London 2012 Olympics looks to Underworld

Dance duo named as musical directors for next year?s Summer Games
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London 2012 Olympics organisers have announced the appointment of dance duo Underworld as music directors for the event’s opening ceremony, BBC News has reported.

Underworld, made up of Rick Smith and Mark Hyde, will work in conjunction with artistic director Danny Boyle and will be responsible for overseeing the music in the three-hour ceremony on July 27th.

The dance duo and acclaimed director Boyle have previously worked together on the 1996 film Trainspotting, as well as on the director’s recent stage production of Frankenstein.

Boyle described the duo's appointment as "the final piece of the jigsaw."

"It's a great honour to be asked to do this and one we're taking very seriously," said Hyde. "It's certainly not something we'll get the chance to do again."

Speaking earlier this year about Underworld’s working relationship with Boyle ahead of Frankenstein's opening at the National Theatre in London, Hyde commented: "We always say yes to Danny because he takes us on journeys that take us to places that we've never been or places that we'd love to go."

"What's interesting about working with them is how much broader their taste is than you might imagine," said Boyle this week. "With Frankenstein we really saw how far we could take a broader approach than we'd used together on the films."

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