One thing is for sure: Danny Boyle fucking loves electronic music duo Underworld (nee Carl Hyde and Rick Smith). After using choice cuts of theirs for the soundtracks to “The Beach” and “Trainspotting” (where their propulsive “Born Slippy” was memorably used at the close of the film), they became full-on collaborators with the filmmaker, co-composing the score to his trippy sci-fi flick “Sunshine” (with John Murphy) and creating the steam punk-y score to his “Frankenstein” stage show that blew our minds earlier this year. Well it seems like he just can’t get enough of those guys, as Pitchfork points out that he has just hired them to serve as the musical directors for the opening ceremonies for next summer’s 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The duo will oversee the music for the three-hour-long opening ceremony, which should now include long distance runners twirling glow sticks and sucking on oversized pacifiers. We always thought that Boyle’s commitment to the Olympic Games was sort of weird, reeking more of puffy chested British nationalism than any genuine sense of experimentalism, but we sincerely hope we’re proven wrong, and the addition of Underworld certainly adds a few tics to the project’s overall weirdness factor. While Underworld on their own have started to sound a little creaky in the last few years, their collaborations with Boyle have been undeniable highlights.
After Boyle wraps up his Olympic Games commitment he’ll return to his thriller “Trance,” starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel, which he’s already filmed but has to finish post-production on.