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)
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
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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
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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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