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Sentimental and romantic track with classical acoustic nylon guitar. Well suited for romantic movie projects, pensive moments, intimate reflection, video background about break ups and sad moments.
1:50, 2:53
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Modern ambient electronic. Reflecting progress, buildings and modern structures. Suitable for various use, background music fly through animations, corporate reflections, cityscapes, progress etc. Corporate music for film, videos and sci-fi segments.
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Oppressive music, with slowly building cinematic tension that gives a sensation of increasing menace and inevitable fatal end. Performed by orchestra and choir. Perfect for psychological thrillers, crime dramas, war documentaries with the main theme about assassinations, victims, terror and horror.
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Electronic ambient background music, featuring light synthesizer melody, and orchestral pads.
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One Perfect Moment is a very soft and quite atmosphere track, with a very smooth and gentle piano movement in the background. This heartfelt, A beautifully reflective, mellow piece perfect for movie productions which looking to create a peaceful, heartwarming mood.
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This rousing, beautiful orchestral track conveys a sense of breathtaking magic and wonder. Great for games, documentaries, space, royal majesty, knights, ladies of heart, courage and honor, nobility, feat and devotion, time and nature projects.
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Breezy world ethnic chill out track is good for the spiritual practice of yoga, zen, meditation, mindfulness, reiki healing massage, relaxation, and spa.
1:50, 1:02, 2:15
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A dramatic and cinematic piece with piano and lush strings. It has a deep, emotional and epic quality with uplifting tones. Think about «Amelie Poulain» piano soundtrack by Yann Tiersen.
1:52, 1:19, 1:45, 0:00, 2:29
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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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Cinematic mysterious sci-fi trailer, with cool glitch effects and dark futuristic sounds. Suitable as a soundtrack for psychological thrillers, haunting video game, CSI investigations, ominous scenes, cyber crime, etc.
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This rousing, beautiful orchestral track with strings, horns, guitars and synthesizers. Conveys a sense of breathtaking magic and wonder. Great for games, documentaries, space, time and nature projects. Influences of Hans Zimmer.
1:58, 0:21, 3:07
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Positive corporate track with exciting sound and motivational mood. This track can be used as a musical background for websites, games and movies, business presentations, road trip videos, podcasts, slideshows, news, telecasts, innovations and more.
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An atmospheric new-age ambiance with soft atmospheres pads fills out the arrangement. Spacey, Dreamy, flowing, positive with Healing and meditation mood. This beautiful track has a pastoral and great for underwater, nature, reiki, space videos and yoga.
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Chill out music great for meditation, yoga, wellness, relaxation, documentaries. Great for slide shows about adventure and travel, discovery channel, any broadcast about the animal planet. Pads, Horns, Piano, Flute, ethereal and dream-like.
1:12, 0:00, 3:48
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Background indie pop track. With deep bass guitar part, easy electronic drums, and light electric guitar melody. Perfect for advertising, travel videos, and more.
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An inspiring and uplifting background track perfect to set an optimistic and motivational mood. Starting with the piano intro and building up to an exciting & uplifting feeling. A perfect choice for a corporate videos, presentations, digital marketing, innovative videos, websites, tutorials, explainers, slideshows, YouTube videos.
1:46, 3:40
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Epic dark soundscape of emptiness and loneliness. Works fantastic in computer games, documentaries, apocalyptic videos. There are some distant “voices of fallen” vocal samples.
0:46, 0:32, 1:26
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Intro styled instrumental featuring flutes, strings, and various percussion. Possible uses can range from safari and animal themed scenes, intros, etc.
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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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A deep, spacious hybrid string and thoughtful piano piece create a meditative, serene atmosphere. Suits well for projects needing tranquil soundscape, flashbacks, timelapse, documentaries, reflection, feeling of loss.
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A calm, uplifting and inspirational background music with solo piano. Feelings of peace, hope, contentment and love come to mind with this track. Perfect for wedding videos, Youtube, slide shows, etc.
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Beautiful background inspiring corporate track. Great for: tutorials, presentation, business progect, motivational and successful videos.
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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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Atmospheric urban lounge track with elements of future bass and a cloudy morning feel. Great for stylish corporate presentation, as transitional background music for trendy commercials and infomercials, city walk scenes, time-lapse, and more.
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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.
1:49, 1:00, 2:32, 0:00
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Smooth and ambient chillout music. Somehow sensual and enigmatic, with cool and modern sound.
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A dramatic cinematic track featuring the bright sound of emotional piano and the velvet sound of cello. This is an ideal underscore for romantic movies, inspirational moments, lifetime decision, unique opportunity, creativity, agitation mixed with excitement and more.
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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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This is deep sad ad and emotional track with mellow and a bit tragic mood. Warm sound of elegant piano with symphonic orchestra create very sensitive and intimate atmosphere. Perfect background music for the dramatic project.
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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.
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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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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Bright, positive, confident, motivating, inspiring and uplifting minimal tech corporate music. Good for inspirational videos, media projects, corporate, life and travel, motivational startup video production, websites.
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A strangely beautiful, post-apocalyptic dreamy synth soundscape. Perfectly suited for documentaries, science fiction, mysterious scenes, alien planet, science and cosmology.
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Ethnic tribal music with a dark atmosphere and hypnotic rhythms. Great for African safari videos, wild jungles, hunting scenes, and more.Instruments: big drums, shakers, percussion, wooden flute, synth pads, bass.
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This is a heartwarming positive and calm soundscape/atmosphere, Perfect for drone videos, Time-lapse clips and emotional scenes.
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Dramatic strings and magical harp create majestic and uprising Hollywood orchestral sound. Charming underscore for epic film, heroic and emotional projects, documentaries, fantasy, glorifying love.
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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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Perfect track for multimedia applications with product overview, on-screen instructions, describing a technological processes and etc. 'Digital Factory' is an airy and positive electronic music with hi-tech sounds and, strong contemporary beat.
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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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Background tech track, with easy electronic drums, and light miinimalistic melody. Perfect for Hi-Tech overviews, business presentation, marketing slideshow, and more.
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Positive and emotional solo piano. Great for emotional, uplifting videos, soothing relaxing atmosphere, harmony and inner peace, time spent with family and friends, education and accomplishment of dreams.
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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Jazzy and laidback, featuring a light clarinet solo over a smooth accompaniment that creates a happy, mellow tone. Great for funny cartoon animations, or old comedy films, scenes with a carefree mood like a lazy cat lying in the sun, or morning coffee and a park walk.
1:34, 1:56
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Confidence and optimism abound in this elevating track. Inspire your audience with a soft mood, warming and joyful. Perfect for use in corporate video, positive advertisements, and lively lifestyle programming. Witten in the manner of Thomas Newman.
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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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Modern music for contemporary business, technological and corporate media. Works well for high-tech product review, motivation and corporate projects, medicine, science, technology and discovery.
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Big epic action theme, that brings a lot of inspiration and energy to the listener. Ideal for historical war films, with a strong patriotic feeling, glorious victory, epic battle scenes, heroic deeds, Olympic Games and golden champions. Featuring powerful orchestral arrangement, and intense drums sound.
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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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An optimistic corporate dance track, which absolutely will make your projects sound awesome. Perfect background audio for new business goals, company's strategy presentation, infomercials and commercials video, teamwork vision, and others.
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Soft Inspiring ambient track is perfect for advertisement, media project. The track contains guitar, deep pads, rhythm section and other electronic sounds.
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This is an Asian oriental world music track, full of beauty and relaxed atmosphere. Great for travel documentaries, journey vlogs, nature and meditation videos, landscapes, spa massage salon. Also perfect for traditional life scenes of Japanese and Chinese culture.
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Inspiring, beautiful and atmospheric corporate music. Perfect background for your video, multimedia, commercials, advertising, YouTube or other projects.
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Country blues music inspired by western and road movie soundtracks. Acoustic and electric slide guitars, different percussions from shaker to bombastic drum sounds. Can be useful for advertising, travel, nature and more.
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A dark, ambient and reflective piano piece with abstract background sounds. Great for lush and dreamy scenes, thoughtful moments, distant planets, stargazing in film and documentaries.
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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 very cinematic and emotional track featuring piano and lush strings. Similar in style to composers like Thomas Newman, James Newton Howard, and Rachel Portman. Perfect for any film or documentary, trailer, opening credits, end credits
0:42, 2:56
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This track is perfect for use in documentaries, slideshows, or any other cases, when you need special mood of city awakening. It draws some cold soundscapes; a lot of long-drawn-out background sounds are used. Pulsing beat is the basement of this track, but it also contains piano solo of an abstract, melodic and distant.
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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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A dark, strange cinematic soundscape with a deep, questioning mood and a repetitive percussive rhythm. Suitable for documentaries about mystery scenes, unanswered questions, ancient civilizations, conspiracy theory etc.
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Underground glitch music. Hard urban sound, acid synthesizer parts, and groovy drum part. Great for nightclub, techno dance party, extreme sports, young subculture, drugs addiction, Matrix style videos, etc.
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Calm, ambient acoustic background track for any sentimental or inspiring productions, slideshows, wedding video, films, documentaries and more.
1:56, 2:22
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Deeply philosophical and atmospheric track with beautiful melody. Main instruments are synth, piano, strings, pads and soft drum kit. Perfect background music for your Video, Radio, YouTube, Promo, Presentations, and other different Multimedia Projects.
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A groovy, jazz-infused experimental instrumental with the hypnotic and repetitive melody.
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This is a moving soft guitar and pads melody. Suitable for films and commercials.
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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.
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Celestial and classy background music in the style of classical Hollywood cinema soundtrack. Featuring mellow flute and light acoustic piano on a strings bed that create an enchanting mood. Ideal for a wedding reception, romantic films, anniversary slideshow, and projects needing a heavenly feel.
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A little sad melody beautiful combination of piano and flute and bass in the background.
1:18, 2:41
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Emotional hip hop beat with soft bells, strings, pick bass, electric guitars, brass, piano, synths, castanets and drums.
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A folk, Celtic-style guitar and flute piece.
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Dark progressive glitch hop style music creates stylish ambiance for the dark scenes.
1:26, 0:43, 1:29
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An emotional and cinematic track with vibes of hope, triumph, rising above and conquering.
1:40, 0:00, 3:05
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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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Atmospheric music track with pensive and melancholic mood, featuring light synth, piano with a soft beat and electric guitar.
1:56, 0:40, 1:00, 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.
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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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