- This article is about the soundtrack of Avatar: The Last Airbender. For other similar uses, see Soundtrack (disambiguation).
|"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 of Nickelodeon Animation Studios.|
Avatar: The Last Airbender has an expansive soundtrack produced by the Track Team. All the background compositions, character themes, and songs in the world of Avatar play an important part in molding the atmosphere of each episode. Feelings of happiness, suspense, regret, love, action, and many more are projected to the senses through music, making the soundtrack an important aspect of series production. The soundtrack of Avatar has many Eastern influences, considering that the show contains many connections to Eastern culture. The Track Team, consisting of Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn, created most of the series' music with MIDI tracks, but compositions for the final episodes in Sozin's Comet were performed by a live ensemble. A great deal of effort went into the soundtrack of Avatar: The Last Airbender, making it both original and emotional, as the creators wanted musicians that had not been already established as animation composers in order to make the soundtrack unique to the show.
- 1 List of tracks
- 1.1 The Avatar's Love
- 1.2 The Blue Spirit
- 1.3 Avatar Theme Remake
- 1.4 Reconciliation
- 1.5 Dai Li
- 1.6 Agni Kai
- 1.7 The End of Avatar
- 1.8 The Avatar State
- 1.9 Avatar Theme Song
- 1.10 Princess Yue
- 1.11 Safe Return
- 1.12 Peace Excerpt
- 1.13 Ba Sing Se
- 1.14 Azula's Theme
- 1.15 Zuko on the Mount
- 1.16 Yuyan capture Aang
- 1.17 Kyoshi
- 1.18 Ocean Spirit
- 1.19 Last Agni Kai
- 1.20 Panda Lily
- 1.21 Leaves From The Vine
- 1.22 Heart Chakra
- 1.23 Invading the Palace
- 1.24 The Final Blow
- 1.25 Swamp Fight
- 1.26 Tsungi horn
- 1.27 Whose Destiny
- 1.28 End Credits
- 1.29 Yangchen
- 1.30 Into a Nighttime Sky
- 1.31 Cave Jivin'
- 1.32 Scarf Dance
- 1.33 Season 3 Trailer
- 1.34 Sokka's Theme
- 1.35 The Northern Water Tribe
- 1.36 Fire Nation
- 1.37 Aang's Nightmare
- 2 References
- 3 See also
List of tracks
Fans have uploaded many individual songs from Avatar: The Last Airbender on YouTube. The songs below mainly come from the show, but others may be from the series' video games, created by Track Team as well. While no official soundtrack has been released to date, Jeremy Zuckerman is currently working on a remastered and remixed version of it.
The Avatar's Love
Sometimes referred to as the "Kataang" theme, the full song is played in the final scene of the show. However, small parts of it are played during romantic moments between Aang and Katara in various episodes, such as during their time in the Cave of Two Lovers, as well as many happy endings with the team riding on Appa.
The Blue Spirit
Avatar Theme Remake
A remake of the Avatar Theme.
This song is played during "Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters" when Zuko enters Iroh's tent in the White Lotus camp. Zuko begins to apologize for his choices in Ba Sing Se at the beginning of the song, telling his uncle how sorry and ashamed he is of his actions. Iroh unexpectedly grabs Zuko and embraces him tightly, saying he was never angry with him, only sad. The sudden crescendo at 0:20 represents this abrupt "reconciliation".
The beginning of the song also plays occasionally throughout the series when Zuko or other characters are experiencing emotional turmoil and inner conflict.
This theme is usually played when the Dai Li are present in a scene.
The End of Avatar
The Avatar State
Representing the Avatar State, this song is usually played when any Avatar goes into this state, though only when it is triggered by anger. It was first played in "The Southern Air Temple", when Aang was enraged by Monk Gyatso's death, for a second time when he thought General Fong had killed Katara, and later when he found the sandbenders who stole Appa in "The Desert".
Avatar Theme Song
This song is played at the opening sequence of each episode and lengthened in "The Boy in the Iceberg" because of the longer opening sequence. During this sequence, Katara's voice introduces the situation of the series.
Despite its name, this is not a character theme. It is played when the citizens of the Northern Water Tribe notice the soot falling from the sky along with the snow. As they rush toward the chief's temple, Yue tells Sokka that they cannot be together. Sokka is upset, but the Tribal Princess runs off toward the temple ahead of him.
This theme is usually heard when Team Avatar has resolved a problem and the episode is ending. The most well-known use of this song takes place as Appa is flying toward the full moon. It is followed by the end credits.
This is played before and during Zuko's speech as the new Fire Lord. He says he intends to start an era of peace between the four nations. The unexpected minor chord at the end is the segue between this scene and the next, which is when Zuko asks his father where Ursa is. The full composition, which also includes "The Avatar's Love", can be heard on Jeremy Zuckerman's personal website.
Ba Sing Se
This is the theme played when Azula is present. The only time the entire theme is played is during "The Avatar State" when Azula makes her first appearance (other than the small scene at the end of "The Siege of the North, Part 2" and the flashback in "The Storm"). There was only one occasion in which the theme was played when Azula was not there, and that was when Zuko was imitating her in "The Western Air Temple".
Zuko on the Mount
This song is played while Zuko is standing atop a mountain, trying to get lightning to strike him, so he could redirect it. He had recently learned how to do so from Iroh in the episode "Bitter Work". After screaming at the sky, Zuko begins to howl in frustration.
Yuyan capture Aang
This particular variant of the song is played during the scene in "The Blue Spirit" as the Yuyan Archers ambush Aang. They swing from trees using ropes tied to their arrows and shoot large nets to trap the Avatar. Eventually, they succeed in their mission and take Aang to the Pohuai Stronghold.
The song is largely used for Prince Zuko at any time he fights using his dual broadswords. Later in the episode, when Zuko, as the Blue Spirit, and Aang attempt their escape from Pohuai Stronghold, a much longer variant of this song is played. The song is played again when Zuko runs across the breaking ice in "The Siege of the North, Part 2", when he fights the thug soldiers at the end of "Zuko Alone", and during his duel with Jet in "City of Walls and Secrets".
Last Agni Kai
This song is played only once, in "The Fortuneteller", when Aang is climbing Mount Makapu to pick a panda lily for Katara. As he reaches the top and discovers the volcano will soon erupt, the music takes on an apprehensive tone.
Leaves From The Vine
This sad song is sung by Iroh twice during "Tales of Ba Sing Se". The first time, he sings it while playing the pipa in order to calm a crying child. The second time, he sings it to honor his son, Lu Ten, during a private memorial atop a hill.
This song is played as Pathik helps Aang unlock the heart chakra, also known as the air chakra, during "The Guru". Aang has a deeply emotional experience as he confronts the impact that the loss of his people has had on him.
Invading the Palace
The Final Blow
Into a Nighttime Sky
This song was used in "The Headband", in which Aang throws a secret dance party for Fire Nation kids. It is also played during Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters, in the seedy Earth Kingdom tavern where Zuko and the rest of Team Avatar find the bounty hunter June and her shirshu, Nyla, after Aang's disappearance.
This was a deleted song for "The Headband", in which Sokka is dancing by himself.
Season 3 Trailer
This song is played during the two Book Three trailers, and a fraction of it is played in the Legend of Korra Comic-Con teaser trailer. It is the first of many songs on Avatar's soundtrack to be used by the Brazilian Synchronized Swimming Team in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics. The video that showcased the performance was featured on Bryan Konietzko's Tumblr.
This is played throughout the entire series whenever Sokka comes up with a clever idea or plan.
The Northern Water Tribe
- The theme music that is played for the Northern Water Tribe. It is featured when Team Avatar enters the Northern Water Tribe for the first time in "The Waterbending Master" and is repeated through the Book One finale.
The theme music for the Fire Nation.
This song is featured in the episode "Nightmares and Daydreams" The song plays during Aang's nightmares regarding the Fire Lord and the upcoming invasion.