Civilization 4 composer wins Grammy

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It seems the world is FINALLY learning something gamers have known for years: video game music is more than just beeps and boops.

Last night at the Grammys’ pre-taped awards banquet, composer Christopher Tin took home a Grammy in the "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)" for his song "Baba Yetu."

Technically, "Baba Yetu" won for its inclusion on Tin’s album "Calling All Dawns," but gamers know "Baba Yetu" as the song that greets them every time they boot up Civilization 4 on their PCs or Civilization Revolution on their home consoles. This marks the first ever Grammy win (and nomination, for that matter) in the history of the industry.

It’s certainly a lofty achievement for a song that originated as a favor between old roommates: Soren Johnson, an employee at Civilization dev Firaxis Games, asked his former roommate Tin to compose the song just for Civilization 4.
We here at GamerNode congratulate Christopher Tin on his achievement and thank him for showing the world that video game music can be as legitimate as music from any other source.


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Author: Jason Fanelli View all posts by
Jason lives and breathes gaming. Legend tells that he taught himself to read using Wheel of Fortune Family Edition on the NES. He's been covering this industry for three years, all with the Node, and you can see his ugly mug once a week on Hot Off The Grill.

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