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London wants music to rock Olympics

Olympic organisers say music will ruin the experience for people who attend the Games.

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LONDON - Spectators worried that a once-in-a-lifetime London Olympic experience could be ruined by canned music, intrusive presenters or deafening rock anthems should rest easy, organisers said on Wednesday.

Their aim is to 'Rock the Games', not wreck them. To educate, not irritate.

Unveiling a tailored audio-visual concept on Wednesday, including a music programme with an official track by chart-toppers Muse and new work by top artists, organisers pledged to plug in to the crowd's energy and not drown it out.

A library of 2,012 songs has been compiled with five music themes - energy, primetime, extreme, heritage and world stage - tailored to accompany specific sports and venues.

All venues will have presenters appearing on big screens to guide spectators through the action and 'interact' with the crowd.

At some venues, artists such as Scissor Sisters and Rizzle Kicks will play surprise gigs.

Ticket holders will also, in a Games first, be able to purchase in-ear wireless headsets, costing 10 pounds, for live commentary during the action at events that might otherwise be confusing or unfamiliar.

With a month to go before the start of the Games, Debbie Jevans, the director of sport for organisers LOCOG, assured reporters at the opening of the main press centre at the Olympic Park that the programme would respect the spectators and the integrity of the sports.

"Through the presenters that we have we will use them to work with the crowd and judge the atmosphere of the crowd and build up that atmosphere," she said.

"There has to be silence, but every sport is different."