You might not have heard the name E.S. Posthumus before, but you have certainly heard the music on many movie trailers or TV shows including the Themesong for “Cold Case”. It was formed by brothers Helmut and Franz Vonlichten in 2000. I wanted to share this amazing music with you as it has enchanted me completely.
E.S. Posthumus stands for Experimental Sounds, Posthumus stands for “all things past”.
Their music is classical with drum beats and electronic sounds, inspired by the Pythagorean Philosophy which states that “music is the harmonization of opposites; the conciliation of warring elements”. (Wikipedia)
Both brothers grew up in a musical home with their mother being a classically trained pianist, so they were exposed to all different music from an early age. Their music blends classical, symphonies, electronic, world music and choirs together. Helmut said in an interview : “We just gravitated toward everything we loved and found a way to make it all mesh together.”
Helmut studied Archeology and it shows in the Latin based Lyrics and the back story of the album Cartographer. There is no label with their music – “we are really grateful that no label was willing to take any sort of a chance on us. We are in complete control of our careers, and we own all of our master recordings and publishing. That is very liberating.”
There are 3 albums of E.S. Posthumus. I cannot decide which one is my favourite, as all 3 have epic, relaxing and emotionally charged compositions. They can be downloaded via Amazon.com and cdbaby.com.
Unearthed – January 2001
In keeping with the theme of “all things past”, each of the thirteen tracks on the album is named after an ancient and abandoned or destroyed city. However, Cuzco, Nara, Isfahan and Estremoz still survive to this day.
- Lepcis Magna
Some of this music can be heard in Planet of the apes, Minority Report, Spider Man, Lord of the rings, Lara Croft, Matrix Reloaded, Cold Case, Top Gear, Hunger games
Cartographer – January 2008
The vocal tracks are sung by Luna Sans, while the remix versions replace her vocals with instrumental solos and choir melodies, much in the style of Posthumus’ first album, “Unearthed”.
Disc 1 – Luna Sans (Vocal)
Disc 2 – Piri Reis Remixes (Remix) instrumental.
This is the same music with 2 bonus tracks, no vocals and in my opinion absolutely beautiful. I absolutely prefer these versions.
- Ashielf Pi
- Oraanu Pi
- Marunae Pi
- Mosane Pi
- Isunova Pi
- Nasivern Pi
- Selisona Pi
- Raptamei Pi
- Caarano Pi
- Nivaos Pi
- Sollente Pi
- Decifin Pi
- Vorrina Pi
- Nolitus Pi
- Odenall Pi
Some of these tracks can be heard in Lost, Law and Order, and Top Gear
Makara – January 2010 – another beautiful album
- Saint Matthew Passion
- Moonlight Sonata
Again some of these tracks can be heard in Sherlock Holmes, Pillars of the Earth, Avatar, Top Gear and X Factor
Here links to their web site and twitter. There is also a Fan facebook site.
Unfortunately Franz Vonlichten died unexpectedly in May 2010.
Helmut wrote this to his fans in July 2010
This has been an amazing year for ES Posthumus. Not only did we release our best selling album “Makara”, but we opened the Super Bowl with Jay Z. However, with the sweetness of life often there follows the bitterness of mortality….. my brother, Franz, passed away in May. It was entirely unexpected.
The vast majority of music that we created as ESP is in your hands… there may be 1 or 2 additional songs that become available before the year end; unfortunately, I cannot promise anything.
As for me, I will begin to rebuild what was washed away, albeit in a form other than ES Posthumus. My brother and I created ESP together and we’ll “exit stage left” together as well.
Franz was an extraordinary talent…. among other things, I will miss his creative ear and incomparable musical palette. Most of all, however, I will miss his wit and humor…. a consummate storyteller who found a punch line in even the most mundane scenarios.
Finally, thanks to every one of you… as you know, our success was truly “grassroots” … it was driven by a sense of community and word of mouth…. you made it happen for us… we are eternally grateful..
In November 2011, Helmut has formed a new band called “Les Friction” with Nihl Finch and Paint. His first new track is called ”Torture”
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