Isles of Wonder: Music For the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games Music for the Opening Ceremony
Featuring many of the highlights of 27th July 2012’s jaw-dropping show, including reworked tracks by the Chemical Brothers, F buttons, Blanck Mass, Arctic Monkeys, Emeli Sandé and Mike Oldfield as well as two specially commissioned pieces by Underworld (the fifteen minute Pandemonium section soundtrack And I Will Kiss and Caliban’s Dream, the musical announcement of the Olympic torch’s arrival in the stadium).
Talking about the ideas that forged the music on Isles of Wonder, Rick says, “Music is Britain’s cultural heartbeat; it’s a perpetual act of revolutionary thought. From William Blake to the Beatles via the Clash and the Chemical Brothers, the soundtrack to our lives fizzes and hums all around us like a stray signal from a radio dial that your internal antenna just can’t help but tune into.”
The soundtrack is split into two sections – the first represents the music from the main show; the second is the soundtrack to the athletes parade. It features reworked versions of Underworld classics (many of them by Scribble collaborator High Contrast) alongside a set of handpicked tracks that chosen specifically for the event.