Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music -

WHEN Mark Ron­son was hired to make an Olympics- themed song, he took the di­rec­tive se­ri­ously.

The ath­letes he chose don’t play any in­stru­ments, but can be heard throughout the re­sult, Any­where In The World.

Rus­sian run­ner Kseniya Ole­govna Vdov­ina pro­vides the song’s beat.

Armed with ad­vice from some­one who’d recorded the Olympics for tele­vi­sion in the US for 20 years, Ron­son ( pic­tured) took a box of mi­cro­phones around the world.

For Vdov­ina, it meant hit­ting the gym.

‘‘ I put her on a tread­mill un­til her heart rate went up to 120 beats per minute,’’ Ron­son says.

‘‘ I put a mi­cro­phone in a stetho­scope and recorded her heart, which is the back beat of the en­tire song.’’

The track also fea­tures the sound of British ta­ble tennis player Dar­ius Knight hit­ting balls and Mex­i­can taek­wondo ath­lete Maria del Rosario Espinoza throw­ing punches.

‘‘ The most in­ter­est­ing sounds come from the noises of the ath­letes and their nat­u­ral rhythms,’’ Ron­son says.

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