zimshan: (DC - Thinky Jen)
If you have yet to see [livejournal.com profile] counteragent's new vid, 'Coin-Operated Boy'? Don't walk, RUN! I don't care if you hate SPN, have never seen the show, or whatever. It doesn't matter. This is like the most EPICALLY EPIC of all metarific vids EVER, that captures the comfort and insanity that is fandom in such an unflinchingly critical and pointed way, IT IS RIDICULOUS. My mind is still REELING from it 12 hours later. It will probably be EATING MY BRAIN for the rest of the week! That's how OMG, SHUT UP, ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? this vid is. NO, REALLY. SERIOUSLY.

On the flip side, my fannish heart just grew 100 sizes reading this new Sera Gamble Interview. Having such appreciation for a crew six seasons in is kinda unheard of for me, I'm not sure I know what to do with it. It's weird how the frustration depicted in the above vid goes hand in hand with appreciation with TPTB for me in this show. I think it has something do to with my disconnect between intellectually seeing something well thought out and working, and emotionally being denied what I want most as a fan based on what tv needs to be in order to keep going. If that makes any sense at all?

In LJ news, has anyone else been having problems with anons trashing old post? I've always kept anon posting on, because I've had non-LJers comment in score posts, asking questions and the like. But I've been having more and more problems with spam lately, and after some anon coming in and trashing my flisters' comments yesterday, I think that's my final straw. I can't tolerate my journal turning into some anon meme fan bashing. But my sincere apologies to those who got so baselessly attacked. That shit was so not cool.
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

zimshan: (SPN - The Distance Between)
So, I swore to myself I was done with color meta after that behemoth of a post last Thursday. And then the show had to go and air an episode that cashed in on so much of the season's color interactions...and I just could not resist. :)



META PICSPAM: 'To Keep Each Other Human': The Restoration of Balance (& other color interactions) in SPN 5.18 )

*falls down in EXHAUSTION*

I'm serious now, that really is it for me on meta picspam for awhile, I think I've OD'd on colors at this point. Other neglected projects and RL are calling. But please, by all means, take a stab at it amongst yourselves! I'm sure there's more I've missed here, previously, and in episodes that remain! For what it's worth, I've figured out a super-quick method of capping and picspamming, which I'd be happy to share with anyone curious. It's really not all that time consuming. :)
zimshan: (SPN - The Distance Between)
Why is it whenever I take on a project it grows to MASSIVE proportions? *facepalm* For the record, this was originally three different posts, which unfortunately made no sense when separated. So, anyone that gets through this, I question your sanity in addition to mine. This post, btw, is the reason why my episode thoughts have been nonexistent since 5.13. It's been, well...complicated.

When I first put together my red & blue meta last fall, there were only eight episodes of the season to look at, and therefore much of those conclusions were based on admittedly wild conjecture. But those of you following along since might have noticed a visual story that has begun to accompany these colors, right in line with the textual story itself. Examining the broad strokes of this visual story throughout the season can give us an indication not only where the story has been, but also where it is headed. On the advent of the show's 100th episode and Season Five finale, I thought it'd be an interesting exercise to see where these big episodes might be taking us. (Yes, I am going to craft finale spec out of colors, just bare with me!)

Despite my constant parring, this post is very lengthy and image heavy, bringing together ideas from my first color symbolism post, and applying it to episodes 5.11 to 5.17, first in terms of red & blue, secondly in terms of the conflict of green, thirdly in terms of how this comes together in 5.17, and finally what this means for the future episodes. Are you EXHAUSTED YET? It sounds more complicated than it is, since it's really just one big Ode to SPN Cinematography in S5. And I promise bunches of pretty caps to get you through it. :)

HAPPY 100th, EVERYONE!



Note: I have not been spoiled for the remaining episodes, and in fact have not even seen the 100th episode promo. The conclusions contained within this post are purely derived from what aired episodes have given so far. So please, no spoilers in the comments.

META PICSPAM: 'Tracking The Visual Story through Color' - The Saga of Red & Blue in SPN S5 continues... )

Halfway through 'Dark Side of the Moon', a sudden green wretch was thrown into the red and blue party, a color usage so grotesque and seemingly out of nowhere, I couldn't stop thinking about it.



META PICSPAM: 'Where'd All This Green Come From?': Zachariah and his toxic green interference... )

Which all comes together the latest episode, 5.17, '99 Problems'... )

So that is where we're left with, going into the 100th episode tonight, and into the next five episodes leading to what's supposed to be by all accounts, an EPIC finale. So, now...

'WHERE IS THIS GOING?': Red points the way )

If you made it to the end of that? You deserve a cookie. And a raise. Here's a pillow, go and lie down.
zimshan: (SPN - The Distance Between)
So, apparently I’ve been out of school for too long and had the urge to write a paper? Who knows…

This thing got ridiculously massive very quickly, I blame it all on Serge Ladouceur for making me all thinky. I want my brain back, Serge!

I recognize whenever we start talking about colors we pass into nebulous territory, so you can take this all with the grain of salt it is. But the usage of colors red and blue by production design and cinematography in Supernatural have had me curious for years. And this season, with an increased prominence of these two colors together consciously placed within the same shot, finally made me organize my thoughts in one place. Includes picspam evidence from the first eight episodes, some background on the colors of red and blue, and my own interpretation of its meaning.





META PICSPAM: 'The Balance of Red & Blue' - Color Symbolism in context of Fate & Free Will in SPN S5 )

Whew! That was kinda exhausting. NEW WINCHESTERS TONIGHT!

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