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Saturday 28 July 2012

The Olympic Opening Ceremonies for London 2012.

The Music used, The DVD Release and technology used for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.

The DVD of the  2012 London Olympics is now available to pre-order. It includes the opening ceremony, key Olympic highlights and the closing ceremony, Available on both DVD or Blu-ray and £10 cheaper here on Amazon than from the BBC shop :
Released on 29th October 2012 :

Love it or hate it or just not bothered you can't escape it. After all the preparation the London Olympics have arrived. The Olympic Opening Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics are absolutely amazing.
Amazing firework show during the opening Ceremonies London 2012.
You can't help but be impressed by them. If you missed them then don't worry as you can now watch them in full right here:

CD of the music

I absolutely loved the music that was written for the Olympic Opening Ceremonies and nice to see that you can buy it on CD now. Its called Isles of Wonder - Music For The Opening Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic Games

The best bit of music was Underworld - Caliban's Dream with superb vocals from Alex Trimble and the choir. That's the one that starts with the children's choir singing.

Here is the complete track listing for the CD - Isles of Wonder - Music For The Opening Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic Games.

CD1 Isles of Wonder
Frank Turner - I Still Believe
Four Nations Choirs - Jerusalem, Flower of Scotland, Danny Boy, Bread of Heaven
LSO On Track Orchestra & Francois-Xavier Roth - Nimrod
Underworld feat. Dame Evelyn Glennie and the Pandemonium Drummers - And I Will Kiss
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells / In Dulci Jubilo
LSO - Chariots of Fire
Blanck Mass & LSO - Sundowner
Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers - Radio Edit
A.R. Rahman feat. Jaspreet Jasz - Nimma Nimma
Emeli Sande - Heaven
Emeli Sande - Abide With Me
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (Live)
Arctic Monkeys - Come Together (Live)
Underworld feat. Dockhead Choir, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Only Men Aloud, Elizabeth Roberts, Esme Smith and Alex Trimble - Caliban's Dream

CD2 Welcome
Chemical Brothers - Galvanize
High Contrast - Moon Watcher
Underworld - Always Loved A Film – Instrumental
Underworld - Dark & Long (Dark Train) (Remix)
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Underworld - Minneapolis (High Contrast Remix)
High Contrast - Reach
High Contrast - Ghost Dance
Underworld - Confusion The Waitress (Darren Price & High Contrast Remix)
Wretch 32 feat. L - Traktor
F Buttons - Olympians (High Contrast Remix)
High Contrast - Can't Stop This Fire
Underworld - Moon In Water (Instrumental Remix)
Underworld - Crocodile (High Contrast Remix)
U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name (High Contrast Remix)
High Contrast - For Years
Underworld - Dirty Epic (Darren Price & High Contrast Remix)
High Contrast - The Long Way Home
Underworld - Dark & Long (Darren Price & High Contrast Remix)
Underworld - Rez (High Contrast Remix)
David Bowie - Heroes
Chemical Brothers - Galvanize

Chariots of Fire
Mr Bean playing his part in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies (Chariots of Fire).

Watch the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies in full on the BBC iPlayer here :
Watch the opening ceremonies here.
That's almost 4 hours of it ! Best to watch it in fullscreen mode, You can fast forward to any part.

Will there be a DVD of the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony?
The most popular question asked at the moment seems to be "will there be a dvd of the 2012 olympic opening ceremony?"

Update 12th for August :
The DVD of the  2012 London Olympics is now available to pre-order. It includes the opening ceremony, key Olympic highlights and the closing ceremony:

Its even available in glorious HD via the Blu-ray version, also available to pre-order now :

Another I would love to see is a "building of the 2012 Olympics", like they do on the Discovery Channel. I've not seen anything like that yet but hopefully they will make one.

These opening ceremonies should make Danny Boyle more of a household name now. If you have never seen trainspotting then you should watch it, this was directed by Danny Boyle and stars Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle. Can't believe this film was from way back in 1996. Another classic film by him was Shallow Grave :

Here are some direct links to certain parts of the show :

The Industrial Revolution :

Watch Paul Mccartney perform Hey Jude:

The arrival of the torch at the stadium and hand over to Sir Steve Redgrave:

There are some amazing musical and theatrical performances you WILL love it!

You can also watch all of the Olympics LIVE every day here:

The Olympic torch came through Derby, watch my video of it here :

Here are some screen grabs from the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in London :

There was some amazing technology used in this stadium.
Here is one of the led panels that you may have seen between every seat in the stadium. Each panel has 9 individual LEDs in equal rows of 3. There are over 70,799 seats in the Olympic Stadium, which means the total LED count is  637,191 pixels ! The panels were controlled by a Avolites Media Server.
These were used to display some amazing visual effects.
One of the LED panels that are located between every seat in the stadium.

And finally did you know you can own your very own 2012 Olympic torch for a fraction of the cost of the genuine article?...

We can ALL be winners of a Gold Medal too...

The Olympics don't last that long. The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is on Sunday 12th August 2012 at 9pm. It will last for over 3 hours and should be quite impressive going by the opening of the games. I wonder if that will be released on DVD too?

The musical director for the closing ceremony is David Arnold, which is expected to be watched by millions, will reflect the nation as a whole. Among the performers tipped are The Who, Paul McCartney, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, George Michael, Paul Weller, the Spice Girls, Adele, Ray Davies, Liam Gallagher, Annie Lennox, Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, Take That, Muse, One Direction and members of Queen. Over 10,000 athletes and flagbearers are expected to march with the men’s marathon medal ceremony a feature
There are rumours that Kate Bush could perform, after a remixed version of Running Up That Hill (a deal with God) 2012 remix appeared on Amazon !

Update for 13th August :
You can now watch the Closing Ceremony in full for free on the BBC iPlayer here :

Its only available to view for 7 days so if you miss it, you can always see it on the DVD release
London 2012 Olympic Games [DVD]

Of course don't forget the Paralympics near the end of August. The Opening ceremony for the 2012 paralympics is on Wednesday 29th August 2012 starting at 8pm UK time.
The Paralympics continues until 9th September 2012.
For full details about these games see www.london2012.com/paralympics



  1. Thanks for the info on the panel things against the seats, I was wondering what they were. Must be a big wiring job to connect all of them up to display stuff.


  2. I really want a a DVD of the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, why have they not released it on DVD yet and Blue Ray too.

  3. You didn't mention the Green and Pleasant Land Pre-show. Virtually ignored by the BBC in favour of pre-recorded interviews. So much work went into that bit too. There were little comical sequences from ramblers, apple pickers, picnic groups, ladies with parasols and lots more.