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Watch Max Richter's SLEEP with ACME at Sydney Opera House

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Sleep is an album and performance by composer Max Richter. The album released in 2015 via Deutsche Grammophon, as an 8-CD/1-Blu-ray set serves as a concept album based around the neuroscience of sleep, hence its length of over eight hours. Accompanied by a one-hour-long album with seven additional tracks as well as remixes, According to Richter; Sleep is "an eight-hour lullaby", "a piece that is meant to be listened to at night ... structured as a large set of variations."

Richter conferred with American neuroscientist David Eagleman while working on the album's piece to learn about how the brain functions during sleep. Richter stated, "Sleeping is one of the most important things we all do ... We spend a third of our lives asleep and it's always been one of my favourite things, ever since I was a child. ... For me, Sleep is an attempt to see how that space when your conscious mind is on holiday can be a place for music to live."

The album has been performed in its entirety in various cities around the world such as; London, Sydney, Berlin, New York and Los Angeles breaking records including the longest live broadcast of a single piece of music in BBC Radio 3's station's history. The performance also set Guinness World Records for longest broadcast of a single piece of music and longest live broadcast of a single piece of music. Instead of chairs to sit in and watch the performance, audience members were given beds to sleep in.

WATCH THE ATTACHED CLIP OF Max Richter's SLEEP at Sydney Opera House in June of 2016, performed with ACME: American Contemporary Music Ensemble.