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An ambient and atmospheric electronic piece. Will perfectly suit for various projects such as any types of corporate or science media projects, time countdown, YouTube videos, business presentations or videos or any other media projects looking for calm, sublime and elegant mood.
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A positive and uplifting corporate background track consisting of piano, light synth, bass guitar, and drums. Good for inspiring business projects, new achievements, teamwork, urban footage, customer services, etc.
0:55 , 1:49
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A cinematic and emotional track exuding melancholic and contemplative emotions. Perfect underscore for film, trailers, documentaries and more. Similar to the Cinematic Orchestra.
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Melancholic but groovy mid 50´s cool jazz style tune featuring muted trumpet, electric guitar, piano background, upright bass and drums played with brushes. Good for movie or video.
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This is beautiful, inspirational and light corporate music with atmospheric and beautiful melody. Good background audio for advertising, radio, slideshow, presentations, YouTube, successful business starts, film scores.
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An uplifting and inspirational post-rock track, featuring ambient electric guitars, big and epic drums and expansive strings, piano and synths. Perfect royalty-free background music to timelapse videos, films, documentaries, YouTube and Vimeo videos and much more.
0:45 , 0:28, 1:00, 2:10U
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Emotional composition featuring acoustic guitars with beautiful solo and rhythm parts, different types of percussion.
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Stylish corporate background music with a light sound and confident atmosphere. Great choice for technological commercials, new product promo, scientific discoveries and innovations, futuristic commercials, time lapse video, car concept, etc.
1:28 , 2:13
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Old kind of blues. Ideal sound for black and white films, historical documentaries, videos or simply to have a rest.
1:00 , 0:30, 0:59, 2:39
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Fast Jazzy track recorded with piano trío. This music is motivated with playful melodies and groovy swing. A kind of traditional feelings with a touch of contemporary phrases.
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An inspiring and uplifting track that will bring life, imagination, and magic to your production. Perfect for emotive advertisements and seasonal marketing campaigns as well as corporate commercials and inspirational videos.
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An emotive classical inspired track. Features woodwinds, glockenspiel, and orchestral percussion.Would work well in historical films, documentaries about the elite life of royal family and high class society, pastoral scenes, and nostalgic settings. In the style of "The Tudors".
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Inspiring energetic music with guitars, sax, pianos, bass, pads and drums. Gives a sense of space and motivates for a flight or victory. Can be used in a sports video, movies, games, and other private or commercial projects!
1:44 , 2:13
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Atmospheric cinematic music with relaxing, yet confident sound. Main instruments are piano, guitar, synth bass and warm pads. Wonderful background music for any corporate video, radio broadcast, presentations, YouTube and other multimedia projects.
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A gentle piano track with a raw, dusty sound, playing a complicated and melancholic arpeggios harmony, that creates a feeling of ocean waves and movement. Touchy and mellow full of sentiments and sadness. Suitable for documentaries, commercials, and film.
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This is melancholic chill-out track featuring piano, strings, and atmospheric pads. Suitable for cinematic drama films, moments of loneliness and depression, intimate sadness, memorial and funeral videos.
1:19 , 1:44
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This is calm, peaceful and beautiful background music with warm and ambient atmosphere. This gentle track can be perfect background music for any project like inspirational narration, travel video, catchy Youtube story, and other lovely media. Enjoy!
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Delicate, soft and spacey atmospheric cinematic piece with a beautiful sparkling melody and outside the box feel. An ideal underscore for corporate music bed, medicine-related products, scientific documentaries, informational videos, innovation and fresh ideas. Also could be used as fairy tale music themes, for enchantment, and wonders. An angelic underscore you will fall into. Thomas Newman's American Beauty theme alike.
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Synthetic, passionate, and a powerful ambient /new age groove featuring electronic synths that create huge emotions. Suitable for new discovery, progressive technology, wide open landscapes, nature timelapse video, and any inspirational content. Think about Sacred Spirit or Deep Forest.
1:47 , 2:07
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This is calm, peaceful, dream and beautiful background music with warm, gentle and ambient atmosphere. Perfect background music for any project like inspirational narration, travel video, catchy Youtube story, business presentation, innovate videos and other lovely media.
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A very determined neo-classical hip hop tune with a strong lyrical string melody. Slightly melancholic and ironic. With the back to classical music and towards a modern beat rhythmic tunes. Suitable for presentation videos, luxury products, time lapse, documentaries, James Bond and Tudors like film themes, and commercials. Conveys a feeling of royalty and luxury.
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This is a southern blues rock music, full of energy and rhythm. Great for radio and drive music, American southern style, western country, rock'n'roll background, road adventures, cool and energetic moods, pubs and bars, and more.
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Bright and emotional, modern classical orchestra track with melody, that's built to an exciting climax. Great for inspirational love stories, shining wedding ceremony, success achievements, aspiring and winning projects.
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Emotional, hopeful and inspirational background track featuring solo piano in the beginning, with lush cello joining in the middle and end sections. Perfect for TV commercials, romantic film, Youtube videos, weddings, documentaries, tv shows, etc.
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Corporate music track with a motivational and inspiring feel. Perfect for business successful style, advertisement projects, high-tech product review, history and art projects, commercials, presentations, Film and TV.
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Stylish, peaceful and future chill ambient music track featuring beautiful synth pads, leads, liquid drum beat. The music is minimal and could be useful as a background audio on your website, travel video, hi-tech technology project.
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Epic, powerful, cinematic trailer music, with majestic horns, lush strings and deep FX. An atmospheric start slowly builds in dramatic tension to an awesome finale. Great for trailers, games, documentaries and presentations. Conveys a sense of magic and awe.
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A distinctive poignant atmospheric soundscape in deeply emotional, ambient style with some elements of Thomas Newman's piece. Magic bells, angelic strings, airy woodwinds are blended with an ethereal synth pad. This heartfelt and moving cinematic underscore is perfect for drama movies or TV series, fairy tale themes, enchantment and wonder, sentimental and wistful dreamlike mood, and more.
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An inspiring, calming acoustic & folk background track with motivational mood. Fits for love and relaxing scenes, YouTube videos, tutorials, slideshows or any uplifting and inspirational project.
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Uplifting and energetic rock music track, featuring catchy electric guitars, bass and drums. Perfect background for commercials, documentaries, motorcycle videos, automobile videos, sports videos, film, trailers, action videos and more.
1:45 , 2:51U, 2:51
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An ambient chill track featuring piano, tons of synths, arpeggios, wide pad, smooth bass, confident drums and sound effects. This background music is great for all kind of relaxing projects, as well as science, technology, and instructional videos.
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Modern and futuristic urban background track with glitch effect. Included electric piano, glitchy elements, pads and modern drum line. Perfect for fantasy and tech videos, modern car commercials, exciting space travel, cosmology, gliding through the universe and stars, new technologies, and innovations.
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African percussion rhythmic beat that will take you to the hunting world of the deepest jungle. Will work perfectly for any travel documentaries, and nature related type of video projects. Because of its universal construction, well known traditional native percussion instruments and unique sand-drum, this music will work very well as an ethnic background.
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A dark, dense, and atmospheric pulsing track. Perfect for adding tension and intrigue to a trailer, or in a scene in a video. Great for post-apocalyptic plot, death and life, lonely desert, after war ethereal visuals, and more.
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Emotional piano track with romantical and inspiring mood. Ideal background music for the romantic film, reflective moments, heartfelt drama, patriotic projects and other.
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A mixture of traditional Hindu instruments and psychedelic musical atmosphere of the 1960s and hippie movement. This groovy track has a very cool Indian vibe and sounds hip and trendy. Works well in travel videos, fashion documentaries, TV transitions, and anything Flower Power reality-based subject.
0:31 , 0:46
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This is classic rock track, early 70's style, with the feeling of freedom and coolness. Perfect for cinematic short films, extreme sports, races, adrenalin action, alternative party, young people having fun, surf videos.
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Soft piano melodies with nature sounds and noises in the background. This music will fit well for background usage in sensitive situations.
1:45 , 2:50
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Minimalistic chillout music. Specially designed for technology, experiments and any research. The best choice for study, scientific and engineering documentaries.
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This lounge music is a great background for urbanistic videos, advertising, commercials. Also will suits tutorials for youtube, fashion catwalks, and other projects.
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Groovy, energetic, all acoustic country track, with a gorgeous fiddle playing over guitars and percussive elements. All instruments played by real, talented musicians. Ideal for productions where a sense of determination, motivation, authenticity and tradition are needed. Full track also provided.
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A chilled out country western ballad music with a strong melodic hook, whistling and an acoustic guitar. A bit melancholic, mellow and relaxing. Suitable for westerns, nature films and documentaries. Sounds like something that can play in open fields, deserts or mountains.
1:54 , 0:00, 1:52, 3:09
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Dreamy and soft melodic backing music to create a beautiful soundscape for your project. This track is filled with romantic joy and inspiration and will fit to any multimedia content. Such as honeymoon vacation, corporate presentation, as on-hold music for phone systems and more.
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A laid back, cool and vintage instrumental hip hop funk music track featuring chopped female vocal sounds, deep and catchy double bass riffs, brass and piano. Perfect for vlogs, tutorial videos and stylish video productions.
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Epic, powerful and climactic cinematic trailer music. With soaring strings, majestic horns, hybrid synth sounds, FX and deep bass shaking percussion. A tense, mysterious start builds to an awesome, dramatic finale. Great for epic adventures movies like Star Wars or Interstellar, sci-fi documentaries, or video games about alien invasion, final revenge, spaceships and distant galaxy, etc.
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An optimistic yet alluring synth driven track, tinged with a sliver of sadness. Creates a sense of wonder and intrigue, yet hope and progress.
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Atmospheric minimalistic inspirational track with light delay synths and a simple distinct synth melody over a warm synth bass and lush string pad sounds. Uplifting and inspiring instrumental background music that blends perfectly with any voiceovers, providing a warm feel good background for a great variety of uses.
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A crystal clear gentle piano theme with a very soothing and relaxing melody and progression. Suitable for documentaries, commercials and art video.
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This is a slow ambient drama film music, full of sadness and emotions. It is great for emotional scenes, apocalypse and tragedy documentary, post-war and disaster, lyrical and sentimental films. As dramatic trailers, dark and mysterious background, depression and sorrow emotions and more.
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Inspiring and Uplifting piano track, with motivational melodies and orchestral strings. Great for a business presentation, website, corporate video, film soundtrack, broadcast, podcast, commercials and all successful projects.
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Acoustic Latin guitar music track with a beautiful and emotional melody that evokes feelings of nostalgia, romance, passion and affection. Perfect background music for Latin American video projects, film, TV ads, YouTube, documentaries, cinematic projects, video projects about Central America travel, and more.
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A subtle, atmospheric and hypnotic drone pad. Perfect for a meditative background and video projects related to space, time, meditation, healing, nature, mystery and spirituality.
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Inspiring indie folk background track with acoustic guitars, airy pads, pianos etc. Creates a mood of hope, uplift the energy, evoke the search for new discoveries, and wanderlust.
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Orchestral background music which starts with brave adventurous feel, like a ride on the horseback. Featuring strings, piano, drums and horns. Perfect for adventure films, travel documentaries, movie trailers, film scores, TV ads, YouTube videos, and more.
2:00 , 2:04
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It is a minimal and modern composition full of emotion and nostalgia. Perfect for films, documentary projects, relaxing timelapse, organic natural products, inspirational videos.
1:59 , 2:33
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Relaxing, atmospheric, dreamy track in hybrid hip-hop trap, ambient and chillstep genres. Featuring punchy breakbeat urban beats, rich piano chords, angelic synthesizer plucks, beautiful acoustic guitar, cosmic choir pad, noisy sound effects and more. Perfect for presentation videos, slideshows, titles, game and video commercials background music and every day listening.
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Orchestral, sentimental background music which starts with gentle piano and air strings. Featuring strings, piano, drums and horns. Perfect for romantic films, St.Valentine's greeting cards, travel documentaries, movie trailers, film scores, TV ads, YouTube videos, motivation stories, big achievements, success and more projects.
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A heroic, epic, cinematic and powerful hybrid orchestral trailer. Will perfectly suit for action movie scenes, pirates adventure, video games, or any other media project looking for dynamic and powerful mood.
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This is modern music for commercial and advertising projects. Groove beat together with atmospheric pads and strings, piano and sub-bass creating deep and strong background. This track can perfectly fit for any kind of media, video, presentations, commercials, and other multimedia projects.
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Powerful, dramatic and inspirational cinematic orchestral cue. Conveys wonder, awe, and majesty. Great for documentaries, trailers and TV shows that need a sense of imagination and emotion. In the style of Hans Zimmer and sci-fi movie soundtrack like "Gravity", "Interstellar", "The Martian".
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Ambient cinematic atmospheric background music track. Good for slow motion, time-lapse videos, documentary and any travel related project.
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A cinematic and emotional track exuding melancholic and contemplative emotions. Perfect underscore for film, trailers, documentaries to underscore sorrow. Similar to the Cinematic Orchestra.
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Background documentary track for films and video projects. Instruments in this track are piano, stackato, cello, viola, violins, flute, celeste.
1:35 , 1:40
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Epic, cinematic and bold orchestral track with lush strings, majestic horns and deep, powerful percussion that conveys the awe and power of our universe and planets. Great for documentaries, trailers, space odyssey or new discovery.
1:55 , 0:51, 2:27
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Creative sounding, modern, innovative track in chillstep / electronic chillout genre. Featuring powerfully hip-hop trap drum beats, deep bassline, wobbling futuristic synthesizers, emotional piano keys, cool sound fx and more. Good as background music for movies dramatic scene, technologies presentation, creative youtube videos, videogame level soundtrack.
1:36 , 1:40
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Dramatic hip-hop track with tense beats and melancholic mood. Suitable for the fast-moving time lapse scenes, urban cityscapes, serious documentaries, social risks, city traffic, rushing cars and peoples on the streets, busy time, flowing time or daydreaming.
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This is elegant and motivational track, that will bring a sense of magic and dream to your production. Great for elegant presentations, classy commercials and inspirational videos, documentaries. Instruments are piano and orchestral strings.
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A cinematic and emotional track exuding melancholic and contemplative emotions. Perfect underscore for film, trailers, documentaries etc.
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An intricate and enthralling development of pulsations, rich in peace and strength, which transmit wellbeing, optimism and serenity. Ideal for presentations and multimedia projects.
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Atmospheric progressive glitch track, that includes light melody, 8bit, glitch effect, and breakbeat music elements. Great for technology, computer programs, sci-fi documentaries, space and related video games.
1:40 , 1:16, 1:49, 2:23
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Epical heroic and patriotic background track in Hollywood style. Powerful harmony, orchestral strings, percussion, brass and horns, piano, staccato and more. All you need to enhance your project or video! Can be used in trailer or teasers, news intro, sci-fi movies, history documentaries, and more.
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Acoustic guitar track with beautiful and emotional melodies that will evoke feelings of nostalgia, romance and affection. Perfect background music for Latin American video projects, film, TV ads, YouTube, documentaries, cinematic projects, video projects about Central America, romantic travel and more.
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Mysterious atmospheric music in the style of the Lion King soundtrack. Great for videos about travel in Africa, jungle, animals, savanna, people, nature and more. Also perfect for tv, documentaries, advertising and more.
1:51 , 2:09
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Emotional cinematic music with hopeful and inspiring mood. Featuring instruments are piano and orchestral strings. Perfect background audio for emotional journey, romantic love story, graduation, film credits, success story, documentaries, slideshow.
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Futuristic ambient trance music. Ideally for your video game, technological and scientific applications, sci-fi documentaries, space-related projects, serious scenes, etc.
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Dark progressive glitch hop style music creates stylish ambiance for the dark scenes. Also good for ominous projects, crime-related videos, science fiction documentaries, aliens and extraterrestrial life.
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Gentle acoustic guitars tune that would probably describe a quiet rural scene very good. The tempo of the music is fast but the atmosphere has some bittersweet nuances. It would fit good in cases when you need something particular, documentaries, films, etc.
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An ambient piece with upbeat drums, electric guitars and soft piano. Perfect for dark thriller films, medical drama, ominous documentaries, breakpoint moments or modern art projects.
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Easy country music mix of banjo, guitars and flutes. Suitable for rustic scenes, medieval folk fest, early morning in the village, countryside life, travel documentaries, nature videos, and any other kinds of multimedia projects.
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Tribal rhythms and vocalisms, short notes of pan flute for a full immersion in a wild and exotic environment. Suitable for documentaries and films.
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Evocative female vocalisms, exotic colors and great suggestion in this track that mixes the sounds of the north and south of the world. Suitable in background, for documentaries and films.
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Perfect for film underscore, documentaries, anything needing an emotional and cinematic background.
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A cosmic chillout track that gradually builds over time.
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Asian music with traditional ethnic instruments, world percussion and orchestral.
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Melancholic Story is a kind of strange dramatic music for a film.
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This is a symphonic orchestral dramatic suspense music, full of tension and darkness.
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Finding music for documentaries is an underrated task and one that people will not often notice, even when they see the final product. Good documentaries really don’t have any noticeable “music” – they are simply given high marks in storytelling technique and in production. The music doesn’t outshine the interviews or recreations. It doesn’t stick out at all, but instead only heightens the emotions the viewer is already feeling.

Using incidental music for documentary films, you can expand upon a viewer’s interest and naturally occurring feelings (which varies according to the subject matter and the point of interest). On the other hand, choose the wrong style or tempo of music and you can break the mood of the viewer, causing them to lose interest in the documentary.

It is often suggested that the documentary film director should determine what kind of music is appropriate for the film. Too often, a composer is given full creative freedom and ends up making a soundtrack that is wildly inappropriate to the subject, compromising the seriousness of the project.

Music for serious documentaries has to be subtle, climaxing at revelations of the story or strong emotional cues. There shouldn’t be music just to avoid silence. Documentaries are silent by nature, except during interviews and narratives. Music is typically used at the introduction, at the conclusion and throughout the film, when emotional narrative peaks occur. Subtle is the keyword. Music should never overpower the interviewee’s words or drown out the information that the viewer needs to hear.

Another tip directors give in making music for a documentary video is to avoid working on just sections of the film, going cue to cue, and instead deciding upon an entire “score” of how the final soundtrack will play.

If you’re buying music for serious documentaries, rather than hiring a composer, then you still must decide in advance what peaks there are in the final “composition” rather than leaving it up to chance or whimsy. Always consider whether the music is necessary and if it will support the intent of each sequence and scene. There is such a thing as too much music or too little. If you put noticeable music in one sequence but then use no sound at all for thirty minutes or so, this will also be uneven.

Start thinking about good music in the budgeting phase. If you want to hurry up and make the movie, you can always use what are called “temp” background pieces, which you can download as you need. Then you can redub the music later when you can take your time and decide what piece of music is appropriate.

Pay attention to the music—the unspoken language of documentaries.

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