One last photo to wrap up my SDCC 2013 experience, with Mike DiMartino (left) and Jeremy Zuckerman (right). A moment of brotherly satisfaction backstage in the Nick booth after the signing for Jeremy’s first Korra soundtrack release.
Congratulations to Jeremy Zuckerman on yesterday’s release of his soundtrack The Legend of Korra: Original Music From Book One. After the years-long battle to get Jeremy’s music released, it is incredibly vindicating to see this album climb and top the charts (currently sitting at #1 in Soundtracks and #5 in Pop on Amazon).
This is a photo I took last week of Jeremy, the composer, in his studio with Hong Wang, the multi-instrumentalist behind the nuanced performances of many of the traditional Chinese instruments featured in the Korra score. Mike and I are indebted to the talents and hard work of these two brilliant men.
P.S. If you will be at San Diego Comic-Con and would like to meet Jeremy, come to the Korra soundtrack signing at the Nickelodeon Booth this Saturday, from 3:00–4:00. Mike DiMartino, Benjamin Wynn, the sound designer on Korra and Jeremy’s partner in the The Track Team, and I will be there too signing CDs (which were printed too dark and dull…).
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!
We just received an exclusive song snippet from The Legend of Korra: Original Music From Book One!
The full soundtrack will be released on July 16th, but you can preorder it now from Amazon!
A little preview from the Korra soundtrack!
I’ve been listening to the whole soundtrack while I work and it is such an incredible album. JEREMY ZUCKERMAN RULES!
Mike and I are excited, elated, proud, relieved, and a bunch of other emotions to *FINALLY* announce the release of a soundtrack of Jeremy Zuckerman’s score from Book 1 of The Legend of Korra. I can’t begin to summarize the 9-year struggle we have endured to get any sort of a soundtrack released. We love Jeremy’s music deeply, and we know the fans do too, so it has been an incredibly frustrating wait and battle to make this a reality. All of the online petitions for an Avatar: The Last Airbender soundtrack were an amazing show of support from thousands of people and greatly appreciated, but for so long it seemed to be in vain as the idea of a soundtrack was blocked at a bureaucratic impasse.
Gratefully, thanks to the tireless efforts of some key people inside and outside of Nickelodeon who championed this project for many years, it is finally happening. Now, we are very aware that those petitions were for an Avatar soundtrack, which has yet to see the light of day. Firstly, we are lucky to get any sort of music release to happen, and secondly, our hope is that the Korra Book 1 soundtrack will be a success and show the company that there is a real demand for other music releases, Avatar included.
And a *HUGE* thank to Jeremy for his incredible scores. We are honored and lucky to get to work with a composer so immensely talented and dedicated. Congratulations on the release!
Above is the art I painted for the cover. Below is some info about the release:
–The first-ever The Legend of Korra soundtrack - The Legend of Korra: Original Music From Book One – will be available digitally and in stores everywhere on Tuesday, July 16.
–The album showcases 26 original instrumental tracks composed by Jeremy Zuckerman.
–The album is currently available for pre-order.
–The Legend of Korra: Original Music From Book One is being released by Nickelodeon and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
And here is an article on the Wall St. Journal blog that features a 4-minute cue in its entirety.
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.