We mentioned back in December that Christopher Tin was going to be the first composer to receive a Grammy nomination for a track originally composed for a game for his Civilization IV piece, “Baba Yetu.” Not only did the song help Tin take home a Grammy for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists,” but his album in which it was featured, “Calling all Dawns,” received the Grammy for “Best Classical Crossover Album.”
Originally composed for Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, “Baba Yetu” achieved great success after the game’s release, first winning two Game Audio Network Guild awards for video game music, and then becoming one of the most popular and frequently performed pieces of video game music ever written. It became a fixture of the Video Games Live touring concert series, and was played during performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Royal Festival Hall, and many other renowned venues. It was also used in the opening ceremonies of the World Games of 2009 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and as a featured segment in the choreographed Dubai Fountain, the world’s largest interactive water feature.
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