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This dramatic underscore combines a serious sound with bold energy. The haunting bell melodies are complimented by beautiful flutes, strong strings, and booming timpani to create a track great for dramas, thrillers, film, action, trailer and more.
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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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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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Jumpy and positive with a very catchy melody. Great for children projects, Super Mario like mini games, and cartoons.
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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.
1:52 , 1:19, 1:45, 2:29U, 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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This is light, calm and peaceful corporate music with warm and atmospheric sound. Perfect background audio for any business related project as video, presentations, news, informationflow, and other multimedia 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 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 an acoustic traditional country folk music, full of beauty and Celtic spirit. Great for acoustic and folk trailers, Irish culture, rustic lifestyle scenes music background and much 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.
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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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.
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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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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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This is a happy and romantic Mexican mariachi music, full of fun and joy. Great background audio for fiesta and celebration, travel shows about the culture of Mexico and Spain, corrida, flamenco, etc.
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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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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 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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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 vintage sounding, nostalgic jazz inspired track. Created using custom samples. The hazy, dreamy quality creates a longing and emotion which is unique and difficult to capture otherwise.
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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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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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A dreamy, nostalgic and vintage piano piece. Perfect for adding a sense of peaceful, yet inexplicable longing. Great for an aquarium contemplation.
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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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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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A nostalgic, ambient synth track with a lush, shifting and dynamic sound.
1:58 , 1:09, 1:39, 2:38
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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.
0:55 , 1:49, 3:44
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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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A cinematic dramatic theme consisting of many climatic builds featuring orchestral strings, french horns and trumpets. The theme itself builds gradually offering a sense of anticipation and emotion.
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Inspiring, dramatic cinematic background track with beautiful piano, soaring strings, and powerful percussion. Evokes feelings of melancholy, rising above, courage and hope.
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.
1:35 , 1:43
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Softening gentle ambient synthesizers washed with modern contemporary piano notes. Creates a reflective styled melody suitable for creating a relaxing background for relaxation or to suggest contemplation.
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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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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This is a moving and gentle contemporary drama music that builds from a tender and emotive beginning to a grand and passionate climax. Ideal for cinematic video projects, medical film, determination, state between life and death, strength and tenderness.
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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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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.
1:31 , 1:47
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A dreamy, smooth horn like synth piece, created from custom created samples. Featuring a retro vibe and sound.
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A stirring, uplifting and deep ambient track based on custom recorded voices and synths. Meant to create a strong sense of longing and nostalgia.
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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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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.
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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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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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Funky and corporate music track with acoustic bass, electronic piano and claps. Perfect for your projects!
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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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East coast hip hop loop featuring piano, synths, bells, and acoustic guitar. Possible uses can range from songs, reflective scenes, 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, 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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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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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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Eastern style strings backed with softening flute and tribal drums evokes a sense of travel and oriental culture. A useful melody for travel documentary, food or restaurant theme or imply a Chinese oriental style background theme. The track features authentic eastern oriental instruments such as; Ehud, Oriental Percussion and Chinese Gong.
1:53 , 1:09, 2:07
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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.
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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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A beautiful solo piano loop with a driving rhythm and a simple, yet almost haunting melody. Great for the romantic scenes of inspiration and new discovery.
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Groovy and catchy track with modern dubstep groove. Featuring soft synth, strings, swelling pads, groovy drums and pop piano. Perfect background music for your majestic trailers, dramatic advertising, timelapse video, inspiring promotion, and other multimedia projects.
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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.
1:30 , 1:34
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Upbeat Jazz melody featuring piano, drums, upright bass, jazz guitar and acoustic guitar provides a stylish and savvy jazz theme. Useful for creating contemporary bar feel or cool jazz club vibe.
1:26 , 0:43, 1:29
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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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A cool, chilled, yet hip hoppy flavored lounge track. A mixture of several genres creates this laid down downtempo track that's fun, casual and can serve as a background for a product video, or an espionage related content. Lie back and enjoy it.
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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 downtempo synthetic track in cosmic chilltrap genre with atmospheric drum beats, mellow pads, wobble deep bass, realistic nature flutes like Enigma, relaxing mood, synthesizer keys and more. Perfect for spiritual adventure, yoga, tai chi, reiki slideshow, self research documentary, youtube video and every day listening.
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Dynamic inspirational track where East meets West consists of the energetic electronic groovy drum part and alluring oriental melody.
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Emotional, cinematic background music with romantic and sentimental mood. Melancholic sound of the elegant piano with symphonic orchestra creates very subtle and intimate atmosphere. Perfect underscore for melodrama, dramatic love stories, nostalgia, homesickness, sweet and tender moments of life.
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Epic, powerful and climactic cinematic trailer music.
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Techno Moment is a background track with electronic drums and glitch music elements. Fits very well to any of your technological videos, movies, commercials and alternative glitchy distorted projects!
1:45 , 2:50
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Minimalistic chillout music.
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A mixture of traditional Hindu instruments and psychedelic musical atmosphere of the 1960s and hippie movement.
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A cinematic and emotional track exuding melancholic and contemplative emotions.
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An emotive classical inspired track.
1:36 , 1:40
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Dramatic hip-hop track with tense beats and melancholic mood.
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Calm, ambient acoustic background track for any sentimental or inspiring productions, slideshows, wedding video, films, documentaries and more.
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A groovy, jazz-infused experimental instrumental with the hypnotic and repetitive melody.
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This track is great for ethnic and oriental scenes, desert landscapes, world travel documentaries, etc.
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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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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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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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