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