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This is a piece of emotional and sentimental piano music, full of memories and sadness. Suitable for dramatic films, as slow and touching intro music, nostalgic documentary, touching drama, or melancholic and thoughtful scenes.
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Beautiful cinematic chill out music with crystal pads, light piano and cellos. Very good for atmospheric films, hypnotic timelapse, travel journey, reflective moments and other.
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A relaxing and peaceful, uplifting inspirational acoustic track with an organic and light instrumentation of acoustic guitars, piano, warm string pads and tasteful modern percussion of airy snaps, shakers, and claps. Perfect for TV nature documentaries, nature product advertising or as great background music for relaxation and wellness videos, slideshows, presentations or holiday video footage.
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Traditional Chinese including Xiao flute, Pamade Bell, Yangqin and background vocals backed with zonal harmonic washes creates a relaxing, yet slightly mysterious oriental background theme, designed for relaxation, spiritual healing and to convey a sense of Asian lifestyle.
1:54 , 1:58
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This is driving and intense rock music with bright and cool sound. Very energetic and dynamic music for sports videos, films, advertising and commercials, Youtube videos, motivational and powerful projects.
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This is a motivational and inspirational track featuring piano and orchestral strings. Fit for cinematic and romantic projects, dramatic video, documentaries and more.
1:57 , 0:29, 1:16, 2:02
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An authentic and Arabian Middle Eastern track with traditional Turkish elements. Suitable for short promos, or travel documentary about Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, OAE or Morocco.
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Surreal, relaxed, intimate and beautiful new age/ chill out royalty free music. Suitable for yoga classes, zen meditation, nature timelapse, drone videos, ethereal scenes and peaceful moments.
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Inspiring, beautiful and elegant piano solo. Perfect for inspirational videos, presentations, documentaries, films and more.
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Tense, repetitive, monotonous mood for lining up stories, and any sort of waiting situation.
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This modern Yann Tiersen and Max Richter like elegant classical piano and orchestral music with a bittersweet melancholic, yet motivational mood. Good for travel video, inspirational films, magical journey, motivational speeches, slideshow and just listening.
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Heroic loop with a choir, trumpet, piano and violin. This determined background music suitable for Memorial day, spiritual videos, historic films, documentaries about Old Empires, civil war battlefields, and more.
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Traditional Irish Celt style track featuring traditional Irish instruments such as Irish Fiddle, Dulcimer, Penny Whistle & Tambourine. The tempo is fast and upbeat, with an Irish jig twang making it useful for advertising or TV commercial implying laughter, fun and joy in Ireland.
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This is a light ambient piano track that is suitable as background music in various media applications such as documentaries, film, corporate videos, advertisements or nature productions.
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A brooding, contemplative, almost dark track. Works well for healing meditation, spa relaxation, yoga breathing and of course for any documentaries, timelapse and futuristic projects.
1:54 , 0:31, 1:19, 2:11
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Brave epic orchestral music with heroic and majestic mood. Ideal background music for historic documentary, fantasy films, adventures movies. Main themes are superhero power, bravery, historical projects, titles, motivational speech backgrounds.
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This is deep, focused and atmospheric corporate music with beautiful plucked synth, piano, pads and strings. Perfect background audio for any TV, Radio, YouTube video, presentations, slideshow and other multimedia projects.
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A cinematic and emotional solo piano track exuding melancholic and contemplative emotions. Perfect underscore for film, trailers, documentaries and more. Similar to Max Richter and Olafur Arnalds.
1:49 , 1:00, 2:33U
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Solo harpsichord plays a melancholic piece inspired by the era of baroque chamber music. Suggested to underscore period scenes, formal receptions and historical images.
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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.
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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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A legendary adventure style track featuring ethnic vocals, an eastern string section, sitar, tambura, shakuhachi flute and deep drums providing a beautiful eastern style representation envisaging exploration and wonder. The rack itself was designed to suggest achieve goals and striving for success such as climbing a mountain. Excellent for promo videos, time lapse or travel vlog.
1:51 , 0:32, 1:04, 2:16
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An inspiring and uplifting corporate dance music with positive melody and motivational rhythms. Suitable for presentations, slideshow, educational videos, and other projects.
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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Background dramatic track with emotional melodies, sad synth arpegio, energetic minimal drums. Perfect for intimidating moments, frightening videos, blogs, presentations, science videos.
1:55 , 2:00U, 2:02
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A beautiful futuristic chill track, featuring dreamy synth, warm pads, a bright piano that create an uplifting mood. Ideal for technology commercials, scientific research, corporate presentation, voice-overs, as on-hold music for sophisticated projects, VIP style, etc.
1:46 , 2:08, 2:13
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An adventurous Middle Eastern track with a mysterious feel. Great for espionage video games, oriental style films or documentaries, Persian history, exotic antiquities, and more.
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A joyful and happy melody featuring shakers, traditional African percussion, Kora, background vocals, marimba, kalimba and acoustic guitar. The track is ideal for creating a flowing, adventure style theme for a documentary, children’s or Ethnic themed project. The characteristics for this melody are very inspiring, feel good and work well with animal themes.
1:43 , 2:33
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Cinematic powerful trailer music with dramatic motivational and orchestral mood. Perfect background music for adventure films, intros, presentations, fantasy movies and trailers, games, nature timelapse and other video projects. Here we have used the piano, cello, viola, violin, horns, drums.
1:46 , 2:10
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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.
1:54 , 0:30, 1:00, 2:35
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An authentic ethnic middle eastern track with beautiful melancholic melody reflecting a peaceful mood of a heart full of love. This traditional oriental music is good for Mediterranean travel videos, romantic films, Turkish landscapes, relaxation and meditation, scenes of reflection and calmness.
1:35 , 1:40
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Inspiring, beautiful and wondrous cue, with a soft piano and atmospheric synths. Conveys a sense of cinematic mystery and magic.
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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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Beautiful sad to happy piano orchestral classical track with the inspirational, yet patriotic mood. Ideal for cinematic projects, motivational speech, nature timelapses, atmospheric videos, emotional slideshow. Used piano, viola, violins, strings staccato, sub.
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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.
1:36 , 0:36, 1:04, 2:02
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Electronic downtempo production with innovative and modern sound. Will be perfectly suited as background music for commercials, advertising, hi-tech, science, medical, technical, corporate and business projects.
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A powerful and dynamic middle eastern track, featuring traditional ethnical instrumentation, like saz and driving rhythm section and percussion. Would be great for travel documentaries, film about the Arab world, ethnical trips, political situation issue, the culture of such countries as Turkey, UAE or Iran.
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Electronic background music with a futuristic cold sound. Suitable for modern technology, NASA-like documentaries, robotics innovation, high-tech products, news blocks and more.
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Ambient and upbeat arpeggiated synth and string track with an instantly catchy lead
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Inspirational and uplifting music track featuring warm acoustic guitar. In the style of American, acoustic folk and new country. The beautiful melodies will evoke feelings of happiness and joy.
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This is modern R&B music with beautiful and atmospheric sound. Nice background track for any visuals, science fiction videos, documentaries, technology videos or other media projects.
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Floating and chill, featuring digital loops, ambient synths that create a hypnotic, anxious mood.
1:35 , 1:42
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Inspiring and motivational theme for piano and strings. Perfect for trailers, presentations, advertising and more.
0:57 , 1:00U, 3:50
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Dark Ambient track working perfectly as a background track for any scientific documentaries or research films, space or travel projects and the like.
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A heartwarming background acoustic track for use in various media projects. Great for the love story, romantic countryside journey, anniversary wedding video. Very relaxed and laid-back music.
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An atmospheric, graceful, beautiful orchestral track with rousing strings, horns and synthesizer. Conveys a sense of magic and awe. Great for games, documentaries, space, time and nature projects.
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Beautiful classical orchestral piano track with touchful and emotional melody. Great background tune for atmospheric time-lapse videos, romantic reflective films, slideshows and other. I used instruments piano, cello, viola, violins.
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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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Contemporary Middle Eastern orchestral background music featuring duduk, santoor, and percussion. Would be great for an oriental documentary or film, cinematic scenes of desert sands and oasis, mysterious and haunting exotic Arabic world.
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.
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A rousing, inspiring orchestral track, featuring, at its core, an uplifting classical choir. Ideal for podcasts, vlogs, presentations, games etc.
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Modern royalty free business music for technological, and corporate media. Works well for on hold music, a high-tech product review, motivational and innovative projects, medicine, science, and discovery. Resembling to Thomas Newman soundtrack.
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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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Floating and chill oriental ethnic music, that creates a hypnotic, feel-good mood. Featuring percussions, duduk, ambient synths.
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A downtempo track with an angelic choir, a cello solo and chill-out beats similar to Enigma or Gregorian chants. This beautiful background music is great for meditating music, deep relaxation, spiritual visuals, nature landscape videos, etc.
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This is a symphonic orchestral dramatic suspense music, full of tension and darkness. Great for cinematic action movies, documentaries and games about WWII theme, military thrillers and psychological scenes, battlefields of war, haunting trailers, evil and danger moments and more.
1:12 , 1:25
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A majestic and spacious ambient track with a futuristic and mystic vibe. This music makes you think about space exploration, science-related projects, new technology, robotics, and more.
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A rousing, inspiring orchestral track. Starting off quite mellow, this soon turns into an epic sounding piece, while still keeping a relaxed feel. Ideal for presentations, corporate videos, documentaries, history, games, etc.
1:52 , 3:00
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Space atmosphere background electronic music. Perfect for any scientific projects, hi-tech games, sci-fi documentaries, time counting, and outer space videos.
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Short piece music performed with oriental duduk melody and electric piano on the background. Suitable for travel video, reflexive moments, serious documentaries, etc.
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Cinematic track with piano, ambient atmospheric textures and lush strings. It has a Thomas Newman vibe and would be well suited for film, documentaries and other cinematic productions.
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African background music with traditional african voices and ethnic instruments. Great for any projects relating to Africa film, game, travel, discovery, tv shows, nature, animals, or eastern cultures.
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This inspiring ambient music featuring relaxing electric guitar with delay effects in the calm but positive and motivational atmosphere. It is great for your corporate media projects, podcasts background music, vlogs, films, slideshows, documentaries, and other motivational videos.
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This is an atmospheric jungle tribal music, full of mystery and coolness. Great for historical documentary films, mysterious adventure scenes, travel shows, world and ethnic soundtrack and more.
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A cosmic chillout track that gradually builds over time.A gentle beat, smooth piano melody, and soft pads form the main body of the tune. Suitable for extraterrestrial life, outer space, science-fiction documentaries, exploration program, planets beyond our Solar System etc.
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Asian music with traditional ethnic instruments, world percussion and orchestral. Perfect for using in oriental movies, documentaries about Japan or China, Tai Chi or Qigong practice, travel videos, other exotic projects.
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An abstract ambient soundscape with digital sound effects. It's made in slow tempo and perfect for sci-fi documentaries, cyber art, illusionary visuals, and others.
1:57 , 2:04
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Sitting by the ocean taking in the gentle movement of the water and being in deep thought. This romantic sentimental melody suitable for TV programs and nature documentaries, inner harmony, peaceful mind, thematic movies, moments of expectation and reflection.
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Epic and panoramic, cinematic orchestral track with beautiful lush strings, horns and atmospheric synths that convey a sense of respect, awe and wonder. Great for documentaries, video games, adverts and trailers.
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Beautiful ice cold strings and a cool, ethereal piano, synth pads and haunting light choirs convey a sense of the unknown, and the wonder and magic of the nature around us. 

Great for documentaries, trailers and projects that need an ambient, otherworldly yet emotional cinematic soundtrack.
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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. Features a felt piano and lush strings.
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Cinematic and melodic ethnic piece. Suitable for Dervish dance, Middle Eastern journey, oriental style projects, travel documentaries, and more.
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A calm atmospheric piece which will perfectly suit for various projects. Such as all kinds of YouTube videos, nature films, love stories or documentaries or any other media projects looking for elegant and successful mood.
0:44 , 1:51
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Positive inspirational alternative indie rock background. Featuring delayed electric guitars a la Coldplay, as well as a driving bass line and a percussion rhythm in half time which adds a nice little counter-rhythm to the triplet guitar riff. Perfect for motivational and inspiring videos, slideshows, Youtube videos, documentaries, advertisements and more.
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Original, orchestral instrumental, mellow and motivational. Used strings and soft future drums. Ideal music for your corporate projects, product promotion, documentaries, personal projects, visual projects etc.
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Passionate and dramatic hybrid orchestral music track. Will ideally suited for the intense cinematic heroic action, Discovery or National Geography style documentaries with the theme of surviving in the wild nature, adventures hunger games, and more.
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Atmospheric and inspirational music track, featuring soft piano, electric guitar, pads, deep bass and electronic drums. Perfect background for commercials, advertising campaigns, documentaries, TV, YouTube, websites, presentations, promotions and more.
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Catchy, originally and melodic dubstep intro. Featuring punchy glitchy drum beats, crazy filthy basslines with noisy sound effects. Great choice as opening music to some advertising, creative documentaries or technological videos.
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Peaceful and relaxing ballad with a chillout vibe. Featuring guitars, piano, atmospheric pads, bass guitar, soft drums and different kinds of percussion. Great as a background for working, studying, inspirational videos, documentaries, films and videos about travel, thoughtful moments, meditation and relaxation.
1:20 , 0:30, 1:00U, 2:52
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A synthwave hybrid track, designed in thriller style of 80s cinematic music. The mood is suspenseful, perfect for themes of the prelude of the unknown, games movies and sci-fi documentaries or any visual project that requires a vintage spirit of mystic 80s.
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Medieval and Celtic track featuring harp, nyckelharpa, and flute. Perfect for medieval and fantasy video games and documentaries.
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A cool, funky hip hop track with sinister undertones. Ideal for Hungry Shark Evolution style games, eerie documentaries, suspenseful videos.
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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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