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Hidden Orchestra is an imagined orchestra compiled in multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer Joe Acheson’s studio using many separate recordings of guest musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds, combined with feld recordings, bass, and intricate layers of drums. Alongside the solo studio albums, the live band has been an integral part of the project from the start.
The music is a melting-pot of Joe's extremely varied musical experiences and infuences from an array of genres from across time and around the world, and has been described as electronic music made with acoustic instruments and natural sounds. Music built on contrasts, at once anxious and calming, dark and light, fast and slow – full of abstract emotion which is open to the listener's interpretation.
2022 sees the return of AV shows from the Hidden Orchestra live band, following a pandemic during which Joe released the award-winning Creaks OST for cult Czech games studio Amanita Design, an album with Cerys Matthews and ten of the UK's foremost poets on Decca Records, and a series of multi-speaker outdoor woodland sound/music installations in Kew Gardens' botanical forest at Wakehurst.
The live band features Joe on bass and electronics, drummer Jamie Graham, and a roster of virtuoso live guests from the album recordings, including Jack McNeill (clarinets), Becky Knight (cello) and Poppy Ackroyd (piano). Immersive visuals are created live on stage by Tom Newell of Limbic Cinema
Arms And Sleepers
Arms and Sleepers is the electronic music act founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2006, formerly comprising Max Lewis and Mirza Ramic . In recent years, Lewis has become a less active member leaving Arms and Sleepers to continue with Ramic as the sole official member. Over the years, the group has amassed over 30 releases, 2, 5 00 live performances, and countless TV and Film music placemen ts in their 1 7 – year history. 2020 was Arms and Sleepers’ busiest year yet, with the release of a 6 – part conceptual music series that included 3 full – length albums and 3 EPs. In 2021, Arms and Sleepers celebrated its 15 th anniversary with a slew of re – relea ses and anniversary editions. 2022 saw the release of a new full – length record, ‘former kingdoms’, as well as a 15 th anniversary vinyl repress of the 2007 album ‘Black Paris 86’. More recently in 2023, Arms and Sleepers released 3 EPs and a variety of sing les and remixes, including collaborations with Poldoore, Koresma, Richard Houghten, and Sun Glitters. Arms and Sleepers’ 1 4 th studio album will be released in early 2024 via Berlin’s Pelagic Records.
Since 2006, the group has explored trip – hop, electronica , downtempo, ambient, hip – hop, and subtle pop with deftness and grace. Arms and Sleepers’ creative output has been vast: 12 full – length albums, 15 EPs, and a plethora of singles and remixes. The duo has remixed the likes of Emancipator, Robot Koch, Blockhe ad, Yppah, Sun Glitters, Caspian, Helios, Ef, From Indian Lakes, and many others, and has collaborated with numerous prominent artists including Tom Brosseau of Fat Cat Records, Serengeti of Anticon, and Philip Jamieson of Caspian, among others. Victor Fer reira of Sun Glitters has been a close collaborator over the last half a decade, co – producing and mixing the majority of the group’s recent releases. Ramic , who has been the group’s sole live performer since 2013, has taken Arms and Sleepers to stages acro ss the world with concerts in North and Central America, Europe, and Asia. The group has also seen its diverse music catalog licensed by Apple, Amazon, Vice, HBO, Showtime, PBS, National Geographic, United Airlines, and countless others. Over the years , Ar ms and Sleepers has received glowing coverage from a variety of music outlets, including Earmilk, XLR8R, NPR, Huffington Post, Bandcamp Daily, The Line Of Best Fit, and Clash.
With a prolific and busy decade and a half, Arms and Sleepers has not showed any signs of slowing down. 2022 will bring a new album and a return to active post – pandemic touring, in addition to continued remix and collaborative projects. Such high rate of creative output has also coincided with Ramic co – founding Futur e Archive Recordings, an artist – run record label that has released music from the likes of Blockhead, Yppah, Sun Glitters, il:lo, Poldoore, and others. With a long and active history in the music industry, Arms and Sleepers has carved out its own unique pl ace within the underground electronic music scene, building a loyal following along the way.