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 - Goofy Times)

You wouldn't believe it, but I really wasn't planning on doing anything nearly as extensive as last year's S3 score post. But then something happened. The score ROCKED ITS LITTLE HEART OUT. And I just couldn't help myself. I made deep cuts. Deep DEEP cuts! And still this thing is a BEAST. 22 episodes. 164 clips. 160 minutes. 90 mb/zip. It's possible I need to be committed.

But seeing as how this season's conventional soundtrack is practically nonexistent due to unfortunate lack of mullet rock (*SHAKES FIST AT BUDGET*), I just couldn't NOT do this. If you loved this season like I did, and are itchin' for a season soundtrack to love and adore it anytime you want, this score compilation is the perfect way to relive the best moments of the whole season, from epically badass angels to Sam’s turmoils and Dean’s fears, all in under three hours. And so, in celebration of our wonderfully tragic show's return tomorrow, I give to you:


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


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When I first began diving into this series score three years ago, I had no idea what the interest might be for it, and to say I've been surprised by the level of excitement for these scores around fandom would be a gross understatement. I've been overjoyed in seeing just how many of you have enjoyed these scores and posts. So it gives me great excitement to present scores for this past season, a season in which the scoring not only improved by leaps and bounds but has also proved under further analysis to be absolutely exceptional television score. There is so much I want to point out, but only so much space to do it in, so I’ll try to keep it short. But this season’s score was extra busy this year, and I can't make this post without giving at least some of it its well-deserved praise.

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 90 MB zip files that each contain 82 MP3 files. That's 164 MP3s in all with a run time of 160 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 [#] than last season. To be honest, most of the nicest melodies and most interesting timbre changes this season were on dialogue-ridden moments. 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!





SCORE CUES FROM EPISODES 401-411 )

FULL ZIP FILE OF EPISODES 401-411
(Secondary DL link HERE)




SCORE CUES FROM EPISODES 412-422 )

FULL ZIP OF EPISODES 412-422
(Secondary DL Link HERE)


NOTE: My copy of 4.21 had the worst audio quality and I had some difficulties with the audio from a DVD rip. Better versions of the first five can be found HERE if they annoy you too horribly. I'm working on getting a good 'Trust Me' and 'Sam's Defiance', but my computer has decided to be evil, so it may be a while. Unless anyone might be able to point me to a better avi copy, in which case I'd love you forever!
ETA (09/10/09): Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ilostmyshoe0782 who scored me a DVD Rip copy, here are the last two good 4x21s: Trust Me | Sam's Defiance (Dean Theme). For those of you just getting here, all seven of these good copies are now in the second full zip, so you don't have to worry about anything else!



OTHER SPN SCORE POSTS:
- 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 - Goofy Times)
I wasn’t going to even touch S3. Not beyond the Dean Theme. I never did get S2’s Score Post finished. [Mostly due to getting half the season cut and then loosing it all when my HD died on me, of course.] But I admit, I like having an audio recap of a season of my favorite tv shows. It becomes convenient, instead of taking out the time to rewatch a season of television, I can turn on the playlist while doing work or studying and just smile silently, remembering all the little moments in space of my own head. And thanks to Kripke and his small budget which was spent on things like purple smoke instead of important things like mullet rock, we didn’t have much of a conventional soundtrack this year.

So that’s what I say in response to the fact that I SORTA went alittle overboard with the score clips this time around. When I can’t even with all good of conscience say they really deserved it. For Season One, I had 78 score clips clocking in at 1.5 hours for twenty-two episodes. For Season Three, I have 100 score clips clocking in at 1.5 hours for sixteen episodes. FOR SHAME. But on the bright side, you guys get to reap the benefits of my OCD-ness. So, to help get everyone through the last month of this excruciating summer hiatus before our horribly tragic show comes back to us, I give you:


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


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I'd like to preface this with a bout of criticism on this season's score. I warn you, I'm a harsh critic, but ultimately, I criticize because I love. Of course, what follows is only my opinion, and as my music knowledge is only about as deep as a mediocre piano player and one class of film music gets me, hardly worth a sack of potatoes, but I'm going to say my piece anyway. For those of you who are just here for the downloads, feel free to skip below, this is going to be a long one....

ANALYSIS AND CRITICISM )




Despite all of my criticism, I still have to say, I had an absolute BALL putting this all together. I might not have always had the kindest of words for a good part of this season, but it really gave us a lot of moments that just make me grin like a stupid idiot in retrospect. And seeing what a dousy we’re in for this coming season, I think they’ll be moments we’ll all be holding onto for a long time.

I've divided the season into two 50 MB zip files of 50 mp3s which run about 45 minutes each. All mp3s have been volume boosted to match the levels of normal songs, so they can be added to playlists with the season's soundtrack. [Because "To Save Dean" just isn't the same when it's not breaking into BTO. Just like "What I Have Done" isn't the same when it's not breaking into "Crazy Circles" and "A Quiet Moment" isn't the same without breaking into "I Shall Not Be Moved"] Again, they were simply ripped from avi copies, therefore, they are not clean versions. They all include sound affects, many are dialogue-ridden as well. Those without major dialogue are denoted by the [#].

I included the vidding recaps of the premiere and finale ('cause they're just fun!), along with the "3.05 Recap" that has a piece of score that I just personally ADORE, even though I am about 99.99% sure it's actually Robert Rodriquez's score from Once Upon A Time In Mexico. I'm also about 99.99% sure that the Ghostfacers' "Power Walk" from 3.13 is not score either, but I haven't heard anyone ID it yet, so I clipped it anyway. And yes, i really did copy the five second Retro Presentation diddy from 3.08, it really just brings me that much joy.

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!




SCORE CUES FROM EPISODES 301-307 )

FULL ZIP FILE OF EPISODES 301-307
(Secondary DL link HERE)




SCORE CUES FROM EPISODES 308-316 )

FULL ZIP OF EPISODES 308-316
(Secondary DL Link HERE)



OTHER SPN SCORE POSTS:
- 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 - Goofy Times)
One week later and I still don't want to even attempt to deal with the SPN finale. So I’ve taken to retreating into making those long overdue score posts instead.

In honor of its recent resurrection in the finale, I give you: Dean’s Family Dedication Theme. In all its different glorious colors spanning the three whole seasons of our wonderfully, horribly tragic show.

Here’s the twelve moments which the Dean Theme has been used over the course of the last three seasons, ripped directly from the episodes for your pleasure. Or you know BAWLING YOUR EYEBALLS OUT. Click each individual score to listen or download the whole zip and enjoy the trip down memory lane!

ETA (09/09/09): Newly updated with S4 cues!


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DEAN‘S FAMILY DEDICATION THEME:
- 1.22 - Impala’s Midnight Drive [#]
- 1.22 - The Things Dean’s Willing To Do [Original]
- 2.01 - John Sits By Dean’s Bedside
- 2.01 - John’s Speech [Piano Section]
- 2.01 - John’s Speech [Flute Section]
- 2.01 - John Dies [Flute and Strings] [#]
- 2.09 - Tired [Guitar]
- 2.11 - Watching Over Sam [#]
- 2.20 - Lost Purpose [Flattened]
- 2.21 - Sam Dies [Horns and Strings]
- 3.08 - Little Sammy’s Present [Derivative]
- 3.16 - Not The Same Mistakes [Original]
- 4.13 - A Change of Fortune [Variation]
- 4.15 - Dean's Confession [Original]
- 4.15 - To Kill A Reaper [Sharpened]
- 4.21 - Sam's Defiance [Original]

[#] denotes mp3s without dialogue



FULL ZIP FILE of all TWELVE SIXTEEN VERSIONS
(Secondary DL Link HERE)


Analysis of this theme can be found HERE, along with background on motifs in film scoring generally and Supernatural specifically.



OTHER SPN SCORE POSTS:
- NEW!! - Big Damn SPN S4 Score Post [Downloads]
- Big Damn SPN S3 Score Post [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 - Goofy Times)
One of the first things that caught my attention when I first started watching Supernatural was the score. Not like this is anything strange, since I‘ve always grown to love my TV shows' scores, as some might remember my score posts for VM and FF. So imagine my excitement months ago, when I stumble on [livejournal.com profile] sarah_p‘s SPN music post containing a whole album worth of score cues. [originally obtained through Soundtrack Sharity]

Now I'm sure some people might be able to listen to this compilation without cue identification but I'm a bit of a nut about it. I always need to know WHAT the scores were originally made for, WHERE they came from, so at least I can put them on a playlist in some semblance of chronological order. I searched for as long as I could trying to find if someone had IDed these released scores, but with no luck. If there is someone out there who had figured them all out, my google skills obviously suck, because I was never able to find it. So I just did it myself.

I’m not sure how many people actually care about scoring enough to actually make a post for it. But at any rate, I figured it deserved its marker on the internet. Because whether people realize it or not, it really MAKES the show what it is.

Some might not find the SPN score any more special than any other show on television, which is fine. But as my poor film music class knows, I'm picky about scores. So when I find one that pleases me so, I like exploring it. In my mind, it's like...score is like salt. Add too little and your dish is bland. Add too much and you can ruin your dish completely. The skill is in adding just the right amount to accent the taste without interfering with its creation. Any composer can throw together music and take over a scene with loud swooping sounds and pull a viewer their own direction. It's the ones who know they are subservient to the source, who work with the visual material, understand it and accent importance, yes, but more importantly, who know how and when to HOLD BACK...that makes scoring such an art to me.

The difference with this show, as some of you might know, is that it actually has TWO composers. Christopher Lennertz and Jay Gruska, brought in by executive producers Eric Kripke and Robert Singer respectively, who share the composing responsibility by alternating episodes. This makes the show uniquely interesting to me. It really is amazing just how cohesive the score sounds. They both yield an eclectic sound for the show, and as the first season progressed, they were able to adopt more of each other’s style to incorporate between. I honestly didn’t hardly realize the difference between the two until I looked at it later. There is none the less a distinct difference.

So as it turns out, that score compilation (which was never officially released but leaked on the internet months ago for online viewers to obtain) was made by Lennertz containing his scores alone from the first season. I went through and identified these first, before turning to other score cues missing on the compilation.



LENNERTZ SCORES )

FULL ZIP of LENNERTZ SPN OST ALBUM

(Secondary DL Link HERE)




GRUSKA SCORES )

FULL ZIP of RIPPED GRUSKA S1 SCORES

(Secondary DL Link HERE)




More Lennertz Scores - Ripped )

FULL ZIP of extra RIPPED LENNERTZ SCORES

(Secondary DL Link HERE)




NEW UPDATES (6/18/07 03/01/08):

END CREDITS: (Special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] starry_ice for figuring out the scheme)
- Lennertz's SPN S1 End Credits Music - This piece of score is used on the end credits of episodes scored by Christopher Lennertz (mp3 compliments of [livejournal.com profile] starry_ice)
- Gruska's SPN S1 End Credits Music - This piece of score is used on the end credits of episodes scored by Jay Gruska. This piece also heard at the end of 'Dean Man's Blood' and used for the S1 DVD menu.

- Silly Brothers Theme [(1)-(2)-(3)] - This is a theme used continually throughout the series during light brother moments. First heard during 101 on the bridge before (1) and after (2) talking to the cops. Later heard during 117 after Sam pranks Dean with the glued beer bottle (3).





OTHER SPN SCORE POSTS:
- Big Damn SPN S4 Score Post [Downloads] NEW!!
- Big Damn SPN S3 Score Post [Downloads] NEW!!
- Dean's Family Dedication Theme [Downloads for all Twelve Moments of the Series] NEW!!
- List of Episodes for Each SPN Composer
- SPN's Musical Motifs
- SPN Composer Interviews
- Season Two's Scoring Overview Meta
- SPN Pilot: Comparing The Pre-Aired Score to Aired Version's

OTHER FANDOMS' SCORE POSTS
- Josh Kramon: Veronica Mars Score
- Greg Edmonson: Firefly Score

zimshan: (SPN - Goofy Times)
Background on Motifs:

Just as literature can possess reoccurring themes called 'motifs', so can strains of music within a score of a film or television show. The tradition of the use of motifs in film score is actually an old idea which was derived from the German composers who coined the phrase, leitmotif ('leading motif') and made the practice popular. While the precise term, 'leitmotif' was first to explain the work of von Weber (1786-1826), it was Wagner (1813-1888) who is most commonly associated with popularizing their usage. His operas, which early film composers would later look to for inspiration, made liberal use of these leitmotifs, and consequently became a large part of scoring film and television.

The most common use of a musical motif ties a particular melody to a character, which is repeated in reference to that character. More complex motifs which reference feelings or ideas can also occur. They function quite interestingly on a subconscious level for the viewer to recall the visual or visuals previously associated with melody.

Motifs on Supernatural:

Because Supernatural has two composers, it is hard to keep up a truly consistent motif usage. Individually, each have introduced and used their own motifs for certain characters or ideas. It's debatable whether Gruska and Lennertz have been consciously willing to use the others motif for a specific instance a scene might relate to.

It's hard to purely quantify what the meaning of a repeated melody on the show might be. Sometimes, it means nothing. Composers on television recycle bits of score all the time. But sometimes a melody will be reused, and has a direct connection with its first use. These are the motifs I've listed below. Motifs were named purely based on the common thread that all its instances contained.

Derivatives of a theme are also commonly used in film score, where a motif is taken and manipulated in a meaningful way. For instance, flattening out the notes of a melody can illustrate metaphorically the loss of the idea that that melody previously represented.

Different forms of a theme through the use of different timbres can also be meaningful. Trumpets can be victory. Woodwinds can be warmth and safety. Violins can be the voice of a specific character.

All of this is of course hinged on the word 'can'. We can't actually know whether or not the meaning is there intentionally. These notes below are simply sketches of what was presented. Infer or not as you wish. (But really, that's half the motif fun!)

LENNERTZ MOTIFS

The YED's Theme: (the beginning of 'And So It Begins')
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      =              =          
           |     -          |                  |
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- 1.01 - Starts as Mary gets out of bed to check on Sammy
- 1.14 - Heard again as Max tells Sam his mother died in his nursery
- 4.03 - Heard as the YED brags to Dean about his endgame
- 4.06 - Heard as Dean's hallucination of Sam as he reveals his yellow eyes
- 4.06 - Heard as Dean's hallucination of Lilith reminds Dean how he remembers Hell

Silly Brothers Theme:
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                                         -                 -
  -         -           -          -----             -----
                              -                 -
-   - -   -    - -    -   - -    -           --   -            - -
        |          |                       |                 | 
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- 1.01 - Electric guitar piece heard first as Dean and Sam get out of the Impala and impersonate U.S. Marshalls.
         - Heard again after they run into the REAL U.S. Marshalls a couple minutes later.   
         - One bar of this piece is heard in the later bridge scene after Sam tells Dean he "smells like a toilet"*
- 1.08 - Heard as Dean convinces Sam to squat in the model house for the night *
- 1.14 - Heard at the end of the episode as Dean cracks his Vegas joke* 
- 1.17 - Heard as a response to Sam's prank of salsa-fying Dean's radio*
         - Heard as Dean slips pepper in Sam's pants while he takes a shower* 
         - Heard again as Dean realizes his hand is stuck to the beer bottle and Sam celebrates in victory
- 2.06 - Heard towards the end after Dean drives in with the cement truck
- 4.06 - Heard as Dean is confronted by the ferocious dog that's been chasing him
- 4.08 - Heard as Sam realizes who the "ghost" in the girl's locker room was

*[thanks to stargatemouse for these finds]




GRUSKA MOTIFS

Sam and John's Theme:
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                            -              -
-          -                    -              -
   -        -                       -              -
                -                       -              -
              
        -           -
         |            |           |           |
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- 1.04 - Heard at the end as Sam and Dean listen to John's new cell message
- 1.08 - A wavering, unsettled derivative heard as Sam tells Dean he wants to find John
- 1.20 - Heard as John tells Sam this was never the life he wanted for him
- 4.07 - Heard as Sam finishes ganking Samhain and notices Dean from afar
- 4.12 - Heard at the end of the episode as Sam makes his decision and opens up the car door to join Ruby

Dean's Family Dedication Theme:
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        -                           -       -
    -      -       -            -              -
-              -            -
                      -  |
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- 1.22 - Heard through Dean's "Things I'm willing to do" speech inside the cabin
- 2.01 - Episode Theme (small strains are heard throughout the episode)
               - The pure form heard as John sits by Dean's bedside while Dean yells at him to do something
               - A distorted form heard as Tessa is revealed as the reaper and tries to convince Dean to let go
               - A piano and flute version heard as John's "You did that" speech to Dean
               - A higher octave flute w/ backed orch. version heard as Sam finds John dead
- 2.09 - An acoustic version heard throughout Dean's "I'm tired" speech
- 2.11 - Same acoustic version heard as Dean watches Drunk!Sam go to sleep after he made Dean swear to kill him if he goes dangerous.  
- 2.20 - Flattened form heard when Dean realizes Sam and him don't get along in Wishverse*
- 2.21 - A brass form of the full theme heard as Sam dies in Dean's arms 
- 3.08 - A messily disguised derivative heard as Little!Sam gives Young!Dean his Christmas present
- 3.16 - The full theme heard as Dean tells Sam they cannot keep making the same mistakes over again
- 4.13 - A underdeveloped variation of the theme heard as teenage Dean announces he's a hero
- 4.15 - The full theme heard as makes his Dean confession to Tessa
- 4.15 - An eerily sharpened derivative heard as Dean critizes Alistair for his choice of murder tools
- 4.21 - The full theme heard as Sam defiantly walks out the door against Dean's protests


*Score by Lennertz, so it's debatable whether its an intentional strain of Gruska's motif or not


DEAN THEME ANALYSIS:
Season Two Perspective
This theme could be heard in emotional scenes throughout the season, possessing a strong sense of meaning and purpose, adding dimension to the scenes it accompanied, and overall pulling the season together from bookend to bookend. After first appearing in Devil's Trap (1.22) to accompany Dean's speech fears for the things he is willing to do for his family, it becomes the major musical theme of the season two premiere, In My Time of Dying (2.01). In here, it is most notably paired with John and his silent decision to sacrifice himself to save Dean, suggesting his sacrifice was for Dean in response to everything Dean had given him and Sam over the years. Furthermore, its accompaniment to The Secret tells us of John's belief in Dean and power to watch over his family. As it is carried throughout the season, the theme references not only Dean's responsibility to keep Sam safe, but also the burden of The Secret, and marks Dean's weariness with this life, both in Croatoan (2.09) and Playthings (2.11). During Dean's Wish World in What Is, Lennertz quite brilliantly (whether intentional or not) references this theme in a flatten form of the theme's melody right as Dean realizes that the Sam in this world does not like or need him, and signifies the loss of that responsibility. Probably most memorable is its use at the end of All Hell Breaks Loose (Part 1) (2.21), as Dean holds a stabbed Sam and watches him die in his arms. This use all at once invokes the whole season and all of Dean's dedication towards his family right before your eyes, helping the viewer to mourn with Dean his complete loss of the most important people in his life and subsequent loss of purpose.

Season Three Perspective
In season three, the theme resurfaces exactly twice. In the flashback of ‘A Very Supernatural Christmas’, a messy disguised derivative of this theme begins as Little Sammy gives Young Dean his Christmas present (the amulet), effectively signifying the passing of responsibility of Sam from John to Dean. Existing not in the purified form which would characterize Dean’s dedication to his family almost twenty years later, but as this disguised derivative in which the core melody remains hidden beneath numerous filler noters surrounding it, perfectly characterizes the moment as the beginning of the dedication which would later result in the Dean we know today.

The purified theme is resurrected in the Season Three Finale, ‘No Rest For The Wicked’ as Dean tells Sam that they cannot keep making the same mistakes over again. The version used is identical to that first heard in the theme’s introduction during Dean’s “Things I’m Willing To Do” speech, which appropriately references back to that speech two years before, and with it, brings the accompanied imagery of the last three years, particularly family’s mistakes marked by John’s and Sam’s death, to the current scene at hand. Moreover, it stands to subvert that which was once considered sacred: The Dedication of the Winchester Family, as Dean explains to Sam how they need to stop being martyrs and making the same mistakes over again, bringing the theme and the idea behind it completely full circle. Perhaps we should have been calling this theme the Winchester Family Dedication Theme all along, but since Dean restates his role as the protector of the Winchester Constitution in the next breath, I feel confident in keeping it as is.



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

OTHER FANDOMS' SCORE POSTS
- Josh Kramon: Veronica Mars Score
- Greg Edmonson: Firefly Score

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[I've got a bunch of back posts that have been sitting in a word doc for weeks, which I still need to make, so 'Sorry' in advance, flist, for the subsequent spamming.]

The SPN composers Christopher Lennertz and Jay Gruska share the scoring job, usually alternating every other episode. But since more than once they have disrupted the normal "every-other-episode" scoring schedule, I wanted to create a source list to keep track of the composer on each episode.

SEASON ONE
Lennertz Episodes | Gruska Episodes
101 102
103 104
105 106
107 108
109 ---
110 111
112 113
114 115
116 ----
117 118
119 120
121 122


SEASON TWO

Lennertz Episodes | Gruska Episodes
---- 201
202 203
204 205
206 207
208 209
210 211
212 213
214 215
216 217
--- 218
219 ---
220 221
222 ---



SEASON THREE

Lennertz Episodes | Gruska Episodes
301 302
303 304
305 306
307 308
309 310
--- 311
312 ---
313 314
315 316



SEASON FOUR

Lennertz Episodes | Gruska Episodes
--- 401
402 ---
403 404
--- 405
406 407
408 ---
409 ---
410 411
412 413
414 415
416 417
418 419
--- 420
--- 421
422 ---



SEASON FIVE

Lennertz Episodes | Gruska Episodes
501 502
503 504
505 506
507 508
509 510
--- 511
--- 512
513 514
515 516
517 518
--- ---
--- ---
--- ---
--- ---
--- ---






COMPOSERS SPEAK
Lennertz Interviews:
- Megan's Minions Interviews Lennertz [Wherein he reveals he's a Dean fangirlboy]
- TrackSounds 2008 Interview with Lennertz
- July '07: Winchester Journal Interview with Lennertz
- May '07: Sequential Tart's Interview with Lennertz
- Cinescape.com Interview with Lennertz (includes info on developing the SPN Sound with Jay Gruska, and Cameron Stone, the electric cellist)
- TrackSounds interviews Lennertz
- Scifi.com article on Lennertz's score and Emmy nod
- Ain't It Cool News interviews Lennertz



QUESTIONING THE KRIPKE/SINGER INFLUENCE

The interesting thing I see when looking at the episode list is the aberrations in the regular "every-other-episode" schedule. It's been noted in several interviews that each exec had a composer he wanted to bring in on the project. Kripke brought in Lennertz whom he had worked with for years, while Singer had brought in Gruska who had been his own music man. Both times in season one, Lennertz took on a double shift for an episode depending on more of the MotW scare than the character points, (110 and 117). And in the case of the summer transition, Gruska was given both 122 and 201 for more emotional character situations. So is Singer advocating this? I've noticed, over time Lennertz has become more accepting of expressing sentiment, and started taking on the strings, though still lacking a lot of melody. But still, Gruska seems to get the eps that depend on the sentiment the most because he seems more willing to use strings to express it. But is Singer the reason? Is he the reason Gruska got the finale and the premiere to score? While Kripke was liking more what Lennertz did, but just conceded to Singer’s thoughts. Or is Kripke advocating it too? Why can't they ask this kind of stuff in interviews? Sure no one else would care but I'd be a happy camper. :D




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