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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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