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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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.


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.


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.


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.

Monckton of Brenchley

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.


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.

Monckton of Brenchley

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.

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.


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

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.

That is a marvelous idea for a tribute.


Very thoughtful, and a beautiful tune. Thank you.


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

Jay Hope

Hear, hear.

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


Awesome job !

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

The pianoforte playing is just divine.


bit chilly

a lovely commemorative act from a gentleman .

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

James in Perth

Magnificent cheerful and comforting tune. Bravo!

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

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

Crispin in Waterloo

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

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.

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

Bubba Cow

outstanding and joyful
thank you

Gunga Din

Respects to you for your respects to him.

Damien Rogers

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

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.

Thank you.

“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]


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


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.


A lovely and personal tribute.

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.

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.


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.

I believe the reference was to

Assimilated by the Borg.

rather than the music.

Robert Austin

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

“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.

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


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.


“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

“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.

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

Alan Robertson

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

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


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

Monna Manhas

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

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 .

Beautiful, poetic, joyful….Well done!


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

Wm Sears

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

Gary Pearse

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.

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.

Monckton of Brenchley

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

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.


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 .

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

Monckton of Brenchley

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.

Monckton of Brenchley

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.

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…


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;-/

Shortened link:

Adrian Good

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

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

F. Ross

Well said, well played.

The tribute is wonderful.


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


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%

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.

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

Lovely and touching tribute. Reminds me of Bach.


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.


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

Moderators: this is an excellent suggestion.

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.

I’m flattered!

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.

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]

@ 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

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

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

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.

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