‘Teen Wolf’: 2 Albums for Final Season

Dino Meneghin

Composer Dino Meneghin is originally from Walnut Creek and came to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a guitarist. (Photo: Fil Eisler)

The MTV original series Teen Wolf gets the classics treatment from Sony, which is releasing the two albums worth of material from the show in its final season — one featuring songs and the other showcasing the score, both through Sony Classical.

Teen Wolf – Original Television Soundtrack features artists including Young the Giant, Mikky Ekko, Fink and Mourning Ritual (with Peter Dreimanis). The The Teen Wolf – Original Television Score contains original music by composer Dino Meneghin (Taking the Stage, Eye Candy).

Loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, MTV’s Teen Wolf stars Tyler Posey as the eponymous character of the title, Scott McCall, who is bitten by a werewolf and must cope with how it affects his life and the lives of those closest to him. Dylan O’Brien plays”Stiles” Stilinski, Scott’s best friend. Teen Wolf premiered in 2011 and is currently in its sixth and final season, Sundays on MTV in the U.S. and syndicated internationally.

“You can hear over time how the show really developed a sound of its own,” composer Meneghin said.

As explorations of outsiders with supernatural powers tend to do, Teen Wolf became quickly became a fan favorite, known for song choices as well as original score. “I always love to share new bands with viewers, especially with the ones that I am a fan of personally,” series music supervisor Laura Webb told MTV.com. She pointed out the song, “Who Are You, Really?” describing: ”I was really excited about using Mikky Ekko in episode 10. His music was sent to me by someone that works on his team, and it always stuck with me. The song that we are using worked so unbelievably well that it still gives me goosebumps.”

Teen Wolf soundtrack cover features a wolf head morphing into that of actor Tyler Posey

Music supervisor Laura Webb compiled the original songs for this MTV series. (Photo courtesy Sony Classical)

Working on all six years of the series allowed Meneghin the opportunity to develop his themes. “Some of them became much broader in scope and importance than they were originally intended to be,” he described. “Scott and Allison’s love theme is a good example; it started as a love theme for two characters, but we still used it even after Allison’s death to call back to something fundamental about the show. It really came to represent some of the heart of the show, and whenever we’d bring it in, it was very powerful.”

Meneghin relocated to Los Angeles in 1996 from Walnut Creek, in the Bay Area, seeking work as a guitarist. In that capacity, he’s provided music services for artists including Destiny’s Child, Josh Groban, Liz Phair, and Michael Bublé.

In the fall of 2010, Meneghin began working with producer Jeff Davis and director Russell Mulcahy on their re-boot of Teen Wolf for MTV. In creating the sound for the show, Meneghin was able to combine his love of the orchestra with all of the sound manipulation and production techniques he brought from the world of record production.

“The shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is a timeless terror, but the visual would have never been the same without the filmmaker’s creepy score. The same can be said for Teen Wolf,” reads the SoundWorks Collection intro to a video interview with Meneghin. ” And for every severed arm or pool of blood the show offers up, viewers know that the ominous trills and screeches that accompany these images are half the reason they’re compelled to cover their eyes.”

When Teen Wolf became a hit it launched his composing career. The synth-obsessed Meneghin went on to score the electronics-heavy Eye Candy for executive producer Christian Taylor. His forays into film have included the contributions to the soundtrack to Newtown (along with  composers Jeff Beal, Tyler Bates, Fil Eisler, and Sean Callery). His most recent film score is for the Taran Killiam/ Arnold Schwarzenegger action-comedy Why We’re Killing Gunther, coming to theaters Oct. 8 from Lionsgate.

The Teen Wolf – Original Television Soundtrack was released digitally and on CD Sept. 15. The Teen Wolf – Original Television Score will be available digitally the same day. Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, and Masterworks Broadway imprints.

Teen Wolf original score by Dino Meneghin cover

Dino Meneghin found inspiration in the 1960 film “Psycho,” with score by Bernard Hermann

 

TRACKLIST:

Teen Wolf – Original Television Soundtrack
1. Teen Wolf Main Title – Dino Meneghin
2. My Body – Young the Giant
3. Who Are You, Really? – Mikky Ekko
4. Bad Moon Rising – Mourning Ritual feat. Peter Dreimanis
5. My Own – Whitaker
6. Start of Time – Gabrielle Aplin
7. Touch – Daughter
8. Given the Chance – The Kite String Tangle
9. Catch the Wind – High Highs
10. Ava – Famy
11. I Found – Amber Run
12. Looking Too Closely – Fink
13. The Last One I Made – Pim Stones
14. The Sun – Frida Sundemo
15. You Were Never Gone – Hannah Ellis
16. Up N Away – Emmi

Teen Wolf – Original Television Score
1. Future’s Tense
2. Teen Wolf Main Title – Dino Meneghin
3. Parrish’s Pep Talk
4. Dreaming of Stiles
5. Scott’s Revival
6. The Second Floor
7. Dude Dies
8. Hellhound
9. Geology Lesson
10. Stiles Helped
11. Catherine Beta Jones
12. Stargazing (for Candice)
13. Fear Defeated
14. Guidance Chats
15. That’s All, Folks

 

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