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Composer Jerry Martin started music lessons at age 10 and played guitar and keyboards in various ensembles through high school and college.

Mr. Martin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Composition from California State University at Hayward California. His principle composition instructor was Robert Bassert.

Mr. Martin began graduate studies and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Center For Contemporary Music at Mills College in Oakland California. His principle instructors included Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, and North Indian Raga Master Pandit Pran Nath. Academic awards include: Hellman Piano scholarship and Elizabeth Mils Crothers prize for excellence in music composition.

In 1985 Mr. Martin founded his original music composition and production company “Musicontrol”. From 1985 to 1995 Mr. Martin composed and produced music for various projects such as video soundtracks to national TV and radio commercials, working with over 90 individual Film, Video and Ad Agency Producers on over 200 different commissions from companies such as AT&T, Toyota USA, NBA, Honda, etc.

In 1996 Mr. Martin joined the Maxis division of Electronic Arts as Studio Audio Director and Lead Composer. From 1996 through 2004, he composed and produced music and directed the audio for multi-platinum video game franchises such as “The Sims” and “SimCity”.

In 2005, Mr. Martin started his new company, Jerry Martin Music, and is currently working on various professional and personal musical projects.


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  • NeufNeufNeuf

    soundtrack of my childhood, thank you so much [3]

    15 Jul 4:06am Reply
  • trashcity_

    Cool dude for studying music at Mills

    12 Jun 8:48pm Reply
  • SysLocal

    Yeah, the SC3k soundtrack is absolutely amazing. Anyone know if he's done anymore commercial work in recent years? It doesn't seem like he's done anything since '05 from what I can tell :\

    15 Mar 7:48pm Reply
  • Speedmetal80s

    Beautiful The Sims soundtrack

    14 Feb 3:36pm Reply
  • dasNeonlicht

    I love the SimCity 3000 soundtrack. It's like, *good* music I would actually want to listen to. I'm so surprised how good it is every time it comes up on shuffle. It could be psychological, though, having to do with the countless hours I spent playing the game...

    24 Jan 10:45pm Reply
  • BreakfastPills

    E-mailed him asking what the title of "buy4" is on The Sims. No response. T_T

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • spacecircus

    I wish Jerry made more video game soundtracks :( he has an amazing grasp on many different genres.

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SirGhostly

    i want to see jerry martin release a solo album just to see what he would make

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • FloRan4

    The sims and Sim city 4 soundtrack are without any doubt among my favourite video-games OST. Brings back the fondest memories.

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Yumelo

    soundtrack of my childhood, thank you so much [2]

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • BimboBoy

    Sims! <3

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ia_hoo

    soundtrack of my childhood, thank you so much

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
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    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • bernlin2000

    Simcity 4: decent game, unforgettable soundtrack

    12 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Apoplettico

    you don't know but you've grown me up even better than my parents

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Spennet

    UpDown Town - Soundtrack of my childhood

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
  • oceanseacrest

    My hero

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • gatewayaaron

    It doesn't sound like Jerry Martin is composing the music for the upcoming SimCity game in 2013, which is a little disappointing. The incredible soundtracks from SC3k and SC4 really defined the personality of those games, and they're still amazing to listen to today.

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • YoFaaaWay

    fuck yeah "buy mode 3"

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • y2penni

    SIM CITY 3000 (2)

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
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