Free Background Music Series: Collaborations (Tracks 35-37)

For the three songs on this page I collaborated with other artists—a pianist, dancers and an underwater dancer. As with the other songs in this background music series, the seongs song can be used for free in non-commercial projects and in YouTube monetized videos (that are otherwise non-commercial in nature) as long as credit is provided: music by longzijun. For more information about the terms and conditions for using the music, you can refer to the detailed Terms of Use.

Track 37: Holly’s Theme (2:47)

Duration: 2:47
Style: Piano instrumental, new age, minimalist
About the song: I composed this song as part of the soundtrack for a short film my students were working on. To see some of the projects done by our student creative media team, you can visit our CMe Studio website.

There is also a bonus track at the end—a one-minute orchestral version of the slow part of the song. This shorter work is the 17th song in the Free Short Instrumentals Series (featuring songs that are 6 to 60 seconds in length).

Music Download Links: Holly’s Theme

Holly’s Theme (Main Version)

Holly’s Theme Reprise (a 60-second orchestral version of part of the song)

Holly’s theme Reprise Drumless Version (60-second orchestral version of part of the song)

People Involved

Music composition, music and video production: longzijun
Piano arrangement and performance: Kate Kwok

The following dancers are featured in this video:

  1. Haruko Kasai from Japan; video by Shinji Shirahige (visit his YouTube Channel)
  2. Hope Gemmell form the US (visit her YouTube Channel)
  3. Applee Official from the Czech Republic (visit her YouTube Channel)
  4. Sarik Karichashvili and Mariam Barbaqadze from Georgia, with choreography by Sarik Karichashvili, Modern Dance Studio (visit his YouTube Channel).

Track 36. Buoyant (4:20)

Duration: 4:20
Tempo: 120 bpm
Style: Upbeat, electronic pop
This video is a collaboration with Juliana Payson, who supplied the original video footage of her swimming, dancing underwater, experimenting with synchronized swimming skills and doing other kinds of workout routines.
About the music: The song is built around the idea of contrast. For example, sparse textures are set against very busy parts with multiple melodic lines vying for attention. At one point, there is a melody shared by three synth sounds layered over top of two complex arpeggio patterns and a few lines of whole-note chords and individual notes.

Music Download Links: Buoyant

  • MP3 file 320 kbps, 48 khz (Box)
  • MP3 file 320 kbps, 48 khz (OneDrive)
  • WAV file (Dropbox. Click on the icon with three dots at the top right of the screen, to open the download link. Dropbox has a daily bandwidth limit, so the file may not be available)
  • WAV file (Google Drive)
  • WAV file (OneDrive)

People Involved

Music composition, performance and production and video editing: longzijun
Video footage: Juliana Payson

About Juliana: Through her YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ7pET8Qe1U4vjWbZ-7cYng), Juliana has been documenting and sharing recovery methods and fitness training after having hip-replacement surgery.

“I’m 39 years old with a hip replacement, and use my play with water for restorative healing. I am a bionic ballerina, sometimes when I have reached my limit of activity the only way to continue spending my energy without further impact irritation is underwater. I’ve since discovered that we all have the potential to train our affinity with water further, though I have not yet taken it to it’s full potential. I’m very comfortable just playing with my freedom of movement and spiritual relaxation underwater.

I am also a synesthete. In my particular case I can “feel” sound. It’s sort of like an aberration of the senses that processes multiple sources of sound information and creates the feeling. I can walk in the dark without bumping into furniture for example, feeling the density of sound emanating from my footsteps. Underwater, the environment takes over these feelings, I can feel the size of the pool, which direction the deep end is, all from the sound feeling. I have a pretty good sense of seeing where I’m going underwater, though my eyesight is not that great.

These skills are not unusual they are untrained in most of us, and many are probably not even aware. But getting more comfortable in the water is definitely one way of coming into contact with these senses if you have them. I have heard as many as 5% of us process our senses a little differently, we are just conformed to thinking within the box. Listen to the music, let go and explore….”

Track 35. Broken (3:17)

Duration: 3:17
Style: Piano instrumental, minimalist, new age
This video is a collaboration with Kate Kwok (who arranged and performed my composition) and Lee Chan, who choreographed and performed the dance.
About the music: The mood of the piece is melancholy. The song is influenced by classical minuets and has the ABA structure and 3/4 time signature associated with that form. However, the arrangement is rather sparse and minimalist in style, giving the song a more contemporary feel. This song is about the sudden and unexpetec end of a friendship.

Music Download Links: Broken

People Involved

For this video, Lee Chan, a dance and yoga teacher based in Hong Kong, choreographed and performed the ballet. In this dance, Lee emphasizes her en pointe techniques. You can see her dance in a more contemporary style in our video for the song The Hidden Path (youtu.be/U23s1qFcNbU)

Kate Kwok, a Form 6 (Grade 12) student in Hong Kong provided the piano arrangement and played the piano. Coincidentally, she is also a ballet dancer. You can see some of her piano arrangements and covers in these videos:

The composition is by myself (longzijun). I also shot and edited the video and did the audio recording. We recorded the song using a Yamaha Clavinova at our school’s Creative Media Studio (cmestudio.wordpress.com), an education project I set up a few years ago.


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