Deru is the recording name of Benjamin Wynn, the sound designer on Avatar and Korra, and one half of the Track Team. I am lucky to count him as a close, old friend, but I’m also a big fan of his music. He has an incredible, unique, long-awaited release coming up soon and I am STOKED. I’m not sure how much info he has put out there about it yet, so I’ll wait to re-post something directly from him when the time comes. In the meantime, here’s an illustration I did of him about a year ago for fun.
The Legend of Korra: Original Music From Book One: Composed by Jeremy Zuckerman, our first soundtrack release EVER, is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Benjamin Wynn, the other half of the Track Team, was going through old photos last night and texting me some gems. Among the good memories was this snapshot of a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Jeremy Zuckerman at Ben’s workstation in the house Ben and I rented together in Burbank. As best we can figure, this is from late 2003 when Jeremy and Ben were working on the music and sound design for the pilot of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Ben took this picture standing at my workstation, where Mike and I sat on my computer and took turns typing up the first treatment for Avatar about a year and a half earlier than this photo was taken.
Jeremy and Ben were both marveling at how humble their setup was when they started working on this project over ten years ago compared to their amazing studios now (here is Jeremy’s and here is Ben’s). It warms my heart to look at this photo and think about all that we have created together, and how much we have grown in our respective crafts. Congratulations again to Jeremy on this release of beautiful music! Love you, brother!
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.
Tim Navis posted a bunch of photos from our shoot together a few weeks back. Came out AMAZIN.
Stunning photos of Benjamin Wynn, the sound designer on Avatar and Korra, and 1/2 of The Track Team. Definitely click on the link above to see the other shots. I’ve mentioned it in past posts, but for those new to this blog, Ben releases and performs awesome electronic music under the name Deru.
EDIT: Apparently I need to employ some other adjectives beyond “awesome.”
At the BMI music awards with Jeremy.
The Track Team, coming with the hotness.
Deru, aka Ben Wynn, aka 1/2 of The Track Team, aka our sound designer, aka my good friend, ROCKED Coachella this weekend. Wish I could have been there!
Coachella (Taken with Instagram at The Do Lab Stage)
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