Imagine an orchestra where the players are made from recycled instruments, electronics and junk, conducted by a life-sized robot called Graphene. Sounds all a bit sci-fi, doesn’t it? Except that Manchester’s exclusive robot orchestra is a reality, and will be performing as part of Manchester Science Festival’s family strand this year – joined, for the first time, by human musicians.
Bands including Family Ranks, Cul-de-Sac, Caro C and Uno Prism, as well as the Hallé Orchestra and flautist Gavin Osborn, will play alongside this musical scrapyard, directed by Graphene, who was built by the festival’s headline sponsors Siemens. Robot Orchestra Live looks set to be a unique musical experience, ideally suited to budding young musicians, inventors and those who are down for a rather unusual boogie.