This memorial was created to remember Tim Conrardy who was born on March 25, 1957 and passed away on February 28, 2009. He touched many people's lives, particularly with his music and sounds. He was a resident of northern California for the last 30 years, but through the internet he had an impact far beyond that area. His online presence at Tim's Atari Midi World has many examples of his music and helpful articles, and his large collection of sounds reflects his extreme talent and will continue to be a well-used resource for musicians. When his passing was announced on www.kvraudio.com it generated 22 pages of condolences and thoughts from around the world within less than a day, including numerous mentions of his unfailing cheerfulness and helpfulness. There are additional postings and threads here and here, with songs written and software released in his memory. His recent co-workers created a summary of his sound-designing career.. If Tim touched your life, please share your thoughts here by leaving candles, condolences, and memories.
Miss ya Tim
May 24, 2013
Hi Tim, I miss you dude. I think of you often and hope one day to meet again.
Family, Friends, Colleagues and Fans
November 30, 2012
I am sitting in my home office on a conference call and I received a meeting request with an attendee whose last name is Conrardy. The first thing that popped into my mind was "I wonder if she's related to Tim." After the search results came up I was shocked to learn that you had passed on more than three years ago. We exchanged a few emails over the years about the Atari music world, but I didn't know you. I feel sad that I didn't know you as the outpouring of well wishes have allowed me to get to know you better. Thank you for all your hard work for the Atari software world. That was such a small part of your life. My thoughts go out to your family and friends across the world. That was a good first set, Tim, see you after the break. Many thanks!
I had the pleasure of interacting with Tim a few times via his Atari Midi website and Yahoo Atari Midi user group. Thanks to Tim I was able to replace my aging Dr. T's copy protected software disks with a non-copy protected version directly from Dr. Emile Tobenfeld himself.
I came to highly value the contributions Tim made on his Atari Midi website, which I often used as a resource both for the many fine algorithmic compositional software downloads it made available but also even more importantly the tutorials he painstakingly created and posted. Some of those tools are not very intuitive by modern standards and the tutorials go a long way towards smoothing out the learning curves.
I also purchased both his M42 and M51 synth VSTs and those along with the Atari ST software from his site continue to play an important role in my studio and compositions today. I especially want to credit Tim with my re-introduction to one of my own synths. I have a Kawai K1 which I've had for more than twenty years. I had all but forgotten about it, but when Tim and I bantered back and forth a bit about it (he really liked that synth) I took another look at it, and found that by adding a few modern effects I was able to breathe new life into an old synth. That's entirely Tim's doing.
In the field of experimental electronic music Tim was a true giant along a whole range of fronts, from sound design, to algorithmic composition, to promotion of the art and tools available.
Even though Tim passed three years ago, one can still sense his absence today. Though I barely knew him personally, his impact on me is profoundly felt. In the world of electronic music, his passing leaves a void which may never be filled. But his legacy will live on for many years to come.
RIP Tim and thank you so much for all you have done. The world is a much better place for your having been in it.
Philip Chika (aka MutantMozart)
January 7, 2012
We never knew each other, but I've been using Fruity Loops and experimenting with VSTs for it for years, and a lot of those came from you, so I feel like you kinda helped teach me the ropes. Thanks for everything. Rest in peace.
Software Engineer Musician
February 4, 2011
I had numerous interactions with Tim mainly through his Atari MIDI World when we worked together to free M and RealTime. I've used his sounds in the meantime, but we fell out of touch a few years back. I can't say enough nice things about Tim and how saddened I am to hear of his passing.
The music world is a better place because of him.
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