E.S. Posthumus

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E.S. Posthumus
OriginLos Angeles, California, USA
GenresOrchestral, ambient, modern classical, symphonic rock
Years active2000 – 2010
LabelsWigshop Records
Websitewww.esposthumus.com
Past membersFranz Vonlichten
Helmut Vonlichten
 
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E.S. Posthumus
OriginLos Angeles, California, USA
GenresOrchestral, ambient, modern classical, symphonic rock
Years active2000 – 2010
LabelsWigshop Records
Websitewww.esposthumus.com
Past membersFranz Vonlichten
Helmut Vonlichten

E.S. Posthumus was an independent music group that produced film trailer style music. Their style is a form of 21st-century classical music[1] that intertwines popular style drum rhythms with orchestral and electronic sounds. Their music is inspired by the Pythagorean philosophy which states that "music is the harmonization of opposites; the conciliation of warring elements". The E.S. is an acronym for "Experimental Sounds" while Posthumus is a Dog Latin word that is meant to represent "all things past".[2]

The group was formed in 2000 by brothers Helmut and Franz Vonlichten. Helmut and Franz studied piano with their mother. After graduating from high school, Franz worked in recording studios while Helmut attended and graduated from UCLA, with a degree in archaeology. Their music has been licensed by many movie and television production studios, being included in numerous movie trailers and television shows. E.S. Posthumus released three albums overall in their career.

On July 22, 2010, it was officially announced that Franz died about two months before.[3] After giving notice of his brother's death, Helmut stated that while there still may be one or two unreleased songs (One of them being their single "Christmas Eve" released in November 2010), the group would no longer be active.[4] In November 2011, it was officially announced that Helmut Vonlichten has formed a new band called Les Friction,[5] and released a preview of his new work with a track called "Torture".[6]

Albums[edit]

Unearthed[edit]

Unearthed, the first album composed by E.S. Posthumus. It was originally made available for purchase online through CD Baby in January 2001; It became the third-biggest selling album in CDBaby's history. The success of the album prompted the wide re-release to retail in May 2005 through Wigshop and 33rd Street Records/Bayside Distribution. A key piece to the distinctive sound of the music comes from working with the Northwest Sinfonia. Other musicians performing on this CD include Pedro Eustache, Michael Landau, Matt Laug, Lance Morrison, Davy Spillane and Efrain Toro. Many tracks from Unearthed have been featured in various movie trailers and television shows. They have been used in the trailers for movies due to their escalating structure, which makes them well-suited for the dramatic montages building towards the credits in the aforementioned trailers.

Cartographer[edit]

Cartographer, the second album from E.S. Posthumus, was supposed to release sometime in 2006 but was later released in early 2007. The delay from the original release date can only so far be attributed to the Vonlichten brothers' ill-concern with deadlines, although it is rumored the delay in release was due to the addition of Sans to the group of musicians, an addition much heralded by Helmut Vonlichten[7]

Makara[edit]

Singles[edit]

Rise to Glory[edit]

Rise to Glory Single Cover

Rise to Glory is a single released in September 2005 featuring the vocals of rappers DJ Quik and Bizarre (from D12). The song Rise to Glory is recognized as a sung remix and an extended version of Posthumus Zone. It is most commonly recognized as the theme song to the NFL on CBS since the 2003-2004 season.

Run This Town/Posthumus Zone[edit]

E.S. Posthumus collaborated with hip hop artist Jay-Z to create a remix of Run This Town and Posthumus Zone for the CBS broadcast of Super Bowl XLIV.

Christmas Eve[edit]

Christmas Eve Single Cover

Christmas Eve is a single released in November 2010 as a Christmas tribute to Franz Vonlichten of E.S. Posthumus.[8]

The Vonlichten brothers had begun work on a holiday project, planned to be released during the holiday season, in early March 2010. According to Helmut, the project would be a re-arrangement of their favorite holiday songs and "bring something new to the party".[9] This track was the only song they started recording before Franz died in May 2010.

In a Facebook posting on the group's fanpage, mid-November 2010, Helmut relayed that “When Franz passed away last May, the project was barely off the ground; however, a lyric, piano sketch and rough vocal were completed on the new song.”[10] In that same posting, Helmut shared that he contacted Jeremy Lubbock, the brothers' childhood favorite arranger, to arrange the song for them. Helmut later salvaged the rough vocal recorded months earlier and included it in the final recording.

"Christmas Eve" will be the last song produced from the group E.S. Posthumus and is a product of the Vonlichten brothers' last recording session before Franz's death.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "E.S. Posthumus Classical Music CDs". Amazon.com. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  2. ^ eMediaWire - E.S. Posthumus Unearthed press release 5 May 2005. Dog Latin terminology: in reality the words posterus and post(h)umus refer to things that follow after, not to things past or things that came before; cf. post(h)umus and posterus.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Sad News...". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Les Friction". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  6. ^ » Music. "Les Friction – "Torture." A Potential Star Band Arises Out Of E.S. Posthumus | Rock Cellar Magazine". Backpagemagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  7. ^ SoundtrackNet - "Unearthing Pythagoras" Franz Vonlichten interview 26 May 2005
  8. ^ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/esposthumus11
  9. ^ "ES Posthumus - Bittersweet sound (written by Sarah Colerick)". The Sounds News. 2011-01-14. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  10. ^ "And here is...". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 

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