Cork composer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Waldron-Hyden has released his debut album, Capricorn, under the guise of Kineograph. We asked him the BIG questions. . .
It follows its debut in 2020 Continuity of future life and speaking of his last outing he says, “Where the continuity of future life was to investigate the presence of the afterlife, Capricorn almost recognizes the presence of the hereafter and sees the universe, stars and everything in between as the place where this life could somehow continue, given how eternal the universe is .
“I found this very helpful in dealing with the feelings and emotions I was dealing with in my own family situation dealing with a terminally ill father.”
“I found exploring some sort of fortuitous power beyond our own to be heartwarming and a welcome distraction from the situation,” the musician added.
“The concept of space is in constant use in experimental music, but I was less concerned with the aesthetics of ‘spatial’ music than with trying to create a world beyond our own with this album, which could perhaps contain the lives of our loved ones. those who have gone and will leave this earth. That energy has to go somewhere, I guess. “
Tell us three things about yourself?
I was born in Memphis. The drums were my first instrument. As of this writing, I have quit smoking for 38 days.
How would you describe your music?
A mixture of a lot of things, strange enough not to be pop music, conventional enough not to be considered experimental probably. Lots of independent parties move on their own but sometimes come together to do something nice. Trying to imitate nature.
What are your musical inspirations?
I’m really inspired by the natural sounds and rhythms around us, it’s my biggest inspiration to be honest. Other than that, I love CAN, Neu !, The Velvet Underground, João Donato, Pauline Oliveros, Hamid El Kasri, and many more. A little closer to my home there are artists like Arthur Itis, FIXITY, The Bonk and Natalia Beylis who are all incredibly inspiring to me as an artist.
What’s the first gig you went to and the first record you bought / downloaded?
The first gig was probably at the age of 9 or 10, seeing this group Five who won You are a star a long time ago they played at a festival in Mitchelstown and i was so glad to be there. Other than that I didn’t really go to a lot of concerts growing up, I think the first time I saw a real legitimate band playing great music was when O Emperor played in the old O2 store on Patrick’s Street in Cork City when I was 15 or 16. The first album I bought was Towards the 5 arrondissements by The Beastie Boys on CD.
What’s your favorite song right now?
Ali Nuur – Unknown of Sweet as broken dates: Somali gangs lost from the Horn of Africa on Ostinato Records.
Favorite lyrics of all time?
“O Lord, increase my amazement.” I can’t think of a word, but it’s a Sufi prayer that I read when I was doing research and listening to a lot of music from the Sahara, I think about it a lot.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Hello by Neu!
Where can people find your music / more information?
The best way would be to follow me on Instagram at @markwaldronhyden. Or you can go to my Tree Link which relates to all of my work. You can also find my music and other great artists on Sun worship discs.