Thursday 7 April 2011


We've been finding out about nanobots in the past couple of weeks. Nanobots are small microscopic robots. More specifically, nanorobotics refers to the still largely hypothetical nanotechnology engineering discipline of designing and building nanorobots. Nanorobots (nanobots, nanoids or nanites) would typically be devices ranging in size from 0.1-10 micrometers and constructed of nanoscale or molecular components. As no artificial non-biological nanorobots have so far been created, they remain a hypothetical concept but have the potential to revolutionise the fields of medicine, chemistry and electronics.

Now you may ask why an orchestra is interested in these tiny robots. Next week will be giving the world premiere tour of Enrico Chapela's work, Nanobots. Mexican composer, Enrico has been fascinated by the possibilities of nanobots and wanted to explore these in music. His work is constructed by the build up of small individual sections into seven one-minute sections of music. Enrico constructed these tiny ideas using binary codes as a numbering system to obtain individual binary atoms that were then paired with others to form bigger musical ideas: binary molecules. This is the core basis for the primary materials and the work as a whole.

Nanobots will be premièred at Bury St Edmunds new venue, The Apex on Monday evening and then forms part of Britten Sinfonia’s renowned At Lunch series which travels to Cambridge on Tuesday 12 April, London on Wednesday 13 April and Norwich on Friday 15 April. Find out more info here

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