A clock tune in honor of a true man of true science

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

The generous businessman who sponsored the successful case against Al Gore’s sci-fi comedy horror movie An Inconvenient Truth in the London High Court in 2007 contacted me recently to say we should take steps to honor the memory of the late Bob Carter, whose testimony alongside that of Dick Lindzen was decisive in defeating Her Majesty’s Government and obliging it to circulate 77 pages of corrective guidance to every school in England before the movie could be shown there.


I have many good reasons to be grateful to Bob Carter. On my first speaking tour of Australia I was recovering from 20 years’ grave illness and it was not clear that I’d be fit enough to survive the month-long tour. Bob Carter shared with Ian Plimer the task of serving as my warm-up act. Both were ready to step in and take over if my health failed.

Then and often thereafter, I came to know and love Bob and his wife Anne, both of whom were the soul of gentleness, kindness and truth.

Bob was visibly saddened by the shameful and mendacious abandonment of any semblance of scientific rigor or method on the part of so many academic colleagues when it came to the profitable scam that is “global warming”.

More than any of us, he felt the totalitarians’ sullen, vicious assault on science and reason personally. He was wounded by it. Often and often he agonized over how men of science could have sunk so low.

Yet he remained generally cheerful, and was the sharpest brain and the clearest voice of sanity and reason against the Green Blob. His talks were models of clarity, incision and wit.

That great man was treated with bitchy pettiness by his university in his closing years, solely because he refused to be Assimilated by the Borg. In an act of extreme childishness, his right to use his own university’s library was summarily removed.

And the poisonous totalitarians who have all but silenced free speech worldwide on the climate issue by their vile personal attacks on any who dare to speak out against the Party Line could not let Bob Carter alone even in death. A number of disfiguringly spiteful attacks on him have been published.

The truth is that Bob Carter made Them uneasy. His assertions of the truth were so clear, so difficult for Them to challenge, that They came to fear him, and – as is usual with Their wretched kind – with fear came hatred.

I had the privilege of spending two weeks in Paris with Bob at the U.N. climate gabfest. One of the hate-speakers in the soulless le Bourget conference center, seeing me pass by, said, “All we have to do is wait. You’re all old. You’ll all die. And what you stood for will be forgotten. And we’ll have won.”

How ironic that, after that remark, Bob Carter should have been taken from us so soon after the Paris nonsense ended.

What then, is to be done to remember that great man? Well, just about the last thing I heard him say was that he liked my piano-playing in the foyer of the Hotel California, just off the Champs Elysees, where the skeptics were all staying.

In the German-speaking princedoms of Baroque Europe, by an elegant custom, composers honoured the dead by composing clock-tunes in their honor. These clock-tunes – or Turmuhrglockenspielmelodie – can be heard to this day from clock-towers all over Germany and Austria, ringing out their merriment every quarter of an hour.

I have decided to revive that charming tradition of recalling those in eternity by counting the hours that no longer imprison them. I have composed a clock-tune in Bob’s memory, and as a very small mark of gratitude for his unfailing kindnesses to me and my lovely wife.

The usual Classical rule for clock-tunes is that the quarter-hour tune should state the theme in a simple form; that the half-hour and three-quarter tunes – respectively twice and thrice the length of the quarter-tune – should elaborate upon it; and that the three tunes should be chimed in continuous succession for the hour, with perhaps a short cadenza at the end.

Concert performances generally follow this pattern, as does the recording here. The .mp3 file, professionally recorded on a 9ft Shiguro Kawai concert grand, is here:

…and the score is here: bob-carters-peal

At the rising of the sun and at its setting, we will remember him.

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February 2, 2016 2:07 pm

Fine words for a fine man. With your permission I shall place this on my phone as a ring tone.
And a tip of the hat for the Star Trek reference. I did not expect that.

Reply to  zootcadillac
February 2, 2016 3:17 pm

Wonderful tribute. A soothing style that is timeless.
Will someone please post the direct link to the clock tune, in a form that can be used and shared with others? Thank you so much Lord Monckton.

Reply to  Ben
February 2, 2016 4:26 pm

I think this will work:
The direct link will open the .mp3 in your browser. Then from your browser menu:
File->Save Page As
saves the sound file.

Reply to  Ben
February 2, 2016 8:48 pm

In windows 10 works by putting the link above in the address bar then enter then it will open in VLC media player. Press the download arrow and save in your folder such as “music”. from your folder it can be copied to any USB and your phone connected to your PC. You need to download the actual MP3 not copy a link to the web page.

Reply to  zootcadillac
February 2, 2016 5:19 pm

Do let me know how to start with the .mp3 and then get the tune on to a Samsung phone as a ringtone. I’d love to do that.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
February 2, 2016 6:16 pm

Load the MP3 file to the memory card of your phone. Then open the MP3 file in an app like Ringdroid and save it as a ringtone.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
February 2, 2016 6:50 pm

Many thanks to Kate for coming to my aid about getting the .mp3 to become a ring-tone. I’ll find a ten-year-old and tell him what to do.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
February 2, 2016 9:34 pm

Alternatively, copy the file bob-carters-peal.mp3 to the Ringtones folder on Internal Storage in the phone. Then, at the phone, choose Settings, Personalize, Ringtones. Choose bob-carters-peal.mp3 and Apply. No need for an app.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
February 3, 2016 1:53 am

I can recognise a Bach-like thingy. Well, I lived near Arnstadt once- it helps. Good stuff Monckton!

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
February 3, 2016 2:53 am

Glen M is right: the piece is in the Bach style that the Germans call Barock. Musical theorists say this style gives us music in its purest form.

February 2, 2016 2:07 pm

That is a marvelous idea for a tribute.

February 2, 2016 2:08 pm

Very thoughtful, and a beautiful tune. Thank you.

February 2, 2016 2:09 pm

Nice way to remember him.
Bob Carter gone but not forgotten

Jay Hope
Reply to  1saveenergy
February 2, 2016 2:53 pm

Hear, hear.

February 2, 2016 2:11 pm

Lovely, and well-deserved. I hope it can be prominently played, and well-publicized.

February 2, 2016 2:12 pm

Awesome job !

February 2, 2016 2:13 pm

I did not hear you on your visit to Oz,but I have enjoyed your posts, and especially this lovely piece of music, a beautiful way to honour a fine man.

Warren Latham
February 2, 2016 2:14 pm

The pianoforte playing is just divine.

February 2, 2016 2:14 pm


bit chilly
February 2, 2016 2:16 pm

a lovely commemorative act from a gentleman .

February 2, 2016 2:20 pm

Good and fitting sentiments from one warrior to his departed brother.

James in Perth
February 2, 2016 2:24 pm

Magnificent cheerful and comforting tune. Bravo!

February 2, 2016 2:25 pm

Thank you Lord Monckton.
It’s a lovely idea and a lovely tune for a lovely man whom I never met but whom, through his writings and presentations, I feel I knew. I can imagine his smiling with all his soul in thanks for this.
The Fabians and their ilk want to erase tradition and all memory of tradition. That’s another reason why It would be wonderful if someone could play this on a clock-tower and record it.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  imoira
February 2, 2016 5:40 pm

Yes, thank you ever so much, Lord Monckton and thank you for your beautiful response as well, imoira.

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  imoira
February 2, 2016 9:39 pm

My friend in Epsom is a bell ringer. I will ask.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
February 3, 2016 3:10 am

In the UK carillons are very rare. There are probably fewer than a couple of dozen in the country. Your friend is probably a change-ringer, and that system – which, in sequencing the bells, gave rise to the world’s first use of what became known as combinatorics, now a thriving branch of mathematics – does not lend itself to playing melodies.
Change-ringin was a great English invention. Until then, the timing of swinging bells could not be controlled, so the inelegant jangling still heard on the Continent was inevitable. But the English invented an ash detent bearing on a sliding stay that allowed the bell to swing just over 360 degrees and come o rest mouth-upward.
A slight tug on the bell row was all that was needed to set the bell in motion and deliver a quite precisely timed sound. If the tug was just forceful enough, the bell would swing through 365 degrees and come to rest mouth-upward again, ready for the next stroke. Too small a tug and the bell would not travel full circle and would end up mouth down. Too hard a tug and the ash stay was designed to snap so that no real damage was done. Change ringing is a great skill.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
February 3, 2016 3:17 am

Blast the dismal iPad spelling corrector. For “detention” read “detent”.
[Fixed. ~mod]

February 2, 2016 2:29 pm

outstanding and joyful
thank you

Gunga Din
February 2, 2016 2:33 pm

Respects to you for your respects to him.

Damien Rogers
February 2, 2016 2:36 pm

Hope it is released as a phone ring tone. The totalitarians wont like hearing that going off everywhere 🙂

Reply to  Damien Rogers
February 2, 2016 10:29 pm

I doubt that they will know the significance. My ringtone remains the Juliar ringtone with her famous quote “There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead”.
When my phone goes off at the pub I commence laughing. Some take umbrage and become very red in the face. And that makes me laugh all the harder. No need to say a word 🙂
Regarding ringtones, Windows and Android phones will play pretty much any MP3. All you need to do is copy the MP3 to the Ringtones folder on the phone.

February 2, 2016 2:38 pm

Thank you.

February 2, 2016 2:38 pm

“All we have to do is wait. You’re all old. You’ll all die. And what you stood for will be forgotten. And we’ll have won.”
In all walks of life, there will always be jackals. RIP Bob.
[And those who presume they can predict the future… ~mod]

Reply to  Kevin Lohse
February 2, 2016 8:01 pm

Kevin….that quote was by Michael Needham on Fox News Sunday 09-27-15.

February 2, 2016 2:38 pm

I came to know and love Bob and his wife Anne, both of whom were the soul of gentleness, kindness and truth.

The peal captures that perfectly. Congratulations. Bravo.

February 2, 2016 2:40 pm

A lovely and personal tribute.

February 2, 2016 2:47 pm

I’ll check out the music when I get home, then I’ll have to figure out how to make it be the ringtone on my cell phone. I don’t get many calls, but it would be a nice reminder of Bob’s life and his stance above the fray.

February 2, 2016 2:52 pm

A fitting tribute. Requiem non pareil. Gone, but never forgotten. Mother Nature herself was apparently on his side of this great debate. He lived sufficiently long to know that.

February 2, 2016 3:05 pm

Very nice. I hadn’t been aware of the clock-tune tradition. Yours reminds me a lot of Schumann and Brahms. Gonna have to re-listen for the above-mentioned Star Trek reference.

Reply to  OldUnixHead
February 2, 2016 3:24 pm

I believe the reference was to

Assimilated by the Borg.

rather than the music.

Robert Austin
Reply to  OldUnixHead
February 2, 2016 5:21 pm

The gentle joyfulness reminds me of Handel’s “Harmonious Blacksmith”. A lovely tribute to a lovely man.

February 2, 2016 3:09 pm

“All we have to do is wait. You’re all old. You’ll all die. And what you stood for will be forgotten. And we’ll have won.”
Max Planck was much more polite, but then again he was talking of his mentors and senior colleagues.

Reply to  Magma
February 2, 2016 3:15 pm

That is true when the old scientific paradigm is wrong. Not when the new paradigm is wrong.

Reply to  ristvan
February 2, 2016 5:42 pm

Aren’t we due for several decades of cooling? Given sufficient cooling I think the population will rise up against the alarmists. Perhaps some of them will end up in state pen.

Reply to  ristvan
February 3, 2016 5:32 am

“Aren’t we due for several decades of cooling? Given sufficient cooling I think the population will rise up against the alarmists.”
That would be nice. But history indicates that the PTB will simply switch their alarm to Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Cooling. The answer to CAGC will be the same. Marxism.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Magma
February 2, 2016 3:48 pm

“And the poisonous totalitarians who have all but silenced free speech worldwide on the climate issue by their vile personal attacks on any who dare to speak out against the Party Line could not let Bob Carter alone even in death. A number of disfiguringly spiteful attacks on him have been published.”
And thus, the appearance of Magma.

Reply to  Alan Robertson
February 2, 2016 7:05 pm

Perhaps you failed to read Monckton’s post. Or you’re exceptionally twitchy.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Alan Robertson
February 2, 2016 9:37 pm

Or perhaps I am familiar with a number of your posts and have come to mistrust the motives behind your words, especially when double entendre can be inferred, if not otherwise obvious, from a whiff of innuendo. You can clear up any confusion, just say what point were you trying to make with your post.

David Sivyer, Narrogin WA
February 2, 2016 3:22 pm

A magnificent and timeless tribute to a wonderful human being and Man of Science.

February 2, 2016 3:27 pm

Damnit, Mr. Monckton, I don’t normally cloud up when hearing music of any kind….

Monna Manhas
February 2, 2016 3:51 pm

What a beautiful tribute! Thank you so much for sharing it.

February 2, 2016 3:55 pm

Truth is the universal positive definite eigenfunction . Bob Carter’ truths endure .
Beautiful music . Got to pass it on to childhood neighbor Laurie Spiegel and fellow APLers Jan Karman and Stanley Jordan , all very into highly structured music .

February 2, 2016 3:58 pm

Beautiful, poetic, joyful….Well done!

February 2, 2016 4:20 pm

Well Done, a tribute not just to Bob Carter but also what he stood for, science.

Wm Sears
February 2, 2016 4:28 pm

A fitting tribute and excellent memorial. The truth will never die.

Gary Pearse
February 2, 2016 4:33 pm

You are a talented, caring and gentle man. This is a wonderful tribute and given the constraints of the genre, you did a masterful job – like the Major key. It gave a cheery effect instead of a sad one. I heard glockenspiel tunes for the first time in Munich but didn’t know they were a soleful tribute. Hitchhiking through Europe in the early 1960s I was a street musician/folksinger earning my keep for about two years (bluegrass banjo – a bit of a novelty there to be sure!). I took jobs now and again and wound up a kitchen helper (koechen hilfe) in Munich where I heard these tunes everyday, accompanied by a mechanical performance as well- puppet-like figures coming out of doors in these huge clocks over the street and performing a minuet. Nicely done.

Gilbert K. Arnold
February 2, 2016 4:34 pm

Lord Monckton: A lovely piece of music. Have you considered having someone transcribe it for carillon? It would be wonderful to hear this pealing out over a city or even (horrors) over a campus.

Reply to  Gilbert K. Arnold
February 2, 2016 5:08 pm

In response to Mr Arnold, there is no particular need to transcribe the clock-tune: a four-octave carillon will be able to handle the tune as it is. It’s written in just two voices, as is usual with Turmuhrglockenspielmelodien. And modern carillons, which have dampers as well as hammers and can thus prevent the discords that are otherwise inevitable for any percussion instrument with a long sonic tail, are well capable of handling the intricacies of the piece, which is in the manner of J.S. Bach and is more elaborate than the usual clock tune.
Subject to zoning consent, we’re installing a small clock tower over our guest house, which will have an electronic carillon set to play Bob Carter’s Peal. We should encourage as many people as possible to do the same. The total cost of the little tower with three clock faces and louvers to let out the sound from the all-weather loudspeaker, as well as a small computer to play the .mp3 using the Sonkinetics’ wonderfully resonant five-octave carillon and a wide choice of historic hour-bells, will set us back well under $5000.
So the bells will ring out for Bob Carter on this side of the pond, and I hope that the United States and Australia will also set up carillons in his honor. What a great and wonderful man.

NW sage
Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
February 2, 2016 6:42 pm

And if someone sets up an internet link the whole world can listen every quarter hour. A VERY useful link to include with every communication with any/all warmists, ‘scientist’ or not.

February 2, 2016 4:36 pm

Bob Carter and the things he stood for are never forgotten but live through the rest of us . Thank you for
for the tribute to a real hero .

February 2, 2016 4:59 pm

Beautiful. Here’s an mp3. Easy enough to do with Audacity:
Let me know if this is inappropriate.

Reply to  Martin Clark
February 2, 2016 5:16 pm

The studio used Audacity to increase the gain somewhat, because I had played the piece very softly. But the resonance of the 9 ft grand makes a wonderful sound. I’m particularly fond of the sound of the plangent “quasi niente” final chord.

Reply to  Martin Clark
February 2, 2016 5:17 pm

Most grateful to Mr Clark and others who have made the .mp3 easier for people to download. Since it’s a memoral for Bob, there’s no question of any royalty. Feel free to enjoy it, copy it, circulate it, perform it.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
February 2, 2016 6:13 pm

Beautiful tribute, thanks for making it easier. And heartfelt thanks to Christopher – it made me tear up.
I still can’t believe he’s gone…

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
February 3, 2016 3:43 am

A beautiful piece of music. thank you so much.
I have to admit my next thought was..:-) how do we get this onto places like the aussie Bom telephone hold music
would be sooo poetic to manage that.
and yes I also need to work out how to get it onto my phone a blackberry I have no idea how to work the features on;-/

February 2, 2016 5:03 pm

Shortened link:

Adrian Good
Reply to  Martin Clark
February 3, 2016 2:34 pm

Martin can you give me/us instructions of where/how to put this on an iPhone. Thanks a heap

February 2, 2016 5:11 pm

Beautifully done and truly lovely. Thank you for doing this.

F. Ross
February 2, 2016 5:36 pm

Well said, well played.

February 2, 2016 5:45 pm

The tribute is wonderful.

February 2, 2016 5:55 pm

Dr. Carter’s take down of the AGW ‘science ‘ was remarkable. I am sad my children will not get to hear him speak.

February 2, 2016 5:58 pm

ref the hater “All we have to do is wait. You’re all old. You’ll all die. And what you stood for will be forgotten. And we’ll have won.”
I don’t think all the wamunistas are like that. just 97%

February 2, 2016 6:16 pm

Christopher Monckton wrote,
“. . . often he [the late Bob Carter] agonized over how men of science could have sunk so low.”

That is the right question.. It unravels the mystery of why those scientists’ approach to the philosophy of science is the fundamental cause of the pre-science that mimics science in the area of the significance of AGW.

February 2, 2016 6:19 pm

Our local branch of the Royal Society of NSW organises monthly talks mostly but not exclusively with a scientific theme. Bob Carter was the speaker on 19 February 2009, After the promotional material for the talk had gone out but before the talk, a letter, “Do the homework for climate change talk“, from David Tranter appeared in the local press attacking Bob Carter and our promotion of the talk : “[…] It is therefore rather strange that the flier promoting Professor Carter’s talk refers to him as a “well-known climate scientist”, moreso since his own web page (members.iinet.net.au/~glrmc) fails to list a single paper he has published in a reputable climate science journal on contemporary global warming. […]”. http://www.royalsocietyhighlands.org.au/lectures/images_and_docs/DavidTranterLetter200902.pdf
Bob Carter replied : “I thank Dr Tranter for encouraging people to inspect my website and attend my forthcoming talk in Mittagong on Feb. 19. I fully agree with the implication of his letter that public policy on global warming should be set on the basis of a firm understanding of available scientific knowledge. […]” – the whole letter is worth reading. http://www.royalsocietyhighlands.org.au/lectures/images_and_docs/BobCarterReply200902.pdf
Another letter, from Bob Thomas, appeared in the local press after Bob Carter’s talk, attacking him for not mentioning that he wasn’t a climate scientist, for not mentioning his funding sources or his “motivations for taking a contrarian view to the widespread scientific consensus on climate change“, for indirect “funding from the fossil fuel industry“, and ending by implying that Bob Carter was a “snake-oil salesman“. http://www.royalsocietyhighlands.org.au/lectures/images_and_docs/BobThomasLetter200902.pdf
All the above information is at http://www.royalsocietyhighlands.org.au/lectures/lectures_2009.htm
Bob Carter gave an excellent talk, and the world is a poorer place for his passing.

Titan 28
February 2, 2016 6:57 pm

Lovely and touching tribute. Reminds me of Bach.

February 2, 2016 7:26 pm

What a beautiful thought to honour this truly great man. Thank you Lord Monckton. The music is beautiful; the thought was so gently endearing. It is a marvellous way to remember him. Such a good way to dispel all that vitriol that has been thrown as him.

February 2, 2016 8:08 pm

Beautiful. Could the mp3 be added to the WUWT right hand column widgets?

Reply to  jorgekafkazar
February 3, 2016 2:28 am

Moderators: this is an excellent suggestion.

February 2, 2016 8:19 pm

That will be played as a prelude to dinner, accompanied by an Otago Gewürz. Otago in memory of where Bob was awarded his PhD. A Chard Farm Gewürz. because it’s beautifully balanced in an off-dry style; a bit like Bob. As at home in the lecture theatre as in the field where geology starts.
I was once asked who I would most like to have as a dinner guest and named your Lordship, causing no little consternation among those who fear your very name. Gits are good at that 🙂 Having your Lordship play a piece he composed for a great geologist will have to suffice; I am content.

Reply to  The Pompous Git
February 3, 2016 2:27 am

I’m flattered!

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
February 3, 2016 4:19 pm

It would be The Git that would be flattered should you ever be in Tasmania and feel in need of good company, fine food and music, The Git’s main passions. To my mind there is no better way to express you care for your family and friends than to to take the freshest ingredients from the garden, marrying them with a piece of meat raised with love and care by a friend, adding a bit of this, a bit of that and then watching them enjoy it. It’s all about passion.
Bob’s passion was communicating science, a passion shared by yourself, our esteemed host, Willis and many other denizens of this place. He was a man of virtue (Gk. aretê. In the world of the ancient Greeks, courage, moderation, and justice were the prime species of moral virtue. A virtue is a settled disposition to act in a certain way; that is, not optional. People such as Bob are not ones who occasionally act virtuously, or even who regularly act virtuously, but do so out of some other motive. Rather Bob’s sort reliably act that way because they place a positive, high intrinsic value on rendering to each their due and they are good at it. He will be long remembered by those who value such things.

February 2, 2016 8:22 pm

Aaaah! Third time lucky. I wonder why I need to log in to my WordPress account three times for each post. With two-factor authentication it’s a tedious business… And yes, I do tell WordPress to keep me logged in for 30 days.
[Don’t know. .mod]

Reply to  The Pompous Git
February 2, 2016 9:17 pm

@ mod
Didn’t think it was at your end; you wouldn’t see anything until after WordPress authenticated me. The odd things are that once my comment appears I’m OK to keep posting and being logged into my account beforehand doesn’t make any difference. Bit of a mystery…
[Reply: there is a WordPress knowledge base. Maybe they have the answer. -mod]

Adrian G
February 2, 2016 9:03 pm

Could someone more able then myself, even a ten year old, explain in more detail how to transfer the Bob Carter Peal into iTunes. From then I can use YouTube to put it on my iPhone. Many thanks

Frumious Bandersnatch
Reply to  Adrian G
February 5, 2016 8:08 am

Simply drag the mp3 to your iTunes app on your desktop or laptop.
To convert it to a ringtone, do the following (I got this from E-How) :
Open iTunes and go into “Preferences” under the iTunes drop-down menu. Then hit the “Import Settings” button under the “General” tab on the far left. Make sure “AAC Encoding” is selected on the “Import Using” roll-down menu. Click “OK” till you are out of the Preferences menu.
Find the song you want to make a ringtone out of. Right-click or Command-click in order to select the “Get Info” button. Hit the options top along the top of the pop-up info box. Click the start and stop time box and fill in where you want the ringtone to end and begin. Listen to the song on your iPhone to be sure what 30-second max clip you want to use. When done hit “OK” on the bottom of the box.
Click “Advanced” on the top of the iTunes menu bar, then hit the “Create AAC Version” button. This will create a duplicate song, same name and everything else but for the play time (the ringtone will be the shorter one).
Run a search (Spotlight on the Mac) to find the new song file, it will be in the same file as the old one. Change the file extension on the new file to .m4r from .m4a.; it might be useful to change the name of the file as well just to keep them separate. Now drag this file into iTunes so it shows up in the library.
Sync your iPhone with the USB cable. When the iPhone shows up in iTunes, click the “Ringtones” tab. The new ringtone will be listed under the “Select Rings” button. Select the ringtone and then hit “Apply” and “Sync.”

Roger Taguchi
February 2, 2016 10:00 pm

Wow! You combine the best of humanistic, generous emotions with pleasing melody, all complementing a razor-sharp mind devoted to the advancement of truth, so much the opposite of your intolerant, hateful, incompetent enemies. Your piece reminds me of Brahms’ Waltz Op. 39 No. 15, a favourite.

Reply to  Roger Taguchi
February 3, 2016 2:26 am

The Brahms is indeed a delightful waltz, and the kind comparison is charmingly flattering.

February 2, 2016 10:05 pm

Prof Carter –
the fight goes on.
VIDEO: 2 Feb: ClimateDepot: Marc Morano: Watch: Climatologist Dr. John Christy to Congress: NOAA data shows downward trend of extreme high temps since 1930s

February 2, 2016 10:18 pm

Sadly we can expect a Wikipedia special treatment of his biography…
The grave digging William M. Connolley is already hard at work…

Reply to  TomRude
February 2, 2016 11:50 pm

Connolley is a nasty little gob-shite, I’ve crossed swords with him elsewhere. Is he still limited to just 1 wiki entry/day ??

Mike Spilligan
February 2, 2016 10:22 pm

Will anyone …. would anyone, do this for any warmunist you care to name?

Reply to  Mike Spilligan
February 2, 2016 10:35 pm

I’m game. But then people have been known to chew their own arms off rather than listen to me sing, or play an instrument. All we need now is for someone to name a deserving warmunist 🙂

February 2, 2016 10:26 pm

That is a touching and respectful tribute. My heart goes out to Bob’s family.

February 2, 2016 10:37 pm

Music as beautiful as the idea is brilliant. Thank you.

Nigel S
February 2, 2016 11:09 pm
Reply to  Nigel S
February 3, 2016 3:14 am

Avon Dassett! Amazing; I lived there as a very small child. I’ve just sent that link to my mother!
The clock tune for Prof. Bob Carter is wonderful; what a marvellous tribute.

James Bull
February 3, 2016 12:26 am

I have printed off the sheet music and will have a chat with the man who does the transposing of tunes for our carillon church bells to see if we have enough bells to do it justice if we have I will try to get it recorded and posted ( although our church is on a main road so there maybe a lot of background noise)
James Bull

Reply to  James Bull
February 3, 2016 2:23 am

The melodic line is less than two octaves, so your carillonneur should have no difficulty with it. Do let me know if you are able to get a recording of Bob Carter’s Peal on the carillon. I’ll send it to Anne Carter.

Scottish Sceptic
February 3, 2016 12:28 am

By mistake I launched two versions of the peel – playing at different times – the pseudo chaos reminds me of the ups and downs of global temperature .

Harry Passfield
February 3, 2016 1:43 am

Aha! A peal to authority!! [grin] What a great idea, well executed. Well done, Chris. You honour a great man.
BTW: Your piano has marvelous tone; I just wonder what that tune would sound like from a carillon.

Reply to  Harry Passfield
February 3, 2016 2:13 am

You can find out what the Turmuhrglockenspielmelodie might sound like on a carillon by playing it senza sordini throughout. To minimise the dissonances inevitable with the long-tailed percussion sounds of bells, play it on a carillon that has dampers as well as hammers. Most electronic carillons played via Midi controllers simulate this.
To get a good tone, I recommend Sonokinetics’ Toll carillon, which has a very fine bronze-bell tone mellower than the usual tic-toc-choc sound of most carillons. It is controllable via the industry-standard Kontakt interface.
And you’re right: the Shiguro Kawai concert grand, has a marvelous tone, and is also nicely voiced. The action, though a little heavier than, say, the Yamaha concert grand I played recently at the Koerner Hall in Toronto, is so beautifully regulated that it is a joy to play.
For a brighter tone, try the Fazioli 308, though the example I played recently had taken a hammering on the concert circuit and the regulation was disconcertingly all over the shop. For the best concert grand made in the States, try the Ravenscroft 275, also available as an affordable software package for Midi-enabled electronic stage pianos. Don’t buy a New York Steinway Model D concert grand: the Hamburg ones are vastly superior. For ultimate resonance, it has to be the Boesendorfer Imperial Grand.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
February 3, 2016 8:17 am

A girlfriend of mine had a Boesendorfer Imperial Grand, a birthday present from her parents. It is indeed the finest of musical instruments. Sadly, Janet and I parted company, she to study under Vladimir Askhenazy and I to have adventures in the Australian outback. The drivers of Hobart were much safer after that. While The Git is quite tall, Janet was quite short and the sight of The Git riding pillion on Janet’s 50cc Honda motorcycle caused considerable uncontrollable mirth.

Chris Wright
February 3, 2016 2:56 am

Christopher, many thanks, it’s beautiful.
Bob Carter will be sorely missed.

Scottish Sceptic
February 3, 2016 4:22 am
Reply to  Scottish Sceptic
February 3, 2016 11:24 am

The heartbeat is clearly the millennial natural cycle which has just peaked in about 2003 and which the establishment scientists foolishly ignore.

February 3, 2016 4:50 am

An original, beautiful, inspired, heartfelt, touching, bittersweet tribute for a man who was “…staunch to the end against odds uncounted…”

February 3, 2016 5:55 am

Bob Carter’s video presentations were a crucial part of my seeing the light on global warming. He spoke with a clarity, honesty and authority that is rare in our society.

Shawn Marshall
Reply to  RH
February 3, 2016 6:52 am

Yes, that’s what I thought too. His truth will live on in Youtube, that’s where I first saw him. He was always very clear and very credible, earnestly credible. What a world we live in when simple truth is persecuted.

February 3, 2016 6:08 am

Pompous git, what a wonderful idea you presented for a ring tone.
You could have a voice chiming out ‘Run for cover, the sky is falling’ over and over, and quite loud, or some equally asinine comment about weather or climate, or just repeat one of their many embarrassing lies or activities (“oh no. Not another doctored set of weather data’ or ‘it must be global warming, I tell you’) sang in a beautiful soprano or contralto voice.
There could even be a roundelay built up around a recurring theme, or a build-up like ‘the house that Jack built’
‘This is the lie, that started the meme…etc.

Reply to  jsuther2013
February 3, 2016 7:53 am

@ jsuther2013
I’m not sure how you got that from my post about ringtones. My main ringtone is a snippet of a speech by a past Labor leader making a complete idiot of herself. The ringtone for my text messages is the current Liberal Minister for Communications making a complete idiot of himself. Short video clip here:

The previous ringtone for texts was the prior Labor Communications Minister Stephen Conroy declaring he had “unfettered legal power” over telecommunications regulation, including the ability to request Australian telcos “wear red underpants on their head”. Unfortunately, the youtube clip of Conroy bewildering an American audience with this declaration has been pulled.
When I was a lad growing up in England, there was an excellent satirical TV show called That Was the Week That Was that I very much enjoyed. Sadly, public utterances by our politicians are impossible to satirise these days.

Gilbert K. Arnold
Reply to  The Pompous Git
February 3, 2016 6:02 pm

That Was the Week That Was enjoyed a brief sojourn on US television about 1965-1966 (IIRC) hosted by avid Frost and aired on NBC. I would imagine there are copies of some of the shows on YouTube.

Reply to  The Pompous Git
February 3, 2016 6:03 pm

That should be David Frost.

Reply to  The Pompous Git
February 3, 2016 6:27 pm

Wowsers! Thanks for the headsup. I was watching TW3 when John Kennedy was shot!

Raymond Watts
February 3, 2016 6:49 am

The mp3 is a bit difficult to download. You can do it more easily on
Linux users can issue:
wget https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/90071372/BobCarterPeal.mp3
wget https://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/bob-carters-peal.pdf
to download easily.
Thank you Lord Monckton of Brenchley!

February 3, 2016 7:39 am

To live in the hearts we leave behind, is to never die.

michael hart
February 3, 2016 7:44 am

As others have pointed out, you can still see Bob Carter speaking in many youtube videos, and I have done so myself since he passed away.

February 3, 2016 12:23 pm

I have made a small clip using Lord Christopher Monckton’s amazing and elegant tribute to the late Bob Carter. I was lucky enough to hear Christopher in Dunedin in April 2013. Sadly though, I never got to hear Bob Carter in the flesh but on the day before he died I watched his recent talk in Paris.
Both great people – and thank you Lord Monckton for this most fitting tribute. I am enjoying it.

Reply to  Douglas
February 3, 2016 2:59 pm

It’s a very impressive video: many thanks. I particularly liked the closing shot!
Any chance of eliminating the scratching, coughing and talking sounds that can be heard on the track? They’re not on the original, and this is a really well put-together video, so it would be worth getting the sound spot-on if you can. Thanks again.

Reply to  Monckton of Brenchley
February 4, 2016 3:49 pm

I have now ‘fixed’ that although is is only (another) a copy sans talking – not the original mp3 sound. I have taken the liberty of adding your score of the music in the ‘spaces’ between each ‘movement’. Oh! pleased you liked the ‘coda’ in the piano bar. Not a gin in sight either.

Reply to  Douglas
February 10, 2016 11:07 pm

I have replaced the previous version with this – a few clock glockenspiels playing – more like what Chris envisaged perhaps.

George Devries Klein, PhD, PG, FGSA
February 3, 2016 2:08 pm

I stayed at Bob Carter’s home in Dunedin, NZ, in 1973 while on a lecture tour. He and his wife were gracious hosts. Yes, he will be sorely missed.
When people pass on, I always say, ‘remember the good things only about the deceased, in his case Bob Carter, because that is the best living memorial a person can receive. This clock tune does that.

Johannes Kantelberg
February 3, 2016 2:32 pm

Beautiful. May I suggest that we plant a tree in Bob’s honour?

Reply to  Johannes Kantelberg
February 3, 2016 2:42 pm

Johannes Kantelberg

Beautiful. May I suggest that we plant a tree in Bob’s honour?

No. Should we not preserve, protect and support the lives of billions of innocents worldwide by providing trillions of additional trees and plants worldwide with additional fertilizer and longer growing seasons and more resistance to droughts instead?

Reply to  RACookPE1978
February 3, 2016 4:14 pm

I think we should do both. I plan to plant trees this winter (Victoria, Australia) and would like to put one in as a thank you to Bob Carter. Any suggestions on tree which would need to be a deciduous, fire-resistant type?

Reply to  RACookPE1978
February 3, 2016 4:38 pm

Quercus robur

Geoff Sherrington
February 3, 2016 4:02 pm

Your tribute is beautiful, creative and full of emotion. Thank you.
Coincidentally, I revisited some Climategate emails yesterday.
Here are some words to and from Dr David Jones of Australia’s BOM and your Dr Phil Jones.
“Fortunately in Australia our sceptics are rather scientifically incompetent.” Sept 7, 2007. DJ.
“Bob Carter’s email address is bob.carter@jcu.edu.au . He is infamous for distorting climate change science in the media.” June 14, 2005. DJ.
Re: Distortion of the work of CRU by Geologist Bob Carter…
David, Thanks for the email. There is really no point in trying to engage with these sort of people. It is just a waste of time. June 14, 2005. PJ.
Any fair minded person should find that the quality of your tribute, Christopher, compared with these words from the Establishment, is in your favour.

Steve Brown
February 3, 2016 4:32 pm

The Lord Monckton has composed a beautiful “Turmuhrglockenspielmelodie” to a very good Gentleman and Scientist, Professor Bob Carter.
Would it be beyond the realms of possibiity for the readers of WUWT to contribute to the building of a clock tower, built in the classical Austro-German style, in Professor Bob’s home town to play this melody in the way it should be played?
I, for one, would be more than willing to make an inititial contribution. It would be a fitting memorial to a great man, one who will be recognised as such in days to come.

February 3, 2016 6:26 pm

Thanks, Christopher, Lord Monckton. Bob Carter was a great man, a kind man no doubt.

February 3, 2016 11:40 pm

Jesus, you’re talented Lord Monckton.

Reply to  MRW
February 3, 2016 11:59 pm

It’s not just talent, which is undoubtebly there. It’s also a classical edudcattion, which government .edu factories have dumbed down.
A stupid population is easy to brainwash. That’s what we’re observing now.

February 5, 2016 4:49 pm

Thank-you so much for this touching tribute to a great man. Let us remember him, indeed.

February 5, 2016 4:51 pm

Thank-you so much for this touching tribute. Let us remember him, indeed.

February 9, 2016 12:16 am

Thank you Christopher! I was a great admirer of Bob Carter, and all that he stood for. He even found time to reply to a few email queries I sent. I wish the melody you composed could ring like tinnitus in the heads of all those who support the IPCC and deny the scientific rigor which Bob so tenaciously upheld.

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