All music created for the London Olympic 2012 opening and closing ceremonies will immediately be released digitally immediately after the live events tonight. British newspaper The Telegraph reports:
"The entirety of ‘Isles of Wonder – Music For The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics’ will be made available for purchase in the early hours of Saturday July 29 2012, while ‘A Symphony of British Music – Music for the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games’ will be released on August 12 2012."
"‘Isles of Wonder’, takes its title from The Tempest’s ‘Isles of Wonder speech’, which inspired the theme of the opening ceremony. As well as including newly composed music by Underworld, the album will also feature choirs, orchestras, vocalists and musicians alongside the chimes of a specially commissioned 23-ton bell."
Danny Boyle & Underworld
"The music directors of the Olympic opening ceremony are Underworld, the British electronic music duo, comprised of Rick Smith and Karl Hyde. The musical partnership has previously worked with Danny Boyle, the filmmaker and artistic director of the opening ceremony, on film soundtracks such as Trainspotting and The Beach."
In previous years, other artists in the field of electronic music created Olympic soundtracks. Richie Hawtin scored the Olympic Winter Games in Turin in 2006 while Giorgio Moroder composed the Beijing Olympic Theme in 2008.