Composer Jerry Martin started music lessons at age10 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.