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July 16, 2013 11:09 AM   Subscribe

Curiosity piqued by the music behind Avatar: The Last Air Bender, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, or Kung Fu Panda: Legend of Awesomeness? If so, then you may already be fan of the work of Jeremy Zuckerman, one half of the music and sound design production company, Track Team.

You can sample Zuckerman's work on his website or follow him on Twitter. Coinciding with the release of the first Avatar series soundtrack, The Legend of Korra: Music from Book One, Zuckerman will be doing an AMA on Reddit later today at 12 pm PST.

Previously on Legend of Korra and more.
posted by Atreides (19 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Post Script: Information about the soundtrack, including track titles, etc, here.
posted by Atreides at 11:13 AM on July 16, 2013


So wait, is he or is he not responsible for the glorious song Secret Tunnel?
posted by elizardbits at 11:18 AM on July 16, 2013


So wait, is he or is he not responsible for the glorious song Secret Tunnel?

Indeed.
posted by Atreides at 11:22 AM on July 16, 2013


Don't let the cave-in get you down!
Don't let the falling rocks turn your smile
into a frown
When the tunnels are darkest that's when you need a clown
Don't let the cave-in get you down, SOKKAAAAAAAAAA
posted by Sokka shot first at 12:14 PM on July 16, 2013 [3 favorites]


I've been waiting for this release for ages, though what I want even more is an official release of the original series' music. Supposedly good sales for Korra's soundtrack might lead to that.

My favorite piece from the original show, from one of my favorite scenes.
posted by kmz at 12:24 PM on July 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ugh, that scene. I get shivers just thinking about it. Sad shivers.

Poor fire nation babies. :-(
posted by Sokka shot first at 12:30 PM on July 16, 2013


that's rough, buddy.
posted by elizardbits at 12:32 PM on July 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


hey jerks, mind if I watch you jerks do your jerkbending?

heh, "jerkbending"... still got it.
posted by Sokka shot first at 12:52 PM on July 16, 2013 [4 favorites]


Here's the IAMA thread, including what he has to say about the problems and possibilities of an A:TLA soundtrack release.
posted by weston at 12:54 PM on July 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Phew. I checked the link and it's not the Shamalamadingdong pile. I was going to say it would be really sad if a talented person like this had made something for that.
posted by hellslinger at 6:58 PM on July 16, 2013


Came here to post Last Agni Kai and found it had already been posted. Definitely one of my favorite pieces too. I also love the way that they mix the music up and the SFX down in the same scene, so that the music takes the foreground. It really underscores the sadness of the scene.

Also a big fan of Peace / The Avatar's Love, The Final Blow, and Ocean Spirit, the last of which is associated with the episodes that made me realize the show was something to take seriously from a storytelling standpoint. I started watching the show during its original run and just rewatched it around this time last year. If anything, I enjoyed it more the second time. What a great series.

Korra was a little uneven with the pacing and the short season, and I'm not sure I completely buy the way they resolved it, but hopefully the extra time they're spending on book 2 will result in that stuff evening out. I'll still watch it at any rate, just for more in this universe.
posted by Kosh at 10:38 AM on July 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's been about a year or more since I last re-watched the Last Airbender...and thanks to this thread, I'll probably dive into it again.

Korra was a little uneven with the pacing and the short season, and I'm not sure I completely buy the way they resolved it, but hopefully the extra time they're spending on book 2 will result in that stuff evening out. I'll still watch it at any rate, just for more in this universe.

When it was renewed, it was done so for Book 2 and Book 3 (and 4?), and I'd like to think that the writers/creators will feel comfortable spreading character development over a longer time period. I thought there were lost opportunities in Book 1 due to its length and a lack of knowledge on whether they would return.
posted by Atreides at 1:16 PM on July 17, 2013


Yeah, Korra as a show was very uneven, especially near the end.

But I've given the soundtrack about 10 full listens now and it's absolutely stellar.
posted by kmz at 2:30 PM on July 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm on about the same number of playing throughs and loving it. Hopefully there has been enough of a show of support to make Nick decide to release a Last Airbender album. Earlier today it was number one in sound tracks and even number six on Pop albums at Amazon. It's also doing stupendously well on iTunes, too.
posted by Atreides at 2:42 PM on July 17, 2013


When it was renewed, it was done so for Book 2 and Book 3 (and 4?)

I seem to recall that book 2 would get more episodes, too (Wikipedia claims 14), which will also help. Maybe they'll make an announcement at the SDCC panel regarding when book 2 will premiere. It's a pretty natural venue for it.

Just did my part and bought the soundtrack. Here's hoping this leads to the work on the original series music that he describes in that AMA...
posted by Kosh at 3:29 PM on July 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


On facebook, it was announced they're going to screen the entirety of the first episode of Book 2 at the panel.


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Stupid San Diego being a thousand miles away.

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It'd be great if they could throw out some sales figures, but unlikely. What I want to see is a 20 second video of a Nick exec, smoking a cigar and waving a bottle of booze around wildly and spinning excitedly around in an executive leather chair, hootin' and hollerin' with sale figures in front of him, then screaming at Jeremy Zuckerman, "GET ON IT, MY BOY! GET ON IT!"
posted by Atreides at 6:33 AM on July 18, 2013


Two part episode in Book 2 will tell the story of the original Avatar, Wan.
posted by Atreides at 12:55 PM on July 18, 2013


Trailer for Book 2 is now out: Korra returns this September!
posted by Atreides at 12:41 PM on July 19, 2013


Whoa. Spooky/cranky knowledge spirit is back!
posted by weston at 5:59 PM on July 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


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