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This just in: Beijing Olympics opening ceremony blends technology and tradition

August 8, 2008 |  9:13 am

Philip Hersh writes from Beijing:

The rumble began slowly, softly, as the 2,008 drummers in silvery robes each worked their hands on the bronze surface of a fou, the oldest Chinese percussion instrument.

And then the noise increased, rattling the National Stadium, waves of sound soon punctuated by fireworks as the lights on the surfaces of the drums and the rhythmic movements of the percussionists turned the countdown to Friday's start of the 2008 Olympics' opening ceremony into a blend of technology and tradition.

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