Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member chamber orchestra that focuses on recordings and performances of contemporary classical music. Its exhibitions have been portrayed as "a balance of extravagance, unresponsiveness, and virtuosity" by the Financial Times and as "a triumph of outfit playing" by the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times said that Alarm Will Sound is "a standout amongst the most fundamental and unique gatherings on the American music scene." From 2004 to 2007, they were melodic craftsmen in-home at Dickinson College. ASCAP perceived Alarm Will Sound with its Concert Music Award in 2006 for "the virtuosity, energy and duty with which they perform and champion the repertory for the 21st century."
Alarm Will Sound's 2005 collection Acoustica discharged July 2005 on Cantaloupe Music highlights acoustic plans of music by Aphex Twin. Its initial two accounts were of music composed by Steve Reich. In 2010, the gathering worked together with Dirty Projectors to create and play out The Getty Address in its new way of life as a live execution piece at Lincoln Center, Disney Hall and the Barbican Center. Music that Dirty Projectors front-man Dave Longstreth made on a PC by careful and muddled testing, circling and layering was deciphered and orchestrated by Matt Marks, Alan Pierson, and Chris Thompson for 23 artists of the two groups.