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Stretch Goals

  •  $80,000: a bonus new recording of “Song of the Mountain”, my theme for Civilization Online which never got released.
  •  $100,000: a recording of “Njooni Waaminifu”, a Christmas piece in Swahili with a ‘Baba Yetu’ vibe.
  •  $120,000: a song featuring Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo.
  • $140,000: a piece in Welsh called 'Adain Can', which was premiered on TV when I was a judge on the Welsh TV show 'Cor Cymru'.
  • $160,000: a piece called 'Silver Wing', from a poem by Emily Dickinson, originally premiered at the Forbidden City in Beijing.
  • $180,000: TBD new piece... (possibly in English or Korean)
  • $200,000: at long last... vinyl for 'To Shiver the Sky'!
  • ... and beyond that: surround Blu-Ray for 'To Shiver the Sky', and vinyl and surround releases for 'Calling All Dawns' and 'The Drop That Contained the Sea'!

Album Concept

'To Shiver the Sky' is my third album, and is a musical exploration of mankind's conquest of the sky.  From Leonardo da Vinci to Jules Verne, I'll be setting to music the words of the great scientists, stargazers, and storytellers who dared to look at the heavens and imagine their place among the stars.

Like with my first album 'Calling All Dawns' and its title track 'Baba Yetu' (the first piece of video game music to win a Grammy) I'll be basing this album on a piece I wrote for the 'Civilization' game franchise: "Sogno di Volare", the theme to Civilization VI.  It's a triumphant ode to mankind's aspirations; a choral anthem that uses Da Vinci's writings on flight as a reminder that we, as humans, are capable of achieving great things.

The album will be recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios with my longtime collaborators, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  It will feature an international roster of singers and soloists, performing in a multitude of languages.

And like my first two albums, 'To Shiver the Sky' continues my exploration of the world around us.  'Calling All Dawns' took us on a journey from day to dawn; 'The Drop That Contained the Sea' traced a single drop of water as it cycled from sky to stream to sea.  This time I'll be taking our shared hopes, dreams, and fears, and launching them skywards.  I invite you to join me on the journey.

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 About the Composer

Christopher Tin is a two-time Grammy-winning composer of concert, film, and video game music. Time Magazine calls his music 'rousing, anthemic' while The Guardian calls it 'joyful' and 'an intelligent meeting of melody and theme'.

His debut album 'Calling All Dawns' won two Grammys, while his follow up album 'The Drop That Contained the Sea' was premiered at Carnegie Hall and topped the Billboard classical charts at #1.  His choral piece 'Baba Yetu' is a crossover choral hit, and has been performed at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the United Nations.

Related Costs

First class orchestral and choral albums are incredibly expensive to make: each of my previous two albums cost well over $200,000!  Despite this, we're setting our Kickstarter goal at a modest $50,000.  If we exceed that goal, we'll announce some additional music as stretch goals.

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Risks and challenges

I've successfully produced two full orchestral albums in the past (Calling All Dawns, The Drop That Contained The Sea), so I possess a full understanding of what it takes to develop this kind of project from scratch to completion. One way or the other, this album will be made. However, this time you get to be part of the entire journey. The goal will be to write the album in 2018 and record in 2019, and we'll send you updates and preview audio the whole way. And if unforeseen circumstances mean that we have to delay the release date, we'll find a way to make it up to you by giving you bonus music from all of Christopher's other varied projects (and there are many).

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    Join Us!

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    Receive a digital download of "To Shiver the Sky" in MP3 format (320 kbps) or FLAC before its official release, PLUS a private link to Christopher's Spotify playlist to enjoy hours of his favorite music.

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    All Three Albums (Download)

    New to Christopher's music? Here's a chance to get downloads of all three of his studio albums: 'To Shiver the Sky', as well as his two previous albums 'Calling All Dawns' and 'The Drop That Contained the Sea'.

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    All Three Albums (CDs)

    New to Christopher's music? Here's a chance to get CDs and downloads of all three of his studio albums: 'To Shiver the Sky', as well as his two previous albums 'Calling All Dawns' and 'The Drop That Contained the Sea'.

    Add-On gift: receive a high resolution JPEG of the album artwork (great for laptop wall paper for example)

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    Study Score

    Printed and bound FULL study score of "To Shiver the Sky" signed and numbered by Christopher Tin.

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    • Signed CD of 'To Shiver the Sky'
    • Download of ‘To Shiver the Sky’
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    Study Score + All 3 Albums (CDs)

    Another bundle requested by our backers!
    Receive the printed and bound FULL study score of "To Shiver the Sky" signed and numbered by Christopher Tin. PLUS get CDs and downloads of all three of his studio albums: 'To Shiver the Sky', as well as his two previous albums 'Calling All Dawns' and 'The Drop That Contained the Sea'.

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    • Signed & printed full study score
    • Signed CD of 'To Shiver the Sky'
    • Signed CDs of 2 previous albums
    • Download of ‘To Shiver the Sky’
    • Download of the 2 previous albums
    • Get the high res. album artwork
    • Join Christopher's Spotify playlist
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    • Thanks on Abbey Road BTS video
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    Handwritten 'Baba Yetu' Score

    For the first time ever: a handwritten first page of the Grammy-winning theme for Civilization IV, the legendary anthem 'Baba Yetu'! Limited editions produced by Christopher exclusively on Kickstarter! Signed and numbered in 11"x17" score paper and ready to be framed.

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    • Download of the 2 previous albums
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    Handwritten 'Baba Yetu' + Study Score

    A great bundle for score aficionado! Receive the printed and bound FULL study score of "To Shiver the Sky" and a handwritten first page of the Grammy-winning theme for Civilization IV, the legendary anthem 'Baba Yetu'! Both signed and numbered by Christopher Tin.

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    Personalized Mini-Composition

    Your very own unique, one-of-a-kind custom mini-composition written for you and you alone! It'll be handwritten on a small piece of staff paper, signed, dated, and ready for framing. Completely unique. You can suggest a subject, or you can let Christopher's imagination run free. A chance to own the only copy in the world of an original Christopher Tin piece! We'll even make a rough recording of it for you (see FAQs).

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    • Get the high res. album artwork
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    Skype Call

    A one-hour Skype call with Christopher! Can be one-on-one, or a Q&A/masterclass with your ensemble or students.

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    Handwritten 'Baba Yetu' + Mini-Compo.

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    Receive a limited-edition handwritten first page of the Grammy-winning theme for Civilization IV, the legendary anthem 'Baba Yetu'! PLUS, your very own unique, one-of-a-kind custom mini-composition written for you and you alone! Both produced, numbered and signed by Christopher Tin exclusively on Kickstarter.

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    • Handwritten score of 'Baba Yetu'
    • Mini-composition dedicated to you
    • Signed & printed full study score
    • Signed CD of 'To Shiver the Sky'
    • Download of ‘To Shiver the Sky’
    • Download of the 2 previous albums
    • Get the high res. album artwork
    • Join Christopher's Spotify playlist
    • Credits in the album's liner notes
    • Thanks on Abbey Road BTS video
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    The Carnegie/Lincoln Center VIP weekend

    Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become Christopher Tin’s VIP guest for his conducting debut in New York City. Attend the chorus and orchestra rehearsals, enjoy a special meet & greet with Christopher Tin, receive a signed poster of the concert, and get a prime orchestra seat for his performance of ‘Calling All Dawns’. Tentative concert date: April 28th, 2019 at Carnegie Hall (venue subject to change to Lincoln Center, with date TBD).

    Please note this package is for one ticket and backstage pass, but bidders will have the opportunity to buy additional tickets as well at face value.

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    • Download of ‘To Shiver the Sky’
    • Download of the 2 previous albums
    • Get the high res. album artwork
    • Join Christopher's Spotify playlist
    • Credits in the album's liner notes
    • Thanks on Abbey Road BTS video
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    Meet and Greet

    Meet & greet opportunity for you and your friends with Christopher Tin in his own studio in Santa Monica, CA. This is your chance to interact with Christopher in his environment for an hour. Even turn it into a composition lesson if you'd like.

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    • Signed & printed full study score
    • Signed CD of 'To Shiver the Sky'
    • Download of ‘To Shiver the Sky’
    • Download of the 2 previous albums
    • Get the high res. album artwork
    • Join Christopher's Spotify playlist
    • Credits in the album's liner notes
    • Thanks on Abbey Road BTS video
    • Thanks on Christopher's website
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    Mix Sessions VIP Pass

    Receive invitations for you and a guest to attend a day of mixing with Christopher Tin in his LA studio! Receive credit as an "Associate Producer". Receive a marked score from the recording session signed by Christopher.

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    • 'Associate Producer' credit
    • VIP pass to the mixing session
    • Marked score from the mix session
    • Signed & printed full study score
    • Signed CD of 'To Shiver the Sky'
    • Download of ‘To Shiver the Sky’
    • Download of the 2 previous albums
    • Get the high res. album artwork
    • Join Christopher's Spotify playlist
    • Credits in the album's liner notes
    • Thanks on Abbey Road BTS video
    • Thanks on Christopher's website
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    Used Gear: Prophet 08 Desktop

    Own Christopher's 'Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 08 Desktop'! Signed and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Used on his score to 'Offworld Trading Company'.

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    • Signed CD of 'To Shiver the Sky'
    • Download of ‘To Shiver the Sky’
    • Download of the 2 previous albums
    • Get the high res. album artwork
    • Join Christopher's Spotify playlist
    • Credits in the album's liner notes
    • Thanks on Abbey Road BTS video
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    Used Gear: Virus Ti2 Desktop

    Own a "Access Virus Ti2 Desktop" signed by Christopher Tin! Comes with a certificate of authenticity. Used on his score to 'Offworld Trading Company'.

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    • Signed CD of 'To Shiver the Sky'
    • Download of ‘To Shiver the Sky’
    • Download of the 2 previous albums
    • Get the high res. album artwork
    • Join Christopher's Spotify playlist
    • Credits in the album's liner notes
    • Thanks on Abbey Road BTS video
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    NEW SPOTS: The Abbey Road Experience

    Extraordinary opportunity for you and a guest to sit in on the album's recording session with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, conducted by Christopher Tin!

    Your name will be listed in the album as 'Associate Producer'. PLUS, receive a used conducting baton and marked score from the session signed by Christopher.

    Includes:
    • 'Associate Producer' credit
    • Pass to the Abbey Road session
    • Used baton & score from session
    • Signed & printed full study score
    • Signed CD of 'To Shiver the Sky'
    • Download of ‘To Shiver the Sky’
    • Download of the 2 previous albums
    • Get the high res. album artwork
    • Join Christopher's Spotify playlist
    • Credits in the album's liner notes
    • Thanks on Abbey Road BTS video
    • Thanks on Christopher's website
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    Become a Commissioner

    Become a true patron of the arts, and take an exclusive look into the compositional journey behind a new piece.

    Along with access to exclusive conference calls and video updates, the commissioner's name will be printed on the title page of the finished score and parts of all sheet music editions, now and forever. An additional credit of 'Associate Producer' will be placed in the liner notes of the recording.

    PLUS receive invitations for you and a guest to attend the premiere performance and any rehearsals.

    (Please note that commissioning a movement does not imply any ownership or copyright transfer.)

    Includes:
    • 'Associate Producer' credit
    • Commission credit on sheet music and liner notes for a movement
    • VIP pass to the mixing session
    • Pass to the Abbey Road session
    • Invitations to the world premiere and any rehearsals
    • Personal updates from Christopher Tin
    • Signed & printed full study score
    • Signed CD of 'To Shiver the Sky'
    • Download of ‘To Shiver the Sky’
    • Download of the 2 previous albums
    • Get the high res. album artwork
    • Join Christopher's Spotify playlist
    • Credits in the album's liner notes
    • Thanks on Abbey Road BTS video
    • Thanks on Christopher's website
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    VIP LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP

    Become a VIP member and support Christopher's album on a whole new level. Be credited as an 'Executive Producer'. Get an exclusive look into the composition and recording process of this album. Be credited as a commissioner on one of the movements, in all sheet music editions forever. Receive special invitations to all vocal & orchestral rehearsals, tickets to all performances of "To Shiver The Sky" for you and a guest. Be showered with gratitude!

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    • 'Executive Producer' album credit
    • Commission credit on sheet music and liner notes for a movement
    • VIP pass to all performances of the album
    • Invite to all vocal & orchestral rehearsals
    • Pass to the Abbey Road session
    • Used baton & score from session
    • VIP pass to the mixing session
    • Marked score from the mix session
    • Meeting at Christopher's studio
    • Handwritten score of 'Baba Yetu'
    • Mini-composition dedicated to you
    • 1 hour-long Skype with Christopher
    • Signed & printed full study score
    • Signed CD of 'To Shiver the Sky'
    • Signed CDs of 2 previous albums
    • Download of ‘To Shiver the Sky’
    • Download of the 2 previous albums
    • Get the high res. album artwork
    • Join Christopher's Spotify playlist
    • Credits in the album's liner notes
    • Thanks on Abbey Road BTS video
    • Thanks on Christopher's website
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    Used Gear: NI s88 Keyboard

    Own a signed piece of music gear from Christopher’s studio! Comes with a certificate of authenticity. Own the keyboard that Christopher composed 'Sogno di Volare' and 'Offworld Trading Company' on.

    Includes:
    • Own Christopher's NI s88 keyboard
    • Signed CD of 'To Shiver the Sky'
    • Download of ‘To Shiver the Sky’
    • Download of the 2 previous albums
    • Get the high res. album artwork
    • Join Christopher's Spotify playlist
    • Credits in the album's liner notes
    • Thanks on Abbey Road BTS video
    • Thanks on Christopher's website
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    The Abbey Road Experience

    Extraordinary opportunity for you and a guest to sit in on the album's recording session with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, conducted by Christopher Tin!

    Your name will be listed in the album as 'Associate Producer'. PLUS, receive a used conducting baton and marked score from the session signed by Christopher.

    Includes:
    • 'Associate Producer' credit
    • Pass to the Abbey Road session
    • Used baton & score from session
    • Signed & printed full study score
    • Signed CD of 'To Shiver the Sky'
    • Download of ‘To Shiver the Sky’
    • Download of the 2 previous albums
    • Get the high res. album artwork
    • Join Christopher's Spotify playlist
    • Credits in the album's liner notes
    • Thanks on Abbey Road BTS video
    • Thanks on Christopher's website
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