Oral History Information
Chris Martirano started working for Kurzweil Music Systems in 1986. For the first few years he was on the sales side of the equation, originally the district sales manager for the northeastern U.S., then promoted to regional manager for all states east of the Mississippi River in 1988. Later he served as Kurzweil’s director of product development for 12 years, steering the creation of some of the most powerful and forward-looking synthesizers ever made, including the K2000, K2500, and K2600, all of which sported V.A.S.T., Kurzweil’s potent variable architecture synthesis technology. Chris has also worked for Sequential, Yamaha, Clavia, Novation, StudioLogic, and Roland as a clinician, consultant, and top-notch sound designer. He is the nephew of Salvatore Martirano, maker of the SalMar Construction, a unique improvisation machine created from 1968 to 1972. Stevie Wonder, Rick Wakeman, and Pink Floyd are among the artists and bands that have used Chris’ sounds, and they’ve appeared in films, TV programs, and recorded music.