Polygon Interviews Jerry Martin, Lead Composer for The Sims

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Polygon has released a video interview with Jerry Martin, Lead Composer for The Sims. The video goes over the various music selections of the original soundtrack for the game, giving an inside account of Will Wright’s choice and preference for “New-Age Jazz”.

As an added bonus, you can head over to Jerry Martin’s website and download MP3s and piano sheet music as well. (Sims 1 Build Mode Music Pack)


 Composed by Jerry Martin, with help from jazz pianist John R. Burr and Marc Russo, The Sims’ soundtrack is iconic. The New Age jazz piano that scores the game’s build mode is particularly memorable to a generation that spent countless hours designing and redesigning their Sims’ houses. Somehow, these songs could stimulate the mind without becoming annoying or boring, even when playing for eight hours straight.

We spoke to Martin about his creative process, which you can learn all about in the video at the top of this post. We look at not just how he blended improvisational jazz with optimistic New Age music, but why these genres worked so well in The Sims. And if you’re already a fan of his work, be sure to checkout Martin’s website, where you can download MP3s and even piano sheet music for all the build music.