Free Background Music

You can preview and download songs in my free background music series here. In each section, the download link appears below the preview video of each song. You can browse and preview the tracks by song number, by style of music or by duration. If you like the songs, it would also be great if you could spare a few seconds to help me out in any of the following ways: liking, sharing, adding to favorites and/or commenting on any of my song videos or background music pages, adding a direct link to this page or subscribing to my YouTube channel. Any such support would be very much appreciated.

Latest Song: The Hidden Path (Background Music No. 32)

 

General Terms of Use

You can use these original music compositions as free background music for any non-commercial projects that you are working on (e.g., video, animation, presentations, etc.); just provide a credit (music by longzijun). The music may not, however, be used in works that are pornographic (or promote pornography) or that deliberately promote violence or illegal activities or that or incite hatred. If your intended use is not strictly non-commercial (e.g., monetization using AdSense) or you are running a small business that would like to use the music, check out the much more detailed terms of use: longzijun.wordpress.com/music/free-background-music-series-terms-of-use/

Videos Featuring my Songs

To see how other these songs are being used in other videos you, you can go to the Your Videos, My Songs page.

 

Preview & Download Background Music: Browse by Song No.

 

Preview & Download Background Music: Browse by Style

(click on the icon to load the page)

Relaxing and Romantic Background Music

Relaxing & Soft: Sad & Romantic Background Music

Chill-out, Ambient, Relaxing Background Music

Relaxing & Soft: Rhythmic & Ambient Music

Rock Instrumentals - Background Music

Rock Instrumentals – Background Music

Upbeat Songs and Lively Background Music

Upbeat Songs and Lively Background Music

Electronica, Techno & Trance Background Music

Electronica, Techno & Trance Background Music

Classical (only two songs, but more to come)

Classical (only two songs, but more to come)

Blues Backing Tracks For Solos and Improvisation

Jazz & Blues

 

 

Preview & Download Background Music: Browse by Duration

if you are looking fo a song of a specific length, you can use this list of my songs arranged according to duration, to help you find the song you are looking for. Go to the list: Browse Songs by Duration

 

YouTube Channel Trailer

More songs will be added later, so check back soon or subscribe to my main YouTube channel

 

Troubleshooting Video Preview Problems

If the preview videos are not working: There is likely a problem with Flash or YouTube. You can either try clearing your browser cache, but if this doesn’t work, you can preview the songs from the download link or visit my Vimeo channel and preview the songs there (sorry for any inconvenience):

 

Background Music by Other Composers

There are quite a few talented composers willing to let you use their music for free. Some of these musicians will also allow their music to be used for free in commercial projects, and there some who are even willing to write custom-made scores for free or for a fee. I’ve listed some of these composers on this page: Free Background Music and Scores from a variety of composers in a variety of styles

I’ve noticed some people are coming here by searching for ‘commercial music’. If you are looking for licensing royalty-free music you can try using Google to search for” “background music” “commercial” -“non-commercial” (the quotes and – sign are important) or simply “royalty-free music”. Most people offering royalty-free music seek a one-off payment (often around $10) for use of the song.

Why do I Offer Free Music?

I started writing and producing songs for my own use on video projects related to my work (I am a teacher) and for projects some of my students were working on. One of the difficult parts about making videos is finding background music that can be legally used, and a lot of people, such as students working on projects, charities doing promotional videos and people just making family videos, don’t really have a budget for licensing songs, so I thought it would be a good idea to share the songs I had already produced. The songs were doing nothing but sitting in my computer doing whatever it is that unused files do on a hard drive. Why not make them useful? Once I uploaded my music, the feedback was positive, so I also started writing songs just for fun and also making these available for people who need it.

I don’t sell any of the songs at the moment for the following reasons: 1) My work contract explicitly forbids taking on additional jobs without permission (which is fair enough); 2) As mentioned before, there are some people who don’t really have a budget for songs. Why not help them out? 3) Offering free downloadable background music has turned out to be a fairly effective way to attract listeners. Perhaps in the future, I will start licensing new songs, so it be to my advantage if I already had a good reputation and there were people who had already used and/or knew about my work.

Sometimes I am asked to do custom-made scores. Unfortunately, at this stage I am unable to do this. First, my normal day job keeps me busy, so I can only work on music projects when I have some free time to spare. Second, as I am not a very skillful musician or songwriter it takes me a long time to produce each song. I generally play around with ideas for a few months before a concrete and complete song concept emerges, and and then it takes quite a while to record the different parts and mix the whole song. As an extreme example, the basic musical ideas for the song Memoryne were first developed eight years before the song itself was completed. I don’t think many people would be willing to wait a few years for their custom-made music or be able to afford the huge fees I would have to charge to make it worth my time.

How Can You Help?

As mentioned at the top of the page their are many easy and quick ways that you can offer your support.

  • You can like, share and/or comment on this page
  • You can like, share and/or comment any of my music videos
  • You can subscribe to my YouTube channel
  • You can add any of my music videos to a favorites list or other playlist
  • On your website or blog or in your video description, you can add a link to this page or to any of my music videos
  • You can even help by playing my song(s) all the way to the end

Every little bit of support can help and would be greatly appreciated.
 


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57 thoughts on “Free Background Music

  1. Hi there,
    I found your music in youtube and it bring me to here.
    I downloaded one of your music and gonna to use it for my school presentation’s background music.
    thx for creating such a wonderful music!
    wish u all the best =D

  2. Hi Ando, I’m not sure where you got that e-mail address from.

    The music is free for non-commercial purposes–just give a credit (music by longzijun). I also allow its use (also for free) for commercial purposes for smaller organisations (depending on the nature of the business).

    If you want to use the music somewhere on the kronplatz site, that would be fine.

    I would appreciate it if you could send a link (I am curious about how the music ends up being used.

  3. I love “Dreams” and plan to use it in a group presentation video for class. Your name has already been listed in my credits. Thank you so much for offering such lovely compositions!

  4. I down loaded your composition “Dreams” and am planning to use it for a video some friends and I are making right now. It was great to find a awesome song like this for free. Thanks and I am adding your name to the credits. I will send a link to you when the video is finished.

  5. Helloo! You are amazing :). I am planning to use a few of them for a big school project. I will of course add your name to the credits, and if by any chance i post it on YouTube, i will add you to the link. Thanks!

  6. Hey man, I was wondering if its possible to use your track (Background Music 02: Versatile) for my school project, its a promotional video competition for my university? I will add your name to the credits.

    Great music btw ;)

  7. Hello,

    Can i use Free Background Music 12: Dreams as a background music for a video presentation of an IT project? The video will be sent to kickstarter.com and posted on the website.

    Best Regards,
    Mihai

  8. Was wondering if I could use one of these for a short promotional youtube clip (1 min) announcing an event for my not profit trade association. Don’t really know how to provide credit (mixing video myself and I’m an amateur) and would prefer to pay something nominal (or gain advanced permission).

  9. Hi Matt, it is simple to provide credit. You just put a title/subtitle at the very end of the video (music by longzijun). All video editing software, even Windows Movie Maker, has some function for putting text onto a video.

  10. Longzijun = Thank you for the BEAUTY!!!!!

    I getting feedbacks how great is the music in my video! Really good job, and I must say I was searching for days to find the right one! Love it!
    :)
    Susa Dosa

  11. Thank you very much! Your music is wonderful, and just what I needed for an animation I’m working on for an art class.

  12. Hello Longzijun, this is James Harris of Harris Promotions Inc. I just heard the background
    music 12 dreams and man it is just the sound I’m looking for. Iwant to use it for a background sound for my ebook; it’s a christian ebook. If it’s OK to use, could you contact me at the email below thank you jrh.

  13. I have read and understand all of your recommendations for music use. I would like to use your music for instructional videos at http://lifeandlimbgel.com . My business is a small family owned business offering an elite line of hot and cold therapy products. I have the videos ready to go up on my site, it would be great if I could use your music! Thank you,
    Chelsea Frank

  14. Recently, I used Snacks & Watches in a video of mine (link below). I gave you credit in the… well, in the credits, but I’m starting to think about becoming an AdSense member. If I do, do I still have permission to use the song, and if so, is there anything extra I must do to stay legal?

    Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R98LUnnPqa8 (the credit and the song are both in the credits)

  15. What a gift. We have a small Breakfast/Lunch Restaurant (wife & me), we use Picassa to build a slide show of the foods we offer, and play it on a TV Monitor at out Counter. The slide show needs sound and I’ve been searching for something appropriate.

    We can’t afford the big time programmers so I’ve tried to do it myself. You can see it under “Gabby’s Restaurant” at http://www.odessabusinesspark.com.

    I hope it would be alright to use one of your creations. I have not heard them all, but what I have heard would work well.

    Thank you.

  16. Thank you for the permission. We will definitely contribute to charity because we do it regularly anyway. Our favorite is the Girl Scouts because we have a number of families that have children who belong, but it doesn’t end there, we also like Charity Newsies, as well as the cjhildrens baseball teams, Goodwill, and the Salvation Army to name a few. We also contribute to the childrens gift funds at Walmart at Christmas.

    I still have no idea which song or songs we might use, but we will pledge to meet your requirments.

    Thank you, Cliff & Sara

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  18. Hi, I am Aditya, I am making my first short fiction film, the budget is very low so I was looking for some free music that I could use and I came across this website, My email is addywlcwala@gmail.com, please send me your terms and agreements, I must tell you that this film is not for commercial purposes but if in future if it generates any revenue then I agree to pay you according to your set terms.

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  21. I really appreciate your collections here,you have really done a great work here.keep it up bro,i will share your page across.thanks for taking your time collect such great works in a single piece

  22. I disagree that you’re not a skillful musician. You are very gifted, and that’s amplified with your generosity. Thank you so much! :)

  23. Your style is really unique compared to other folks I’ve read stuff from.
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