Manfred N. Klemme, passed away on Friday, July 2, 2010 after a long battle with multiple Myeloma. He was born in Alberta, Canada on March 13, 1939, and moved to California in 1980. Klemme spent many years with Nagra Hollywood. While there, Manfred was at the center of many industry innovations and was a key player in introducing time code along with his good friend Mike Denecke. In 1996 Klemme founded M. Klemme Technology Corporation (K-Tek) whose products are designed and manufactured in the U.S. The design and development of the K-Tek Microphone Boom Pole and accessories for on-set motion picture sound recording was honored with a Technical Achievement Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1998.
Klemme was also honored with the 2009 Cinema Audio Society (CAS) President’s Award at the CAS Awards Dinner on February 27th, 2010. The President’s Award is presented by the President and Board of Directors of the CAS to an individual dedicated to the advancement of sound.
Here is a quick interview of Manfred just prior to the 2009 CAS Awards where he champions the unsung sound department:
We extend our sincere condolences to Brenda Parker, the rest of the Klemme family and everyone at K-Tek. Donations in remembrance of Manfred Klemme may be made to: International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Dr., Suite 206, North Hollywood, Calif. 91607.