Richie Hawtin has created a piece of music for the XXth Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony in Torino, Italy.
The new composition titled "9:20", was written & produced by Richie Hawtin and made in collaboration with renowned Italian choreographer, Enzo Cosimi at Hawtin's Berlin studio. It will accompany Cosimi's provocative choreography featuring famous Italian dancer Robert Bolle along with dozens of other dancers, performers and acrobats. Hawtin & Cosimi worked together to build an evolving soundscape of sounds and effects to accompany the different movements of Cosimi's piece. The composition will tie in with the theme of the Opening Ceremony, the foundation elements of Rhythm, Passion and Speed.
"Enzo and I are very much interested in pushing boundaries, both as artists and for our audiences. Working together for the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Games delivers the creative endeavor to not only entertain a huge audience, but to also introduce them to sights and sounds that they may have never experienced before," says Hawtin from his studio in Berlin.
This is not the first time Olympic ceremony producers have called on an electronic or dance music artist. The Athens Summer Olympics in 2004 also saw Dutch trance DJ Tiesto mix during the Parade of Athletes.