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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.
1:50, 2:53
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Modern ambient electronic. Reflecting progress, buildings and modern structures. Suitable for various use, background music fly through animations, corporate reflections, cityscapes, progress etc. Corporate music for film, videos and sci-fi segments.
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Oppressive music, with slowly building cinematic tension that gives a sensation of increasing menace and inevitable fatal end. Performed by orchestra and choir. Perfect for psychological thrillers, crime dramas, war documentaries with the main theme about assassinations, victims, terror and horror.
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A sweeping, deep and ambient soundscape, with a vintage feel. With a complex, dense soundscape as the backdrop, a pleading violin/piano duo plays a wistful lead.
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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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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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Corporate music track with a motivational and inspiring feel. Perfect for business successful style, advertisement projects, high-tech product review, motivational and corporate projects, commercials, presentations, Film and TV.
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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.
1:52, 1:19, 1:45, 0:00, 2:29
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The powerful composition in the epic style. Heroic strings, mega drums and hard horns very good accentuate your fantasy blockbuster, war films, documentaries on espionage or military themes, movie trailers and video games.
1:08, 3173:06
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Themed hip hop storytelling instrumental featuring various synths, bass, saxophones, and bells. Possible uses can range from full songs, emotional, thoughtful scenes, etc.
1:50, 1:02, 2:15
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A dramatic and cinematic piece with piano and lush strings. It has a deep, emotional and epic quality with uplifting tones. Think about «Amelie Poulain» piano soundtrack by Yann Tiersen.
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This rousing, beautiful orchestral track with strings, horns, guitars and synthesizers. Conveys a sense of breathtaking magic and wonder. Great for games, documentaries, space, time and nature projects. Influences of Hans Zimmer.
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Futuristic ambient groovy track with classical music elements. Good choice for any of your commercial, animations, movies, openers, trailers and more!
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One Perfect Moment is a very soft and quite atmosphere track, with a very smooth and gentle piano movement in the background. This heartfelt, A beautifully reflective, mellow piece perfect for movie productions which looking to create a peaceful, heartwarming mood.
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Chill out music great for meditation, yoga, wellness, relaxation, documentaries. Great for slide shows about adventure and travel, discovery channel, any broadcast about the animal planet. Pads, Horns, Piano, Flute, ethereal and dream-like.
1:58, 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.
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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, 3:40
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Epic dark soundscape of emptiness and loneliness. Works fantastic in computer games, documentaries, apocalyptic videos. There are some distant “voices of fallen” vocal samples.
1:55, 0:42, 2:18
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Romantic melodious chillout track in the Enigma style. Featuring tender pan flute and bells solo, plus somnolent ambient synths. This track can be used in games and movies, video projects, as background music for websites and Youtube videos.
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Beautiful background inspiring corporate track. Great for: tutorials, presentation, business progect, motivational and successful videos.
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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.
1:09, 1:24, 2:34
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Traditional acoustic Delta Blues with the slide solo and acoustic guitar. Acoustic blues, ideal sound for films, presentations, video and simply to have a rest.
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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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Beautiful summer track in the style of Robert Miles "Children". Featuring light piano melody, electronic drum parts, violin parts. Great for refreshing atmospheric videos, romantic mood, youthful adventure, morning workout, freedom, love and happiness.
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.
1:51, 1:12, 2:16
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Orchestral, inspiring, dramatic, heroic, cinematic, epic track with strings, orchestral drums, brass section, percussion and more. Perfectly suitable for videos, games, trailers, and 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 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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Positive funk with urban breakbeat drums, slap bass, funky guitars and rhodes. Great for TV, hipster advertisement and hip background music.
1:56, 2:22
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Deeply philosophical and atmospheric track with beautiful melody. Main instruments are synth, piano, strings, pads and soft drum kit. Perfect background music for your Video, Radio, YouTube, Promo, Presentations, and other different Multimedia Projects.
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A deep, spacious hybrid string and thoughtful piano piece create a meditative, serene atmosphere. Suits well for projects needing tranquil soundscape, flashbacks, timelapse, documentaries, reflection, feeling of loss.
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Energetic electronic music in the 80s style with vintage synths, progressive feeling, and beautiful melody. Great for manga anime or Bruce Lee like action films, martial arts videos, such as karate, judo, kung fu, aikido, jujitsu, judo, tae kwon do, tai chi, kendo, and more.
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Light, upbeat and uplifting background music with a positive and sunny atmosphere. Perfect for any urban life and travel videos, new achievements, self-development strategies, lifetime moment, YouTube vlogs, radio jingles, corporate business plan, product demo and other multimedia 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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Meditative atmospheric music. A deep and beautiful ambient piano, a surround and large space, the best choice for slow motion, underwater shooting, freeze or drone video, morning light scenes.
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A peaceful, relaxing and versatile track. Good for relaxation, meditation, yoga, reiki, underwater, deep sea diving. You can use it for media apps, presentations, websites, as on-hold background music, so on.
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Old kind of blues. Ideal sound for black and white films, historical documentaries, videos or simply to have a rest.
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Beautiful modern classical background track which begins with solo piano and then grows to include strings and bass. Ideal for videos and productions about life, inspirational events, lifecycles, etc.
1:34, 1:56
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Confidence and optimism abound in this elevating track. Inspire your audience with a soft mood, warming and joyful. Perfect for use in corporate video, positive advertisements, and lively lifestyle programming. Witten in the manner of Thomas Newman.
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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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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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A very cinematic and emotional track featuring piano and lush strings. Similar in style to composers like Thomas Newman, James Newton Howard, and Rachel Portman. Perfect for any film or documentary, trailer, opening credits, end credits
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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.
1:13, 0:31, 1:02, 1:30, 0:00
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A confident and stylish jazz track with a groove driven by bass and piano. A catchy melody played by vibes and guitar.
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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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Dramatic strings and magical harp create majestic and uprising Hollywood orchestral sound. Charming underscore for epic film, heroic and emotional projects, documentaries, fantasy, glorifying love.
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This electronic music is a hypnotic blend of mystical synths and futuristic vibes. The plucky synth melodies are complimented with spacious pads, powerful bass and dynamic percussion. This music works great for a video game, future, alien, technology and television.
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Soft Inspiring ambient track is perfect for advertisement, media project. The track contains guitar, deep pads, rhythm section and other electronic sounds.
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This is an 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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My Hi-Tech is an IDM, break beat, electronica mix. It features a broken rhythm with glitch elements and stylish synth melody. Great for sci-fi projects, technological videos, robotics, transformers and more.
1:53, 2:01
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Modern, groovy and catchy track with a strong dubstep groove and inspiring atmosphere. Featuring soft synth, strings, swelling pads, groovy drums and pop piano. Perfect background music for your video, media, YouTube vlog promo, and other different multimedia projects.
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Dynamic inspirational track where East meets West consists of the energetic electronic groovy drum part and alluring oriental melody. You can use it for travel documentaries, corporate presentation, film scores, as trendy background music. Also good for media projects needing sophisticated and exotic underscore.
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Acoustic, mellow and relaxing track with light bossa nova beat and wonderful jazzy melody. Beautiful piano, strings, acoustic guitar and soft drums create cool, warm and pleasant atmosphere. Wonderful background music for on hold products, luxury commercial, real estate video, radio or Tv broadcast, leisure time and more.
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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 cinematic ethnic music combines a peaceful style with an island spirit. The marimba plays a relaxing melody while smooth keys and percussion add a bouncy groove. The music works great for a wide variety of apps including travel, vacation, ads, television and more.
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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A dark, ambient and reflective piano piece with abstract background sounds. Great for lush and dreamy scenes, thoughtful moments, distant planets, stargazing in film and documentaries.
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Powerful electronic hybrid epic music with a catchy and groovy hip-hop beat. Strong and bright modern epic sound with powerful synth, pianos, pads, and effects. Perfect background music for movie trailers and other technological projects.
0:42, 2:56
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This track is perfect for use in documentaries, slideshows, or any other cases, when you need special mood of city awakening. It draws some cold soundscapes; a lot of long-drawn-out background sounds are used. Pulsing beat is the basement of this track, but it also contains piano solo of an abstract, melodic and distant.
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Minimal background music with easy melody, and progressive dark techno elements. Great for new technologies, experimental science video, building development, innovations, scientific discovery, funny games, etc.
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A dark, strange cinematic soundscape with a deep, questioning mood and a repetitive percussive rhythm. Suitable for documentaries about mystery scenes, unanswered questions, ancient civilizations, conspiracy theory etc.
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Epic and dramatic cinematic track performed with big symphonic orchestra: drums and percussion, powerful strings, grand brass and deep piano. Perfect for motivational videos, trailers, movie, games, discovery video, travel projects, sports victory, YouTube videos and more.
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African percussion rhythmic beat that will take you to the hunting world of the deepest jungle. Will work perfectly for any travel documentaries, and nature related type of video projects. Because of its universal construction, well known traditional native percussion instruments and unique sand-drum, this music will work very well as an ethnic background.
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Deep techno tune with easy minimalistic melody, and progressive techno elements. Great for new technologies, experimental science video, building development, innovations, scientific discovery, funny games, etc.
1:26, 0:43, 1:29
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An emotional and cinematic track with vibes of hope, triumph, rising above and conquering.
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This one is an hip hop loop for various purposes. Cool as a track for commercial, hip hop videos and parties, etc. Enjoy!
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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 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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A folk, Celtic-style guitar and flute piece.
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A strange, authentically medieval music loop featuring wolf howling sound.
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An emotive classical inspired track.
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Dramatic hip-hop track with tense beats and melancholic mood.
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Dark progressive glitch hop style music creates stylish ambiance for the dark scenes.
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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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