Adrian von Ziegler

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Adrian von Ziegler
Birth nameAdrian von Ziegler
Born (1989-12-25) 25 December 1989 (age 32)
Zürich, Switzerland
GenresCeltic, dark alternative, world, symphonic metal, folk metal, film score, electronic music, pirate music
Occupation(s)Songwriter, music producer, multi-instrumentalist, writer
InstrumentsPiano, keyboard, bagpipes, guitar, bass, percussion
Years active2005–present
Websiteadrianvonziegler.bandcamp.com

Adrian von Ziegler (German: [ˈaːdʁiaːn fɔn ˈtsiːɡlɐ]; born 25 December 1989) is a Swiss composer from Zürich.[1] He gained popularity on the video-sharing website YouTube, where his channel has over 1,000,000 subscribers as of May 2021.[2] He composes mostly non-vocal works, having stated that he does not wish to add lyrics to his songs unless the singer is Enya, a female composer he respects.[3] Adrian von Ziegler started using a "very old keyboard"[4] and Magix Music Maker to compose his music.[4] He still has this keyboard, but now mainly uses Cubase.[5] Although there are few signs of media attention, von Ziegler was featured in a Magix magazine article in 2012.[6]

Musical career debut[edit]

At age 15, von Ziegler began his musical experience as a drummer in a local rock band. However, wanting more melodic expression, he quit the band and started to compose music independently, using only a headset microphone and guitar.[5]

From 2007 to 2009, he recorded countless demo songs under the artist name "Indigo", in which his guitar would get replaced increasingly often by keyboard and orchestral arrangements of which he grew to favor. In 2008, he began releasing music on the social networking site Myspace.[7]

After dropping the Indigo pseudonym in 2009, he began releasing music under his own name, starting with the albums Requiem and Lifeclock in 2010.

Discography[edit]

Year Album
2010 Requiem
Lifeclock
2011 Across Acheron
Wanderer
Mirror of the Night
2012 Mortualia
Spellbound
Starchaser
The Celtic Collection (Compilation)
Odyssey
2013 Feather and Skull
Vagabond
2014 Libertas
The Celtic Collection II (Compilation)
Queen of Thorns
2016 Atmospheres
Moonsong
2017 Celtic Guitar: Dance with the Strings (with Łukasz Kapuściński)
2018 Saga
2019 Fable
The Celtic Collection III (Compilation)
2020 Veiled
Moondance
Darkness Eternal
Traveler
2021 For The Pack
The Celtic Collection IV (Compilation)

Style and inspiration[edit]

Much of von Ziegler's music is characterized by traditional and orchestral instrumentation, digitally composed and synthesized. He states that his inspiration originates from a variety of sources, including Celtic and Norse mythology, movie and video game soundtracks, and fantasy literature.[5] He attributes his orchestral style to the influence of composers such as Hans Zimmer, Koji Kondo, and Jeremy Soule.[5]

He also notes that his emotions, natural surroundings, imaginary worlds, and wife all give him inspiration for his musical works.[1]

Other achievements[edit]

In 2021, von Ziegler released a 400-page dictionary describing Inra, a constructed language he developed over 10 years and which often features in his music. As of its release, the publication contained:

  • Dictionary of over 20,000 words and terms (276 pages)
  • Grammar section and conjugation charts (81 pages)
  • Name section, with over 1,000 Inra personal names and their meanings (25 pages)
  • Proverb section (currently in the beginning stage)
  • Etymology section (currently in the beginning stage)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "YouTube – Question & Answer Part 1/4 – 50'000 Subs Special". youtube.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  2. ^ "AdrianvonZiegler – YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  3. ^ "YouTube – Question & Answer Part 2/4 – 50'000 Subs Special". youtube.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b "YouTube – Question & Answer Part 3/4 – 50'000 Subs Special". youtube.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d "The guitarguitar Interview: Adrian Von Ziegler". www.guitarguitar.co.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  6. ^ "MusicMonday – Interview with Adrian Von Ziegler". Magix Magazine. 12 March 2012. Archived from the original on 25 September 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "Question & Answer Part 2/4 – 50'000 Subs Special – YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.

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