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The song "Middle East Conflict" combines Arab musical instruments (like-violins, woodwinds and strings) with modern Western sounds. Suitable for videos and films about Arab countries or the Middle East.
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A positive and uplifting corporate background track consisting of piano, light synth, bass guitar, and drums. Good for inspiring business projects, new achievements, teamwork, urban footage, customer services, etc.
0:55 , 1:49
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A cinematic and emotional track exuding melancholic and contemplative emotions. Perfect underscore for film, trailers, documentaries and more. Similar to the Cinematic Orchestra.
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Dramatic cinematic background music track in russian ethnic style. Perfect for your travel, military, dramatic films, videos and media projects.
1:47 , 2:07
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This is calm, peaceful, dream and beautiful background music with warm, gentle and ambient atmosphere. Perfect background music for any project like inspirational narration, travel video, catchy Youtube story, business presentation, innovate videos and other lovely media.
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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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Soft but groovy ethnic fusion tune flavored by Indian percussion, synth pads and bells. Good for gaming or video, yoga session or dynamic meditation.
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This is beautiful, inspirational and light corporate music with atmospheric and beautiful melody. Good background audio for advertising, radio, slideshow, presentations, YouTube, successful business starts, film scores.
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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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Samba track with elements of modern jazz. Performed by a live saxophone, synth, brass, vibraphone, percussion and piano.
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Positive Development is a light and positive background track made for corporate projects. Check my portfolio for more similar songs.
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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 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.
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Stylish corporate background music with a light sound and confident atmosphere. Great choice for technological commercials, new product promo, scientific discoveries and innovations, futuristic commercials, time lapse video, car concept, etc.
1:40 , 3:31
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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.
1:43 , 2:33
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Warm, uplifting, inspiring track in 80s synthwave genre with groovy drum beats, light shiny synthesizers, crystal plucks, good mood, electric guitars. Perfect for retro style projects, neon cars and videos, presentations and 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.
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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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Spacial music with a touch of suspense and some moments of sensitive feeling. Mysterious mood, slow tempo, recorded with piano and synthesizers.
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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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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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Background documentary track for films and video projects. Instruments in this track are piano, stackato, cello, viola, violins, flute, celeste.
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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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Modern cinematic music for technological, business and corporate media. Works well for high-tech product review, motivation and corporate projects, medicine, science, technology and discovery.
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A laid back, cool and vintage instrumental hip hop funk music track featuring chopped female vocal sounds, deep and catchy double bass riffs, brass and piano. Perfect for vlogs, tutorial videos and stylish video productions.
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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.
1:21 , 2:50U
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Timelapsing is an atmospheric and introspective electronic track suitable for various projects. Check my portfolio for more similar music.
1:56 , 2:08
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Atmospheric, warm, light inspirational track. Uplifting instrumental background music that blends perfectly with any voiceovers, providing a warm feel-good background. Perfect for a great variety of uses such as corporate presentation, technology projects, innovate videos, advertising 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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Interesting dark rock music. Can be used in cinematic projects, travel discovery, patriotic videos, adventure films.
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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Epic, powerful and climactic cinematic trailer music. With soaring strings, majestic horns, hybrid synth sounds, FX and deep bass shaking percussion. A tense, mysterious start builds to an awesome, dramatic finale. Great for epic adventures movies like Star Wars or Interstellar, sci-fi documentaries, or video games about alien invasion, final revenge, spaceships and distant galaxy, etc.
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An original cinematic piano track, which is full of hope and emotions. Perfect for film scores, time-lapses, Mother's day, reflective moments, emotional journey, wedding videos. Instruments are piano, cello, viola, violins, flute.
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Epic, inspiring cinematic orchestral track with lush strings, huge majestic horns and a synth bass. Conveys drama, courage and heroism.
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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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Digital noise combined with heartbeats and wind chimes, gives a sense of confusion, wondering.
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A heroic, epic, cinematic and powerful hybrid orchestral trailer. Will perfectly suit for action movie scenes, pirates adventure, video games, or any other media project looking for dynamic and powerful mood.
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.
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A warm celestial chillout tune with a funky rhythm. Perfect for many types of productions such as on hold, corporate, presentations, podcasts, etc.
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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.
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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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Bouncy and energetic track in a positive mood, featuring hip-hop and trap synths. It would be nice for urban video or GTA arcade game.
1:42 , 0:33, 0:58, 2:07
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An inspiring, breathtaking and dramatic cinematic track with an emotional epic mood. A great soundtrack for projects related to adventure, Olympic sports, struggle, hope, and triumph.
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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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.
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Beautiful classical piano track with inspiring, emotional, hopeful, dramatic mood. Great for: films, slideshows, youtube videos, and other video projects. Instruments in this track are piano, cello, viola, violins. Inspired by Yann Tiersen, Ludovico Einaudi.
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Beautiful piano orchestral track with sensitive and emotional mood. Great for dramatic video, cinematic slideshow, emotional journey, reflective moments, heartfelt drama, documentary and timelapse, nature landscape, life reflective and contemplative projects, films soundtrack and other.
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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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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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A deep, nostalgic, ambient piece created from reverb tails of electric guitar sustains. There is a mood of longing, loss, love lost, and regret.
2:00 , 2:04
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It is a minimal and modern composition full of emotion and nostalgia. Perfect for films, documentary projects, relaxing timelapse, organic natural products, inspirational videos.
1:45 , 2:50
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Minimalistic chillout music. Specially designed for technology, experiments and any research. The best choice for study, scientific and engineering documentaries.
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An ambient, thoughtful and strange piece. Creating a dreamy sense of wonder and intrigue.
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Corporate music track with a motivational and inspiring feel. Perfect for business successful style, advertisement projects, high-tech product review, history and art projects, commercials, presentations, Film and TV.
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A chilled out country western ballad music with a strong melodic hook, whistling and an acoustic guitar. A bit melancholic, mellow and relaxing. Suitable for westerns, nature films and documentaries. Sounds like something that can play in open fields, deserts or mountains.
1:41 , 1:48, 1:48
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Great, modern, vintage sounding track in retro electro synthwave genre. Featuring powerfully booming atmospheric drum beats, retro-sounding arpeggio, synthesized voice, futuristic synth, beautifully plucks and much more. Perfect for 80s videos, sports, retrospective, video games, technology.
1:40 , 2:54
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This is deep and futuristic music with nice texture and wide space atmosphere. Main instruments are digital synth, pads, strings, piano, deep analog bass and groovy drum beat. This kind of music will perfectly work for science video projects, travel discovery documentary, business/ corporate presentation or media projects.
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Atmospheric progressive glitch track, that includes light melody, 8bit, glitch effect, and breakbeat music elements. Great for technology, computer programs, sci-fi documentaries, space and related video games.
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A strange, bizarre textural piece created from granulized acoustic guitar and violin recordings.
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Acoustic Latin guitar music track with a beautiful and emotional melody that evokes feelings of nostalgia, romance, passion and affection. Perfect background music for Latin American video projects, film, TV ads, YouTube, documentaries, cinematic projects, video projects about Central America travel, and more.
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Powerful, energetic, aggressive rock track with heavy guitar riffs and synth modern elements. Perfect for your sports, tv programmes, sports news/shows, extreme car racing, GoPro action videos, and projects.
1:16 , 1:25
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Mysterious atmospheric music in the style of the Lion King soundtrack. Great for videos about travel in Africa, jungle, animals, savanna, people, nature and more. Also perfect for tv, documentaries, advertising and more.
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Spacial music with a touch of suspense and some moments of sensitive feeling. Magical mood, slow tempo, recorded with piano and synthesizers
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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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An intimate, innocent piano piece. The piano was prepared with a soft foam to give it an intimate, engaging, and soothing tone. Like a little ballerina spinning in the music box.
1:35 , 1:40
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Epic, cinematic and bold orchestral track with lush strings, majestic horns and deep, powerful percussion that conveys the awe and power of our universe and planets. Great for documentaries, trailers, space odyssey or new discovery.
1:20 , 0:27, 1:37
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This is my new, melodious piano instrumental, pop chill music track about our fleeting life. Featuring acoustic piano solo, guitar, live drums, violins, synth and fx's. This track can be used as a music background anywhere – in games and movies, documentary scientific films, tv programs, radio, presentations, slideshows, telecasts. Also good for videos about nature, lifestyle, first love. Enjoy!
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A cinematic and emotional track exuding melancholic and contemplative emotions. Perfect underscore for film, trailers, documentaries etc.
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An 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.
1:40 , 1:16, 1:49, 2:23
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Epical heroic and patriotic background track in Hollywood style. Powerful harmony, orchestral strings, percussion, brass and horns, piano, staccato and more. All you need to enhance your project or video! Can be used in trailer or teasers, news intro, sci-fi movies, history documentaries, and more.
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Acoustic guitar track with beautiful and emotional melodies that will evoke feelings of nostalgia, romance and affection. Perfect background music for Latin American video projects, film, TV ads, YouTube, documentaries, cinematic projects, video projects about Central America, romantic travel and more.
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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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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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This is elegant and motivational track, that will bring a sense of magic and dream to your production. Great for elegant presentations, classy commercials and inspirational videos, documentaries. Instruments are piano and orchestral strings.
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Inspiring, beautiful and elegant piano solo. Perfect for inspirational videos, presentations, documentaries, films and more.
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Gentle acoustic guitars tune that would probably describe a quiet rural scene very good. The tempo of the music is fast but the atmosphere has some bittersweet nuances. It would fit good in cases when you need something particular, documentaries, films, etc.
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Easy country music mix of banjo, guitars and flutes. Suitable for rustic scenes, medieval folk fest, early morning in the village, countryside life, travel documentaries, nature videos, and any other kinds of multimedia projects.
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Tribal rhythms and vocalisms, short notes of pan flute for a full immersion in a wild and exotic environment. Suitable for documentaries and films.
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Evocative female vocalisms, exotic colors and great suggestion in this track that mixes the sounds of the north and south of the world. Suitable in background, for documentaries and films.
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Perfect for film underscore, documentaries, anything needing an emotional and cinematic background. Features a felt piano and lush strings.
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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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Melancholic Story is a kind of strange dramatic music for a film. The cinematic background featuring disordered piano melody, and orchestral pads. Suitable for thriller films, social media projects, documentaries and more.
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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.
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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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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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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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