrific video game soundtracks, including our own Warcraft series (and Civ IV, which is probably the best music I've ever heard in a videogame, ever).'
  • Eurogamer'It even has great music on the start scene, which sounds just like something from the Lion King yet - somehow - awesome.'
  • Examiner [Link] → 'Tin knows his craft. He certainly knows all the tropes that make those blockbuster soundtracks succeed... This was my first contact with what I would later discover was the prodigious breadth of Tin's interests in different forms of music, not only on a global scale but also on a commercial one, since he was just as capable of writing music for video games as turning out this delightfully intimate little song... '
  • Examiner [Link]
  • Fanbridge [Link]
  • Ferrago'Special mention must be made about the first thing you encounter in Civilisation IV, its wonderful music. Right from the moment the menu screen loads up the player is treated to an array of evocative and wonderfully arranged melodies.'
  • Film Score Click Track [Link] → 'The album sounds like a unique cross between world music and film music, but Calling All Dawns defies all labels. It's just great music, period.'
  • Final Note Magazine [Link]
  • Flash of Steel [Link]
  • G4 [Link] → 'Because history was made at one of this year's other big trophy-fests, the Grammy Awards, when a piece of music originally composed for a video game won an award; the first time music created for a game has received such an honor. The award bestowed upon Christopher Tin was a milestone moment and a beginning, a beginning from which other artists who bring game audio to life deserve to be honored, a beginning which couldn't have happened if not for a push for recognition for game music that began over a decade ago.'
  • Game Informer'... the evocative music melds traditional orchestral scoring with more exotic themes to great effect.'
  • GameMusic4All [Link] → 'Calling All Dawns is a collection of songs that has to be heard because many different ideas and opinions can be taken away from this work. That may be one of the signs of a creation that is truly compelling and sustaining though. Repeated listens and reads with the liner notes are a must, as new things are gleamed and understood with each new listen.'
  • Gameosaurus [Link]
  • Gameranx [Link]
  • Gamerz-Edge'The game music and sound effects is one area where Civ IV succeeds without question. The introduction song, Baba Yetu, is absolutely beautiful and so catchy that I almost don't mind the excessively long game load times because I get to listen to the music. Coronation, the theme for the intro movie, is written by the same composer, Christopher Tin. It's also quite beautiful, although its upbeat African flavor clashes with the Grecian war scene featured in the intro.'
  • GameSetWatch [Link] → 'The best music game ever made is Civilization IV. ...The catchy opening theme, "Baba Yetu" (composed by Christopher Tin and performed by Stanford University's Talisman a capella group), captures the epic, world-encompassing scope of the gameplay.'
  • GameShark'The sound is equally good, from the combat and game sound effects to the professionally done, and strikingly beautiful, soundtrack.'
  • GameSpot [Link]
  • GameSpot [Link] → 'Civ IV also presents itself well with a distinctive title-screen track that recalls the music of Disney's The Lion KingÉ'
  • GameSpy [Link]
  • GameSpy'Honorable Mention: Civilization IV - The main theme from the hit sequel is a unique "World Fusion" kind of sound, part African Drums, part chanting, part orchestral, that really calls to mind the epic sweep of the title. Throughout the rest of the game the music highlights the different eras, with different themes depending on if you're at peace or at war. The original scores eventually give way to contemporary orchestral themes that should sound familiar to most gamers, but the original music definitely deserves a nod. - GameSpy Honorable Mention, Best Music, 2005'
  • GameZone'The musical score is also exceptional. I don't know when I've enjoyed in-game music more, especially the introductory music.'
  • GamingAge'The music is composed by Christopher Tin, who did the music for games like Civilization IV, and it's well done. Sometimes the background track and the sound queues you need to listen for overlap, but overall it's pleasing to the ear.'
  • GamingBlend (CinemaBlend) [Link]
  • GamingExcellence [Link] → 'No game's opening musical score has ever captured my attention like this one.'
  • Gigwise [Link]
  • Grammy.com [Link]
  • Grammy.com [Link]
  • Green Arrow Radio 'Playing 'Hayom-Kadosh.' VERY interesting'
  • Guardian, The [Link] → 'In 2005, the opening song to the game Civilization IV - Baba Yetu, a gloriously uplifting version of the Lord's Prayer in Swahili - was so popular that fans demanded it be released for download. The piece has now been performed at venues including the Hollywood Bowl and the Royal Festival Hall.'
  • Guardian, The [Link] → 'His piece, Baba Yetu, for Civilization IV, combined orchestral elements with strong African vocals, joyfully suggesting the cradle of life itself, instead of the more militaristic sounds one might associate with a strategy game about conquering... The sound is of a burgeoning, evolving civilisation itself, peaking in imperial crescendo before, appropriately enough, dying out.'
  • Guinness World Records [Link]
  • Hello Giggles [Link] → 'Prepare to visualize yourself gallantly standing at the bow of a massive ship with a misty, Nordic breeze whipping through your hair.'
  • Higher Plain Music [Link]
  • Higher Plain Music [Link] → '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 [Link]
  • Higher Plain Music [Link] → '... 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 [Link] → '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.'
  • Humboldt 101 'Spinning. Unique material'
  • IFC [Link] → 'Is this an overdue step towards a Grammy award for Best Videogame Soundtrack? Will video game music get the respect it deserves? Probably not, that will take time and request from the public, but the award is an overdue honor for Tin, a talented artist -- whichever his medium.'
  • IGN'[Civilization IV] will also include licensed performances of pieces by the old greats (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and company) as well as contemporary greats like John Adams and soon-to-be greats like Christopher Tin.'
  • IGN'... the music really steals the show. From the opening choral piece to the subtle nation-specific diplomacy music, the entire score of the game lends a strong sense of culture and feeling to the game... The music and Leonard Nimoy's voiceover work are amazing.'
  • IGN [Link] → 'One common element that many of the songs share is the beautiful-sounding and brilliantly interwoven choir, which truly lends these songs an epic narrative. Perhaps the song that best embodies this is Civilization. Based on a game which explores the myriad of cultures the world over, the song seamlessly transitions between musical styles of differing ethnic origins, and is enhanced by a matching choir. This may very well be my favorite track, even in spite of my limited experience with the game series.'
  • IGN [Link] → 'Though it lacks character in its story, Offworld does have terrific industrial-sounding music that hasn't gotten old over dozens of games.'
  • iHeart [Link] → 'Two time Grammy winning composer Christopher Tin got the opportunity to meet Taylor Swift which inspired him to recreate her song "Bad Blood" as an orchestral piece. Taylor thought the cover was so epic that she posted about it on Twitter!'
  • InsideGamingDaily'The game's score, on the other hand, is wonderful. Composed by Christopher Tin (Civilization IV, X2: X-Men United), the dynamic music drives the intensity of combat. When being attacked, the music is subdued but active. Once you finish blocking a string of attacks, thrumming taiko drums explode driving you forward in battle. This effect is even more pronounced in later fights that swap back and forth between attack and defense very quickly. Not only does it become a duel of martial arts, but combat between two different music tracks.'
  • James Wegg Review [Link] → 'Bright notes in the production abound, not least of which is Christopher Tin's soundscape, a truly wonderful mix of gospel voices, pensive strings and a perfectly placed, Coplandesque solo trumpet.'
  • KAMU/Classical 'Spinning'
  • KAOS 'Getting a few spins'
  • KAOS/Cover The Earth 'In the mix'
  • KBBF/Musica International 'Some fine work here. Liked the last disc as well'
  • KBBF/Women's Voices 'Playing 'Baba Yetu''
  • KBOO 'Playing 'Baba Yetu' & 'Mado Kara Mieru''
  • KBOO/World 'Cool stuff!! ADDed'
  • KCCK/Midnight CD: Sunday 'Spinning'
  • KCCK/The Midnight CD 'ADDed To ROT'
  • KCMN/Morning Show 'Let's do an interview and giveaway with Tin'
  • KCPR/Audioscapes 'Really like CT's music. Playing various cuts!!'
  • KCUR/Night Tides 'Playing all tracks'
  • KCUR/Night Tides 'Playing: Temen Oblak'
  • KDFC 'Spinning'
  • KDNK/World 'CMJ-ADD'
  • KDVS/World 'ADDed To ROT'
  • KEUL/World 'I've never heard anything quite like this. Excellent!!'
  • KFI [Link]
  • KGNU/World 'Playing: Temen Oblak'
  • KGPR/New Releases 'ADDed To NR'
  • KHSU/Classical 'This is doing very well at our Classical shows'
  • KHSU/Jazz 'Spinning'
  • KHSU/World 'Charting on 'on CMJ World''
  • KHSU/World 'ADDed To ROT'
  • KIDE/Different Drums 'In-ROT'
  • KissMyGeek [Link]
  • KJJF/New Edition 'Great CD. Playing several tracks'
  • KKUP 'Especially well received & listeners indicated they were going to purchase the cd'
  • KKUP/Jewels and Binoculars 'I can add my very positive response to this recording'
  • KKUP/World 'In the mix. Good one for Neptune Currents'
  • KMUN/Choral Gems 'Playing 'Rassemblons-Nous' Hymn Do Trojcy Swietej''
  • KNTU/And Seldom is Heard 'Playing 'Caoineadh''
  • KOCV/Zero-G 'Playing 'Baba Yetu''
  • KOOP/World 'Great album. IN-ROT'
  • KOOT/World 'Perfect for world music playlist and playing all tracks xcept 'Hymn Do Trojcy Swietej' which is too orchestral'
  • Kotaku [Link]
  • KOTO/Overnight Mix 'ADDed To the mix'
  • KPBX/Saturday Cafe 'Happy to have this CD and will play on the show'
  • KPFA/Music of the World 'Playing: Seirenes'
  • KPFA/Music of the World w... 'Playing 'Baba Yetu''
  • KPFA/New Releases 'ADDed To NR'
  • KPFK 'Spinning'
  • KPFT/New Releases 'This is quite good and on the airplay shelf'
  • KPFT/New Releases 'ADDed To NR'
  • KPFT/World Music Express 'Playing: Wayoyo Yamoni'
  • KRCB/Crossing Borders 'Playing 'Kia Hora Te Marino' & 'Baba Yetu''
  • KRCB/Crossing Borders 'Very cool disc!! Playing a few different tracks'
  • KRCC/World 'ADDed To ROT'
  • KRCL/World Village 'Beautiful sound on this disc. Using various tracks'
  • KRFC 'Playing 'Baba Yetu''
  • KRFC/Soundz Of Surprize 'Playing 'Caoineadh' & 'Hamsafar''
  • KRFC/Soundz Of Surprize 'Playing: Iza Ngomso & Temen Oblak'
  • KRFC/World 'Playing 'Kia Hora Te Marino''
  • KRNN/Worldbeat 'Playing 'Mado Kara Mieru''
  • KRSC/InnerVisions 'Playing 'Baba Yetu''
  • KRSC/InnerVisions 'Playing: Iza Ngomso. Great work by CT'
  • KSBR/Morning Breeze 'Playing 'Kia Hora Te Marino''
  • KSGL 'Playing 'Sukla-Krsne'. I like it'
  • KTEP/Audiosyncracy 'Heavy ROT w/ 'Baba Yetu', 'Kia Hora', 'Rassemblons-Nous' & the 'Hymn.' I love it so much it's on my iPod'
  • KTEP/Audiosyncracy 'Playing: Seirenes'
  • KTOO/A Juneau Afternoon 'Playing 'Baba Yetu' & 'Mado Kara Mieru''
  • KTOO/A Juneau Afternoon 'Playing several tracks. Mt Tin is a very talented composer!!'
  • KTRU 'Playlist Airplay'
  • KTRU/World Music 'Yes. Great stuff. In the mix!!'
  • KUAC/Afternoon Concert 'Playing: Water Prelude & Temen Oblak'
  • KUAC/Gospel Hour 'ADDed. It is a splendid release'
  • KUAC/Nightlight 'Excellent CD. Very, very engaging. This is thought out music that has depth, and a sense of purpose'
  • KUCI/Classical 'ADDed To ROT'
  • KUCI/World 'ADDed To ROT'
  • KUGS/World 'In the mix'
  • KUNM/Classical 'Golden. Orchestral tracks receiving great spins'
  • KUNM/Classical 'ADDed. Grand and ambition record.'
  • KUNM/Global Music 'Playing the 'World' tracks'
  • KUSC [Link]
  • KUTX 'Playing 'Baba Yetu''
  • KVLU/Dugan on Classics 'Review written. Post tba'
  • KVNF/Global Express 'Playing: Temen Oblak'
  • KVOD/Sacred Classics 'Playing the middle portion of the disc'
  • KWMR/Daybreak 'Wonderful, more world music than classical music, but spinning some of the tracks'
  • KXLU/Soiree Musicale 'Spinning'
  • KXLU/Soiree Musicale 'Playing: Water Prelude'
  • KZSU/World 'Knock-your-socks-off good. Seriously powerful. Each track stands alone, but it flows seamlessly from on to the next. Play it all.'
  • KZYX 'Spinning'
  • KZYX/Classical 'Playing: Waloyo Yamoni. Listeners were wowed; fabulous phones, street strokes & emails'
  • KZYX/World Tour 'ADDed To ROT'
  • LA Times [Link] → 'And its original score packs an emotional wallop, especially as the Chargers' defeats mount after a 2-2 start.'
  • LA Times [Link] → 'In a couple of other historic benchmarks, a Grammy for the first time went to a composition written for a video game: Christopher Tin's "Baba Yetu," which was named best instrumental recording;'
  • LA Times [Link]
  • Lasell College Radio 'Playlist Airplay'
  • LeetStreetBoys [Link]
  • LessThan3 [Link] → '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.'
  • Minnesota Public Radio [Link]
  • Minnesota Public Radio'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.'
  • Minnesota Public Radio [Link]
  • Minnesota Public Radio [Link]
  • MOOD/World Beat 'WOW!! Love this. Will integrate!!'
  • MTV [Link] → 'Even though "Civ 4" came out half a decade ago, it's still nice to see some light getting shone on Tin's accomplishments. The recording was honored in conjunction with Tin's album, not the game, so Firaxis probably won't get a statue if "Baba Yetu" goes all the way. The track pools from a wide range of international musical traditions and has a discernible "Lion King" meets "Battlestar Galactica" vibe to it, in case you haven't heard it before. If that's the case, I highly recommend checking it out.'
  • Music Choice/Classical Crossover'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.'
  • Music Composer Blog [Link]
  • Music Theory and Composition [Link]
  • Music4Games'One of the key highlights from tonight's concert was Sid Meier's Civilization IV, where the orchestra and African choir vocals provided a rousing interpretation that was both bold and beautiful. This track was a pleasant surprise and welcome new addition to the VGL set list.'
  • MusicalDiscoveries [Link]
  • Nerd Reactor [Link]
  • NET Radio/The Verge 'There are some Verge-able tracks on here'
  • Niche Gamer [Link]
  • Nitro Game Injection [Link]
  • NME [Link]
  • Nouse (York University, UK) [Link]
  • NPR/Hearts of Space 'Amazing. The best crossover project since 'The Prayer Cycle'.'
  • NTDTV (chinese press) [Link]
  • NY Concert Review [Link]
  • NY Concert Review [Link] → '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 deepening maturity as a composer.'
  • NY Concert Review [Link]
  • OnlySinglePlayer'With the cutthroat nature of the game in mind, the gorgeous music creates an antithesis soundtrack. The theme song is slow and haunting with a hint of melancholy, and the other songs masterfully capture the exact theme and emotion as intended. It's really fun to pause the game and listen.'
  • OPB/The Night 'Playing 'Baba Yetu''
  • Original Sound Version [Link]
  • Original Sound Version [Link] → 'I can't find the words strong enough to tell you how stunning this CD is. It's an album with an important message of the unity and bond that we all share... it might sound overly dramatic for just a CD, but it only tells you how strong the music is.'
  • Original Sound Version [Link]
  • Original Sound Version [Link] → 'I again urge you to listen to the whole album and be ready for the knockout punch of the final track. Only when your defenses are down will you realize how powerful this project is, and what better way to become vulnerable than to assume we can't be challenged by such weak tripe? It's a clever trap set by the artists, and it turns out the complexity of the music and the depth of the lyrics will stymie us all. Just like love.'
  • Original Sound Version [Link] → '"Love Is Love" is ridiculously good.'
  • Original Sound Version [Link] → 'From beginning to end it is simply incredible. I cannot sing its praises enough. I wish to high heaven I could hear it performed live someday.'
  • Overclocked Remix [Link]
  • Palo Alto Weekly Online [Link]
  • Paradigm Magazine [Link] → '... 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.'
  • PC Gamer [Link] → 'Christopher Tin's new main theme, 'Sogno di Volare,' is just as sweeping, catchy, and beautiful as 'Baba Yetu.' I predict it will join his previous Civ effort in the pantheon of the greatest pieces of music written for a videogame...'
  • PC Gamer [Link] → 'Christopher Tin's score brings a game about numbers to life, channeling the hopeful thrum of Tangerine Dream one moment, and urgency of Philip Glass the next. It's affecting, alien, wonderful.'
  • PC Games'Where Civ V felt a bit sterile with its classical music across all eras and somewhat stern colour palette, Civ VI grabs your attention from the off with powerful, uplifting menu music (by Christopher Tin, composer of Civ IV's much-loved theme music) and holds onto it through a bold new visual direction.'
  • PC Games [Link] → 'Civ VI grabs your attention from the off with powerful, uplifting menu music (by Christopher Tin, composer of Civ IV's much-loved theme music) and holds onto it through a bold new visual direction.'
  • PC World [Link] → 'The menu music is fantastic. Christopher Tin, who you may remember from Civ IV, returns here and outdoes himself. I've yet to load up the game without sitting and listening to the menu for a bit.'
  • People [Link] → 'If you think Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video is epic, wait until you hear the orchestral cover she's digging.'
  • People [Link] → '[Taylor] Swift regularly gives shout outs to other artists on social media. Earlier this month, she tweeted about an epic orchestral version of "Bad Blood" from Grammy award-winning composer Christopher TinÉ'
  • Perspective Forum [Link]
  • Pop Culture Tonight [Link]
  • PopDose [Link] → 'But on a purely musical level, Christopher Tin has created an epic multicultural song that's quite soaring and certainly fits well with the nature of the game.'
  • Portfolio Composer [Link]
  • Portland Press Herald [Link]
  • Positivity Radio/The Musi... 'Playlist Airplay'
  • PRI's The World [Link] → 'When I first heard about an unusual classical album - devoted to a droplet of water moving from snow to a mountain stream to the ocean and back to the clouds - performed in 10 languages, I thought it might be a bit much. Then I heard the music. I was hooked.'
  • Quarter-to-Three [Link] → 'It begins with a raindrop patter that reminds me of the soundtrack by David Wingo for a movie called Take Shelter. But it then goes to its own places. What an evocative and poignant piece of music. Although I don't quite feel how it connects to the game yet - I've been playing a music-less Offworld Trading Company for so long now - it assures I won't be moving down the slider for music on the audio tab. On the contrary, I'm running the game in the background right now to hear the rest of Tin's music. Would it be too hasty to put it alongside other iconic and haunting sci-fi soundtracks? Clint Mansell for Moon, John Murphy for Sunshine, Vangelis for Blade Runner, Hans Zimmer for Interstellar, Steven Price for Gravity, and Christopher Tin for Offworld Trading Company. Yeah, that list looks about right.'
  • Radio.com [Link] → 'Created by GRAMMY winning composer Christopher Tin, this orchestral cover sounds like it should be part of a Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack'
  • RadioIO/Classical 'This will turn some heads of those who don't mind a bit of world music in the classical vein'
  • RadioIO/Classical Favorites 'One of the most creative contemporary cd's that I have played.'
  • Refinery29 [Link] → 'It almost sounds medieval, like something you might hear on Game of Thrones. Tin, a classical musician from Palo Alto, CA, wrote on YouTube that after hearing Swift play the 1989 track at the Los Angeles' Staples Center back in August (where, yes, he did get a chance to take a photo with her), he was inspired to go home and write this orchestral piece, which is filled with brass, strings, and booming drums. '
  • RhythmRoo [Link] → 'This album really is amazing in every way shape and form. I've seen some interpretations of the cycle of life, but this has to be the best one so far... a masterpiece of vocal works that surely stirs our hearts and souls...'
  • Rock Paper Shotgun [Link] → 'The score helps - it's the work of Christopher Tin, composer of Civilization IV's Baba Yetu.'
  • ScoreNotes [Link]
  • Shacknews [Link]
  • Silicon Fusion'Musically Civ IV stands out, with original pieces like the main theme rubbing shoulders with Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Indeed the main theme has a haunting quality that fits the mood of the title screen fully.'
  • SiriusXM/Boundaries 'ADDed'
  • SiriusXM/Spa 73 'ADDed To ROT'
  • Square Enix Music Online'Don and I have been listening to the album since its release. Both of us have been stunned by the scale and depth of the production, which truly reflects the motivation and genius of Christopher Tin.'
  • Square Enix Music Online [Link] → 'In the end, Calling All Dawns is a very impressive work. The overall scope and direction of the album is spectacular, lending itself towards many beautifully orchestrated and composed themes... This album is extremely impressive and should be on anyone's list of music to buy...'
  • Stanford Class Notes '98 [Link]
  • Stanford Magazine [Link]
  • Static Multimedia'Track 5 is the Civilization IV medley, which is arguably the best song in the lineup. Superb vocals and a solid ethnic beat add a perfect blend of life and celebration that has not been heard since millions of people crammed into theatres worldwide in 1994 and first experienced the musical wonder that is Disney's The Lion King.'
  • Stingray 'ADDed. Beautiful work'
  • Stingray/Around the World 'ADDed To ROT'
  • Stingray/The Spa/NewAge 'This is a winner'
  • Strategie Musicali [Link]
  • Taintradio/New Releases 'ADDed To NR'
  • Taintradio/The New Edge 'Playing: Water Prelude & Temen Oblak'
  • Taylor Swift's Twitter [Link] → 'Getting pirate ship/sword fight movie scene vibes from this orchestral version of Bad Blood and I'm happy about it.'
  • Telkom Gaming [Link] → 'Although the game's soundtrack is brilliant, one would be remiss not to talk about the new opening theme, Sogno di Volare ("The Dream of Flight"), penned by the brilliant Christopher Tin.'
  • The Music Guru Show 'ADDed To ROT'
  • Thrust Magazine [Link]
  • Time [Link] → 'What good is global domination without a great soundtrack? The 2005 hit Civilization IV got "Baba Yetu," as its rousing, anthemic theme song, courtesy of composer Christopher Tin.'
  • To The Game'The intro music, for starters, is particulary great.'
  • TPR 'Lovely CD. Playing: Waloyo Yamoni'
  • TPR/New Releases 'Spinning 'Hayom-Kadosh''
  • TuneCore [Link] → 'This week we're chatting with the incredibly talented Christopher Tin, composer for film, video games, and advertising. Christopher's (first!) album, Calling All Dawns, is nominated for 2 Grammy awards. Video gamers may recognize the album's opening track, "Baba Yetu", which is in the running for "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists," as this song was written as the theme song to the video game "Civilization IV." A native Californian of Chinese descent, Christopher was educated in England and now brings his diverse cultural background to his compositions.'
  • UnderCurrents 'Playing 'Baba Yetu', 'Kia Hora Te Marino' & 'Sukla-Krsne.' Great music'
  • USC Asia Pacific Arts [Link]
  • Venture Beat [Link] → 'But beyond the massive success of his Civilization IV theme "Baba Yetu," Tin's career in classical composition has earned him equal - if not more - praise from the recording industry. His 2009 classical crossover album Calling All Dawns also won a Grammy the same year as "Baba Yetu." His newest album, The Drop That Contained the Sea, premiered at Carnegie Hall this past April before releasing at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical charts in May.'
  • Venture Beat [Link] → 'Gaming could have another memorable tune on the horizon.'
  • Venture Beat [Link]
  • Verge, The [Link]
  • Video Game Music Online [Link]
  • Video Game Music Online [Link]
  • Video Game Music Online [Link]
  • Video Game Music Online [Link]
  • Video Game Music Online [Link]
  • Video Game Music Online [Link] → '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.'
  • Video Game Music Online [Link]
  • Video Game Music Online [Link]
  • Video Game Sophistry [Link]
  • Voice of Geeks Network/Orange Lounge [Link]
  • WAER/Top Of The World 'Playing 'Baba Yetu''
  • Wall Street Journal [Link] → 'This year's Grammy Awards will be remembered as a musical milestone for the video game industry and Christopher Tin. The 34-year-old composer from Santa Monica, Calif. won two Grammys for "Baba Yetu", a song he composed for 2K Games' Civilization IV and for a follow-up album that was inspired by the game. It's the first time that video game music has ever been awarded a Grammy.'
  • Washington Post [Link] → 'From the early bleeps and bloops of Pong and the simplistic tunes of Duck Hunt, Gauntlet and OutRun to the sophisticated compositions found in Advent Rising, Myst, Civilization IV and World of Warcraft, the performers synchronized their music to projected video images.'
  • WAWL/flyingman 'Christopher Tin does it again. Loved Calling All Dawns and this disc is just as good or better!!'
  • WAWL/Native American 'In-ROT'
  • WAWL/New Releases 'ADDed To ROT'
  • WBOI/Folktales 'Spinning'
  • WBZC 'Spinning'
  • WBZC 'Spinning & Giveaway'
  • WBZC/Now & Then 'Great stuff, and I like just about the whole CD'
  • WCPE [Link]
  • WCUW/New Releases 'ADDed. Fantastico'
  • WCVE/The Electric Croude 'ADDed. Great disc'
  • WCVE/The World Music Show 'Spinning'
  • WCVF/General Eclectic 'Spinning'
  • WDCE/World 'In the mix'
  • WDVR/The Sound Alternative 'It is quite beautifully woven out of such diverse styles. I hope to hear more albums of this quality and creativity'
  • WDVR/The Sound Alternative 'It doesn't all fit, but we are playing some of the album.'
  • We All Make Music [Link]
  • WERU/World 'CMJ-ADD'
  • WFIT-AM/The Global Groove 'Love Christopher Tin. His last album was great and so is this one!!'
  • WGDR/New World Beats 'Playing: Water Prelude'
  • WGOE 'ADDed'
  • WHBN/Innervisions 'Playing 'Baba Yetu''
  • WHYR/The Clearing 'ADDed. Whew! You knocked my socks off with this one. I'll be adding & treasuring it forever.'
  • WICN/Tonal Rhythm 'Like this one. Using Tsas'
  • Wil Wheaton'Tron, Civilization IV (featuring an absolutely show-stopping chorus of African singers) and HALO were phenomenal.'
  • Wired [Link] → 'I especially like the Civilization IV medley - that's usually the highlight of the VGL shows for me, and the version here is great, especially the tenor solo.'
  • Wired [Link] → 'The opening theme to Civilization IV took home videogame music's first ever Grammy award last night... "Baba Yetu" is a standout piece of music - always one of the highlights of [the Video Games Live] concerts, for me - and richly deserving of the award.'
  • Wired [Link]
  • WITF/Classical Air 'Interesting piece. Playing 'Mado Kara Mieru.' Light spins but a good change of pace'
  • WITF/New Releases 'Featured as a New release on air and on our website'
  • WITR/The Indestructible B... 'Playing the more 'world music' tracks'
  • WITR/The Indestructible B... 'ADDed To ROT'
  • WKNH/World 'ADDed To ROT'
  • WKPT 'Spinning 'Mado Kara Mieru.' It is a very good CD.'
  • WLFN 'Well done, even extraordinary. Inspirational pieces. Playing: 'Baba Yetu' & 'Lux Aeterna''
  • WLNZ/The Vinyl Side Of Mi... 'Playing 'Baba Yetu''
  • WMBR/New Releases 'ADDed To NR'
  • WMBR/The New Edge 'Playing: Water Prelude & Temen Oblak'
  • WMNF/UltraSounds 'Playing 'Lux Aeterna' & 'Baba Yetu.' Beautiful production'
  • WMNF/UltraSounds 'ADDed To ROT'
  • WMNR/Classical 'ADDed To ROT'
  • WMPG/World 'CMJ-ADD'
  • WMSE/Instrumental Saturdays 'Playing Tsas Narand'
  • WMSE/World 'ADDed To ROT'
  • WMUH/Afterglow 'Playing 'Baba Yetu' & ' Dao Zai Fan Ye''
  • WMUH/the AM/FM Show 'Playing 'Mado Kara Mieru''
  • WNMC/World 'Playing: Haf Gengr'
  • WNTI/Reggae and World Rhy... 'Spinning'
  • WNTI/Reggae and World Rhy... 'Nice album by Tin. We liked the last release as well'
  • WNYC [Link]
  • WNYC/New Sounds [Link]
  • WOJB/Jazz Reflections 'Spinning'
  • WPRB/Classical Discoveries 'Playing 'Mado Kara Mieru''
  • WQLN/Classics with Brian ... 'Playing 'Hymn Do Trojcy Swietej.' I love it'
  • WQLN/Classics with Brian ... 'Spinning a bit'
  • WQLN/Classics with Brian ... 'ADDed. Great CD!!!'
  • WQLN/Shadows & Moonbeams 'Beautiful material bt Christopher Tin. The disc is getting airplay both on the Classical side a bit on on my new age show'
  • WQUB/Anything Goes 'Playing this wonderful CD. Great mix of music. Well thought out and one of my favorites this year'
  • WRCJ/The Listening Room 'Playing 'Baba Yetu', 'Mado Kara Mieru', 'Dao Zai Fan Ye' Liked it'
  • WRFL/The World Beat 'Playing: Haktan Gelen Serbeti'
  • WRIR/Global A Go-Go 'CMJ New World Adds / Global A Go-Go'
  • WRNR/Voices of the Bay - ... 'Playing: Hakatan on my Sunday morning show'
  • WRR/New Releases 'ADDed to 'NR' show. Going over like gangbusters with lots of interesting comments posted to our Facebook page'
  • WRSU/World 'ADDed a few tracks'
  • WRUR/Open Tunings 'Playing 'Baba Yetu''
  • WRUV/Classical/Avant Garde 'ADDed. Awesome recording!'
  • WRUV/How Living is Round 'Spinning. Some very interesting tunes on here'
  • WRUV/Not4Prophet Radio 'Playing Passou. Once again, nice work from CT'
  • WRUV/The Floating Head of... 'Spinning a few tracks. Very smooth production'
  • WRUV/World 'DJ's are using it'
  • WRUW/Diversified, Inc. 'Playing 'Caoineadh''
  • WRUW/Third Culture Kids 'Playing 'Sukla-Krsne' & 'Baba Yetu''
  • WSCS/Eclectica 'Spinning 'Kia Hora Te Marino' and a few others. Interesting piece'
  • WSCS/Music from the Cosmi... 'Playlist Airplay. Playing several tracks'
  • WSLU/FM in the Morning 'I LOVE it!!!! Airplay always triggers immediate phone calls and emails... WONDERFUL music'
  • WSUM/Greenarrow radio 'Playing 'Hayom-Kadosh.' VERY interesting'
  • WSYC/Global Cafe 'ADDed To ROT'
  • WTEB 'Playing 'Baba Yetu''
  • WTUL/Boppin the Big Easy ... 'Like Christopher Tin alot!! Using this and we also enjoyed Calling All Dawns'
  • WTUL/Cheezmusik 'Playing 'Rassemblons-Nous' & 'Baba Yetu''
  • WTUL/Cheezmusik 'Playing 'Lux Aeterna''
  • WTUL/Classical 'Playing 'Hayom-Kadosh''
  • WTUL/World 'ADDed To ROT'
  • WUAL/Classical Music 'Spinning. Interesting stuff'
  • WUCX/The Audition Room 'Interesting disk and very well received. It will be in our rotation for some time'
  • WUMC [Link]
  • WUMR 'Playing 'Hayom Kaoosh', 'Baba Yetu' & 'Se e Pra Vir Que Venha''
  • WUMR 'Playing 'Se E Pra Vir Que Venha' & 'Baba Yetu''
  • WUNH 'Playing: Iza Ngomso & Devipravaha. Very interesting recording'
  • WUTC/Weekend Sunrise 'Playing: 'Baba Yetu', 'Mado Kara Mieru', 'Dao Zai Fan Ye' & 'Caoineadh.' I like this album and immediately added it to the playlist. 'Baba Yetu' & 'Hymn Do Trojcy Swietej' really stand out for me'
  • WVIA/Mixed Bag/New CDs 'Cool disc. In the bag and spinning'
  • WVIK/Perspective 'Spring Fund Drive. Some really lovely and very exciting music'
  • WVOF/The Upper Room with ... 'Playing 'Baba Yetu''
  • WVPN 'Playing 'Caoineadh.' Very beautiful'
  • WVPR/All the Traditions 'Love the Water Prelude. Great disc all around!!'
  • WVUD/Fine Tuning 'Playing 'Mado Kara Mieru''
  • WVUD/Map Of the World 'Nice recording! I liked his last one as well'
  • WVUD/The Morning Fog 'Heavy play. one of the best blends of these genres of music that have come through for several years'
  • WVUD/World 'ADDed To ROT'
  • WWNO/Classical Music 'Light spins on Saturday aft. & promoting 'Video Games Live' in NOLA'
  • WWSP 'Playlist Airplay'
  • WWSP/World 'ADDed To ROT'
  • WWUH 'Playing 'Mado Kara Mieru' & 'Baba Yetu''
  • WWUH/Evening Classics Thu... 'New Releases'
  • WXEL/Mid Morning Musicale '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.'
  • WXXI/Music of the 21st Ce... 'ADDed. Nice album!!'
  • Yahoo Games'Special mention goes to the music, which is shockingly good.'
  • York Press [Link] → 'The concluding movements of the work made clear why Tin is a multi-award winning composer. Upper voice writing was haunting and hazy; in a sea of sweeping cinematic sounds, evocations of darkly sinister storms, rolling waves and foreboding clouds were shot through with sparkling lights in the high strings. The final song, We Overcome The Wind, was an outpouring of joy; a unanimous standing ovation evinced the sense of togetherness at the heart of this concert.'
  • YorkMix [Link] → 'Tin's sound has universal appeal, drawing on ethnic themes, classical influences and texts both ancient and modern. He delights fans of a powerful choral and orchestral sound and aficionados of world music alike.'
  • ZAM [Link] → 'Tin's compositions for the game are subdued but full of import, properly conveying the notion that Martian Business is Serious Business.'