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My Favorite Geeky Things of 2013

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I’ve seen a lot of great stuff to geek out about this year, so I’d thought I’d share my favorites. Have fun with the links!

1. RWBY by Monty Oum- This anime-inspired animated series was featured online via the website of the creator and YouTube. The series focuses on four girls who attend a prestigious academy to learn to fight monsters.

The main characters and most of the supporting characters have awesome abilities that are fun to watch. The abilities of the four girls Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang were previewed in four trailers before the  series premiered. In addition, the series also spawned a great soundtrack for the first volume (season 1).

Favorite Trailer: White (Weiss)

Favorite Episode: 8

Favorite songs from the soundtrack: “Mirror Mirror”, “This Will Be The Day”, and “I Burn” (Yellow Trailer Version)

Watch RWBY YouTube Playlist– includes the four trailers and all sixteen episodes of volume 1.

2. Link’s Shadow and Next Gen. Smash Bros 300%– I saw both of these videos during YouTube geek week over the summer. Both of these videos have awesome live action role-playing. Link’s Shadow has Link and Dark Link from the Legend of Zelda video game series fighting each other.

Next Gen. Smash Bros has different characters from the Super Smash Bros. video game series fighting each other at huge sizes (sometimes).  I love both of this video games because Link is awesome in both!

3. Star Wars Themed Videos: Cello Wars- The Piano Guys, Bohemian Rhapsody- Arizona Cosplayers

I saw the Cello Wars during YouTube geek week. I’m not sure of this, but this may have been my first PianoGuys music video. I loved it because it was a lovely and funny take on the score.

As some of you may already know, the Star Wars version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is very recent. I originally saw the video on Buzzfeed and clicked on it out of curiosity and because it seemed geeky yet cool. I was right! If you click on the CC button at the bottom of the video, you can see the lyrics on-screen!

4. Kid Dressed as Harry Potter at Penn Station– I found this via the site Buzzfeed back in November. The boy playing Harry Potter is so cute! My favorite part was when the security guard says, “You kinda look like Harry Potter.” Improv Everywhere did a great job staging this.

5. Legend of Korra Book 2-  After a very long wait, book two of the animated series Legend of Korra finally premiered in September. Legend of Korra is the sequel to Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender.

While the first half of the season could have been better, the second half was freaking awesome. The only thing that spoiled my enjoyment of the series somewhat was the Korra haters.

(insert mini rant: Korra is a freaking human being, even if she’s also the Avatar! So what if she made a lot mistakes and had anger issues? Korra would not be who she was at the end of Book 2 if she was flawless. )

Anyway, to celebrate the LOK series and Korra herself, here is an animated music video that features scenes from Book 1 and Book 2 of LOK and the song “Transcendence” by Lindsey Stirling.

Written by Serena Zola

December 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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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2012 Best Instrumental Music I’ve Listened To

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I can’t let this year end without blogging about some people who have made some awesome instrumental music. After all, it’s become 25%  of the songs on my iPod this year. Shocked? Yeah, me too.

Composers: The Track Team

This past spring heralded the premiere of the Nickelodeon cartoon series The Legend of Korra, a sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender. It also heralded the return of the The Track Team, Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn.  Together, they have composed the music featured in Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Both series’ music is amazing and beautiful, but the music for The Legend of Korra is a remarkable improvement from The Last Airbender. It seems that for Korra, the duo used more Chinese instruments and less Western instruments, making short to normal length songs with the former and songs lasting seconds for the latter.  While this is a downside for those who enjoy listening to the tracks and want more, the music fit well within the first season of Legend of Korra. Hopefully, the music will stay great for the seasons to come.

Favorite Tracks from Legend of Korra:

Aang Memorial Island http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCJUCrqyntQ

Lost My Heart in Republic City http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDdIKnk5mVg

Musical Group:  The Vitamin String Quartet

These people mostly do covers of various musicians and bands, but sometimes they will cover film scores too. Normally, I don’t listen to covers, but I got curious after I stumbled upon a Vitamin String Quartet song while browsing YouTube. From there, I just searched for covers based on who I liked.  I had over two hundred albums to choose from, but I mostly chose bands like Linkin Park and Evanescence. For some reason, it seems like some their best covers are of angsty, dark songs like “Numb” and “Bring Me to Life”.  Now, I can listen to old Linkin Park and Evanescence songs without dampening my mood ; yay for me!

Numb– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNWhu3IunMc

Bring Me to Life– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPktRAfoFX0

Composer- Adrian von Ziegler:  http://www.youtube.com/user/adrianvonziegler 

The link I have posted above goes to the most awesome eclectic mix of instrumental music I’ve ever heard. I discovered its composer, Adrian von Ziegler last year when looking up gothic instrumental music on YouTube. However, I had not truly appreciated his work until this year when I started listening to Mr. Ziegler’s Celtic Music, World Music, and Film music. This man is extremely talented and needs to be hired by a film company or something.

Celtic Music- Spirits of the Wild– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8Tanw8JPIs&list=PL66947B2B609101E5&index=32

World Music- Qi– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VLCnM0vYMk&list=PL66947B2B609101E5&index=27

Film Music- Divine Ancestry- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XaL7iOHA5I&list=PL66947B2B609101E5&index=25

Gothic Music- Ashes- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLQW_FZsXb0&list=PL66947B2B609101E5&index=3

So dear readers, have you heard of these people already? If not, give them a listen and let me know what you think!

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