Jeremy Zuckerman, one half of The Track Team, who have scored the world of Avatar since Book 1 of ATLA in 2005, talks to Hypable about the evolution of music from ATLA to Book 1 of Korra, and now Book 2: Spirits. He discusses his process for creating all the beautiful music in The Legend of Korra, and how it has changed since ATLA. Here are a few points of interest from the interview:
The Legend of Korra employs live musicians for all of its music, ranging from the various one-instrument motifs to symphonic orchestral pieces. This is a luxury that was not afforded to ATLA, except for the score of Sozin’s Comet - which The Track Team was willing to fund themselves, although Nick stepped in and financed it because of their dedication.
With the success of the Book 1: Air soundtrack, there is now a “decent chance” of a soundtrack for Avatar: The Last Airbender being released! On top of this, the score will likely be remastered on modern computers and in high definition, and certain pieces will be re-recorded with live musicians - finally doing justice to the legendary soundtrack we’ve all been waiting for!