Robot is inspired by a common science fiction theme: the development of a conscious and highly intelligent robot, motivated to take over or destroy the human race. The work follows the awakening of a giant machine. Its mechanical heart engages as the music reaches an extended mechanical groove. After a failure, a reboot heralds a second more intense groove. Several classic electronic sounds associated with science fiction movies of the 1950’s and 60’s are employed throughout. The piece was written for John Irrera and Annie Stevens.
Christopher Cook received the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University where he served as Assistant Director of the Center for Electronic and Computer Music. He has received awards and honors from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, the Music Teach¬ers National Association and the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies. He has served as Composer-in-Residence at Amherst College, the University of Evansville, the Monroe County Indiana Community Schools Corporation and the city of Somerset, Pennsylvania. His works have been presented at conferences and festivals including the International Computer Music Confer¬ence, the Society for Electro-acoustic Music in the United States, the New York City Electroacoustic Festival, the Florida Electro-acoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, and the InterMedia Manifold TechArt exhibit. Dr. Cook is Director of Music Theory and Composition at Christopher Newport University.