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.
Having been an electronical music producer for a while, I got into contact with Tim by chance around 2007 or 2008, when Camel Audio (god I loved that company) still existed, and Tim was doing the customer support for them. He was such a sweet guy, and a total charm to dea with. So I found it such a shame when I heard about his sudden passing in 2009.
7 years later, I'm looking for a proper sub preset for the track I'm currently working on, and browsing through the presets of FM8, I happen to stumble upon a patch called "Red Shift", which happens to be the title of one of the very best tracks ever made by Speedy J, an infamous techno producer, who also made a bunch of patches for FM7 and/or FM8, if I recall correctly. And yeah, sure enough, turn on the arpeggiator, delete most part of the notes, and you have the basics for the track. Obviously Jochem Paap (Speedy J)'s massive production skills turned this sound into a beautiful track that's slowly becoming a classic in the techno scene, but nonetheless, I was really thrilled to discover this sound was made by Tim Conrardy.
I have lost my favourite sister to cancer 5 years ago, when she was only 37, and because both of us were the only creative ones in our family and she was the kindest person you could imagine, I miss her every day. I wish more people would post some of their memories of Tim on this site. If anything, Tim made sounds that are still being used by musicians to this day and will no doubt be continued to get used in the future. My sister made paintings, so yeah... Not a lot of chance of people still using her work nowadays. But such is life, I guess. :) Nonetheless, I would like to thank Tim Conrardy for the work he has done for the synth community, and for the wonderful kindly natured person he has been all those years... May there be many others remembering him, and using his sounds in the years yet to come :)
An Amazing Man
February 7, 2016
I purchased my Atari Falcon the year that it came out. To this day I use still use it for dedicated sequencing. Tim's page is and will always be and inspriration to all Atari users. I never had the chance to meet Tim however is memories will always live forever.
January 26, 2016
I've been out of the music world for awhile but found out that this amazing man has passed on. I just wanted to give my condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed..
Missing you still everyday
September 9, 2015
JUst stopped y to tell you my music is getting stronger everyday, Miss our monthly chats, memories of 35 years as friends, We will look in on Diane this year at Xmas time. See you across the starfield one day....
Brother Tim, I miss you. I was thinking of you today. I finally started converting our old cassette recordings to mp3, although some of our best may not turn out on the tape, unless I can find a way to improve what there is. I have many regrets for not driving down more often to record more and move ahead faster on our projects. All I can do is think about you, pray for your family, continue to clean up, restore, and enhance the recordings we have....and look forward to the day when we will walk those streets with all the time in the world to make even greater music. Blessings, my friend and brother. You are awesome!
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