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Everything posted by mattygs

  1. Im sure alot of what makes those songs memorable.... is the moment. I dunno if most athletes would be too impressed at a song about being one by a little 13 year old girl. But get her to rise up to be just below a massive Olympic cauldron, and add the flame being extinguished as it appears to race across the sky...... and it makes it seem so much more emotive and special. London just has a a song...... if they're going to use it in the ceremony..... let's see what they do with it.
  2. Seems to me (especially having read a number of fun media pieces with athletes/rugby players etc etc about what they like to listen to on the team bus or just before an event), this is the kind of song that would feature on many Olympians Ipods. Something that gets ya blood boiling, not with the kind of lyrics you find in some more traditional Olympic songs. Ah well, everyones different, whatever lights ya ring I guess.
  3. It's a strange one. This is actually probably the kind of music that alot of networks would use as their own music when highlighting Games highlights - as in, maybe the end titles of the days coverage. I listen to the song, and can imagine an athlete breaking the water as they dive in, the power as a discus is launched, a wrestler dumping their opponent. It definetely fits. Of course, I can understand those who can't place it in an Opening Ceremony, it's certainly breaking the mould. No little children waving lanterns for this one.
  4. The truth is, athletes are just like us (well some of us). For the most part, people in their 20s and 30s. Would we listen to a radio station playing the lullaby tunes of you and me, or spouting lyrics about the world uniting in hope and peace. Im sure the athletes roll their eyes at the cheese fest that is some Olympic opening ceremony songs. Hand in Hand, fantastic for the 80s, but times have changed. Athens kind of tried to do the same thing, obviously taking a different musical angle, but the end was the same - a non conventional theme song . This is something relevant, that still has appropriate lyrics. Just downloaded it from itunes, even better when in studio quality.
  5. I flippin love Muse, this is amazing news, the song sounds great too. I've always thought Butterflies and Hurricanes would be a fantastic theme for these London Games, not quite as hot on this, but still excellent. Epic. Well chuffed they have been given the job.
  6. No idea mate No idea mate, but Im thinking that Skywatch July should be coming out should be coming out in the next few days, so at the very least we will see the schedule for the Opening Ceremony and the first few days of coverage (if not a complete schedule insert). Agree, Sky has got a terrible website so far, Im hoping they have designed something spectacular which will launch In July . As it stands, ironically, the TVNZ Olympics website is so much better.
  7. Im never sure on this *it lacked heart* phrase that gets chucked around everywhere. In alot of ways, Beijing was stuffed from the outset, people were never going to see that ceremony as an event with alot of people genuinely excited about being in that show - people are always going to say it was a robotic cast with no soul. What exactly makes a ceremony have heart. Just because it is artistic and maybe running over the heads of people, doesn't equate to it lacking heart. Many would have seen the Athens opening ceremony as being without a soul as it were, but I bet ya alot of those Greek performers would have been so moved portraying all of that culture that is so intwined with being a Greek, I wouldn't be surprise if the same was for Beijing. A ceremony doesnt have to have novelty , men with lawnmowers and tap dancers for it to have heart. It's just a case of being different, as London will be.
  8. Sounds great, that opening stanza is always so important. Would you say that this works well on an international audience level aswell?
  9. my new galaxy s3 pebble blue finally arrived, love it love it

    1. Rob.


      Great isn't it, welcome to the club! Hehe

    2. mattygs


      it's awesome, is it childish of me that I try make s voice say naughty words? haha

  10. I think Jerusalem would work well as the backbone to an original composition, much like *Hard Times Come Again No More* was threaded through the American West Suite from the Salt Lake Opening Ceremony.
  11. Maypoles, are they doubling as the gigantic flowers representing the home nations? perhaps.
  12. Remember too, obviously not such a dramatic stadium transformation, but we were given the mockup design of the Torino Olympic Stadium in ceremonies mode too - including the opera themed stage design and mosh pit in the middle. And of course, we are going to get that 1minute opening ceremony teaser from the final run through, where no doubt we will get hints of this staging. It reminds me of the Athens Paralympic opening ceremony, which had a giant hill and tree in the middle of the field.
  13. Very interesting, certainly something unique. Im hoping this is going to transform, as the set seems like it would be extremely stagnant for the various aspects they would want to display, and that's aside from the logistics. Still, as an opening stanza, it looks very impressive. It's a downer it was revealed, but I guess it's just too hard a thing to be able to cover up , the stadium will no doubt slowly start to becoming more obvious for ceremonies mode. I get the feeling despite seeing this mock ups, it's going to still be amazingly awesome when the cameras get this shot for real on opening ceremony night.
  14. I agree with Athens, summer/winter/autumn, spring for all I care - it's still the Olympic flame lighting up Canadian skies 4 times within 50 years, I still think that's huuuuuge. Not many nations can lay claim to that, nations that are probably stronger in winter/summer sport combined compared to Canada.
  15. hahaha, it's pretty bad when we're hoping the opening ceremony lead is senile and got the dates wrong. I think there are far more modern displays of British music that would fit the opening ceremony. Im thinking *Feel the Love* by Rudimental would be fantastic as a great energy packed soundtrack to end of opening ceremony fireworks. (or I guess closing) Be interesting to see what they will use as the classic closing ceremony *gbye song*. I know it's very cliche , but ya gotta have one. Trying to think of some tracks from Brit Music back catalogue that would be appropriate.
  16. Normally, I'd say it's a possibility. But because we know who is designing it, I can't see that being the stadium cauldron.
  17. I dunno, if you're going to have such a big name, and someone who is inevitably going to be performing in one of the two ceremonies, I think you'd make a big deal out of it. The only thing I can think of, is it's going to be central as the soundtrack to a big pyrotechnic display, then I guess anything would work. Athens had Peristeri, maybe this is what London will have.
  18. This is just weird, I just don't get it. Surely all booked performers would have been made aware of confidentiality agreements, and he just comes out and says he's in the opening ceremony? And the song, I can't see anything in it that has any relevance to the event. Perfect for a closing ceremony, definitely , but for the opening ceremony? Light the cauldron and then...... why wouldn't ya sing Hey Jude. Very very odd.
  19. There was a piece in a paper here recently saying London 2012 was almost a home games for the NZ team due to the huge number of Kiwis doing their OE in London. I don't see there being anything too negative or feral towards any of the teams though.
  20. It's the finale to Pirogov, by Shostakovich. Reasonably easy to find, though the exact version used in the ceremony was arranged by John Psathas, and as far as I know, is not released.
  21. Yeah, it would purely be for show, as was Sydney 2000, but I think it looks better when there is an actual orchestra physically part of the ceremony.
  22. I guess in addition to the stage , we also need room for the orchestra. Im guessing the LSO will be present in the opening ceremony (as in, physically present).
  23. I guess it would fit the theme of the Games, and it's not a hugely *bad idea* as such, but to be honest, I'd prefer an Olympic athlete, a sporting legend. I know it would be sickeningly sweet to have a little kid light it, no doubt born on the day London won the Games, but the Olympics should still be honouring those amazing legends of years gone by. Lighting the Olympic cauldron would have to be an absolute career highlight. The idea of giving it to some random child who in 10 years time could just as easily be pimping their ass on the side of the road selling p and rubbing cocaine on the gums of their child, as they could be starting to compete in a future Olympiad, just doesn't sit quite right with me. Of course that's overly dramatic, but I think if the ceremony can inspire a generation, let's give the climax of the ceremony as the moment where we see the ultimate in what a sportsman/woman can be - a British sporting legend. I guess a compromise could be the duo, representing youth, and representing sporting excellence. That I could handle. Love all the latest photos, really gets me extra excited, looks like it's going to be something special. As for 2 cauldrons. I'd prefer one, I could handle too, just as long as the stadium cauldron isn't extinguished at the end of the ceremony, ala Vancouver. That just ruins it completely.
  24. Yup, it's starting to look like the cauldron will be on the sculptural variety and will be part of more of a choreographed sequence in the opening ceremony, rather than a case of *time to light the cauldron*. Maybe it will even form part of a wider opening ceremony prop. I think the question might start to be, how is the cauldron going to go from being an integral part of the interior of the stadium on opening ceremony night, to something that can be viewed externally for the duration of the Games.
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