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[[caption-width-right:350:''Baba yetu, yetu uliye, Mbinguni yetu, yetu amina...'']]
''Calling All Dawns'' is a 2009 classical album, and the debut album of composer Christopher Tin. Recently, he was known [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome for producing the first piece of video game music to win a Grammy,]] ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Baba Yetu,]]'' with a rerecorded version included on this album.

The album consists of [[RuleOfThree three movements:]] Day, night, and dawn. These correspond to life, death, and rebirth, respectively, and each song is written accordingly. Notably, despite there being a total of twelve tracks on the disk, each one [[FadingIntoTheNextSong fades into one another]] in a way that makes it feel like one continuous song, effectively playing along with the [[RuleOfSymbolism life cycle theme of the album.]]

The album, self-published by Tin himself, was released to universal acclaim, even winning a pair of Grammys in the process, and for once there's a good reason for that. Each song is very well-produced, with a consistent level of quality throughout, and the guest vocalists and choir give it a distinctly different feel from what is normally expected. Impressively, one group did a cover of Mado Kara Mieru before it was even ''released''. Overall, it's definitely worth buying.

The album can be bought [[http://www.christophertin.com/store.html at the artist's website,]] and also on Amazon, where all reviews save one give it 5 stars. The single 4-star review has nothing bad to say, either.

A follow-up album, ''Music/TheDropThatContainedTheSea,'' was released in May, 2014.

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!! Tracklist:
# "Baba Yetu"
# "Mado Kara Mieru"
# "Dao Zai Fan Ye"
# "Se É Pra Vir Que Venha"
# "Rassemblons-Nous"
# "Lux Aeterna"
# "Caoineadh"
# "Hymn Do Trójcy Świętej"
# "Hayom Kadosh"
# "Hamsáfár"
# "Sukla-Krsne"
# "Kia Hora Te Marino"
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!!Tropes seen in ''Calling All Dawns'' include:
* AnimatedMusicVideo: Sort of. The Baba Yetu music video uses CGI cutscenes from ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization IV]]'', to surprisingly great effect.[[note]]This is because said music video is, in fact, used as the intro to the game as well.[[/note]]
* AfricanChant: ''Baba Yetu'' to some extent, as it's just the Lord's Prayer sung in Swahili.
* AwardBaitSong: ''Baba Yetu'' in particular, which actually won Emmy awards and a Grammy.
* BilingualBonus: Every song seen in the album. Thankfully, the [[AllThereInTheManual included booklet]] contains the translated lyrics.
* BookEnds: The opening to ''Baba Yetu'', the first song, is played at the end of ''Kia Hora Te Marino'', the very last song, resetting the cycle again.
* CelebrityCameo: Aoi Tada, better known for [[Anime/CowboyBebop Radical Edward]], is one of the lead singers of ''Mado Kara Mieru.''
* ConceptAlbum: The summary more or less tells you why.
* CueTheSun: ''Hayom Kadosh''.
* DespairEventHorizon: '' Hymn do Trójcy Świętej'', or "how Polish culture got so close to this so many times."
* DoNotGoGentle: ''Rassemblons-Nous'', to provide a counterpoint to ''Se É Pra Vir Que Venha'', to [[ScrewDestiny revolt against death]] guns blazing. [[FridgeBrilliance Appropriately enough,]] [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution the song is in French.]]
* EpicRocking: The album begins with ''Baba Yetu'', which sums up the message perfectly, and ends with ''Kia Hora Te Marino'', a pretty effective peace anthem. Both songs also echo the triumphant tone of the album.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: it's intended to be heard as an uninterrupted 55-minute song, after all. That said, there's only a few songs where the fade into/out of the previous or next song is really obvious.
* FourIsDeath: Inverted. The night movement consists of three songs, while the following movement consists of four.
* GenreRoulette: appropriate for the different cultures of the songs, the music subtly shifts in style for each song. Special mention for the use of synthesized drums in only one song, ''Rassemblons-Nous''.
* GriefSong: ''Caoineadh'', literally meaning "To Cry," which is about a woman mourning the loss of her husband. The style of music seen here is often sung at funerals, for added [[TearJerker oomph.]]
* HopeSpringsEternal: The dark Night Movement may have pretty much blotted out the light, but it comes back in full force through sheer hope. The Dawn Movement in general is a pretty hopeful section of the album.
* HinduMythology: The lyrics for ''Sukla-Krsne'' is an excerpt from the BhagavadGita, specifically Krishna explaining to the prince of the two paths to the afterlife. This [[FridgeBrilliance fits]] within the greater theme of the album, the cycle of life and death.
* ItsTheJourneyThatCounts: ''Hamsáfár''. The title even translates to ''Journey Together''!
* LyricalDissonance: Well, since all of the songs are in other languages, it is to be expected.
* MoodWhiplash: The mostly upbeat Day movement is followed by the somber Night movement, and then followed by the hopeful Dawn movement.
** Between songs, its not unusual for songs that come after another to be different in tone to the previous song. The best instance is the two song ending to the day movement, intentionally presenting two very different opinions on death in a matter of eight minutes and 43 seconds.
* NotAfraidToDie: The narrator of ''Se É Pra Vir Que Venha'', a song about accepting death with grace.
* OminousLatinChanting: Averted with the actual Latin song ''Lux Aeterna''. True, different languages make up the song cycle, but the mood is never ominous.
* OneWomanWail: The opening of ''Hamsáfár''.
* RealitySubtext: The material used often has historical significance within the context of the culture represented.
* RecurringRiff: A few, notably the four-note sequence, ''do-sol-fa-mi'', which shows up throughout the cycle.
* RecycledSoundtrack: The album's music was reused for the VideoGame/{{Civilization}} {{Facebook}} spin-off ''Civ World''. Unlike other examples, [[ColbertBump this was prominently advertised]], they even have a link to buy the album within the game itself.
* RuleOfSymbolism: pretty much throughout.
* RuleOfThree
* ShownTheirWork: With few exceptions, much of the material used as lyrics acts as a great GeniusBonus for educated listeners.
* SleeperHit: Especially notable in that it was only sold online in a few select stores, including Tin's very own website.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Fluctuates between both sides song-to-song, leaning on the idealistic side.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Tin's second album, ''[[http://www.stereoalchemy.com/ God of Love]]'', despite a GenreShift to techno(mostly from Trip Hop and PostPunk), follows a similar theme of Love and Death, and also draws upon poetry and literature, mostly from the Renaissance and Romantic periods. It's also far DarkerAndEdgier than ''Calling All Dawns''.
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