Upbeat Background Music and Dramatic Themes: Free Instrumentals

Few of my songs can be considered upbeat or dramatic. No matter what I do, when I create a song, it tends to come out a little sad sad and laid-back. These would be the most exciting and happiest ones so far. the songs can be use for free for non-commercial purposes (read the Terms of Use). 

1.Dramatic Themes

Summit by Gary Ames (3:26)

This is a pulsating, energetic orchestral soundtrack (128 bpm). The kick drum comes in after about 70 seconds. This song is part of a featured guest series, and the song should be credited as follows: Composed and produced by Gary Ames. For more information and download links (MP3 and WAV files are available), go to:

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Little Hero (2:58)

This is a dramatic, anime-influenced theme. It is fast (134 bpm) and features a lot of orchestral instruments as well as rock guitar and electronic sounds. For more information and download links (MP3 and WAV files are available), go to:

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Intro 06 (19-21 sec.)

This is a slower, but expansive sounding short theme that blends classical and electronica timbres. This intro itself contains a two-second intro that you can cut if you need a slightly shorter theme. The MP3 and WAV file download links are on this page:

Intro Themes 5 to 8 (see Track 6)

2.Upbeat Songs

Buoyant (4:20)

This song is in a minor key, but is still quite bubbly and cheerful. For more information and download links (MP3 and WAV files are available), go to:

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Versatile (3:28)

This is a lively song with a lot of different instruments— drums, xylophones, horns, bass and guitars. For more information and download links (MP3 and WAV files are available), go to:

Versatile: Free Background Music 2

Intro 03: Just Be (0:24)

This is a light, reggae-flavored intro theme. The MP3 and WAV file download links are on this page:

Intro Themes 1 to 4 (see Track 3)

Intro 10: Upbeat Jazz Intro (0:18)

There are eight different versions of this lively jazz theme theme:

Versions 1-4 (YouTube)

1. Guitar and tuba only
2. Piano, guitar, tuba and drums
3. Clarinet, trombone, saxophone, piano, tuba, drums
4. Female vocals (scat style), piano, guitar, tuba

Versions 5-8 (Vimeo)

5. Guitar, piano, tuba
6. Female vocals (scat style), piano, guitar, tuba, drums
7. Clarinet, trombone, saxophone, piano, tuba
8. Distorted vocals (electric guitar sound), piano, guitar, tuba, drums

The MP3 and WAV file download links are on this page:

Track 10: Jazz Intro

Transect (6:55)

This one is from the electronica section. It is not particularly happy but it is quite fast and has some energy. There is also a version without the guitar solo at the end. For more information and download links (MP3 and WAV  files are available), go to:

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Little Ape (3:00)

This one has a lo-fi kind of sound. The melody is wistful, but the beat is bright and uptempo.For more information and download links (MP3 and WAV  files are available), go to:

Free Background Music Tracks 10-12


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7 thoughts on “Upbeat Background Music and Dramatic Themes: Free Instrumentals

  1. Thank you for your free music clips. I used Versatile in a Book Trailer I made for one of my publishing clients. I credited you at the end of the trailer. Thanks again, Dr. C.

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