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Battlecry – Two Steps from Hell

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Two Steps from Hell have done it again –  more tracks released – hurray!

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Even if you don’t know about them you surely have heard some tracks not knowingly – on TV or in films as trailer music.

 

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A new album with 26 tracks is out – Battlecry from Two steps from Hell

” The eight studio album under the Two Steps from Hell banner to be made public by project composers NP and TB the aptly named “Battlecry” offers 26 new movie trailer , war documentary and death defying gymnastic routine-ready of expertly crafted, epically resented audio melodrama. As per usual most of the tracks are instrumental but guest vocalist Merethe Soltvedt and Felicia Farerre lend their voices to a pair of songs.”  – Excerpt from their website.

 

For me this is another amazing collection of epic music of my favourite musicians.

Some tracks remind me of other music composed by Thomas and Nick.

This collection is more epic, dramatic and monumental and the name “Battlecry” does its justice.

Movie trailers perfect for war documentaries and film – you can let your imagination go.

For me the full orchestral tracks are the best.

My favourites are Victory, Never back down, Cannon in D-Minor – an orchestral masterpiece, Release me, Last of the light, No honour in Blood and Star Sky.

The best classical music of our time.  This is real music!

Epicness at its best.

Thomas and Nick never disappoint instead they get better and better.

Looking forward to many more amazing new tracks……. or even a concert in Europe one day????

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1.None Shall Live

2.Stormkeeper

3.Victory

4. Wolf King

5. Rise Above

6. Spellcaster

7.Never Back Down

8.Red Tower

9.Cannon In D Minor

10.Blackout

11.Stronger Faster Braver

12.Battleborne

13.Last of the Light

14.Ultraground

15.Release Me

16.Freedom Ship

17.Amaria

18.Flight of the Silverbird

19.Outpost

20.Unforgiven

21.Across the Blood Water

22.No Honor In Blood

23.Sariel

24.Star Sky

25.Battleborne – Instrumental

26.Star Sky – Instrumental

Listen for yourself to  Never Back Down and Star Sky

 

 

Looking forward to Classics Volume 2 which is in the making!

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Sun – Thomas Bergersen – Review

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My favourite composer “Thomas Bergersen” did it again, he released a stunning new album called “Sun“.

…and I am in love with it…. a masterpiece, an amazing collection of dramatic, epic, and emotional tracks beautifully composed. If you love big orchestras and you are in for a big treat here.  Thomas Bergersen brings love and beauty with his music. He is a musical genius and one of the best composers at this time as he shows again with this new album.

I have to admit that I listened a lot to the 30 seconds you get on Amazon on each track, before it was released officially. Already then I fell in love with some tracks straight away and could hardly wait for the release day!

The album is like a musical journey full of love and excitement.  Every single track a stunning piece of music in its own way. A mix of calm, epicness, musical beauty and full of love. The orchestra is amazing and I can only imagine it was a real joy to perform for this album, singing in the choir and playing in the orchestra.

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Exerpt from the website:

Thomas’ follow up album to “Illusions” – “Sun” took him almost 4 years to complete and features his best, most heartfelt, virtuosic and powerful music to date.  It features a giant orchestra ( over 200 musicians contributed) choir, Bulgarian choir, famous world class instrumentalists and a wide range of styles, emotions and colours.  Recorded around the world, with contributing artists form all over the world including Bulgaria, Romania, Norway, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Germany and Italy.  “Sun” is without doubt Thomas Bergersen’s finest work to date , and the natural continiuation of “Illusions”.  The Orchestra, world famous “Capellen Orchestra” was recorded in Czech Republic and conducted by Maestro Petr Pololanik.  Using dynamic overdubbing (shuffling players around between each take) we achieved an absolutely massive string orchestra sound (168 payers in total, with 20 all stars first chair violinists), and a humongous brass ensemble sets the tone if the album.  Tracks such as Final Frontier feature 18 French Horns in unison!

This is what is says on the Two Steps from Hell web site, and I totally agree with it.

Track Listing

  1. Before Time
  2. Creation of Earth
  3. Sun
  4. Cry
  5. Our Destiny
  6. New Life
  7. Final Frontier
  8. Starchild
  9. Colours of Love
  10. Cassandra
  11. Always mine
  12. Dragonland
  13. Fearless
  14. Empire of Angels
  15. Two Hearts
  16. In Paradisum

The album starts off with a short, slow and calm track ‘Before time’  very melodic with a great cello followed by the first real dramatic track ‘Creation of Earth’.  ‘Sun’ already known to us before, it was on the you tube channel featuring Thomas’s girlfriend Cassandra, a romantic track with much orchestral beauty.  ‘Cry’ one of my very favourites is melodic and I so love the full orchestra in this piece, I cannot get enough of it.  ‘Our Destiny’ another dramatic track, amazing piano piece at the beginning, the choir, the fast and furious strings gives it this classical feeling like a  piece of Beethoven, very monumental and then it goes to pure epicness, an amazing piece to combine both types, ending in pure classical delight.  ‘NewLife’ brings a calm, soft, emotional side to life, a musical gem whereas  ‘Final Frontier’ is again an epic track . It features in the Trailer of the film “Interstellar” Sci-Fi Movie.  ‘Starchild’ is epic and fast and I could imagine it being music for a trailer again as you can imagine stories going along wiht it, it let’s your imagination run wild.  ‘Colours of Love’ – the title reminds me of ‘The Magic of Love’ ( from the album Archangel) which is pure musical love. The ‘Colours of love’ is the longest track of the album with 6.29 minutes and again you can feel the love and happiness. It is a very happy and cheerful track which could go on for even longer for me.  ‘Cassandra’ was dedicated to Thomas’s girlfriend, composed and shared some time ago it is a beautiful love song.  With ‘Always mine’ the love story continues, a melodic, happy and loving track, a great one to walk to as it gives you a real swing into your steps.  ‘Dragonland’ and ‘Fearless’ are real epic tracks again great trailer music for me.  ‘Empire of Angels’ starts slowly building up to the bigger orchestra with beautiful violin highlights then ending quietly again. ‘Two hearts’  an emotional track with chimes, a beautiful voice and violins, full of love.  The album ends with ‘In Paradisum’ a slow and calm track with choir (more like his ‘Hymn to life’). For me it could be the background for a meditation session.

Some tracks give you goosebumps, some make you smile,  some make you sing or hum to them, some inspire, they make you happy, they make you feel the love and  they let you gasp because of their musical awesomeness.

They certainly will be on my journeys along with his other albums whilst driving, walking and relaxing.

A musical sensation to be listened to with an open heart and full attention to every instrument playing –

a musical feast.

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The album can be bought here:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sun/id914202953
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sun-Thomas-Bergersen/dp/B00MXBIPQK
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Skyworld Review – Two Steps from Hell

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I was listening to Skyworld, the new album from Two Steps from Hell all last week, I love it and I decided to write a review for my music friends and probably others will enjoy reading and listening too. I have been waiting patiently for the album to come out to buy here in the UK, and the wait was well worth it, it does not disappoint. It is a mind-blowing album, in each track you can hear the passion of the 2 composers. This time there are not only orchestral epic tracks but also vocal tracks unusual for the duo. More individuality certainly , this actually makes the album even more outstanding for me. The duo goes from strength to strength.

Below is a full listing of all 22 tracks, 11 of which Thomas Bergersen composed, the other 11 are compositions from Nick Phoenix. 21 tracks are brand new, only one track “Dark Ages” is from an older album “Nemesis” which was not for the public though.

Each of the two have their own style, still all 22 tracks are worth mentioning as great compositions. It is a fantastic album and every single track has it’s own individuality and beauty. It includes totally epic tracks with full orchestras and choir as we know them from Two Steps from Hell, slower emotional tracks and vocal tracks. There is certainly something for everybody to enjoy.  This music makes me very happy and I can dream and be in a different world.

It is good to hear Thomas’s and Nick’s voice in some tracks, also Thomas is playing the violin, electric violin and guitar in other tracks. This makes this album extra special to me. Both are so very gifted and talented composers.

It is fantastic to hear beautiful virtuoso Tina Guo again, playing her amazing cello in “Titan Dream” , “Big sky” , “Back to earth” and “The end is the beginning”.

Also we can hear the voice of well known Merethe Soltvedt in “All the kings horses”, “For the Win” and “Breathe”.

“All is hell that ends well” from Thomas is a brilliant track full of trailermusic traits, until  the ending where it goes over to dubstep. I am not a dubstep fan and I do not therefore like the ending. This is though my personal opinion.

“El Dorado” is more Epic Dorado a great epic song in the typical style of  Thomas, powerful full orchestra, great tune, simply fantastic in this category belongs “Skyworld” too.

“For the Win”, “Blizzard”, “Breathe”, “Queen of Crows”, Realm of Power”, “Winterspell” – Oh, it is hard to find a favourite.

“Sun & moon” is a slower wonderful, heartwarming, romantic song.  The lyrics are as usual a made up language and can mean anything you want, surely it is to do with love!

“Back to Earth” with Nick singing, a powerful slow, soft song. The other slower tracks are “Blackheart”, “Breathe” “Ocean Kingdom” and “Sun & Moon”.

“All the kings horses” is really very similar to pure classical music, with its’ busy strings reminding me of Vivaldi’ s fast violins in the Four Seasons.

1. All is hell that ends well

2. Titan dream

3. Skyworld

4. El Dorado

5. The end is the beginning

6. All the kings horses

7. Realm of power

8. Winterspell

9. Blackheart

10. Juggernauut

11. Dark Ages

12. Our last hope

13. Icarus

14. For the win

15. Sun & Moon

16. Big Sky

17. Starfleet

18. Queen of Crows

19. Blizzard

20. Breathe

21. Back to the Earth

22. Ocean kingdom

It is available to buy on i-tunes and Amazon.

All in all a fantastic epic album – a must have for all Two Steps from Hell fans. Thank you to Thomas and Nick and all who were involved in making this album for us, the public and your biggest fans.

My Music

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A little taster of my music – trailer music.

It is from my favourite composer Thomas Bergersen, from Two Steps from Hell.

This is called “Undying Love” and is from the album “Legend”  from 2008 which was not for public release but for trailermusic houses. You can still find it on youtube.

It is a very romantic track  like a love poem, beautiful for your ears and soul.

Enjoy it!

Two Steps from Hell – Two steps from Heaven Review

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The new album is here

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The new orchestral album with music written by Thomas Bergersen, performed by a 120 piece orchestra and choir, conducted by Petr Pololanik, out now but unfortunately not for the public, it’s for motion picture advertising clients only. Thomas Bergersen’s pet-project was released under Two Steps from Hell and is mostly a Family Adventure & comedy style album with a few epic drama style tracks. It contains 19 main tracks including “Heart” & “Benedictus” which Thomas Bergersen posted to the public last year.

Trailer Music Fans seem to be divided in opinions about this album as not all tracks are as “epic” as some fans wanted it to be. This album though is a wonderful mix of epic tracks, real motion picture tracks, emotional tracks and big orchestral beauties.

 

Now it is possible to listen to the tracks on Extrememusic.com

Tracklist:

  1. Reach for the skies
  2. Motherland
  3. Strength of an Empire
  4. Benedictus
  5. Men of honour
  6. Welcome to Fantasia
  7. Liberty Rising
  8. Beyond the Horizon
  9. Cassandra
  10. Spirit of Maravia
  11. Forever More
  12. Shes a superhero
  13. Heart
  14. Into the moonlight
  15. Neptunes secret
  16. Hope
  17. Men of honour part II
  18. An awfully big adventure
  19. Gloria

 

Some tracks are purely written for action film trailers, it seems,  like ‘Reach for the Skies’, ’ Motherland’,  ‘Welcome to Fantasia’, ‘Beyond the Horizon’, ‘She’s a Superhero’, ‘Spirit of Moravia’  and ‘An awfully big Adventure’ as you can just imagine lots of film action with this music. ‘Neptune’s Secret’ would fit perfectly to a comedy. (It does remind me of Professor Pumplestickle from the album ‘The devil wears Nada’.) Other tracks do touch the heart and are quieter, melodic, harmonious, emotional  like ‘Men of Honour’, ‘Men of Honour part II’, ‘Forever More’. Then we have the pure epic track like “Strength of and Empire” with great build ups and fantastic full choir.

‘Heart’ was originally written by Thomas Bergersen to help Japan’s victims of the big earthquake, it is a beautiful, emotional piece. So are ‘Benedictus’,’ Into the Moonlight’ and ‘Gloria’, soft music, heavenly voices and lovely strings.

‘Cassandra’ seems to be in a league of its own for me, it is my favourite, it is epic, yet calm, beautiful, fantastic build up to the piece with the vocals .

 

Summary:

A melodic album with very different tracks, all have their own beautiful melody, with great orchestration, good drums, strings, pianos,beautiful voices and choirs. Again you can hear that they were composed by the very talented Thomas Bergersen. A feast for your ears! I love this album!

The new public releases “Halloween” ( it is a public release featuring music from various albums such as “Ashes”, “Shadows and Nightmares” and others. “Halloween” will also feature fantastic new spooky music and promises to be the ultimate Halloween party soundtrack.) It will be out on 25th September followed by Skyworld (Two Steps from Hell “Skyworld “ will be our third major public release featuring groundbreaking epic music with a modern twist. “Skyworld”  will be comprised over mostly new never before heard material. This album forges new ground and we believe it will be appreciated by two steps fans in October.)

……can’t wait!

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 update

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E.S Posthumus Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a huge fan of E.S. Posthumus here an update.

The “guru” on their facebook page told us that the E.S.Posthumus website has been updated.
There is a discography and a “sports” tab.

In addition to releasing 3 albums, ES Posthumus wrote numerous compositions for sports programs including the NFL on CBS, Super Bowl XLIV, MLB Tonight, The Masters, The PGA Championship and The US Open. 6 tracks are there, you can listen to straight away, and you can purchase/download them also through the site directly.

They are fantastic, I can’t stop listening to it.
Here a taster of “Burlingame”

 

 

and the “Thrill of Victory”

 

 

Enjoy the tracks and have a look at their website!

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

TRAILERMUSIC for Beginners

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Trailer Music for Beginners

Everybody has heard Trailermusic, be it on TV for new series or in the cinema for new films or through the computer gaming industry.

I am a new but huge fan of Trailer Music and thought I share this with you as there is so much beautiful music in this genre. It is almost like classical but some much more monumental, some very emmotional and some just plain epic.

Movie trailer music: it’s not what you think

What is Trailer Music?

Trailer Music is the background music used for film previews, which is not always from the film’s soundtrack. Sweeping melodies and epic themes composed specifically to accompany motion picture footage, that has been crafted into a “trailer” – a mini story which serves to excite and inspire audiences to attend a movie.

The music is here to stop your heart, steal your breath and leave you gasping for more – so you really can’t wait to watch the film. Because the score for a movie is usually composed after the film is finished (which is much after trailers are released), a trailer will incorporate music from other sources.

The music used in the trailer may be:

  • Music from the score of other movies.
  • Popular or well-known music, often chosen for its tone, appropriateness of a lyric, or familiarity.
  • Classical music, such as Mozart’s Requiem or Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
  • Specially composed music.
  • “Library” music, which is previously, composed production music.

There are different kinds of trailers:

  • Theatrical Trailers – the official theatrical piece often 2 and half minutes long
  • Teaser Trailers – a short theatrical preview while the film is still being shot, minute and half long
  • TV Spots – 60 seconds long- for special events, sports events for example, or advertising a new series on TV.

Trailer Music is becoming more popular and there are many music companies out there, producing this music.  The Fan base is growing steadily and there are fan clubs and facebook/ twitter groups, you can look into if you are interested.

Trailer music library companies typically do not offer their music to the public and develop and license music exclusively to the motion picture studios. Because trailers are released on the Web, fans are asking how they can get hold of the music. So Immediate Music did release a commercial album called “Trailerhead,” Reeltime Music with a double CD called “Coming Soon” and Two Steps From Hell with an album called “Invincible” and “Archangel”. They also can be downloaded on iTunes, or Amazon.

Famous trailer Music Companies are:

  • Immediate Music, a trailer library run by Jeff Fayman with his partner, Yoav Goren.
  • Two Steps from Hell – founded by Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen
  • Audio Machine – Paul Dinletir
  • E.S.Posthumus
  • Sonic Symphony
  • X-Ray dog
  • Non Stop Music
  • City of the Fallen
  • Brickwall Audio  – Erik Ekholm
  • Les Friction
  • Brand X Music
  • Future World Music – Armen Hambar
  • Position music

Please note this is not a complete list.

The art of scoring a trailer requires not only a certain style of thinking, but an entirely different approach to composition. Trailer scores are commissioned by production companies via “trailer houses”, which produce the final edit. They typically last two minutes and are split into three parts: beginning, middle and end, usually all containing different pieces and styles of music. The goal is to produce a heavily briefed, tightly wound and meticulously edited piece of work in which every second counts. (John Beal)

The team making the trailer selects tracks from these albums, licenses them (fees run $5,000 to $10,000 per track for international use, according to Bergersen), and then edits the available footage with that music. A trailer usually features at least three musical tracks. A typical formula, especially for dramas and event movies, is a soft start that gradually builds, leading to a climax that fades and “hopefully leaves people stunned,” Bergersen explained. (Excerpt Los Angeles Times By Emily Rome, April 8, 2012)

For Two Steps From Hell, selling music commercially is a more lucrative business than it is for many other libraries. It has sold more than 300,000 copies of its two albums on iTunes — a robust supplement to licensing music from its 17 albums available to clients.

Here are some famous composers of trailer music- again this is not a complete list, there are certainly a lot more, and also lots of young budding composers with lots of talent.

  • Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix formed Two steps from Hell
  • Mark Petrie – wrote the amazing spiderman trailer
  • Paul Dinletir – Audiomachine
  • Erik Ekholm – Brickwall Audio
  • Zak Hemsey – wrote the Inception Trailer
  • Steve Jablonski – wrote trailer for Transformers
  • Hans Zimmer – too numerous to write all down
  • John Beal – Hunt for red October trailer, the Matrix trailer
  • Jo Blankenburg – Position Music
  • Thomas Adam Habuda – Media Music Factory
  • Krzysztof Wencel – Polish pianist and composer
  • Daniel Yount – Yogscast music composer
  • Armen Hambar – Future World Music
  • Rick Horrocks – RH Soundtracks

If you like what you see and hear, check out http://trailermusicvibe.blogspot.co.uk/which will give you more in dept information like interviews etc. And join the already existing fans.

Lots of Music samples of the above composers can be heard on “youtube” or “soundcloud”.

If this music gets your fantasy and imagination going why not write a story to some great epic trailer music. Have a look what can be done on the website below:

The Legend of Pandora – http://thelegendofpandoraseries.com/

There is so much more beautiful music but it would get too long here, so you tube the composers and enjoy!

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