Rick Smith & Karl Hyde have recorded 9 albums together as Underworld, scored film and theatre pieces for Academy Award winning directors Anthony Minghella and Danny Boyle, and spent the last 20 years touring their now legendary live show.
At the end of 2010 they were enlisted to create the sound and music scores for the Royal National Theatres’ production of “Frankenstein” (dir. Danny Boyle) which opened to critical acclaim February 2011, their score being nominated for an Olivier Award. In the same year, they also provided the score for the National Theatre of Scotland and Frantic Assembly’s award-winning “Beautiful Burnout”. Karl Hyde’s first solo painting exhibition titled “What’s Going On In Your Head When You’re Dancing” opened in Tokyo in August 2010 and London in July 2012, accompanied by an audio installation piece by Rick Smith.
In 2011, Rick Smith was appointed Music Director for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The remainder of 2012 and 2013 saw Rick and Karl pursuing a number of personal projects: Rick scoring "Trance" (for 20th Century Fox) and "Babylon" (for Channel 4); Karl releasing his first solo album "Edgeland" in 2013 followed by a duo of albums with longtime collaborator Brian Eno ("Someday World" and "Highlife").
In 2014, Underworld's landmark album "dubnobasswithmyheadman" reached it's 20th anniversary, which was celebrated by a remastered re-issue edition and one-off performance at Royal Festival Hall in October. in 2016 the band released their seventh studio album "Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future" the album was Top 10 in the UK, No 1 in Japan and No 1 USA Billboard Electronic album and this year saw the band in headline performances at Glastonbury, Coachella & Summer Sonic,