Underworld Appointed Musical Directors For Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

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December 7, 2011 | 2:25pm EST

Dance music stars Underworld have been named the music directors for the opening ceremony at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Rick Smith and Karl Hyde will work alongside Oscar-winning British filmmaker and producer Danny Boyle, who has already been named the artistic director of the celebration.

The pair will be responsible for providing the music for the three-hour ceremony, which will take place in July.

The new alliance marks the latest in a long line of collaborations between Boyle and Underworld, which began when he used the duo’s tune Born Slippy for the soundtrack of his 1996 movie Trainspotting.

Smith and Hyde then supplied music for the director’s A Life Less Ordinary and The Beach soundtracks and they co-scored the 2007 sci-fi film Sunshine.

The trio also worked together last year on the critically-acclaimed London theater production of Frankenstein.

Boyle says, “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. What’s interesting about working with them is how much broader their taste is than you might imagine.”

And Hyde is already very excited about the prospect of providing the music to the Olympic Games ceremony: “We want to leave people with a musical memory of the show rather than a purely visual one. It’s a great honor 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.”

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