What do you get when you cross Pythagorean philosophy with orchestral and electronic music? E.S. Posthumus.

Based on the philosophy that music is made from a harmonization of opposites and the conciliation of warring elements, E.S. Posthumus was a music group that produced cinematic-style music. The group's music style was classical with a sprinkling of modern drum and electronic elements.

The group was formed in 2000 by brothers Helmut and Franz Vonlichten. Both of them played the piano. Franz worked in music studios since graduating from high school, and Helmut went to UCLA to study archeology. If you've ever seen any popular movies, trailers, or television shows you may have heard some of their work. If you're an [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]] fan, their composition "Posthumus Zone" has been the theme music for Creator/{{CBS}}' NFL coverage since 2003.

The group met an untimely end when Franz [[AuthorExistenceFailure died in 2010]]. At the time, the brothers had begun work on a Christmas album, but only one track from that project had been (mostly) completed, "Christmas Eve". Helmut completed the track, released it that November as a tribute to his brother, and a year later formed a new band, Les Friction, that remains active.

* 2001 - ''Unearthed''
* 2008 - ''Cartographer''
* 2010 - ''Makara''


!This band contains examples of:
* AwesomeMcCoolname: E.S. Posthumus's vocalist for Cartographer is named Luna Sans. It can be translated as 'without moon'.
* ConceptAlbum: Cartographer is about a map that was discovered in 1929 and the race of explorers that could have made this map.
* IndecipherableLyrics: They're meant to be undecipherable, as they're from a fictional Latin derivative. Doesn't stop some people from trying to translate them.
* LocationThemeNaming: All of the tracks of Unearthed are named after ancient cities/locations of varying significance.
** Menouthis, a sacred city in AncientEgypt, was submerged in the 8th century AD due to earthquakes or flooding.
* MeaningfulName: The band's name stands for Experimental Sounds (ES) and "posthumus" is Dog Latin for "all things past."
** Their albums often have meaningful names as well.
* OminousLatinChanting: In most of their songs: [[http://www.streamingsoundtracks.com/modules.php?name=Interviews&action=showinterview&id=4 Numanian]]/[[http://www.tracksounds.com/reviews/cartographer_e_s_posthumus.htm Numadian]], Helmut Vonlichten says, is "a Latin derivative language and, therefore, sounds similar to many of the Romance languages. The use of a secret language encourages the listener to engage their own imagination and, thereby, create an unique personal interpretation."
* PopularityByProxy: E.S. Posthumus received one when the brothers worked with Music/JayZ and {{Music/Rihanna}} for the Super Bowl in 2010.
* SymphonicMetal
* WithLyrics: Cartographer.