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I am so excited

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Finally today I could buy the new album SKYWORLD from Two Steps from Hell.

I have so far listened to it on you tube and there is one more song I totally love and is one of my favourites.

It is a beautiful romantic song called “Sun & Moon”. The female vocalist is Carina Istre and the male vocalist is no other than my favourite composer himself Thomas Bergersen. The words are a made up language, as in some of his other songs.

So close your eyes and let the music flow through you.

A feast for your ears.

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To my blogger friends

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Four month ago I started this blog to try and see how it works and if I like it. As I am not a good writer I was a bit worried, still I posted with the intention to share my positiveness and happiness, also my  music.

It is amazing how much happiness I, myself get from blogging and reading blogs. I am enjoying it so much, I can’t live a day without looking to the reader for new items. I would have never thought possible when I started. I am having so much fun.

Even after 4 month I am still learning, how to do pictures, links, and discover more tricks every time.:-)

There are so many amazing bloggers out there with big hearts and beautiful blogs.

I am so happy to belong in this world and thank all the bloggers for their contributions.

I love reading blogs, there are interesting views, pictures from other countries, poems, quotes, heartwarming stories and it leaves me speechless sometimes.

Sometimes I read blogs then I don’tsee many more and I think, what happened to the blogger, is she/he alright. Yes they become your friends in a way, and you appreciate them, you care about them and  you want to read more blogs and enjoy and share them with the world…..it is like we used to have pen friends all over the world in my days when I was a teenager. Had to wait for a letter by post though, and it took a long time sometimes. With blogs , instantly, and really all over the world, it is fantastic.

I want to share some of the reccent posts from my friends which blew me away! Such beautiful words, poems, pictures…..it is great to find people with such big hearts out there! Love you all!

Maximahttp://hillsofherchastity.wordpress.com/

Recruiterpoets Bloghttp://recruiterpoet.com/2012/09/17/this-is-romance/

Land of Funhttp://landoffun.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/each-life-affects-another/

oceanbounds adventureshttp://oceanboundsadventures.wordpress.com/

Thanks technology for the invention of blogging!

Jo Blankenburg – Elysium

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Elysium – Jo Blankenburg

Always looking for more composers for Trailer Music I stumbled upon

Jo Blankenburg.

“Music for the senses”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jo Blankenburg was born in 1972 in Germany now based in Los Angeles. He writes music for film and motion picture advertising. Some of his most popular tracks have been used in the advertising campaigns of the Hunger Games, Harry Potter and the deathly hallows, X-men, How to train your dragon and many others.

His first solo album Vendetta for Position Music was released in 2011, the songs of which have been used for the advertising campaigns of many major movies and television shows.

His second album Elysium has just been released by Position Music. It is one of those albums you like every single track. It is beautiful, emotional, fantastically composed music. It is available now on Amazon and iTunes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was recorded in the Czech Republic during 3 days. It contains choir lyrics in Latin and Sanskit.  It features the Capellen Orchestra and Choir conducted by Petr Pololanik. (Same as Thomas Bergersen’s Illusion Album)

Elysium is out of this world. It is a feast for your ears and mind. Every single track has its own beauty, harmony, and style. The tracks are relaxing, slow, soft, epic, dramatic, melodic, action packed and you can let your imagination go. There is a sense of adventure, dramatic action and wonder, listening to the piano, strings, drums and choir in perfect harmony. The choir is not overpowering and you can still hum and sing with every track.

Jo Blankenburg is an extremely gifted and one of the best composers out there, for listeners who appreciate real beauty of music. I certainly became a big fan of his. He is close to his fans and keeps updating his facebook and has a great website.

 

 ”Melody is King” – Jo Blankenburg

 

 

Tracklisitng for Elysium – 11 tracks

Illumielle

Ascencia

Leaving Lemuria

Gryphonheart

Theogony

Voyage dans la Lune

Terra Mirus

Arion

Garador’s Flight

Zephyrus

Empyrea.

 

To read a brilliant review please see Trailer Music Vibe

E.S. Posthumus

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E.S. Posthumus

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.

Track listing

  1. Antissa
  2. Tikal
  3. Harappa
  4. Ulaid
  5. Ebla
  6. Nara
  7. Cuzco
  8. Niniveh
  9. Lepcis Magna
  10.  Menouthis
  11.  Etremoz
  12.  Pompeii
  13.  Isfahan

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”.

Track listing

Disc 1 – Luna Sans (Vocal)

  1. Nolitus
  2. Isunova
  3. Vorrina
  4. Selisona
  5. Marunae
  6. Mosane
  7. Decifin
  8. Sollente
  9. Caarano
  10. Raptamei
  11. Oraanu
  12. Nivaos
  13. Nasivern

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.

 

 

  1. Ashielf Pi
  2. Oraanu Pi
  3. Marunae Pi
  4. Mosane Pi
  5. Isunova Pi
  6. Nasivern Pi
  7. Selisona Pi
  8. Raptamei Pi
  9. Caarano Pi
  10. Nivaos Pi
  11. Sollente Pi
  12. Decifin Pi
  13. Vorrina Pi
  14. Nolitus Pi
  15. Odenall Pi

Some of these tracks can be heard in Lost, Law and Order, and  Top Gear

Makara –  January 2010  – another beautiful album

 

 

Track listing

  1. Kalki
  2. Varuna
  3. Unstoppable
  4. Durga
  5. Manju
  6. Kuvera
  7. Ushas
  8. Lavanya
  9. Vishnu
  10.  Indra
  11.  Arise
  12.  Saint Matthew Passion
  13.  Krosah
  14.  Anumati
  15.  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.

http://www.esposthumus.com

http://twitter.com/esposthumus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately Franz Vonlichten died unexpectedly in May 2010.

Helmut wrote this to his fans in July 2010

Dear Friends:
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..

Be well,

Helmut

In November 2011, Helmut has formed a new band called “Les Friction” with Nihl Finch and Paint. His first new track is called ”Torture”

http://www.lesfriction.com
http://www.twitter.com/lesfriction

http://www.facebook.com/LesFrictionMusic

For more information check out following blog:

http://trailermusicvibe.blogspot.co.uk

TOP HAT MUSICAL – LONDON REVIEW

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The glorious 1935 film TOP HAT with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers has finally come to London’s West End. After 77 years, this is the first time a stage version of TOP HAT has ever been produced. It is a giddy, glorious celebration of 1930s song and dance, featuring magnificent sets and over 200 costumes.

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The music and lyrics by Irvin Berlin, feature some of his greatest hits including Let’s Face the Music and Dance, Cheek to Cheek, Putting on the Ritz and of course, Top Hat. Plotwise this musical comedy centres on the theme of mistaken identity. Jerry Travers, played by Tom Chambers, is the chief victim of the farcical situations that occur when Miss Dale Tremont, portrayed by Summer Strallen, with whom he has fallen in love, believes him to be the husband of a recently married friend she has not yet met. The deception persists throughout most of the play until the mistake is realised and a happy ending is guaranteed.

In detail

Strictly Come Dancing fans will be impressed with the charming Tom Chambers’, playing Jerry Travers, stunning acting, singing and dancing skills.  His tap dancing is superb. He certainly proves to be much more than an actor. He seemingly enjoyed playing the role as I watched him smiling during all the dance routines. It has to be emphasized that the delightful and funny dance of Tom Chambers with the hat stand is choreographed by Tom himself. Summer Strallen, beautiful in all her costumes, plays her character brilliantly, sings beautifully and dances as if on clouds and it looks classy, light and easy.  There are lots of one liners, jokes and laughs throughout the musical. The funny character of Alberto Beddini, the clichéd foreigner, is played by Ricardo Afonso who is fantastic and even though he really just loves himself he is very lovable with his Italian accent and slighty mixed up and, therefore, amusing sayings. Horace and Madge Hardwick, played by Martin Ball and Vivian Parry are very strong characters and it would never be as humorous without them and their jokes about marriage.  Last but not least Horace’s butler, Bates played by Stephen Boswell is unique and well portrayed.  The perfect butler with attitude but very loyal to his boss.

The talented ensemble round the picture up, they carry the stage changes through and complement the individual dancers and singers perfectly.  The costumes are   30s style with men in top hats and ties and the ladies in beautifully flowing dresses which make watching the dances a feast for the eyes. The 15 men and women in the orchestra also played the famous numbers wonderfully and must get a special mention. The whole team performed so well together.

Summary

It is a bubbly, swinging musical, set in the 1930’s, brilliantly performed by a talented cast. It has charm and class and for those who love the glamour and glitz of the 1930s, flowing dance routines and fabulous music, this show is perfect for you.  One cannot sit still, or even stop oneself humming to the well known numbers. It wants you to be part of the cast, tapping along…..or is that just me?

I certainly recommend this show for a light hearted, cheerful evening out, probably complemented by a dinner beforehand.

TWO STEPS FROM HELL

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TWO STEPS FROM HELL

On February 14th, 2006  Two Steps From Hell was born. Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen joined forces to write original music for movie trailers. In those short 6 years they have been featured in hundreds of movies, including some of the biggest blockbusters of recent time.

Everyone has heard their music most of us not knowingly. Their trailer music featured for films like Superman, Tron, Harry Potter, The Da Vinci Code, Twilight Saga, Narnia, Star Trek,  X Men and also series on Television like, Frozen Planet, Dr. Who, Merlin and many more. Their compositions can be heard in “Britain got talent”, the “X Factor”, “Strictly come dancing” and some football events etc. They can also be heard on the History channel quite frequently.

Here is a listing with all their albums, whereas they cannot be bought except the last two featured on this page – Invincible and Archangel.

“Our music is not sold commercially and is available for licensing only. As the style of the music is geared for movie trailers, some television and media markets, it is only available to music supervisors, editors and producers at our clients’ workplaces. Given the state of the music industry at the current moment, we find that this is the most sensible model for us. We appreciate the fans out there that love trailer music , actively participate in the various forums and send us email. Thank you so much for your comments.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUME 1

2006

This was their first album .

This first release displays the versatility, sophistication and range of the Two Steps philosophy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHADOWS AND NIGHTMARES

16/09/06

Two Steps From Hell released SHADOWS AND NIGHTMARES, unique in its artistic melding of live orchestra effects and custom sound design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DYNASTY

28/02/2007

Two Steps From Hell released DYNASTY, an epic explosion from Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix, featuring The Angeles Chorale and The Capellen Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL DRUMS GO TO HELL

09/07/2007

On July 9th, 2007, Two Steps From Hell released ALL DRUMS GO TO HELL: a furious, rhythmic explosion of drums from Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix. This release features 64 tracks of percussive urgency, fantastic rhythmic artistry, massive hits and stunning rhythmic rises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PATHOGEN

2007

A stunning fusion of Electronica, Dark metal, Orchestra and Other-Worldly Rock. 18 original compositions from Two Steps co-founder: Nick Phoenix. Pathogen has a lot of driving electronica, but also features other-worldly rock and eerie, horror rock tracks, as well. Pathogen is set up as a listening experience, and so is not categorized. This is perhaps the most fun I’ve had as a composer, and the tracks are fun to listen to, as well.” -Nick Phoenix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEMESIS

2007

21 original compositions by Two Steps co-founder, Thomas J. Bergersen. NEMESIS is all about grandeur and monumental power, but these cues are undeniably, masterful compositions. NEMESIS features the seductive voice of Norwegian Merethe Soltvedt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DREAMS AND IMAGINATIONS

2008

Close to 100 different pieces… this huge collection of evocative music covers a lot of musical ground, with a primary focus on human emotions. Sweeping strings, beautiful angelic choirs, dramatic vocals, ethnic instruments, modern electronic elements, gorgeous sound design, all interacting in powerful synergy to provide music that is guaranteed to touch the hearts and souls of listeners all around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEGEND

2008

LEGEND is an epic drama cd, and is quintessential trailer music, but manages to bring magic and  artistry to the genre. Films like Indiana Jones, Mummy 3, No Country For Old Men, WALL-E, Horton Hears A Who, Chronicles of Narnia 2, The Happening, Hellboy 2, The Hulk, Speed Racer, Jumper, and Valkyrie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASHES

16/09/2008

Terrifying Audio From Disturbed Minds Interspersed With Haunting Themes And Beautiful Melodies From The Criminally Insane.

Beware: Highly infectious. Use at own risk.

Ashes combines innovative new sound design with orchestral recordings. The result is a hi-fi horror/thriller release unlike any other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE DEVIL WEARS NADA

12/03/2009

A collection of orchestral music that covers styles of comedy, drama, adventure and family films, performed by the 80-piece world class Capellen Orchestra.

This album captures the true spirit of Hollywood with memorable themes, playful orchestrations and the power you’ve come to expect from Two Steps From Hell.

Composers Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix once again blur the line between film-score and trailer music, and bring something fresh to the world of film advertising.

 

POWER OF DARKNESS

12/03/2010

Power Of Darkness was released March 12 2010. One year in the making, it features 32 compositions recorded with the Capellen Orchestra in Czech, drums recorded in Los Angeles, various soloists from around the globe and choir recorded in Utah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ILLUMINA

12/07/2010

This stunning sequel to “Dreams and Imaginations” takes you on a journey through a seamless fusion of acoustic and electronic elements. Featuring 33 tracks, “Illumina” offers warm, elegant and beautiful music played by some of LA’s best string players and vocalists.  30 of the 33 tracks on the album are from Thomas Bergersen, (Nick Phoenix has written “Missing Letters”, “Rapture” and “Prelude to a Nightmare”). Because the music isn’t really typical of what Two Steps are known for they decided not to release this one to the public, but perhaps some cues will be featured on a future release.

Sit back and enjoy a different side of Two Steps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL DRONES GO TO HELL

12/07/2010

Finally, Two Steps releases a very focused and original drones/trailer toolkit library. There is some amazing sound design in here. But “All Drones Go To Hell” takes the concept a step further and adds live cello, duduk, ney flute, irish lo whistle, electric violin and some incredible female vocalists, creating some very inspiring sound beds. Soloists include Azam Ali (300) and Tina Guo (Sherlock Holmes).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BALLS TO THE WALL

12/04/2011

Two Steps From Hell presents “Balls To The Wall.” Epic drums and furiously pounding sound design from the depths of….. well you know where. These extraordinarily high quality sound beds have been produced by Nick Phoenix, Thomas Bergersen and Alex Pfeffer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NERO

06/09/2011

Two years in the making, a lifetime of inspiration.Two Steps From Hell redefine the word “Epic” with the release “NERO”. 40 new compositions from Two Steps From Hell composers Thomas Bergersen & Nick Phoenix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVINCIBLE

07/05/2010

Two Steps From Hell’s first publicly available album, “Invincible” features popular tracks such as “Moving Mountains”, “Hearth of Courage”, “Master of Shadows”, “Freedom Fighters” and many more. A best seller on iTunes, persisting for over a year in the top 10 list it is the most successful contemporary classical album of all time.

It is available on Audio CD on CDBaby.com, as well as digital downloads (MP3) on Amazon.com and iTunes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARCHANGEL

10/10/2011

“Archangel” is Two Steps From Hell’s second public album and includes other favourites such as “Mercy in Darkness”, “Titan Dune”, “Atlantis”, “Immortal Avenger” and more. It is enjoying a lot of success, and sides with the predecessor “Invincible” in the iTunes classical charts, where it at one point reached and held the 1st place position for over a week.

It is available on Audio CD on CDbaby.com, as well as digital downloads (MP3) on Amazon.com and iTunes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ILLUSIONS

06/2011

Thomas Bergersen released his own album which is available on Audio CD on CDbaby.com, as well as digital downloads (MP3) on Amazon.com and iTunes.

Please see my other blog on ILLUSIONS.

The next public album from Thomas Bergersen called “SUN”is planned for mid 2012. It will have unreleased tracks from “Illumina” and “Dreams and Imaginations” on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWO STEPS FROM HEAVEN

06 / 2012

New orchestral album with music written by Thomas Bergersen, performed by a 120 piece orchestra and choir, conducted by Petr Pololanik, out now but unfortunaltey not for the public, it’s for motion picture advertising clients only and when TSF Heaven is released it’ll be exclusive to trailer houses for 4-5 months till it gets put on Extrememusic.com

https://www.extrememusic.com

Illusions – Thomas Bergersen

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Thomas Bergersen – Illusions

Thomas J. Bergersen is part of the group “Two Steps from Hell” together with Nick Phoenix. They founded the group 2006. Since then they went from strength to strength with the trailer music they compose.
Thomas Bergersen originally from Norway, has released his first own album called “Illusions”, and it is just out of this world. It has 19 tracks and it takes you on a journey of different styles of music. It has taken Thomas over 3 years to complete it, as he travelled to find different influences for his music. You can clearly hear traces of folk music, the mystical voices from the Middle East, voices of Bulgarian people and lyrical woodwinds of Armenia.

He says: “the purpose was to bring all the wonderful musical wonders of the world together in a big collective hug.”

 

 

 

Let your imagination run wild and enjoy his music. It is a festival for your ears and you will want to listen to it again and again. Beautiful compositions, complemented with beautiful voices. In the CD sleeve Thomas put up notes for every piece he created explaining the music, why he created some and who the vocalists are. Every music lover who likes a good full orchestra will enjoy this CD to the full. My personal favourites are “Sonera” and ” Immortal”, still the whole album is a feast. I feel very passionate about this music and I like lots of people to know about it.

See the beautiful comment of the track “Gift of Life” below,

“We are surrounded by such unbelievable beauty. Life is enigmatic. Life is delicate. Life is painful. Life is inspiring. Life is love. Life is the tears we shed in joy and in sorrow. Life is magical. Life is the greatest gift!” – Thomas Bergersen.

Every piece is unique, so we have 19 different pieces of music, no similarities, no repetitions just beautifully crafted music. The beautiful voices featured on this album are: Vlasisleva Vasileva from Bulgaria, Elitsa Todorova, Norwegian singer Merethe Solvedt, Kate St. Pierre, Jenifer Thigpen with Colin O’Malley and virtuoso cellist Tina Guo.

IllusionsTracks

1. Aura (7:43)
2. Starvation (4:27)
3. Dreammaker (4:18)
4. Hurt (1:43)
5. Ocean Princess (2:53)
6. Gift of Life (3:22)
7. Rada (4:23)
8. A Place in Heaven (4:16)
9. Merchant Prince (2:26)
10. Promise (4:59)
11. Femme Fatale (4:12)
12. Homecoming (2:57)
13. Immortal (4:08)
14. Remember Me (4:30)
15. Sonera (5:37)
16. Reborn (3:53)
17. Age of Gods (2:30)
18. Illusions (8:02)
19. Soulseeker (3:15)

Total duration: 79 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It can be downloaded as MP3’s on Amazon, I-tunes, or the physical CD can be bought at CDbaby.com!

There will be a new album coming Mid 2012 called “Sun” – can’t wait for it!