Work

Clockwork Souls (2005)

Geof Holbrook

string quartet

Commission: Bozzini Quartet

Movements

  • 1. Beta Release
  • 2. IDM (Intelligent Dance Music)
  • 3. The Jetsons’ Neurobiology
  • 4. The Emperor’s New Mind
  • 5. Achille’s Tendency
  • 6. IDM (Intelligent Design Music)
  • 7. Golden Braids

Premiere

  • 15 Feb 2006 8:00 pm
    Sherbrooke
    Falaise | Hétu | Holbrook | Laporte | Schroeder

Performance

  • 16 Feb 2006 8:00 pm
    Montréal
    Falaise | Hétu | Holbrook | Laporte | Schroeder

Program Notes

1. Beta Release; 2. IDM (Intelligent Dance Music); 3. The Jetsons’ Neurobiology; 4. The Emperor’s New Mind; 5. Achille’s Tendency; 6. IDM (Intelligent Design Music); 7. Golden Braids

I’m an avid reader of literature that deals with the matter of human con- sciousness, and attempts to explain it as a scientific phenomenon. In my view this is an impossible task, and it is this impossibility that makes for such interesting reading. Books such as Gödel Escher Bach by Douglas Höfstädter and The Emperor’s New Mind by Roger Penrose resort to a multidisciplinary approach, exploring areas of mathematics, computer science, philosophy, psychology, visual arts and music. All these things have a cumulative effect on the reader, stimulating him or her to somehow grasp the author’s vision. The true message is subliminal, and such is all I can claim for Clockwork Souls. The seven movements are short contemplations of the nature of consciousness, and the titles are a tribute to my favourite