Kris Hatlelid

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Kristjan Hatlelid
Born August 29, 19??
Birth Place Regina, SK, CA
Nationality Canadian   Canada.svg
Aliases Igor Shimskey

Kris Hatlelid is a Canadian composer, sound designer and programmer. At the beginning of 1987, he worked for Distinctive Software and Electronic Arts. He was a manager, developer, and composer. At Distinctive, he not only wrote music and sound effects, but also programmed the sound drivers in his own format (KMS). In 1993, Kris left Distinctive and was the president and CTO of ICE Online. At the beginning of 1988, he worked for Electronic Arts again until April 2002 as a senior producer. Ever since, Kris has been working at Microsoft, handling many tasks in the past; principal development manager, group program manager and developer. He is now their engineering director.

Kris no longer composes for video games since leaving Distinctive, but he continues to compose and play music in Seattle.

Music Development


Kris wrote his own sound driver (KMS) and wrote the music in assembler macros.


Released Title Sample
1983-??-?? Frantic Freddie (C64)
1988-??-?? Grand Prix Circuit (C64)
1988-??-?? Power at Sea (C64)
1988-??-?? Thud Ridge: American Aces In 'Nam (C64)
1989-??-?? OutRun (DOS)
1989-??-?? Test Drive II: The Duel (C64)
1990-??-?? 4D Sports Driving (AMI)
1990-??-?? Altered Beast (DOS)
1990-??-?? Bill Elliott's NASCAR Challenge (DOS)
1990-??-?? Mickey's 123's - The BIG Surprise Party (AMI)
1990-??-?? Metal Gear (C64)
1990-??-?? Castlevania (C64)
1990-??-?? Castlevania (DOS)
1990-??-?? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles World Tour (C64)
1990-??-?? Wings of Fury (C64)
1990-08-?? Pipe Dream (NES)
1991-??-?? 4D Boxing (DOS)
1991-??-?? 4D Sports Boxing (AMI)
1991-??-?? Champions Forever Boxing (TG16)
1991-??-?? Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (C64)
1991-??-?? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Manhattan Missions (DOS)
1991-04-?? Bill Elliott's NASCAR Challenge (NES)
1991-10-?? Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? (NES) Sound Driver
1992-??-?? John Madden Football '93 (GEN)
1992-??-?? The Simpsons: Bart's House of Weirdness (DOS)

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