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Cinematic tension music. Monotone guitar riff supported by synth pad and percussion. Tension increases gradually until it reaches its apogee.
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Upbeat and happy pop music, featuring modern and nowadays bright synths, organic drum beat. The music is great as a background soundtrack for Instagram, Youtube promo, Kickstarter and other crowdfunding projects, fashion and youth TV advertising and commercial.
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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.
2:00 , 4:52, 4:52U
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Warm and smooth, featuring floating synth textures, glitches and drums loop that create a peaceful and inspiring mood.
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.
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.
1:36 , 1:48
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This is serious and deep focused music with light dramatic and intense atmosphere. Nice background audio for corporate project, business advertisement, commercials, design videos or other use.
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.
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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.
1:03 , 1:10, 2:14
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An easy-going and soothing track with glitch sounds, soft beat, and synth sounds. Great for timelapse videos, drone videos and much more.
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This is uplifting and inspiring background music with nice corporate feeling and beautiful atmosphere. Light plucked synth together with electric piano, bass, kick drum and strings create optimistic and positive environment and can be fitted for any kind of Video, Media, Youtube, Slide-Show, Radio, TV, Internet, Films and other projects.
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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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Gentle and bright ethnic track. Featuring koto, kalimba, and lounge drums. This exotic groove will definitely create an unusual chaotic, yet contemplative and peaceful atmosphere to your project.
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.
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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.
0:45 , 0:11, 0:15, 0:30, 2:22U
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Emotional and inspirational piano track. Will certainly work well with cinematic projects, commercials, emotional and inspirational videos, film trailers, and more.
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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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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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An emotional, epic and cinematic underscore which starts with solo piano and then a lush orchestra with soaring strings and percussion enters around 0:40. Sounds like Two Steps from Hell.
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An uplifting and motivational track with piano, guitars, synths and drums. Conveys positivity and inspiration. Its perfect for commercials, presentations, advertisements, film, TV adverts, YouTube videos, and movie trailers, the possibilities are endless.
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Inspiring, beautiful and elegant piano solo. Perfect for inspirational videos, presentations, documentaries, films and more.
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This is a lounge/chill out track that brings you into a comfortable zone in your mind. Featuring Indian samples and ethnic instruments with warm and smooth synth sounds and arpeggiators with hypnotic drums machine.
1:55 , 2:21
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This is deep, profound and serious music with peaceful and a bit dramatic mood. Good background audio for any Video, Media, Youtube, Slide-Show, Radio, TV, Internet projects.
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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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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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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.
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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Catchy uptempo EDM pop music in urban dance style and feel-good mood. Would fit for projects aimed at a younger audience, city nightlife, modern technology, dynamic lifestyle, stylish ad campaigns, new product launch, and more.
1:35 , 1:42
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Inspiring and motivational theme for piano and strings. Perfect for trailers, presentations, advertising and more.
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Powerful, dramatic and inspirational cinematic orchestral cue. Conveys wonder, awe, and majesty. Great for documentaries, trailers and TV shows that need a sense of imagination and emotion. In the style of Hans Zimmer and sci-fi movie soundtrack like "Gravity", "Interstellar", "The Martian".
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Synthwave track with cyberpunk punk like dark synths, and 1980s era nostalgia. Featuring booming drum beats, analog basses. Perfect as background music for futuristic sci-fi video games and movies, robotics and retrospective presentations.
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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.
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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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An upbeat track full of motivating, determined and confident emotions. Features piano, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, bass and drums. Well suited as background music for various video projects, including corporate products, business strategy points, medical breakthroughs, modern transformations, etc.
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A modern, versatile classical piano solo track. Suitable for a wide range of different projects.
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Epic, emotional and cinematic cue. Lush, melodic strings are joined by bold percussion, bright horns and synth elements that build to a dramatic, uplifting climax.
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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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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Sound track for heroic themes. Filled with military mood and inspires on feats. The powerful sound of the violin part with an aggressive rhythm. Enjoy!
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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.
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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This is inspiring and very emotional acoustic folk music with sweet and lovely atmosphere. Good optimistic and exciting tune can be perfect background audio for the many of yours multimedia projects.
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Atmospheric, embracing ambient track with deep sound. Good for cinematic documentary, timelapse video, commercial trailers, TV news broadcast, medical drama, scientific experiment, and other media projects.
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A chilled out country western ballad music with a strong melodic hook, whistling and an acoustic guitar. A bit melancholic, mellow and relaxing. Suitable for westerns, nature films and documentaries. Sounds like something that can play in open fields, deserts or mountains.
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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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Slowly building up an emotional and inspiring piano with an expansive and wide orchestra. The music has cinematic feel and mood, could also be useful in kinda discovery films.
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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.
1:35 , 1:59U, 1:59
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This is an energetic English folk tune. Featuring cellos, strings and percussions. It would be nice for historical films or video games.
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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Featuring a hang drum, Indian vocal samples and Indian instruments with warm and smooth synth sounds and arpeggiators with hypnotic drums machine. This is a lounge-chill out track that brings you into a comfortable zone in your mind.
1:21 , 0:29, 0:59, 2:59
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Groovy jazz music with acoustic piano, keyboards, bass and drums. This music is cool and will fit well for background music, restaurant music, cocktails and relaxed moments.
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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.
1:39 , 0:31, 0:58, 1:46
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Super dramatic symphonic composition for the heroic moments. Featuring a building orchestra with epic symphonic strings, strong percussion, brass, and piano. We take pride in making top-shelf background music to help you supercharge your visual 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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Futuristic inspirational background track, with light electronic drums and minimal house elements. Great for your corporate videos, technological presentation, website start page, new product promotion, information flow, 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.
1:47 , 2:25
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This is cool retro and vintage music with funky sound and easy mood. Perfect background for any stylish media product, bank heist, casino gambling games, spy chase, as a soundtrack for the detective movie like "Now You See Me".
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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.
1:15 , 2:07U, 2:07
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It's powerful, uplifting, heroic pop-rock track. Featuring powerful orchestral percussion, strong piano, acoustic guitars, synth, electric bass and solid rock drums. This track is great for uplifting presentations, strong and positive advertising, videos.
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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.
1:17 , 1:59, 2:00U
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A intriguing, fast jazz inspired groove. Featuring a distorted lead saxophone. Including versions which have been made to sound old and worn.
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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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This is an abstract and atmospheric ambient R&B track with huge space and boundless depth. Nice and warm background for any Video, Media, Youtube, Slide-Show, Radio, TV, Internet projects.
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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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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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 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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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Cinematic and melodic ethnic piece. Suitable for Dervish dance, Middle Eastern journey, oriental style projects, travel documentaries, 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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