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Formed in 2000 by brothers Helmut and Franz Vonlichten, the band E.S. Posthumus is one of the most successful creators of music for flim, film trailors and television in the world. It is their music that has excited filmgoers to see Superman, Matrix Reloaded, Ali, The Clearing, Team American, The Recruit, Planet Of The Apes, Minority Report, Unfaithful and other major motion pictures. Their music has been licensed by every major film and TV studio including Disney, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, Columbia Tristar, Miramax and the list goes on. According to the brothers Vonlichten who formed their band in 2000, E.S. Posthumus is an acronym for “Experimental Sounds” and “Posthumus” is a word which represents “all things past.” The music is inspired by the Pythagorean Philosophy which states that “music is the harmonization of opposites; the conciliation of warring elements.” E.S. Posthumus compose using both past and present music, instruments, orchestration, harmony and technology, and their studio uses the latest technology; nevertheless, their prize possessions are “the ancient Silvertone 8086 wire recorder and a 1952 Neuman am32b cutting lathe and of course, live musicians whenever possible.

 E.S. Posthumus Discography - Album / CD Reviews

**** 2001: Unearthed audio

"E. S. Posthumus has been making subtle waves within the realm of film music- specifically in movie trailers. Their first ripple came with the inclusion of their music in the Planet of the Apes trailers in 2001. Also, a selection was used in the intriguing teaser trailer for the Steven Spielberg film, Minority Report. Most recently, in one of the most downloaded trailers on the internet, the Spider-Man trailer features a power-packed selection from the E.S. Posthumus' Unearthed. (...) To create their sound, E.S. Posthumus employs a variety of synthesizers, loops and samples. The combination itself will draw comparisons to Media Ventures, and there are a few thin similarities, but E.S. Posthumus creates a musical environment closer to the work of composer Craig Armstrong than any of the Zimmerites. Still, fans of Hans Zimmer's Gladiator will certainly enjoy tracks such as Antissa, Tikal, and Menouthis - as the forceful vocals and Middle-Eastern flavor will bring back visions of the Roman deathmatches. (...) Despite not being a true "soundtrack," Unearthed satisfies like the best of them. Not being constrained by film sequences, directors or producers, E.S. Posthumus is able to deliver high-quality, emotional music which seems to underscore a story we simply haven't been privy to - which is what makes it perfect for use in big budget movie trailers. Despite its electronic and synthesized foundation, Unearthed maintains a strong "organic" feel throughout every track. The various acoustic percussions, guitars and woodwinds layered above the electronic foundation keeps the music approachable...and in the end, more enjoyable than the typical electro-score. "
-- Christopher Coleman,

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