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Futuristic, inspirational, dreamy high tech track with modern SFX sounds, piano, electronic synths, strings, guitar, modern percussion and deep bass. Suitable for technology and science-based projects, fashion show and new product presentations, motion video project, medicine and high technology, advertisement and TV commercial, media project and podcast, You Tube and website, science and invention, design and architecture, computer and robot, industry and factory, innovation.
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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.
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A cinematic version of the public domain track "Amazing Grace". Features piano and lush strings. This song is very cinematic and would work perfectly as underscore for film, tv, documentaries and other media productions.
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Perfect for film underscore, documentaries, anything needing an emotional and cinematic background. Features a felt piano and lush strings.
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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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The powerful composition in the epic style. Heroic strings, mega drums and hard horns very good accentuate your fantasy blockbuster, war films, documentaries on espionage or military themes, movie trailers and video games.
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This is beautiful and inspiring acoustic folk music with light optimistic atmosphere. Main instruments are acoustic guitar, piano, strings, bass and drums. This uplifting track can be perfectly fit for any corporate products, motivational video, YouTube media, radio jingle, presentations, commercials, and more.
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.
1:46 , 1:55
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An epic, vast and expansive orchestral track with strings, horns, guitars and synthesizers. Expresses the spirit of the unknown and feelings of awe and wonder. Great for games, documentaries, space, time and nature projects. Influences of Hans Zimmer.
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This is an ambient piano and strings music, full of mystery, suspense and smoothness. Great for documentary films, tension and suspect scenes, spy and detective soft background, thoughtful and sentimental emotional drama scenes and much 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.
1:37 , 1:52
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An atmospheric, epic and expansive orchestral track with synths, strings and choirs. Conveys mystery, awe and wonder. Great for games, documentaries, space, time and nature projects.
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A powerful inspiring and motivational track with an uplifting feel. Multiple strings parts, piano, powerful drums and percussion combine to create a full and motivational feel. Perfect for business successful style, advertisement projects, high-tech product review, motivational and corporate projects, commercials, presentations, Film and TV.
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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.
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Arabic cinematic track, combining ethnic duduk melody along with stylish synth beats. Suitable for projects about the Middle East as the main theme for TV programs, production films, documentaries, news, travel videos or even for Epic Hollywood blockbuster movie.
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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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Modern, and futuristic background track with glitch effect. Included electric piano, glitchy elements, pads and modern drumline. 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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Middle East ethnic background music with relaxing and lush atmosphere. This track is great for travel documentaries about Marocco, OAE, Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia, Sahara desert, and more. Instruments and orchestration: Arabic strings, synth pads, rain maker.
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This one is a powerful Hard House track for various purposes. Cool as a track for commercial, parties and more.
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A laid back, cool and vintage instrumental hip hop 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 cinematic underscore with a big orchestra sound building to a glorious finish. Ideal background music for dramatic patriotic movies with a happy ending, war history documentaries, where's good finally win against bad, adventures and others.
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Beautiful classical orchestral track with inspiring motivational and elegant mood. This track will bring life, inspiration and imagination to your video. Good background music for emotional film, heartfelt drama, trailer, slideshow, emotional journey, romantic movies, timelapse videos.
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.
1:31 , 0:29, 2:12, 2:12U
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Calm cinematic ambient blues with background pads, electric and acoustic guitars, bass and drums. Very melodic and relaxing. Ideal for any kind of projects where must be created calm, relaxation, and hypnotizing thoughtful atmosphere.
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Powerfully emotional cinematic music with sentimental and tender melody. Ideal background music for a science discovery, heartfelt drama, emotional journey, reflective moments, Hollywood romantic movies. Featuring instruments are piano and orchestral strings. Think about such film soundtracks as Beautiful Mind and The King's Speech.
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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.
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Beautiful inspiring piano classical track for your projects. This ambient soundtrack is the definition of inspiration and beauty.
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This inspirational and dramatic track starts out with solo piano and gradually builds intensity as strong percussion and orchestra join in. It is an emotional and cinematic track with vibes of hope, triumph, rising above and conquering.
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.
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Great driving and upbeat indie rock track performed in style of "White Stripes" or "Black Keys". Perfectly suits as background music for sports videos, action games, extreme films, etc.
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Jumpy and positive with a very catchy melody. Great for children projects, Super Mario like mini games, and cartoons.
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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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This is very inspiring, uplifting and inspirational music with positive and optimistic mood. Main instruments are acoustic and electric guitars, piano, strings, bass and acoustic drums. This modern pop-rock track can be perfectly fit for any Youtube video, media project, travel adventure, hopeful and motivational scenes, new beginning, strong confidence, etc.
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Light, upbeat and uplifting background music with a positive and sunny atmosphere. Perfect for any urban life and travel videos, new achievements, self-development strategies, lifetime moment, YouTube vlogs, radio jingles, corporate business plan, product demo 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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A beautiful piece that gives a sense of rebirth, new discovery etc. This ethnic orchestral background music is great for various cinematic use, mystery, intrigue, awakening, oriental desert scenes, sacred world, secret place, fantasy adventures or video games preview. In the style of Avatar soundtrack.
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This is an acoustic country rock music in rhythm and blues style. Great for American road films, travel videos, wild nature, serious men at work, rodeo, south and western background.
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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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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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African epic cinematic music with ethnic instruments, choir, brass, and strings. Perfect music for your adventure films, games, exotic travels or video about safari and nature.
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Dynamic inspirational track where East meets West consists of the energetic electronic groovy drum part and alluring oriental melody. You can use it for travel documentaries, corporate presentation, film scores, as trendy background music. Also good for media projects needing sophisticated and exotic underscore.
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This is an elegant light jazz music. Great for cocktail party and restaurant cafe background, romantic and intimacy scenes, Paris and French atmosphere, lounge and nightclubs, cooking shows, elevator music and much more.
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Meditative atmospheric music. A deep and beautiful ambient piano, a surround and large space, the best choice for slow motion, underwater shooting, freeze or drone video, morning light scenes.
1:56 , 0:40, 2:09
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This is dream pop/ indie, chillwave track with relaxing vibes, airy melody and some carefree atmosphere of the 70's. You can use this soft and luminous background music for your versatile projects as documentaries, commercials, images of urban city life, makeup and hairstyle tutorial. Also good if you want to add some hipster vintage flavor to your video.
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Groovy, retro sounding, warm track in synthwave 80s genre. With pompous drum beats, analog bassline, classic dreamwave arpeggio, lush synthesizers, videogame vintage plucks, progressive melodics. Perfect for 1980s nostalgic videos, video games soundtrack, retro memories slideshow, technology videos and more.
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A positive background track with a technological modern atmosphere. Used synth pluck and soft percussin. Suitable for advertising, gadget presentation, slide show, fashion show, blog, on YouTube and for other projects.
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This is an ambient electronic track with a mysterious captivating sound, adventurous mood and great build-up. Suitable for anything related to space, NASA spaceship, tomorrow's spacecraft, cosmic era, space and time, extraterrestrial life, stars and galaxy, sci-fi documentaries.
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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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Inspirational and motivational music track, featuring electric guitars and piano with catchy melodies that evokes feelings of success and achievement. It will certainly work well with corporate videos, business projects, presentations, promotions and more.
1:26 , 0:43
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An emotional and cinematic track with vibes of hope, triumph, rising above and conquering. Perfect for military documentaries, epic stories, dramatic movie trailers, action films, and more.
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This loop features a chill, funk groove set up by bass guitar, jazz guitar, and drums. A mellow organ and muted trumpet later join to complete the cool, mellow, and oh so funky experience.
1:49 , 1:52, 2:04U
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Epic cinematic trailer music with powerful motivational and heroic mood. Instruments in this track are massive stackato strings, cello, brass, viola, violins, percussion, vocal samples. Great for movie trailers, videogames, adventure films. Inspired by Hans Zimmer, Two Steps From Hell, Audiomachine.
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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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Like the name says. It's noble and sophisticated. Orchestral strings accompanied by a modern beat featuring a choir. Very positive and packed with powerful motivation.
1:44 , 2:10
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Sentimental emotional cinematic music with heartfelt melody. Ideal background for a wedding reception, romantic drama, celestial moments. Featuring instruments are piano, cello, viola, violins.
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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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Ambient atmospheric instrumental background music track. Good for future cinematic video, hi-tech montage, technology and space documentary films.
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Positive funk with urban breakbeat drums, slap bass, funky guitars and rhodes. Great for TV, hipster advertisement and hip background music.
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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.
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This electronic music combines a hi-tech mode with creative vibes and futuristic spirit. The plucky synth melodies dance over hypnotic pads, punchy drums, and smooth bass to create a track perfect for technology, business, computers, future and more.
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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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Powerful and majestic orchestral background music with an ethnic oriental percussion. This fascinating and hypnotic tune is great for travel films, new discovery, as intrigue and mystery theme, vast space, Arabian desert, floating in the ocean, fantasy world, etc.
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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 calm, dreamy, transparent and a little bit melancholic piano piece. Perfectly suits for a romantic movie scene, nature films, photo albums or any other media projects looking for unhurried, atmospheric and laid-back mood.
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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.
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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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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.
2:00 , 0:20, 0:35, 2:05
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Positive and confident dance pop-rock track in the western mood. Contains bright guitars, dance drums, synth bass and ocean waves sound. This adventurous track can be used as a motivational musical background for business websites, computer action arcade games, tv or radio jingles, advertising and commercial, different inspiring video and films. Enjoy!
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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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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.
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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.
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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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This dark, futuristic track is ideal for video games, websites, backgrounds, commercials, slideshows, time-lapse videos, slow motion design, technology videos, science documentaries, presentations about research and discovery, traveling videos and other inspiring projects. I hope you like it.
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This track is great for ethnic and oriental scenes, desert landscapes, world travel documentaries, etc. Instruments and orchestration: percussion, duduk, synth pads, shakers and tambourine.
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A groovy, jazz-infused experimental instrumental with the hypnotic and repetitive melody. Good for background in podcasts, documentaries, minimalistic videos, art films with a monotonous plot.
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Calm, ambient acoustic background track for any sentimental or inspiring productions, slideshows, wedding video, films, documentaries and more. Sounds like: Inspirational, soft, mellow, uplifting.
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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A cinematic and emotional track exuding melancholic and contemplative emotions.
1:45 , 2:50
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Minimalistic chillout music.
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Atmospheric progressive glitch track, that includes light melody, 8bit, glitch effect, and breakbeat music elements.
1:40 , 1:16, 1:49, 2:23
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Epical heroic and patriotic background track in Hollywood style.
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Acoustic Latin guitar music track with a beautiful and emotional melody that evokes feelings of nostalgia, romance, passion and affection.
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Acoustic guitar track with beautiful and emotional melodies that will evoke feelings of nostalgia, romance and affection.
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Mysterious atmospheric music in the style of the Lion King soundtrack.
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Orchestral, sentimental background music which starts with gentle piano and air strings.
1:44 , 1:55
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Atmospheric music track with pensive and melancholic mood, featuring light synth, piano with a soft beat and electric guitar.
1:40 , 3:05, 1:16U
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Just an Illusion (Relaxed Acoustic Meditation) music track with futuristic sound, featuring a synthesizer, acoustic guitar, bass, bandoneon and drum beats.
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Dark progressive glitch hop style music creates stylish ambiance for the dark scenes.
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Gentle acoustic guitars tune that would probably describe a quiet rural scene very good.
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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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