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New Album by Christopher Tin (Baba Yetu, Civilization)

A project in Los Angeles, CA by Christopher Tin

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The two-time Grammy-winning composer turns his latest theme from the 'Civilization' franchise into an oratorio about conquering the sky
Backers: 2852
Average Pledge Per Backer: $78

Funded: $221,415 of $50,000
Dates: Jan 29th -> Mar 14th (44 days)
Project By: Christopher Tin
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Latest News

Less than 24 hours to go!!!

March 13th - via:
Hi everyone! and hello to all the new backers who recently joined us! We're in the final 24 hours of this Kickstarter, and we could not be more grateful for the great success of this campaign so far. Thanks to your support, we’ve unlocked the... (Read More)

The third Kickstarter Live!

March 10th - via:
We’re streaming now! Here is the link:  Looking forward to see you there! PS: Google Chrome is recommended for better performances.  (Read More)

Date change for the Carnegie Reward!

March 8th - via:
Important announcement for all our backers who pledged for ‘The Carnegie/Lincoln Center VIP weekend’: the date has just been moved to Sunday June 9th 2019, at Carnegie Hall. The VIP weekend experience and all its exclusive add-ons will still go... (Read More)

Sneak peak of the new Study Score!

March 7th - via:
About a week ago, we released the study score for ‘The Drop that Contained the Sea’. It is actually already up for presale at As you know, we’ve also created a special bundle exclusive to Kickstarter where you now have the... (Read More)

And 48 hours later… Stretch Goal #05!!

March 7th - via:
Unbelievable! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for pushing this project from one stretch goal to the next in only 48 hours.  -CT PS: and as a bonus gift, another great thumbnail chosen by Kickstarter...  Oh boy! You'll need an HTML5 capable... (Read More)

$200k: The Vinyl Frontier

March 6th - via:
We're tantalizingly within striking distance of that $200k mark, and what I'm calling 'The Vinyl Frontier' (and also surround). So here's how the stretch goals are going to work. $200k: vinyl for 'To Shiver the Sky' $220k: vinyl for 'Calling All... (Read More)

Cross-Promo Time!

March 6th - via:
One of the wonderful things I’ve discovered about running a Kickstarter campaign is that you suddenly find yourself in a very collegial club of fellow artists and creators, many of whom will give you lots of helpful advice on how to run your... (Read More)

The Last Executive Producer!

March 6th - via:
Friends!  Let’s all thank Timothy for pushing this campaign over 175k, and becoming the third and last executive producer of ‘To Shiver the Sky’.  I’m in awe of the amazing support my new album has received so far.  This is a blessing for... (Read More)

The Second Executive Producer!

March 5th - via:
A huge thank you to Piotr, our latest ‘VIP Lifetime Membership’ backer. In addition to David, we now have two executive producers on this album. There is still one more spot available at this tier and I’m hoping we can fill it out by March... (Read More)

Our FIFTH Stretch Goal!!!

March 5th - via:
THANK YOU for your incredible support!  Here is a video where I talk about “Silver Wing”. I'm so looking forward to get this one going!  - CT PS: Thanks Kickstarter for choosing the worst thumbnail EVER for my 160k announcement… You'll need... (Read More)

Upgrading the VIP Membership Tier

March 1st - via:
We made some quick adjustments to our largest tier: the VIP Lifetime Membership. 10k donors are now receiving both ‘The Carnegie/Lincoln Center VIP weekend’ and the newly added ‘Study Score Trio Package’ (study score of the past 2 albums). ... (Read More)

New Rewards for those who love sheet music!

March 1st - via:
Hi everybody!  Great news: the study score of Christopher Tin’s last album ‘The Drop that Contained the Sea’ is NOW AVAILABLE. Some of you have asked us if we could fit it in in bundle rewards here on Kickstarter, and that’s exactly what... (Read More)

Replay of Kickstarter Live 2!

February 28th - via:
Hi everybody!  Gabe here, Christopher Tin’s assistant. Sorry about the live stream issues we had earlier!! Our first link failed us miserably, so I’m going to make sure it doesn’t happen again in the future.  As Chris said, we’re going to... (Read More)

NEW Live Stream Link

February 28th - via:
Follow this one instead: See you in a bit!  (Read More)

Kickstarter Live Round 2!

February 27th - via:
Tomorrow, I’ll be hosting my second Kickstarter Live. Come join me and the ‘To Shiver the Sky’ community on Wednesday the 28th at 11am Pacific Time. About 250 participants tuned in last time and we had a fun time together!  Check out the link... (Read More)


February 26th - via:
Friends! I’m honored and completely thrilled to announce to you that ‘To Shiver the Sky’ has become the HIGHEST FUNDED classical music Kickstarter project EVER! Here is a video about our fourth unlocked stretch goal: a piece in Welsh called... (Read More)

We're about to break the record!

February 26th - via:
Literally $813 away from becoming the most-funded classical music Kickstarter EVER! Could not be more grateful for all your support!    (Read More)

How we're opening up more Abbey Road spots...

February 23rd - via:
Hi all! You may have noticed that we're adding more Abbey Road spots.  You're probably wondering, how are we doing this?  Isn't there a limit to how many people we can cram into the studio? There's two ways that this is happening.  First, we're... (Read More)

Additional spots for Abbey Road now available!

February 23rd - via:
With more than 1,850 backers, 271% funding and 18 days left on the countdown, we’re now reaching for the stars! I want to give back as much as I can to my fabulous backers and this is why I’m now opening 7 brand new spots to Abbey Road studios... (Read More)

New Reward: The Carnegie/Lincoln Center VIP weekend!

February 22nd - via:
We're excited to announce Christopher Tin's conducting debut in NYC.  Check out the details below and spread the word, we hope to see you there! The Carnegie/Lincoln Center VIP weekend Pledge $700 or more Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become... (Read More)

Vinyl Logistics

February 21st - via:
Vinyl! This has been on my mind for the last week. How do we handle vinyl?I'm still trying to figure this out, and my assistant Gabe is currently looking into some manufacturers. My initial inclination is that once we hit $200k I'll manufacture the... (Read More)

New Kickstarter: Video Game Live 6 is LIVE!

February 20th - via:
My long time friend and illustrious video game composer Tommy Tallarico has launched an OUTSTANDING Kickstarter for LEVEL 6 of Video Games Live: Tommy and I have shared some unique moments together. “Baba Yetu” was actually... (Read More)

New Stretch Goals!

February 20th - via:
We've updated the page overnight and we're making it official now!  Thanks for all the love and support!  $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... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #03: achieved!

February 19th - via:
By unlocking the 120k stretch goal, we just became the ​second highest funded ​classical music Kickstarter ever! Christopher Tin has made a video to express his gratitude ​for all ​the backers. THANK YOU for your exceptional support. It's an... (Read More)

Honored. Thanks Kickstarter!

February 17th - via:
I'm completely overwhelmed and honored.  Kickstarter is featuring my album on their front page. Not nestled in any subpages or anything... straight up on the front page of!What a community.  What a service.  What an amazing enabler... (Read More)

NEW SPOTS AVAILABLE: The Abbey Road Experience

February 16th - via:
We already sold all 5 of the passes I initially offered, so I’ve decided to add a couple extra so more people can join!  This $2,000 bundle includes 2 invitations, so it can also be a great gift too!  Looking forward to seeing you there! You'll... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #02: "Njooni Waaminifu”. Check!

February 15th - via:
Second stretch goal unlocked and it's such a great honor!!  Here is a video where I talk about this new song.  Thanks to YOUR support, it's now part of the bonus EP that all backers will receive.  Can't wait for it! You'll need an HTML5 capable... (Read More)

Replay: Kickstarter Live stream

February 14th - via:
My first live stream ever! Thanks friends for tuning in this morning! It was so great to see familiar names and meet & talk to new people from all around the world. Until the next one, here is the replay link to watch on Google Chrome... (Read More)

Kickstarter Live!

February 14th - via:
T-minus 3 hours for our first Kickstarter LIVE.  I’m excited for this! Streaming link:  (Read More)

Copernicus... Magellan... Ovid?

February 13th - via:
... just a few ideas for texts!There's a quote attributed to Magellan, that I rather like: "The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore... Unlike the mediocre, intrepid spirits... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #01: "Song of the Mountain"

February 11th - via:
 We’ve unlocked the first stretch goal: a new recording of my theme for Civilization Online “Song of the Mountain”! You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00    (Read More)

Great news!

February 10th - via:
We’ve been selected as a ‘Featured Project’ in Music by the Kickstarter staff!  Quite an honor.  We also passed 80k earlier this morning, which is really mind blowing.  I’ll be releasing a video tomorrow about the first unlocked stretch... (Read More)

A new step for the Civilization franchise!

February 9th - via:
Here is something that’s going to cheer up gamers throughout the world! Sid Meier just released the new extension 'Rise and Fall' for Civ6 on PC. Just watch their stunning game intro video at, pretty exciting right?... (Read More)

Stretch Goals: 3 Bonus Tracks just revealed!

February 8th - via:
It’s been only a week since the official Kickstarter release and results have completely blown me away! We are currently the 4th most funded Classical Music Kickstarter ever, and our community so far is +1,130 people strong.   I’m so grateful... (Read More)

Another new bundle!

February 7th - via:
Study Score + All 3 Albums (CDs) at $130 and it includes everything in the previous tiers as well. Thanks to our backers for the great idea! Check below the list of the items included in this new bundle: • Signed & printed full study score ... (Read More)

‘Become a Commissioner’ 2.0!

February 5th - via:
…as it now includes 2 invites to Abbey Road Studios for the recording sessions in London + 2 invites to the Mixing Sessions in Christopher Tin’s studio in LA. This way, you’ll be fully part of the compositional journey behind this new project.... (Read More)

New Reward!

February 4th - via:
Handwritten 'Baba Yetu' + Mini-Composition, a special bundle requested by our backers! 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,... (Read More)

Stretch Goals!

February 4th - via:
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We Did It!

February 3rd - via:
Fully funded at 50k, and it only took 36 hours… your generosity fills my heart! I’ll be posting a video tomorrow talking about where we go from here. Thank you for the love! - CT  (Read More)

Off to a strong start!

February 2nd - via:
Thanks to your support and your suggestions, we can make this Kickstarter a great experience for all. I’ve updated the FAQ by adding new info based on your questions. You can visit it whenever if you’d like to know more about stretch goals, new... (Read More)

Items included in the new reward

February 1st - via:
‘Handwritten 'Baba Yetu' + Study Score’ is indeed coming with the signed CD and such. Here is the list of all the items included in this one: •Signed CD of 'To Shiver the Sky'   •Download of ‘To Shiver the Sky’   •Download of the 2... (Read More)

New Reward

February 1st - via:
Handwritten 'Baba Yetu' + Study Score Thanks for your feedbacks guys!    (Read More)


January 31st - via:
Hi everyone!  This is my first Kickstarter, so I'm very new to the process.  Do let me know if there are certain reward tiers or combos you're aching to see.  Thanks for tuning in and contributing.  :)  (Read More)

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