Olympic Pageant

This week­end the 2012 Sum­mer Olympic Games, prop­er­ly called the Games of the XXX Olympiad, draw to a close, and that seemed like an oppor­tu­ni­ty to play some music both for sport and for pageantry, and a great deal more.

These Games have com­bined sports with spec­ta­cle, in par­tic­u­lar the stun­ning open­ing cer­e­mo­ny devised to great acclaim by film­mak­er Dan­ny Boyle, and we will be play­ing the pieces of music, clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary, that were fea­tured dur­ing the course of this mar­vel­lous cel­e­bra­tion of Britain and British life. We’ll also include the full 6‑minute ver­sion of the music from the BBC’s extreme­ly impres­sive Olympic trail­er (see still frame above) — First Steps by Elbow.

On the sports front, we’ll hear a num­ber of well-known tele­vi­sion and radio sports themes and oth­er pieces with an Olympic link, such as tracks from Kei­th Mans­field­’s Olympiad 2000 and 2001 pro­duc­tion music albums, a touch of Van­ge­lis, and pieces that recall the orig­i­nal Games held in Ancient Greece.

The Queen, of course, offi­cial­ly opened the Games — after hav­ing appar­ent­ly arrived with Mr James Bond by heli­copter — and we’ll be play­ing plen­ty of regal music today that was writ­ten for past and present state events and mon­archs of Great Britain and else­where, from Han­del to Wal­ton. And we have also includ­ed a wealth of mil­i­tary bands, Elgar and much more, lead­ing to an excep­tion­al­ly var­ied pro­gramme of pomp, pageant and sport­ing per­for­mance, with a num­ber of musi­cal sur­pris­es (Quid­ditch is an Olympic sport, right?).

ZBS Radio Hour

Don’t for­get to join us at 19:00 or 03:00 UK time — 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic — for the lat­est instal­ments of our thrilling adven­ture series from our friends at ZBS Media. We start the Hour with the lastest episode in our Steam­punk Jack Flan­ders adven­ture, Steam Dream­ers of Inver­ness.

While trav­el­ing upon the great zep­pelin, The Illu­mi­na­to, Jack, Mojo, and Clau­dine dis­cov­er an island float­ing in the sky. On the island is a giant stu­pa guard­ed by a woman who is part machine and part plant. Andola RUX 77 is the cre­ation of the renowned sci­en­tist, Dr. Wern­er von Falken­stein, also known as The Mad Botanist!

Then at the bot­tom of the hour, we bring you an amus­ing one-off, fea­tur­ing the sneaky but odd­ly beloved roden­tate Rodant Kapoor from the Ruby sci-fi sto­ries in “Ol’ Cac­tus Kapoor”. Rodant dress­es up as a cac­tus in order to catch some ornery cat­tle rustlers. But he finds he needs to redesign his dis­guise.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at http://main.radioriel.org, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

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