SOCHI, February 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Rightly selected music is half the battle to making any sport event successful, and the Olympic Games are no exception. Nothing can make the miscellaneous crowds feel more positive and relaxed, smiling and feeling the hospitality of their hosts, than good music.
An Itar-Tass correspondent has had a chance to see that creating a musical background for the Sochi Olympics is an art.
“The people who are at the helm are experienced experts who know the preferences of their audience and the latest trends in music and are sensitive to what the public likes especially if the reaction is positive,” Alexey Petrov, an Olympic musical design expert, told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
Indeed, anybody who finds himself in the Olympic Park gets into a whirlpool of familiar tunes and melodies, and not only those performed by foreign music groups. Russian music is no less popular. The playlist includes rock, electronic music, popular hits and DJ music. Some visitors dance to the tunes while others try to join in a song.
Lively and foot-tapping music coming from numerous loudspeakers makes everybody feel free and liberated.
Numerous stages have specked the way to the burning Olympic Flame where artists in bright costumes from all parts of Russia are showing their skills. Bayan-players, Russian folk song groups, soloists and even a Father Frost are doing their best to please the visitors. A bit further - are street bands of break-dancers. They are often joined by passers-by who turn cartwheels and do somersaults. The viewers are lavish for applause. Boys take cameras away from their parents to take pictures of cart-wheelers and “head dancers.”
A dancing fountain located beneath the Olympic Flame is another faerie show. Ten-meter high water sprays spire into the sky to the sounds of classical music, making the spectators feel absolutely delighted.
The organizers pay special attention to the music accompaniment at competitions. According to Alexey Petrov, each sport has its own music traditions.
“For example, unlike figure-skating classical pieces will never be chosen for ice-hockey tournaments,” Petrov clarified.
Naturally, watching the game is not the only reason why fans come to ice-hockey matches. They want to get a shot of positive emotions from the unique atmosphere complete with striking tunes. The specific features of this or that kind of sport and a desire to create a festive atmosphere to suit the audience’s tastes are the main criteria for choosing music for sport events. Athletes also have their music preferences and often ask people responsible for music to turn on a specific music piece.
“Our main task is to create and maintain a festive feeling throughout the competition. This, in fact, is what fans want,” Petrov said in conclusion.