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FEATURE

Mark Franken

Meet the Emmy award-winning sound editor who uses Xojo

Issue: 15.1 (January/February 2017)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Beginner
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Article Number: 15104
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http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0291260

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## Let's start by you telling us about your background.

I grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand with two older sisters and Dutch parents. Dad was a fitter-and-turner by trade and had an extensive metal workshop at home where I enjoyed building things. However, I was always more interested in technology and sound.

During primary school, and before I'd ever seen a computer, a classmate wrote a BASIC program for me on paper. All the program did was draw a simple box, but I was fascinated with the idea of instructing a machine to do something with a few numbers and letters.

My high school had a large music department; I played cello and sax in several school bands. I helped set up the school recording studio consisting of a 12-channel mixing desk, a 4-track and 2-track 1/4" reel-to-reel tape machine. During the summer holidays I took this equipment home to record my friend play some songs he had written. We came up with some creative ways to overdub the different instruments he played using the limited track count of our two recorders (see Figure 1).

Then my high school purchased four Apple IIe computers, so I wrote a program in BASIC to notate and print music (see Figure 2). It wasn't that clever, but I still remember when I finally got access to a dot-matrix printer, the program print out ran the length of our corridor at home!

For my last year of high school the school set up a computer lab with 15 Apple IIe computers. I was able to attend one computer studies class a week where I learned the language Pascal and general programming concepts.

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