Jerry Martin (composer)

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Jerry Martin is an American composer, best known for his work composing music (particularly jazz) for television commercials, and being the lead composer for several games in The Sims franchise, including SimCity 3000, The Sims, The Sims Bustin' Out, The Sims 2, SimCity 4.


Early life[edit]

Jerry Martin had music lessons at the age of 10 and played guitar and keyboards in various ensembles through his high school and college education. Martin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Composition from California State University at Hayward, California.[1]


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 academic awards include: Hellman Piano scholarship and Elizabeth Mils Crothers prize for excellence in music composition. In 1985, he founded his original music composition and production company called "Musicontrol". From 1985 to 1995, 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, 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.[1]

In 2005, Martin started his new company, Jerry Martin Music, and is currently working on various professional and personal musical projects.[1]



  1. ^ a b c "Jerry Martin Biography". Official site. Retrieved 2011-12-25.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Jerry Martin's video game credits at his official site
  3. ^ Maxis, Inc. (31 October 1996). SimCopter. PC. Electronic Arts, Inc. Level/area: Main menu - credits. Original music and sound effects - Jerry Martin

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