Mark created Noise Station in 2001 and designed it like a music programming system, something like the music equivalent of a word processor. Originally, notes were typed in, and the music calculated without live playback. As processing power increased, live playback become more viable. In 2001 Mark's PC had a 133mhz CPU, knowing that the full virtual studio system would need a 4-5Ghz CPU, 40 times more processing power than was available at the time!
Noise Station is a virtual studio. You can use it to create instruments and complete music tracks with no extra hardware or software. Developed for Windows 98, the software has trouble working on operating systems after Windows XP.
Mark's first three albums, Synaesthesia
, The Incredible Journey
and the first version of The Spiral Staircase
were created entirely using this software.