Underworld Announced as Music Directors for 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Sat, 12/17/2011 - 13:07
2012 Olympic Games

British electronic music pioneers Underworld have been appointed Music Directors for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The announcement completes the team of senior creatives that will lead the direction of the London 2012 Ceremonies.

Underworld duo Rick Smith and Karl Hyde will work alongside Oscar-winning British film-maker and producer Danny Boyle, Artistic Director of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, and will be responsible for all the music in the three-hour Ceremony on 27 July next summer.

Karl Hyde said: ‘We want to leave people with a musical memory of the show rather than a purely visual one. It's a great honour to be asked to do this and one we’re taking very seriously – it’s certainly not something we'll get the chance to do again.’

'Final piece of the jigsaw'

Underworld have enjoyed a long and diverse collaboration with Danny Boyle since their track ‘Born Slippy’ featured in his film ‘Trainspotting’. In 2010 they came together again to work on the National Theatre production of ‘Frankenstein’.

Danny Boyle said: ‘Appointing Underworld to direct the music in the Olympic Opening Ceremony is the final piece of the jigsaw for the team of leading British creatives who will deliver the Ceremonies.'

LOCOG has put in place a talented team of leading British creatives to lead the direction of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies, including Boyle, Kim Gavin, Jenny Sealey MBE and Bradley Hemmings as Artistic Directors.

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