With the London Olympics beginning, the sounds of the Games were present all over the city. (AP)

With the London Olympics beginning, the sounds of the Games were present all over the city. (AP)

The 2012 Olympic Games are officially underway.  Twelve hours before the official Opening Ceremony began at 8:12 pm local time Friday, bells rang out all over Great Britain. “All the Bells” was the brainchild of Olympic organizer Martin Creed, who hoped to set a world record for the largest number of bells ringing simultaneously.

The bells of Big Ben tolled outside of their normal schedule for the first time since the death of King George VI in 1952. Those attending the ringing of the bells were understandably enthused, but as these Games approached, Londoners all across the city offered a more varied view on what the next fortnight will hold.

Ashley Lisenby and Carolyn Bick surveyed the mood of London and its residents as the city prepared for the Games. Click on the on the SoundCloud play bar above to hear it. (Available after 8:30am Eastern Saturday.)