http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... Games.htmlThe great Olympic fiddle: Farce as London Symphony Orchestra is told to mime at opening of Games
Members of the LSO, widely acclaimed as one of the world’s finest orchestras, were shocked to discover last week that they will be required to give a ‘pretend performance’ at the ceremony, while the actual sound filling the stadium will be from a recording the same musicians made six weeks ago.
The comments are the typical Olympic hating rubbish.
On another forum I am on, one of the organisers of the 1984 Los Angeles Opening ceremony and foremost experts on the subject of Opening Ceremonies had this to say....
Music in these big events HAVE to be recorded. Big stadia are NOT concert halls. There are dead spots in these venues; therefore, the acoustics are crap. So that the audio is distributed properly for the show and every paying person, from the one who paid 6pence to see the show, to the one who paid $3,500 for an AA seat, can be given their proper due insofar as the presentation, the music has to be pre-recorded and the various tracks played and balanced over the PA system. (And that's why that little Chinese girl in Beijing also had to lip-synch, never mind that it was another girl's voice.)
The performers too need to hear the music, and many times on the field, the music does not reach all the spots from the orchestra which is usually situated in one corner. Therefore, the music has to be canned AND played over the loudspeakers.