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Hidden Orchestra is the solo studio project of multi-instrumentalist composer/producer Joe Acheson from Edinburgh, Scotland. Started in 2005, the project was previously known as the Joe Acheson quartet, featuring Poppy Ackroyd (keyboards and violin), Tim Lane (drums), and Jamie Graham (v-drums and percussion).
The Hidden Orchestra project has released the albums “Night Walks” (September 2010) and “Archipelago” (October 2012) on Tru Thoughts Records. Read more on Last.fm
Delighted to announce we will be supporting The Cinematic Orchestra alongside James Holden on 20th March at the Roundhouse in London.....!
Feb 22, 2019
Poppy Ackroyd's RESOLVE REIMAGINED is out today on One Little Indian Records...
Delighted to have a remix on this amazing selection, alongside Max Cooper, Hauschka, Floex, Daisuke Tanabe, Penelope Trappes, Nuage, Ben Lukas Boysen and Lone Figures.
Get your copy or have a listen here:
Feb 08, 2019
Really pleased to share with you my remix of my wonderful partner Poppy Ackroyd, for her excellent upcoming Resolve Reimagined remix album..
I put a lot of time into this one, and I'm really happy with the way it turned out..
Thanks to LANES for the drum sounds...
Dec 03, 2018
Featuring visuals from Tom Newell / Limbic Cinema.
Well worth getting down early to check out our support Luo
Dec 01, 2018
Nov 30, 2018
Unbelievably excited about our show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre tonight, some extra last-minute tickets have been released...
With a new one-off special AV setup by Tom Newell of Limbic Cinema, guest clarinettist Jack McNeill, and support from the amazing Floex and Tom Hodge...
Nov 19, 2018
Lineup and guests for last AV Shows of 2018:
30.11 LONDON - QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL
with support from Floex & Tom Hodge, and guest Jack McNeill
02.12 BRIGHTON - THE HAUNT
with support from Luo
03.12 BRISTOL - TRINITY CENTRE
with support from Luo
Very excited to announce that good friends and collaborators Floex & Tom Hodge will be opening for us at the QEH, where we will also feature first-time guest clarinettist Jack McNeill, and an augmented AV setup by Tom Newell AKA Lumen - last few tickets remaining!
Hidden remix of Floex & Tom Hodge feat. Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra:
And in Brighton and Bristol we will be playing with excellent synths/fills duo Luo, making a return to playing live in their respective home towns with a revamped lineup and new material.
Southbank Centre Haunt Live Trinity Centre Small Pond Tru Thoughts Soundcrash Mercury KX LittleBig Music Agency Poppy Ackroyd
We're heading to Berlin on Monday to start our final run of AV shows for 2018.. Hope to see you there!
Here's a sneak preview...
15.10 - Berlin, Funkhaus
16.10 - Leipzig, UT Connewitz
30.11 - London, Queen Elizabeth Hall
02.12 - Brighton, The Haunt
03.12 - Bristol, Trinity Centre
Aug 24, 2018
Looking forward to playing at Brave! Factory Festival 2018 tomorrow, alongside the likes of Floating Points and Squarepusher...
Here's an interview I did for local publication Comma
Aug 20, 2018
In addition to the October AV shows in Berlin and Leipzig, we are playing three more in the South of the UK in November/December...
Tickets for the UK shows go on sale Wednesday morning.
15.10 Berlin - Funkhaus
16.10 Leipzig - UT Connewitz
30.11 London - Queen Elizabeth Hall
02.12 Brighton - The Haunt
03.12 Bristol - Trinity
'Sonic Woodland' starts today at Wakehurst, come and hear the orchestra I've hidden in this woodland glade, part of #TheWonderProject on 26-29 July and 3-6 August...
Speakers hung from trees and buried in the ground send sounds and music around the glade in the same way that trees communicate through underground mushroom networks...
Shrinking Space Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Jul 19, 2018
My latest music project - 'Sonic Woodland' - is a 40-minute piece for 5 trees, and can only be heard on 26-29 July and 3-6 August in a woodland glade at Kew Gardens' Wakehurst site in Sussex (home to the world famous Millennium Seed Bank), as part of The Wonder Project..
The piece is designed to show how trees are communicating with each other through the underground fungus network attached to their roots, by moving sounds and melodies around speakers hung from trees and buried in the ground.
Come and spend an evening in this amazing wild botanical garden, halfway between London and Brighton...
May 04, 2018
Thanks to Max Cooper for featuring his excellent remix of Wingbeats on his new compilation for the Balance Series, available to stream/buy now...
Hidden drummer Tim Lane has just released his debut album as LANES - a unique and lovely set of compositions based around his eclectic percussion/drums/trombone, and featuring a number of very fine musicians (including some other Hidden collaborators)
Ironically (?) I slept through both broadcasts of my story of recording a wren for Dawn Chorus last week on BBC Radio 4..
There probably won't be any birds on the next release, but I'm still experimenting with slowing them down lots..