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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Heart-warmed By My Fans

There was a post recently on reddit.com. Someone mentioned something about Civilization IV's music, and then all these people started chiming in about the new album. I had a nice boost in sales that evening. All in all, a happy moment for me.

But what I really found heartwarming was the fact that there was a genuine, concerted effort on the behalf of all those people to help support my music by buying my album, and encouraging others to buy it as well. There was actually one person who posted an illegal filesharing download link of my album--and when I saw that, I have to admit, my heart broke a little bit. But then his post was quickly deleted, and he was shouted down by several other posters who came in and suggested that people support my music.

I was touched. (Thanks Kardionoc, RedSnt, APeacefulWarrior and petawb.)

Many music fans don't realize this, but a lot of artists are severely emotionally attached to the work they do--myself included. And when people just post an album that you spent four years of your life perfecting onto some pirate site, it just kills us.

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17 Comments:

Blogger Mark Mahaffey said...

nice.

February 2, 2010 at 6:35 PM

 
Blogger Lencias said...

Chris,

Your album was the first CD I legit purchased in a long time (yes, admittedly I pirate nigh-everything else), and I've been encouraging people to buy it ever since.

Sheer brilliance.

- Danny Kim

February 6, 2010 at 7:04 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, the album's great - I bought it after hearing a Twitter recommendation. Hope to hear more in the future.

February 13, 2010 at 1:51 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Tin,

Can't help but love your music.

However, getting "pirated" can be a good thing. Take 30m to listen to this presentation by Mike Masnick at the Leadership Music Digital Summit 2009 and think it over: http://vimeo.com/4244922

March 5, 2010 at 8:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you get money when your music is played on Grooveshark?

March 31, 2010 at 7:34 AM

 
Blogger Christopher Tin said...

RE: Grooveshark. I don't think they pay royalties, no.

March 31, 2010 at 9:25 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They *claim* to pay royalties. You should contact them, to either have your music removed, or make some extra money.

March 31, 2010 at 2:49 PM

 
Anonymous Jason said...

Oh wow, I'm sorry I didn't see this post before now. Glad reddit helped you get a few more sales! And best of luck in all your future works.

-APW

May 11, 2010 at 9:57 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just listened to the entire album on grooveshark and loved it. I'll now be purchasing a copy. What sales avenue nets you the most money?

May 11, 2010 at 11:07 AM

 
Blogger Christopher Tin said...

Hey, thanks! I really appreciate the support.

Definitely buying from my website (christophertin.com) nets me the most money. iTunes takes 30%... Amazon takes a whopping 55%!

May 11, 2010 at 11:54 AM

 
Blogger Alexander van der Mey said...

Civilization 4 was the first installment of the series I played, and when I loaded up the game for the first time - saw the Earth globe & heard your song; I knew it was going to be great. Thanks!

May 11, 2010 at 1:23 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your CivIV tune is still playing in my portable MP3-player. I love it and it'll always be one of my absolute favouries. I grew up hearing it, and it's part of my childhood. Thank you for bringing it to the world.

- Swedish fan

May 11, 2010 at 3:56 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take a look at grooveshark's artists page: http://artists.grooveshark.com especially the "sell my music" section: http://artists.grooveshark.com

May 11, 2010 at 4:24 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot to tell you that using bandcamp to sell through grooveshark costs you nothing: http://bandcamp.com/faq#cost

May 11, 2010 at 4:26 PM

 
Anonymous Mark said...

I've never heard your music before. Reddit has just linked me to this post. You can see it here: http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/c2o9c/reddit_receives_thanks_from_the_composer_of_the/

The amount of gratitude you feel for people supporting your work alone is enough for me to pay for it. I shall be buying it ASAP. Thank you for the awesome music, and good luck in future.

May 11, 2010 at 7:39 PM

 
Blogger Christopher Tin said...

Thanks, all, for the support. Reddit seems to be the best thing that's happened to me in awhile! (Who knew?)

May 12, 2010 at 12:57 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I downloaded your album to have a listen, and then I went to go and read a bit more about you and your work, and ended up buying the album. This is really, really impressive work.

February 22, 2011 at 8:32 PM

 

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