Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Video Game Song wins a Grammy

Civilisation video game Bafta 2011

Christopher Tin

Last sunday night, February 13, composer Christopher Tin made video game history, becoming the first composer to win a Grammy Award for a song composed for a game.
Tin took home the 'Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)' at the 53rd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles for his composition Baba Yetu, the opening track from Sid Meier's Civilization IV. 

Screen Shot Civilization IV video game
Tin also won the Grammy for 'Best Classical Crossover Album' for his debut album, Calling All Dawns, which also features the song "Baba Yetu."

Screen Shot Civilization IV video game

The opening song Baba Yetu (feat. Soweto Gospel Choir) is well known to video game fans as the theme song to the popular game Civilization IV

Originally written for the game, it has since become a crossover hit outside of the video game industry, and has received close to 1000 live concert performances both from local and professional choirs, and as a staple of the Video Games Live concert tour. 

Check out the song below.

The award is for the song as written for Tin's album Calling All Dawns, but the song was written for the opening credits of Civilization IV, which was released in 2005. That makes Baba Yetu the first video game song to ever win a Grammy.
The song has also enjoyed a place in the Video Games Live show. "The fact that this song has had a life outside of the game is owed almost entirely to Video Games Live. They were the first to bring this music to concert stages around the world and to places I had never dreamed possible," composer Christopher Tin stated.

Check out the song's official video and performance at Video Games Live

Christopher Tin is, primarily, a composer for film, video games, and advertising. 'Calling All Dawns' is his first album.

A native Californian, Tin studied music at Stanford and Oxford universities before launching his career in film, television, advertising, and video game composition.


  •  Curriculum : History ; Music ; Civics.
Others: Helping focus on strategy ; concentration.

  • Music curriculum
Goal: Motivating for music composition

  • Special needs education: cross-curricular


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