Super-producer Mark Ronson does his bit for the London Olympics by sampling athletes’ noises.
Associated Press reports that Ronson has been working with five Olympic atheletes, sampling the sounds of their sports, to create a soundtrack for the 2012 London Games.
He recorded various sounds – from the thwack of a tennis ball to the grunt of a table tennis player – from five athletes spanning Russia, Britain, Mexico, Singapore and the US.
The sports he took sounds from were table tennis, archery, taekwondo, sprinting and he will travel to the US to record 110-metre hurdler David Oliver.
Ronson said of British table-tennis player Darius Knight’s grunt, “Darius has this very unusual sound. It is great. Sometimes he uses it to put off his opponents, and sometimes it is a sound of victory – to me it sounded like James Brown, so I knew I would use that.”
The song that results from all this will accompany commercials, digital platforms and live events around the Games, together with their official sponsor Coca-Cola.