Karl Hyde

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Karl Hyde
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Karl Hyde in 2016
Background information
Birth nameKarl Hyde
Born (1957-05-10) 10 May 1957 (age 64)[1][2]
OriginBewdley, Worcestershire, England[3]
Years active1980–present
Associated acts

Karl Hyde (born 10 May 1957) is an English musician and artist. He is a founding member of British electronic group Underworld. Hyde has also released a solo album, made albums with Brian Eno and Matthew Herbert, and contributed towards the score for the London 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony alongside Rick Smith.[4]

He is a founding member of the multi-discipline design and film collective Tomato and has published several books.


Hyde moved to Cardiff in the late 1970s to study at Cardiff College of Art. There he formed the new wave-synthpop band Freur in 1982 with Rick Smith and Alfie Thomas.[5] The band released two albums, Doot-Doot and Get Us out of Here, before relocating to Essex, and renaming themselves Underworld. They have continued to make music since.[5]

He contributed towards the score for the London 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony, alongside Underworld's Rick Smith who was the ceremony's Musical Director.[4]

In January 2013, Hyde announced the release date for his debut solo album, Edgeland.[6][7] It was released worldwide on 22 April that year[8] through Universal. It was co-produced by Leo Abrahams.[9]

In 2014, Hyde collaborated with English musician and record producer Brian Eno on the album Someday World, which was released on Warp.[10] The first single from this album, "The Satellites", was released in March 2014.[11] Within weeks of the album's release, it was announced that a second album, High Life, would be released on 30 June (1 July in North America),[12] also through Warp.

Hyde's daughter Tyler performs in the experimental rock band Black Country, New Road.


With The Screen Gemz[edit]

  • I Just Can't Stand Cars / Teenage Teenage (7" Single, 1979)

With Freur[edit]

With Underworld[edit]

Solo album by Hyde[edit]

Singles by Hyde[edit]

  • "Cut Clouds" (Universal, 2013)
  • "The Boy with the Jigsaw Puzzle Fingers" (Universal, 2013)

Albums with others[edit]


Publication by Hyde[edit]

  • I Am Dogboy: The Underworld Diaries. London: Faber and Faber, 2016. ISBN 978-0571328659. Contains diary entries, autobiographical writing, photographs and abstract poetry.

Publications paired with John Warwicker[edit]

  • Mmm ... Skyscraper I Love You: a Typographic Journal of New York. London: Booth-Clibborn, 2002. ISBN 978-1873968581.
  • In the Belly of Saint Paul. Underworld Print, 2003. ISBN 978-0954613105.


  1. ^ Jeffries, David. "Karl Hyde Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  2. ^ Montgomery, Hugh (23 October 2011). "How We Met: Rick Smith & Karl Hyde". London: The Independent. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Karl Hyde: 'It's interesting how one's moral compass can shift when you become a parent' | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b Steve Baltin (8 December 2011). "Underworld Named Music Directors of 2012 Olympics". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Freur". WalesMusic. BBC Wales. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Underworld's Karl Hyde announces solo album Edgeland: stream the first track inside". FACT Magazine. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  7. ^ Unterberger, Andrew The SPIN Interview: Underworld SPIN. 15 March 2016
  8. ^ "Karl Hyde to release first solo album". Chaos Control. 2013. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  9. ^ Geslani, Michelle (24 January 2013). "Underworld's Karl Hyde announces solo debut album, Edgeland". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  10. ^ Blistein, Jon (4 March 2014). "Brian Eno and Underworld's Karl Hyde Launch 'The Satellites'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  11. ^ Minsker, Evan (4 March 2014). "Listen: Brian Eno and Underworld's Karl Hyde: "The Satellites"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  12. ^ Henry, Dusty. "Brian Eno and Karl Hyde announce new album, High Life, stream "DBF"". Retrieved 29 May 2014.

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