Jeremy Zuckerman, music composer on Korra and Avatar, 1/2 of The Track Team, and my personal guitar hero, playing his glorious Strat in his home studio this Saturday.
Benjamin Wynn, lead sound designer on Korra and Avatar, 1/2 of The Track Team, recording artist Deru, my former roommate, in my office the other day before a music/sound spotting session.
We had (in our opinions) a *HILARIOUS* Korra Book 1 DVD commentary session with Jeremy Zuckerman (left; music) and Benjamin Wynn (right; sound design) of the Track Team. If you heard the commentary we did with these guys years ago on Avatar, then you know what I mean when I say we continued the tradition.
Hey, folks! Are you all frustrated that Nickelodeon still hasn’t released a soundtrack from Avatar: The Last Airbender? I know I am! Well, one solution to this problem is to join an orchestra and perform Jeremy Zuckerman’s beautiful scores yourselves!
The New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra performs ‘Peace’ from ATLA.
This made me teary-eyed, partially due to hearing this particular piece of music again, but also because this amazing group of people dedicated their time and talents to this. Great work!
Colin Heck just brought this to my attention: Jeremy Zuckerman’s Avatar: The Last Airbender score… in the Olympics? Or at least what looks like an Olympic qualifying event? For synchronized swimming? This seems real. And if so, why didn’t we know about it? I have no idea how they got the music. But hey, that’s really cool! Yay Brasil!
At the BMI music awards with Jeremy.
The Track Team, coming with the hotness.
This was a spotting session yesterday for music, sound design, and foley. We comb through the sequences of each episode and discuss the themes of the story, the psychology of the scenes, the emotions of the characters, possible instrumentation, which sonic element will be the focus, etc… Aran Tanchum (pictured center-left), is our longtime foley editor (and recent four-time Golden Reel winner) who handles the recording and editing of all the naturalistic sounds with a foley walker (the one who performs the sounds). Ben Wynn handles the more stylized sounds, like the bending effects. Jeremy handles the music, Oliver makes sure we’re doing our jobs, and Mike and Tenzin rock the shaved heads. (Jeremy and Aran are also in an awesome ’60s-style funk band, Cousin Junebug.)
Hanging out with Benjamin Wynn at his studio, the other half of The Track Team (his sound/music company with partner Jeremy Zuckerman), where he is hard at work on the sound design for Korra. Ben and I are old friends: I went to college with his brother and met him while he was still in high school, about a year after I met Mike. Once he made it out to LA to study digital music production, we bonded over making electronic music and became roommates for many years, including the first three years of making Avatar. He releases electronic music under the name Deru, and you can follow him on Tumblr as well: deru.tumblr.com
We just finished an epic mix with Adrian at Levels, joined by Ben and Jeremy (aka The Track Team), and Jason and Oliver from our post deptarment. It was tedious, but our adrenaline was pumping during the final playback. Mike gave me the stink eye, and I drew a Korra doodle inspired by mtgtm, an artist that tumblr’s A.I. brain accurately predicted I would like.
Hanging out With Jeremy Zuckerman of The Track Team, at his studio tonight. He’s hard at work on the luscious score of Korra.