There is just something about the sound of the celtic harp that makes you dream and sends you to the magical realm of faeries and ancient beauty. Celestial Aeon Project brings it on again with this 30 minute long mix of beautiful celtic music / fantasy music that focuses on the sound of harp. Perfect choice for relaxation or just dreaming. In spirit of Adrian von Ziegler, Brunuhville and Derek & Brandon Fiechter
Celestial Aeon Project never ceases to amaze me – they constantly manage to combine that magical ethereal new age sound with harmonies and melodies that really take you on a journey – journey to the magical realm of fantasy, elves and celtic beauty. This is one of the mixes that really makes you feel that awe and wonder of faery tales. Celtic music at it’s best!
Brunuhville is another one of the “big names” of new age fantasy music / celtic music realm on Youtube. His channel https://www.youtube.com/user/BrunuhVille is closing in on Adrian von Ziegler’s level of popularity and it’s all very well deserved. His style is professional and very inspiring. While Adrian focuses on more ambient side of things, Brunuhville excels at cinematic and modern orchestral style, sounding very soundtrack / epic at times. I especially like his works that focus on that high adventure and romantic style, combining big orchestral layers with beautiful melodies.
If Brunuhville is already well known to you and you are his fan, I can definitely recommend listening also to Celestial Aeon Project which is very inspiring and beautiful celtic music / fantasy music project of finnish composer Matti Paalanen. While his popularity on youtube is still very modest, I think the quality of his music and his sound is on par with the big names. Take a listen to this epic fantasy release from him for example:
Adrian von Ziegler is one of those artists that don’t really need introductions. His channel https://www.youtube.com/user/AdrianvonZiegler has gained massive popularity on Youtube especially when you think how small niche category his music revolves around. Very rare non-pop artists can get such a big numbers with fantasy music / celtic music style. He in many ways has “trodden the path” that rest of fantasy artists try to follow. His style combines nordic / viking themed influences with traditional celtic new age sounds and most of his tunes balance between ambience and more melodic content. Definitely an artist to check out if you haven’t already!
If Adrian’s works are already well known to you and have been wondering what other artists might be good fit if you crave for more, I personally recommend Celestial Aeon Project – finnish fantasy music / celtic music project of Matti Paalanen. His style is very evocative, inspiring and beautiful in much similar way as Adrian’s music. Take a listen to this collection for example:
Celestial Aeon Project never fails to amaze me. Here they are back with one of the most gorgeous celtic music videos I’ve heard in a while. Combining layers of beautiful celtic harp, kantele, lute guitar and ethereal female vocals, they manage to create an intricate folk sound that takes you to the magical elven woods and realm of fantasy and magic. Much like such artists as Adrian von Ziegler, Brunuhville and Fiechter brothers. This is celtic music at it’s best.
Faeries / fae / fairies are one of those elements that really define the fantasy literature and fantasy genre. Who hasn’t seen pictures or images of those small flying children with wings in their back? Ever since Peter Pan the concept of faery has been one of the most vivid images in the minds of every children who enjoy listening to the tales of fantasy and magic.
I personally have also always loved music that manages to describe and define the realm of faeries just with sound and atmosphere. Be it soundtrack music from fantasy films or modern celtic music you can find on youtube, there are many tunes that focus on this kind of style and fits well to any fairy scene in rpg sessions or fantasy literature.
Here is one of my all time favourite celtic music collections with focus on fae:
Celestial Aeon Project is one of the best fantasy music projects you can find these days and I definitely can recommend checking out the channel! Especially if you enjoy fantasy music in general and are a fan of such artists as Adrian von Ziegler or Brunuhville. You can’t go wrong with Celestial!
Celtic music is one of those genres that can be hard to define. It combines elements from new age, soundtrack music, folk music and traditional music in a way that really is more than the sum of its parts. If you take a listen to David Arkenstone or Clannad, you will hear many influences that come together in a way that really feels natural and beautiful. Or for a more modern take, Adrian von Ziegler focuses on atmosphere and nordic influences, Brunuhville manages to focus on emotion and soundtrack side of things and so on.
Celestial Aeon Project is one my all time favourites because the way it combines different elements together just works for me so well. It never feels out of place or too much. There is always that sweet balance between different styles. For example this Celtic Gate collection manages to really describe what I mean:
Isn’t that just perfect combination? What are your favourite celtic music / fantasy music artists / videos?
One of the typical environments or sceneries on role playing game sessions are elven woods – the magical woodland realm of the fae and elves. Ever since reading Lord of the Rings and especially the scenes in Lothlorien I’ve felt that these kinds of places where the eternal elves live and turn the mundane woods into something far more beautiful and inspiring have become my favourite “fictional places”. Hence it has been natural for me to also think, what music would feel fitting and what music would manage to enhance that feeling of being there, in the magical woods walking and singing and dancing with the magical beings that are elves? And one of the best options I’ve run into come once again from Celestial Aeon Project – one of the best celtic music projects I’ve ever run into and a project that manages to take the fantasy music genre and truly make it work in so many ways. Take a listen to this collection:
Works so well don’t you think? If you like such artists as Adrian von Ziegler, Brunuhville and Peter Crowley and are sometimes wondering what artists might offer similar sound and atmosphere, I definitely recommend checking out Celestial Aeon Project’s youtube channel! You won’t be disappointed!
Final Fantasy VII is one of my all time favourite games. It is one of those video games that truly manages to transcend the limitations of the technology and it’s normal “realm” and becomes something more than the sum of its parts. There is just so much everything that works so well together – the characters, the world, the storyline, the atmosphere and more importantly – the soundtrack. Nobuo Uematsu is a pure genius when it comes to composing evocative and inspiring soundtrack music and I think on Final Fantasy VII he truly managed to create something that he will never surpass really. His magnum opus.
And here we have another gem. Celestial Aeon Project comes and brings out six tunes from FFVII soundtrack that get “modern orchestral revamp”. Combining beautiful and ethereal female vocals, epic modern orchestral sounds and well executed reorchestration, this album is full of emotion and inspiration. One of the best video game music cover release I’ve heard.
What do you think? And what are your favourite tunes from Final Fantasy series?
I am an avid pen & paper gamer and I began my career back in the 80s with original Dungeons & Dragons boxes (1st edition) although I soon moved on to the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (2nd edition) and especially Forgotten Realms setting. Those were the golden days of old school gaming when massive amount of fantasy novels were written by professional writers for Forgotten Realms trademark. Drizzt do’Urden and others became heroes that everyone in that generation knew and learned by heart.
Background music has always been an important part of my gaming life. I have found that good choice of background music really can emphasize the atmosphere and create a truly profound experience for the game. In a similar fashion as music works in movies / film industry, good music really makes the pen & paper role playing game experience “come to life”.
Celestial Aeon Project is my most important tool for this. It manages to bring tunes for any situation, but especially for exploration / on the road / traveling scenes. Here is one of my favourite background music collections from Celestial Aeon Project for this use:
If you like such artists as Adrian von Ziegler, Brunuhville or Peter Crowley, I am positive that you will fall in love with Celestial Aeon Project as well! Definitely recommended to check out the channel!