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Breaking News: The robots are coming ... with secret engineers!

The organisers of Robot Orchestra initiative have opened up the interactive project launched at Manchester and aimed at creating an environmentally-friendly orchestra made up of ‘robots’ playing instruments and recycled materials, reports ITRealms.

Enjoining people to get involved, the organisers hinted public participation would salvage the event, especially by way of donating of unused technology, building the robots and the instruments, writing computer codes, hosting events or sharing their musical expertise.
ITRealms reports that Manchester has been lately a hotbed of innovation; from the very first computer to the splitting of the atom, the city has a proud history of brilliant discoveries. In 2016, it has stepped into the global scientific spotlight as European City of Science – the first time this has been awarded to a British city.

This effort, industry watcher told ITRealms, offers a chance to showcase the groundbreaking science and cutting-edge industry of today.

“People across the city are being encouraged to take part in an array of exciting experiments and activities, bringing science, technology and engineering to life – and the Robot Orchestra is an important part of this,” an official press statement made available to ITRealms read.

The orchestra, 
ITRealms gathered would consist of ‘electronic brains’ which create music by playing real instruments including violins, glockenspiels and xylophones, as well as redundant technology such as computer floppy disk drives and old desk fans which will make sounds themselves. These will all be conducted by a robot designed by Siemens.

Professor Danielle George, who devised the project pointed out that the organisers hope to showcase work by everyone - from 5-year old primary school children to pensioners who have been tinkering away in their garages - to demonstrate that everyone can discover the secret engineer inside themselves.

The Hallé Orchestra has composed a piece of music for the robots to play, and lots of independent composers are also writing pieces. The organisers are also hoping to bring Manchester-based artists on board, enabling the orchestra to have a truly local feel.

“I want to show how everyone can discover the secret engineer inside themselves - and build an amazing machine from their imagination,” said Professor Danielle George, who devised the project. “A new musical engineering revolution has begun. I want to showcase the ingenuity, creativity and revolutionary spirit of the people of Manchester, and to explore how a city might creatively re-engineer and spread environmental and creative practices through performance.”


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