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Musician Spotlight: The Track Team

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In less than two weeks, the cartoon series Legend of Korra will premiere with its second season. In honor of that, I’ve decided to spotlight the two people known as The Track Team, Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn. Together, they have composed the music for Legend of Korra as well as its successful animated predecessor Avatar: The Last Airbender.

The music for both series uses orchestral and world instruments to make a unique soundtrack for both series. Each instrument fits either a particular character or moment well enough to immerse the viewer in the show.  For instance, the tsungi horn is a fictional instrument from ATLA. It is associated with the characters Uncle Iroh and Prince Zuko.  Its sound was created by using an Armenian reed instrument called the duduk.

The most notable thing about the music of ATLA and LOK is that the length of a track doesn’t matter. It is always just enough for a particular moment.  For example, one of my favorite tracks from ATLA is called Cave Jivin. While the entire song is for one particular scene, there is a moment in the song reserved for two characters, Aang and Katara. To see that moment in the episode where this song plays is amazing.

Of course, the best way to experience the music of Avatar The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra is to watch both series. I recommend starting with Avatar The Last Airbender so you aren’t confused by its universe and storyline.   To sum up everything, I present the official ATLA series finale trailer as it was shown in 2008.  It is my second favorite example of the music being one with the animation and storyline.

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Musician Spotlight: Lindsey Stirling

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Source: Wikimedia CommonsWhen she was just twenty three years old, Lindsey Stirling made her debut appearance on the tv show America’s Got Talent. Known then as a hip-hop violinist, she managed to wow the crowd by playing the violin while dancing. However, the judges were unimpressed during the quarter final round. Despite this setback, Lindsey Stirling has found success through YouTube and live performances.

On YouTube, she makes music videos for her own songs and cover songs with the help of cinematographer David Graham. Then, she uploads them her own YouTube channel lindseystomp. Depending on the song and where the video is shot, the video may be beautiful, fun, or exotic. Sometimes, it can be all three. Last year, Lindsey Stirling got forty-two million views for her original dubstep violin song “Crystallize”. She also released her first album of original compositions entitled Lindsey Stirling.

With her covers, they have gone beyond her AGT title of “hip-hop violinist”. Sterling has covered songs ranging from “The Phantom of the Opera” from the musical Phantom of the Opera to “Fix You” by Coldplay. Combined together with a good music video, Lindsey Stirling is very entertaining. One particular video I enjoy is the “Lord of the Rings” medley video, where she not only plays violin in a lovely white dress, but sings a little too.

In addition to her music video covers, she also does surprise covers live. They are surprising because the people attending her concerts have no idea she is going to do them. It is a pleasant surprise to look up these performances on YouTube. One live cover I really enjoyed watching was Evanescence’s “My Immortal.”

Links: 

“Crystallize” Music Video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI

“Lord of the Rings Medley” Music Video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQiNVk_u0po

Video- “My Immortal” (Evanescence Cover)

Written by Serena Zola

June 21, 2013 at 2:02 PM

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