Here are songs 24-40 in the Free Background music series. These songs can be used for free for non-commercial projects as long as they are properly credited (for my songs, add the credit “music by longzijun”, but for songs in the Featured Guest series, you follow the crediting guidelines below the video).
Free Background Music Series Songs
The download links for a particular are one that song’s information page (refer to the link below the video).
Tale of the Forgotten Forest Kingdom by Kate Kwok (Background Music 40) 3:00
Our latest song! A gentle, rhythmically flowing solo piano piece. There are two versions available: the one in the video (which is slightly compressed) and a version with the full dynamic range. For MP3 and WAV file download links for the two versions, go to longzijun.wordpress.com/2018/07/09/free-background-music-40/
Summit by Gary Ames (Background Music 39) 3:26
A pulsating, dramatic, orchestral piece (128 bpm). The kick drum comes in at around 1 minute and 10 seconds. It works well with action scenes.
For MP3 and WAV file download links for the two versions, go to Background Music 39: Summit by Gary Ames.
Somewhere Deep in the Sea by Jessica Yip (Background Music 38) 2:42
A solo piano instrumental. A beautiful, gentle piece. There are two versions available: the one in the video (which is slightly compressed) and a version with the full dynamic range.
For MP3 and WAV file download links for the two versions, go to Background Music 38: Somewhere Deep in the Sea.
Holly’s Theme (Background Music 37) 2:47
A solo piano instrumental. The first and third sections are fast and have a propulsive feel, while the middle section is sparse and melancholy. At the end of the video, there is also a 60-second orchestral version of part of the middle section (and a no-drums version of that is also available)
For MP3 and WAV file download links for the three versions, go to Background Music 37: Holly’s Theme.
Buoyant (Background Music 36) 4:20
An upbeat song with lots of sonic variety. It has elements of EDM, acoustic and pop music styles. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 36: Buoyant.
Broken (Background Music 35) 3:17
A three-minute gentle and sad song played on piano. It is influenced by classical minuets but is more minimalist and contemporary in feel. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 35: Broken.
I Vow to Thee My Country: Arranged and performed by Kate Kwok (Background Music 34) 2:12
A two-minute piano arrangement of this lovely, nostalgic song.
I Vow to Thee My Country: composition by Gustav Holst and Sir Cecil Spring Rice (1921); Piano arrangement and performance by Kate Kwok (2015).
For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 34: I Vow to Thee My Country. Please note that it is common to get false Content ID matches and copyright claims on original performances of public domain work. The linked page contains information on what you should do if you get such a claim.
Little Hero (Background Music 33) 2:58, 134 bpm
A three-minute dramatic theme song suitable for anime, AMVs (Anime Music Videos), anime and animation. It features nice melodies and a variety of textures and sounds—from classical strings to rock guitar to electronic synths. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 33: Little Hero.
The Hidden Path (Background Music 32) 11:00, 115 bpm
An eleven-minute song with a mysterious atmosphere and a percussion-heavy rhythmic feel, The song is influenced by East African music styles.A shorter seven-minute version of the song is also available. For MP3 and WAV file download links for both versions of the song, go to Background Music 32: The Hidden Path
Dubtitution (Background Music 31) 7:25, 95 bpm
This is a bass-heavy dub-inspired electronic track (think of the Jamaican dub of Sly & Robbie as opposed to dubstep). I wanted a lot of sonic variety in this song (a lot more than is normally found in dub), so there is a lot going on and the would be best suited to wordless videos (e.g., speed drawing, gaming, photography, sports montages, etc.). For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 31: Dubtitution.
Echoes & Fragments (Background Music 30) 3:00, 70 bpm
This is a short and slow piano piece in a minimalist style somewhat in the vein of the songs of new age composer Ludovico Einaudi. It starts off (and ends) very quietly and features a crescendo in the middle. With this dynamic contrast, the song isn’t very suitable for use in vlogs. It is more suitable for ‘silent’ videos where you want to create a somber mood. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 30: Echoes & Fragments.
Ravenchanter (Background Music 29) 4:04, 90 bpm
New age, ambient (acoustic guitar, bass, piano, drums, percussion and woodwind instruments). This is a mysterious and hypnotic piece that is a combination of folk and ambient music. It has a steady rhythm. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 29: Ravenchanter.
Wild Illusion by Nikolaos Taramanidis (Background Music 28) 5:43
An acoustic guitar ballad with faint echoes of Pink Floyd.
Music: Wild Illusion by Nikolaos Taramanidis
For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 28: Wild Illusion Nikolaos Taramanidis.
Sonicidence (Background Music 27) 2:48, 120 bpm
Electronica. This is designed as movie trailer music. It has a soft and hypnotic opening, a thumping bass and drum middle section and crunching rock final section. There are two different versions (the last section features a slightly different mix and arrangement. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 27: Sonicidence.
Almost a Love Story (Background Music 26) 5:00, 110 bpm
Pop, new age, folk. This is a wistful, melodic ballad influenced by the soundtrack music of Joe Hisaishi (who frequently worked on the anime of Hayao Miyazaki). For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 26: Almost a Love Story.
Memoryne (Background Music 25) 2:30, 116 bpm
Piano instrumental, classical. This is a gentle and melodic song that is somewhat in the style of a minuet. The mood is nostalgic; it is somewhat sad, but light at the same time. Though it is classical in style, the harmonic progression is inspired by the jazz standard My Funny Valentine. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 25: Memoryne.
Memoryne: Music Box Short Version (Background Music 25b) 0:55, 84 bpm
Here is a version of the main theme of Memoryne but in a music box style.The middle part ended up being too busy (too many notes), so this arrangement features the main melody only. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 25: Memoryne (select the music box version).
Lock and Love (Background Music 24) 6:24, 86 bpm
Classical, pop & folk. This is a romantic and melodic song with with flute, strings and acoustic guitar, bass and percussion. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Background Music 24: Lock and Love.
Some songs were created mainly using loops while other songs are mainly played using a Korg MicroX or M50 syntheszier. The songs were recorded together using Cakewalk’s Sonars Home Studio.