Karl Hyde, one-half of British electronic duo Underworld, tells Billboard.com that serving as the music directors for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games will be "very slightly bigger than anything we've ever done." And although Hyde and Rick Smith has already been putting together musical idea for the three-hour event on July 27, 2012, Hyde won't reveal any grand musical ideas -- but advises fans to "expect the unexpected."
"I think that anyone that really knows the breadth of our taste, that's listened to our radio shows or anything to do with our musical history will know that we are not purists," says Hyde. "Anything more than that would be like telling the kids where we hid the Christmas presents."
Underworld's Olympics gig, which was officially announced on Wednesday (Dec. 7), will re-team the electronic vets with director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire," "127 Hours"), who is serving as the artistic director of the ceremony. Boyle originally gave Underworld its mainstream breakthrough by prominently featuring the group's single "Born Slippy" in his 1996 film "Trainspotting"; more recently, Boyle tapped the duo to score his stage adaptation of "Frankenstein" at the U.K.'s National Theatre last year.