William Darwin Krodel

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BILL KRODEL Bill Krodel, Recording Engineer Extraordinaire, passed away on September 19, 2008 in Torrance, CA of complications from aplastic anemia disease. Born in Glendale, CA on July 22, 1949, Bill lived in the South Bay all his life. A 1967 grad of North Torrance High, he also attended El Camino College as a music major. His musical talent was evident at an early age; at 14 years old, he was the sole piano accompanist for the entire ceremony of his 8th grade school graduation. During the 1960's and 1970's, he played keyboards and guitar for several area bands, such as The Pie and Awning Company, Blind Owl and Ambrosia. In the late 1970's he began his career as a recording engineer. He owned Opus I Studio in Torrance for several years. Later, he was engineer/producer for area studios such as Pendragon, Jet City and Media Kitchen. He worked with such bands as Guns and Roses, Seinsfeld, Pennywise, and Motorhead. He also recorded opera singers, rap artists, gospel choirs, and even relaxation therapists! A member of the Torrance Marriott health club since 1995, Bill could frequently be found playing the piano in the lobby for the enjoyment of all who passed by. Bill's outgoing personality and musical ability will be sorely missed by many, many friends and relatives. A memorial celebration of his life will take place in the near future, date to be announced. Donations in his name can be made to any area animal shelter, or please donate blood through the Red Cross or UCLA Harbor Medical Center. Bill has left the studio, but his musical spirit will remain with us always.

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  1. Thanks for recording me Billy,..an’ all your help ! Thank you for bein’ the greatest friend and damn it Billy,..I’m so sorry…i’m so sorry billy that i wasn’t there with you….you ‘made’ my sound…man you ‘made’ me !! damn it…i should have come up there to visit you..to see you…yet you came down here tonight to be with me – thank you Good bye billy – i love you -clark

  2. I just found out today, Dec. 29th, of Bill’s passing. I will never forget all that Bill did for me in recording 3 different CD albums. I knew his mother as well. They had a great mother-son relationship. They were dear people. I will miss them.

  3. Billy, I was so sad to hear of your passing. I will always regret not making the time to get to know my cousin better. I hope you know now even though I didn’t visit I thought of you often and I will miss you. Love always BJ

  4. Billy, I don’t know what it was that caused mke to think of you today, but I did…and I’m saddened to hear that you’ve left us. You helped me and my band make our very first ‘professional’ recordings at Pendragon. What great sounding recordings they were!!! Those were some of the best guitar tones I’ve ever recorded…thanks to you! But in working with you I gained much more than great sounds…I gained a loyal friend and musical mentor for life. Thank you for EVERYTHING that you gave to all of us Billy…thank you. Todd

  5. the music industry has lost a giant among men. it was indeed my privelege to work with and know bill as we worked on The Mecca Damiano album THA 2nd Coming. we had the oppurtunity to make media kitchen our home and Bill Became Wild Bill to us. on once of our recordings an outake was kept just because and now serves us as a perminent tribute to a great man and freind. the entire Diamond Cutt Music is saddened by his passing and we know that God Must have needed an engineer for a major production and wild bill took the job.he will be missed and i know that not only did i loss a freind i lost a brother. he had a way of inspiring and making an artist want to work so they would not break from bill’s expectation i thank him and my artist’s thank him. we love you bill

  6. So sorry to hear we lost you Bill! We had a blast recording with you! You will live on forever in the recordings you created! You are surely missed! Rock on where ever you are!

  7. Today I found out that Bill Krodel had passed away, What makes me sad is that It was months ago and I had lost touch enough with Bill to now know where he was in his life. I worked with Bill on multiple demos, and records over the years with my bands and other bands I produced. Bill was a funny guy and a one of kind he could have been a character on TV he was so animated I spend hours working on projects with laughing at how crazy her was but really great at what he did. One thing I loved about him is how un impressed he was with fame, he could care less who you are just as long as you where a “good guy”. Bill was a big part of my life and he will be missed. Check out these records of his work Sense Field – Building – Revelation Records Dag Nasty – Field Day – Giant Records Puller – Closer than you think – Tooth & Nail Records

  8. I remember recording at Krodel’s Opus I Studio in Old Torrance. We’d finish playing what we felt was a really good take of a song and Krodel would burst out of the control room saying: “I got a level!” –then he’d hold up a carpenter’s level. Other times, after we’d finish playing a hot take of something, Krodel would come out and he’d say deadpan: “I got a level.” As if he hadn’t recorded what we’d just done–he’d just set some mic levels. It was funny. He only did these tricks at certain times, like, I guess when he saw the band was excited and we were playing good. He could tell. And he was always asking: “Are we happening . . . ? Are we happening today, Terry?” I miss that guy. And, for years, he had that pay phone in the control room that cost only a dime.

  9. Bill worked with my band Big Trouble in L.A at pendragon studios in 1988 and 1989, brilliant sound tech and backbone of our sound ,he will be more than missed, God bless you Bill, thanks Fron John Large , Doug Grey,and Frannie Mattioli ,Rest in peace

  10. I knew Bill when we were all growing up in north Torrance area around Yukon Elementary school and North High. It was all about music for us back then and we would go over to Bill’s house to play and hear him play. I look forward to meeting up with him and our other friends again when the time comes:)

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