(Left: Jeremy Zuckerman, Right: Benjamin Wynn, Photo by: Tim Navis)
“I am sure that I speak for many when I say one of the signatures of that amazing series [Avatar: the Last Airbender] was the soundtrack ... I would highly recommend The Track Team.”
--Giancarlo Volpe, Director (Avatar: The Last Airbender; Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
"Best score on TV: Legend of Korra. Clever stylistic mash-ups, great orchestration & luscious melodies. The sound is fantastic too. So artfully done and helps create such a believable world. Congrats Jeremy Zuckerman & Ben Wynn!"
--Bear McCreary, Composer (Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead)
The Track Team is an Emmy Award-winning music and sound design production company in Los Angeles, California, co-founded by Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn. Since 2004, the Track Team has been a purveyor of artistically and technologically innovative audio in the realms of television, film, commercials and video games.
Zuckerman and Wynn were the force behind the music and sound for all three seasons of Nickelodeon's hit TV show, Avatar: the Last Airbender, which won a prestigious 2008 Peabody Award. The Track Team extended the show's signature sound in the popular Avatar: the Last Airbender video game series and in 2008 were nominated for a Golden Reel award. They continue to contribute score and sound design to the The Legend of Korra.
Their work has been heard in commercials for Infiniti, Nike, Samsung, Sony, and many others, as well as the forthcoming film Just Peck, starring Marcia Cross and Adam Arkin. Additionally their music has been played in concert halls, theaters and music festivals across the country.
Zuckerman and Wynn first crossed paths at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where they recall quickly forging a friendship based on "mutual geekiness." Their education and experiences there helped form the foward-thinking philosophy they employ in their work today. What began almost a decade ago as a series of sonic experiments on a couple of laptops in a college hallway, has given way to a professional collaboration resulting in unique, compelling audio.
The Track Team's tremendous range and versatility encompass electronic, electro-acoustic, traditional acoustic and non-Western instrumentation. Their range of work embraces contemporary techniques including microtonality and randomness, and employs wide reaching instrumentation from ethnic instruments such as the Chinese guzheng, pipa, and Balinese gamelan to full orchestra.
About Jeremy Zuckerman
Jeremy is a highly-accomplished composer and electric guitarist whose work has been heard across the country, from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Born and raised in rural upstate New York, Jeremy was a guitar shredder by age 13. His early days as a metalhead provided his first glimpse into the concept of sonic art. On his way up the rungs of the music business, his first job was shrink-wrapping CDs, before landing a machine room gig at a midtown Manhattan post-production studio.
He graduated magna cum laude with his bachelor's degree in Music Production & Technology and Synthesis from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with electronic music composer, Richard Boulanger. His desire to delve further into composition and sound design within the context of new technologies led him to the other coast, to the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with composers Morton Subotnick and Mark Trayle, and earned his master's degree in Composition New Media. He occasionally returns to CalArts as a guest lecturer.
In addition to his work with the Track Team, Jeremy has collaborated with choreographers, theater directors, and rock artist David Lee Roth. As a performer, he has played guitar, synthesizers, Hammond organ and Rhodes piano. He has also studied and played the Chinese guzheng and pipa, and the Armenian duduk for his original compositions. In 2009, Jeremy was chosen to be an artist-in-residence at the prestigious Djerassi Arts Program in Northern California. He plays guitar in the L.A.-based funk band Cousin Junebug, and likes to get his hands dirty building his own guitar pedals.
About Benjamin Wynn
Under the name Deru, Ben is signed to the label Mush Records and has released three albums, as well as many remixes and compilations for labels such as Merck and Ghostly International. His style might be best described as an amalgam of hip-hop and electronica, and under this name Ben plays live in clubs and festivals in the U.S. and Europe.
Ben grew up in Chicago, where his earliest influences came across the airwaves of the legendary University of Chicago radio station WHPK, and JP-Chill. Listening to hip-hop, and specifically its use of static in music, prompted Ben's first forays into manipulating sound. By high school, Ben had become a fixture around the station, which earned him an invitation from JP-Chill to try his hand at some on-air mixes. He was sold.
He continued his sonic explorations at the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied synthesis, signal processing, acoustics, music theory, and composition, and earned a bachelor's degree in music technology. While at CalArts, Ben also delved into world music, studying Balinese gamelan, African drumming and hand percussion. Ben's multi-layered musical sensibility combines hip-hop, electronic, world music and classical composition.
In 2007, Ben collaborated with composer Joby Talbot on the score to Wayne McGregor's ballet, Genus, based on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, commissioned by the Paris Opera Ballet. The ambitious eight-part score combines electronics with 10-part choir, and string instruments. That score is available on Ant-Zen and Dear Oh Dear Records.