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A strange orchestral cinematic piece, revolving around the clock-like ring of a sonically altered music box. Excellent dramatic music to create a moving atmosphere, sensitive mood, tender and emotional underscore for poignant moments in life. In the style of Thomas Newman.
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This is an epic and motivational cinematic track perfect for trailers, films, motivational videos, inspirational videos, video games and more.
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This epic, interstellar, thunderous orchestral track builds to a huge, dramatic climax with rousing strings, horns and deep, dark synthesizer moods to add an extra sense of magic and wonder. Great for games, documentaries, space, time and nature projects. Influences of Hans Zimmer. A wondrous, majestic trip though time and space. INSTRUMENTS: Drums, Guitars, Strings, Brass and Synths. SIMILAR TO: Hans Zimmer, Thomas Bergersen, Trevor Morris, Steve Jablonsky, Harry Gregson Williams, Two Steps From Hell, James Newton Howard, Brian Tyler, James Horner, John Powell, Michael Giacchino and Harry Gregson Williams.
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A strange, dark acoustic guitar piece, creating a unique atmosphere and mood. This minimalistic track is perfect background for projects about life, silence, stargazing, ecology, world, forests, nature and variety of uses
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Inspirational, uplifting and motivating corporate music with a positive and relaxed atmosphere. Featuring soft synth arpeggio, electric and acoustic guitars harmonics, mellow drums. Orchestral string section comes in later to bring the listener a warm and emotional feel. The music is clean and minimal and easily could be used in business, commercial or promotional video and presentation.
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Epic, powerful and climactic cinematic trailer music, with soaring horns, lush strings, hybrid synth sounds, FX and deep bass shaking percussion. An atmospheric start slowly builds in dramatic tension to an awesome finale. Great for trailers, games, documentaries and presentations. Influences of Hans Zimmer and Brian Tyler.
1:18, 1:29
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Smooth, gentle & relaxing track, featuring touching & uplifting soaring strings with atmospheric textures that create a tender and dreamy mood. Perfect for drones footage, nature & travels videos.
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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.
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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 sad, dark, strange, experimental classical music piece. It creates an indescribable and unique mood.
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This is an inspiring and reflective piano piece. Perfect for commercials, corporate videos and inspirational videos.
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An inspirational and positive track featuring piano, strings, glockenspiel and electric guitars. Perfect for professional and business presentations and videos, commercials and documentaries.
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An epic, majestic orchestral background music. Perfect for video games, fantasy animations, epic adventures, historical films, treasure hunters, glory and more! Think about Game of Thrones, The Tudors, Pirates of the Caribbean, Renaissance era and more.
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Bright, positive, confident, motivating, inspiring and uplifting minimal tech corporate music. Good for inspirational videos, media projects, corporate, life and travel, motivational startup video production, websites.
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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.
1:41, 0:59, 1:47
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Easy piano blues, bouncy rhythm, simple and light. Great music for ambient situations and background usage.
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An emotional, minimal cinematic acoustic piano track accompanied by light flautando strings and synths. Conveys an atmosphere of thoughtfulness and contemplation.
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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.
1:34, 0:36, 1:43
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This is a powerful epic dramatic cinematic scene trailer music intro with exciting sound. The track contains different bright instruments – big war battle drums, violins, cello, live bass, strings, brass, epic vocals (it was me :), synths. This track can be used in war games and movies, documentary scientific films, as a movie trailer or epic, adventure musical website's background, travel programs "Lonely Planet" alike.
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Whisper Of The Heart is a soft and quiet atmospheric track, with smooth and gentle guitar pads in the background. This beautifully reflected mellow piece is perfect for film productions which looking to create a peaceful and heartwarming mood.
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.
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Quiet jazz tune plunges the listener into the atmosphere of the city at night. Suitable for a variety of multimedia projects.
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An atmospheric, ethereal track that blends a piano and lush orchestral elements with otherworldly synth sounds, with an uplifting, haunting vibe that conveys a sense of magic and awe. Great for time-lapse, documentaries, space, time and nature projects.
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Exciting and uplifting track with a strong electronic industrial feel. This positive and bouncy track is great for projects related to industry, technology, and science, as well as corporate motivational videos, sports, and action.
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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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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A romantic guitar arpeggio leads an emotive piano with smooth underlying string lines that create a reflective and melancholy mood.
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A dramatic, action-packed, epic adventure track with driving drums, electric guitar, and orchestra. Great for sports events, challenges, trailers, games, promos, podcasts, and projects that need an energetic, cinematic soundtrack.
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Cool and straight pop track with groove. On a base of electric guitars additional synth elements build up slowly increasing suspense. Perfect as background for movies, documentaries, tech videos and many more.
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A sad, nostalgic cinematic soundscape. Created by bowing a Tibetan Singing Bowl.
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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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A thoughtful classical music piece featuring a piano and solo violin. Suitable for ballet main theme as Sleeping Beauty, fairy tales, dramatic love stories, heartfelt relationship, storybook, and projects needing magical and ethereal atmosphere.
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Tranquil cinematic Piano background music calm restrained for reflective settings. drama advertise TV/slideshow flash documentary etc. Comforting sad and moving.
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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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This is a sad and melancholic track, full of pain and emotion. great for sadness and melanchoic scenes, slow and mellow projects, documentary films, slow and drama backgrounds and much more.
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Smooth and gentle, featuring touching clean guitar, light strings and atmospheric textures that create a tender and uplifting mood. Perfect for drones footage , nature & travels videos.
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A peaceful but also Epis World Music instrumental with typical eastern sounds. It can fit perfectly with documentaries or footages about Asian countries. It can also fit very well with travel videos (Tibet, China, Thailand, Vietnam) and adventure videos as well. It has a sort of Buddha Bar feeling. Percussions, Vocals, Flute, Baglama, Zither, Bass.
1:55, 0:30, 0:51, 2:07
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This is romantic melodious chill out track with tender synths, guitar and bells solo, somnolent ambient deep pads, percussion and laid back sounds of the sea. Relax! This easy listening track can be used in games and movies, fashion or erotic video projects, advertising, as background music for websites. Different versions of this calm dreamy ambient track included – original, 2min looped and 30s 50s meditative logo intro.
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Enjoy this 2:00 minutes of an atmospheric new-age ambiance with a soft piano and pads fills out the arrangement. Spacey, sci-fi and bizarre, Dreamy, flowing, positive. This beautiful track has a pastoral atmosphere. Great for underwater, nature, space videos projects.
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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 uplifting, patriotic orchestral track with smooth strings, bold, bright horns, choirs, guitars and synths. An emotional start builds to a glorious and a dramatic cinematic climax. Great for military scenes and trailers. Conveys pride and loyalty.
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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This is a sad and melancholic track, full of pain and emotion. great for sadness and melancholic scenes, slow and mellow projects, documentary films, slow and drama backgrounds and much more.
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Dramatic and inspirational starts slowly with strings and piano and builds up to a powerful entrance. Perfect for advertising, commercials, slideshows and promotional videos.
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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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Electronic FX and synths combine with digital synths and beats to create this futuristic, atmospheric track. Great for video games, VR, trailers and projects that need a soundtrack to convey technology and scientific discovery.
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Energetic electronic track with a static synth bass theme, synth staccatos and a cello melody in the background. Perfect for extreme sports, documentaries, slideshows or commercials are some examples.
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Modern music for contemporary business, technological and corporate media. Works well for high-tech product review, motivation and corporate projects, medicine, science, technology and discovery.
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Energetic and willful song with a distinctive drum sound. For technology, sports, documentaries and much more.
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Fun and easy melody, which is well suited for video games, children’s TV show, comic shows, videos or background, etc. There is also loop version of the track.
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. Perfectly suitable for making a song, background music for a film or video, documentaries, commercials and other projects. I hope you like it.
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A strange and intriguing acoustic guitar solo piece. Perfect for tense, dramatic acoustic underscore, melancholic and reflective feel, pensive cinematic scenes, moments of hesitation and uncertainty, emotive tension. Lots of movement and unexpected changes.
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Asian fusion pop song with catchy melodies and a combination of modern and traditional rhythm elements with additional effects.
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Hypnotic and meditative tune with electric guitar arpeggios, mallet instruments and a light modern beat. Suitable for documentaries, meditation, underwater videos, wellness, inspirational videos and much more.
1:32, 0:29, 0:59, 3:02
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Healing music for meditation, spa, yoga, relaxation. Great background music for the hotel lobby, lazy afternoon at home, restaurant reception, reflective moments. Slow track with synthesizer and piano.
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A strange, authentically medieval music loop featuring wolf howling sound. Suitable for historical documentaries about ancient world, medieval life, royal castles and distant times.
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An epic cinematic trailer useful for cinema or youtube epic trailers, video game intro or end title screens, trailers, credits, menu, hold screens, or as background music in a game. It will create massive mash-ups and intense experiences that will raise the blood pressure in your audience. It is suited for sci-fi, warfare, action, extreme sports, fantasy, etc
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A dark, strange medieval inspired dance piece. Good for documentaries about Middle Ages, life in castles, the Medieval Period of history, festival of war history reconstruction.
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This is an Arabic middle eastern track, orchestrated with oud, Arabian flute, and percussion.Great for oriental and middle east projects, Africa and desert scenes, Arab documentary, oriental backgrounds and much more.
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A folk, Celtic-style guitar and flute piece. Great background music for rural scenes, medieval life, castles, taverns, historical documentaries, distant times and places.
1:44, 2:38, 0:00
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Hip Hop track in the aggressive mood. It features piano and synths. Good for urban video, GTA style games, conspiracy, crime lab scenes, reflective moments, Reality TV, CSI investigation, spy scenes.
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A classical piano piece, inspired by the piano water music of Claude Debussy.
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This is an African beat with vocals and percussion, great for tribal and jungle scenes, safari and wildlife projects, National Geographic's films, ethnic moods and much more.
1:38, 0:31, 1:02, 2:54
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Inspirational and emotional Rock with Blues elements.
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An ambient, evolving, chill and improvised arp piece.
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A light acoustic instrumental background track with an uplifting motivational character.
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A little sad melody beautiful combination of piano and flute and bass in the background.
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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