Sep. 22nd, 2010

zimshan: (SPN - Goofy Times)

The big mysterious Season Six question mark has been pretty nail-biting this summer, so in the last couple days wait before the premiere, how about a little blast from the past! Season Two score! Which I've only been promising for YEARS now. *facepalm* I know, I know, this one took forever, and no, it was not because I have some bizarre dislike of this season. I love it! Actually, I had started this, wayyy back when S3 was still airing, and my external hard drive I was storing the cues on died tragically halfway through. So, because I’m the worst at redoing something, it took awhile. I’ve had multiple requests for this season’s score since I first started these posts, but it wasn’t until going through S5 and seeing stark S2 callbacks that I gained the necessary drive to comb through the eps like the season warranted. Season Two was a real classic time of the series, laying down important mythology groundwork with some of the most iconic moments of the show. And the score played a large part of creating these defining moments. So, in the waking hours before S6 premieres, throw away all your anxieties, and take a trip down memory lane. Back before God, the devil, an apocalypse, heaven, or angels came on the scene, where the biggest problems in the Winchesters' world were a few psychic kids and a soul-exchanging father! Ah, such simpler times!



SUPERNATURAL SEASON TWO SCORE POST
All scoring of Supernatural composed by Christopher Lennertz and Jay Gruska






First order of business! In case you have yet to hear, the heavens have shined down on us SPN fans and miraculously, against all odds given us an OFFICIAL SUPERNATURAL ORIGINAL SCORE SOUNDTRACK. I can tell you, when I started these posts four years ago, the most I thought we could hope for was some website-released cues (and that was only if fandom ever organized and begged the composers long enough!) Instead we got a 70 minute, 18 track soundtrack with at least 60+ CLEAN cues! This is nothing sort of a miraculous gift, so if you're reading this and have enjoyed these score posts in the past (and if my download tickers are right, there are a few thousand of you), GO! Buy the CD! Write a review! (There's only six so far!) Show them all how much you love this thing! Shower them with appreciation! I don’t want you to bother reading the rest of this post until you’ve finished that! Important stuff first!

Now, I'm sure having a soundtrack makes most people go, 'WHY DO WE NEED THIS THEN?' If you’ve listened to the official soundtrack already, you’ll notice a number of pieces from this season were included. But the soundtrack could only be so long, and many memorable or interesting cues from this season were still absent. Plus, it's sometimes helpful to hear the score straight from the context of the season! I will have a separate post in the next week or two dedicated entirely to the soundtrack, identifying all the cues contained in each of the 18 tracks (there are many!) and matching them with those already ripped. I've IDed about 90% so far, much of which would have been completely impossible without these season posts. So, see, a purpose! I'll probably go back into these old season score posts and indicate the official soundtrack names of the cues as well. In the name of science and all!

Now, of course, since I've commentated on the other subsequent seasons, I can't help but say a couple words about the score of Season Two in my normal amateur music-writing drivel, so bare with me. I have tried to accurately describe where I could, but I can claim no real musical expertise, so feel free to point out any mistakes! For those of you who are just here for the downloads, feel free to skip below...

ANALYSIS AND CRITICISM )

I've divided the season's cues into two 125 MB zip files that each contain 69 MP3 files. That's 138 MP3s in all with a run time of 171 minutes.

Considering the size, I'd suggest using the rating's system in iTunes in order to rank the cues and keep track of your favorites, since they can get easily lost in the shuffle. I found it incredibly useful in sorting through all of these.

Some other features that should be helpful:
- All music has been volume boosted to go with season’s soundtrack. You can further adjust it to your liking using iTunes. Right click Get Info. Click Options tab. Use Volume Adjustment.
- All music is automatically labeled for iTunes with Artist and Album for easy access.
- All non-dialogues are marked with [#]. When you want to just hear instrumentals, simply enter # into your itunes search.

You’ll notice there’s less [#]s and more cues with a longer runtime. Season two was gifted with much longer cues than other seasons I've cut, and despite the dialogue, I really wanted to get the full range of each piece. Another reason to keep track of your favorites with the iTunes ratings.

The cues are listed below in the order that they appear in each episode. Most cues' origins should be easily discernible by title or dialogue, but if there's any your curious about, feel free to ask! I hope you all enjoy!

(And DON'T FORGET THAT SOUNDTRACK! There's hard copy CD and MP3 download options!)





SCORE CUES FROM EPISODES 201-211 )

FULL ZIP FILE OF EPISODES 201-211

(Secondary DL link HERE)




SCORE CUES FROM EPISODES 412-422 )

FULL ZIP OF EPISODES 212-222

(Secondary DL Link HERE)




OTHER SPN SCORE POSTS:
- BIG DAMN SPN S4 Score Post [Downloads]
- BIG DAMN SPN S3 Score Post [Downloads]
- Dean's Family Dedication Theme [Downloads]
- Season Two's Scoring Overview Meta
- Big Damn SPN S1 Score Post [IDs and Downloads]
- List of Episodes for Each SPN Composer
- SPN's Musical Motifs
- SPN Composer Interviews
- SPN Pilot: Comparing The Pre-Aired Score to Aired Version's

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