New Background Music Song: Broken (Ballet & Piano Collaboration)

Our Free Background Music series continues with the 35th song—Broken, a gentle and melancholy piano ballad about the end of a friendship.

Credits

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.
 

Music Style

The mood of the piece is rather 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.
 

About the Song

This song is about the end of a friendship. Sometimes friendships simply fade away, but sometimes they quickly disintegrate, leaving at least one person one hurt and bewildered. This song is about the second kind of ending and was written after a friendship suddenly fell apart.

I wrote the song for three reasons. First, it was simply a way to distract myself from thinking too much. Second, it allowed me to express the emotions that were building up within me Third, it served as a kind of farewell message and invitation to the former friend. The song was initially titled ‘The Door is Always Open’, meaning that I would always be open to a reconciliation and possibly a renewal of the friendship sometime in the future. I think if two people were once friends, there must have been a reason for it, so they shouldn’t dismiss the idea of ever becoming friends again.

However, if the friendship ended, there must also have been a good reason for that. Therefore, wouldn’t it be better to just let things be and not risk reopening old wounds?

I don’t know the answer.

At first, I had hoped to find a smoother way to link the two different sections, but later on I accepted that perhaps the music didn’t have to feel so unified. After all, when I was originally composing the song a couple of years ago, my different emotions—sadness, regret, bitterness—were all jammed together. That is why I left the song as it was—as a kind of record of my emotions.

I did send the first draft of this song the friend it was about. I am not sure if she ever listened to it.
 

Free Background Music Series

As with the other songs in this series, this solo piano piece is free to use for non-commercial purposes as long as credit is provided (music by longzijun). The song can also be used in monetized videos on YouTube that are otherwise non-commercial in nature (as long as the music is credited). You can refer to the terms of use (longzijun.wordpress.com/music/free-background-music-series-terms-of-use) for more detail.

The download links for the music files (MP3 versions and WAV files) are at the bottom of the YouTube video description (either play the embedded video and click on the YouTube icon to open the YouTube video page or click on this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVQBFlHvI_s). You might also like to listen to other songs in the free background music series: Free Background Music Songs 24-36: Preview & Download.

Background Music: Techno, Electronica & Trance

Electronica, Techno & Trance Background MusicThese songs are under the broad category of electronica and are more upbeat than those in the chill-out category. The songs may be used for non-commercial purposes; simply provide the credit: music by longzijun (read the Terms of Use). More songs will be added later. Go the Free Background Music main page

 

Download Problems

If you are having downloading problems, please refer to this page for possible solutions: Downloading Problems (Free Background Music Series).

Background Music Songs

Buoyant (4:30. Background Music 36)
The song combines house music influences with pop and acoustic sounds. There are a lot of little sonic surprises throughout the song.

The download links for the music files (MP3 versions and WAV files) are at the bottom of the YouTube video description (either play the embedded video and click on the YouTube icon to open the YouTube video page or click on this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVQBFlHvI_s).

Transect (6:55, Background Music 18)
I like this one best. A harder-driving song

Download MP3:Transect
Download MP3:Transect (no guitar solo)

Dubtitution (7:25, Background Music 31)

A bass-heavy, dub-inspired song with a lot of sonic variety (bass, drums, celesta, clavichord, wah-wah rhythm guitar, processed lead guitar, organ and a lot of different percussion instruments)
Download MP3:Dubtitution

San (3:43, Background Music 16)
This one is also quite nice. It is a mid-tempo and more melodic piece

Download MP3: San

Happy Virus (0:36, Background Music 08)
A short techno-flavored song for intros. Do check out Mandy Mui’s lovely animation

Download MP3: Happy Virus
 


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Upbeat Background Music and Dramatic Theme: Free Instrumentals

Upbeat Songs and Lively Background MusicFew 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).
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Download Problems

If you are having downloading problems, please refer to this page for possible solutions: Downloading Problems (Free Background Music Series).

1.Dramatic Themes

Little Hero (2:58, Background Music 33)
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.

Download MP3: Little Hero (BGM 33)
Download WAV: Little Hero (BGM 33)

Intro Theme Music 06 (19-21 seconds, Instrumental Theme 06)
This is a slower, but expansive sounding short theme that blend classical and electronica timbres. This intro itself contains a two-second intro that you can cut if you need a slightly shorter theme.

Download MP3 Version: Short Instrumental Theme 06
Download WAV Version: Short Instrumental Theme 06
 

2.Upbeat Songs

Buoyant (4:20 Background Music 36) 4:20
A new upload! In a minor key, but still quite bubbly and cheerful.

The download links for the music files (MP3 versions and WAV files) are at the bottom of the YouTube video description (either play the embedded video and click on the YouTube icon to open the YouTube video page or click on this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVQBFlHvI_s).

Versatile (3:28, Background Music 02)
This is a lively song with a the works— drums, xylophones, horns, bass and guitars

Download MP3:Versatile

Just Be (0:24, Instrumental Theme 03)
This is a happy, reggae-influenced short theme.

Download MP3: Just Be

Upbeat Jazz Intro (0:18, Instrumental Theme 10)

There are eight different versions of this 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
Download MP3 Part 1: Jazz Intro (Versions 1-4)
 

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
Download MP3 Part 2: Jazz Intro (Versions 5-8)

 

Snacks and Watches – Short Version (4:42, Background Music 04b)
Only the first 1:45 can be considered upbeat. This part features mellow, latin rhythms and a nice acoustic guitar solo. After 1:45, however, it goes into a more dramatic minor key mood.


Download MP3: Snacks and Watches

Transect (6:55, Background Music 18)
This one is from the electronica section. It is not particularly happy but it is quite fast and has some energy.

Download MP3:Transect
Download MP3:Transect (no guitar solo)

Little Ape (3:00, Background Music 22)
This one has a lo-fi kind of sound. The melody is wistful, but the beat is bright and uptempo.

Download MP3:Little Ape
 


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Soft and Relaxing Background Music: Chillout and Ambient

Chill-out, Ambient, Relaxing Background MusicThese songs have a laid-back, electronic feel to them. A lot of my composition fall into this chill-out category. These songs tend to work quite well as background tracks because they are relatively unobtrusive with some songs bordering on ambient. These chillout tracks may be used for non-commercial purposes; simply provide the credit: music by longzijun (Except of course for those songs featured guests. In this case the indicated composer should be credited).

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Download Problems

If you are having downloading problems, please refer to this page for possible solutions: Downloading Problems (Free Background Music Series).

Background Music Songs

The Hidden Path (11:00, Background Music 32)
An East African influenced rhythmic and relaxing song

Download MP3: The Hidden Path (BGM 32)
Download WAV: The Hidden Path (BGM 32)

A shorter seven-minute version of the song is also available.

Download MP3: The Hidden Path: Seven-Minute Cut (BGM 32b)
Download WAV: The Hidden Path: Seven-Minute Cut (BGM 32b)
 

Ravenchanter (4:04, Background Music 29)
A mysterious and hypnotic piece with acoustic guitar, bass, piano, drums, percussion and wind instruments.

The file for this one has disappeared. Here is a temporary link. A higher quality version will be uploaded in mid-August: https://app.box.com/s/kc048oc0x48tdnmc1ndh

Dreams (10:40, Background Music 12)
The most popular song in the collection so far

Download MP3:Dreams

Chillvolution (4:45, Background Music 23)
A laid-back, jazzy, hip-hop groove

Download MP3:Chillvolution

Echoes & Fragments (3:00, Background Music 30)
Minimalist, new age piano

Download MP3:Echoes & Fragments

Featured Guest Series (FGS01: Nikolaos Taramanidis (Composer and Guitarist): Wild Illusion (5:43)
Acoustic guitar. The first part of the song is gentle; the second half, starting at 3:11 is more of rock ballad with a hint of blues

This song is part of the new Featured Guest Series, so you will have to go to that page to get the download link and read the terms of use: Free Background Music: Featured Guest Series

Dubtitution (7:25, Background Music 31)
A bassy, dubby track with a lot of sonic variety (xylophone, lots of bass, clavichord, wah-wah guitar, processed guitar, organ and loads of electronic and natural percussion, and did I mention bass?)

Download MP3: Dubtitution

Snacks and Watches – Short Version (4:42, Background Music 04b)
Rhythmic but mellow (synthesizer, piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, acoustic bass. electric bass, Asian fiddle, drums, percussion)


Download MP3: Snacks and Watches

Snacks and Watches (7:21, Background Music 04)
The longer version, with an electronic intro and longer coda at the end

Download MP3: Snacks and Watches

GIS (3:30, Background Music 09)
A smooth groove with a slight oriental feel to the melody

Download MP3: GIS

Safe Harbour (5:12, Background Music 11)

Download MP3: Safe Harbour

Safe Harbour – Drumless version (3:48, Background Music 11b)

Download MP3: Safe Harbour (Drumless version)

Chill – SD SFX (2:10, Background Music 01)
A piano-based song

Download MP3: Chill (SD SFX)

Elegy (4:53, Background Music 17)
A soft and elegant electronic track

Download MP3: Elegy

Arpology 2 (6:10, Background Music 14)
A synth-based ambient sound

Download MP3: Arpology 2

Sonicidence: (2:48, Background Music 27)
A hypnotic opening with a thumping electronic middle section with a rock ending. This one would be suitable for movie trailers where you want to set a mood and then burst into some action sequences. There are two different versions (they are they same except for the ending—the newer version has a more active bass line and louder guitars at the end.

Original Version


Download MP3: Sonicidence (Mix 2) (BGM 27b)
Download MP3: Sonicidence (Original Version)(BGM 27a) The version in the Vimeo Video

Dreams Outtake Version (10:40, Background Music 12b)
This is an alternative version of the first song on the page. It has a heavier drum sound.

Download MP3:Dreams

Cool Jazz Vamp in D Minor (1:42 & 6:00, Background Music 05)
A cool jazz vamp (120 bpm) with a walking bass line, gentle drums and congas, a sparse piano and simple guitar chords. The 16 bar progression repeats three times in the short version and nine times in the long version.

Download MP3: app.box.com/s/3kfycjgqqj4tip9varzw
Download MP3 (6-minute version): app.box.com/s/j5q8rk819g4gf4ox2sy7
A cool jazz vamp (120 bpm) with a walking bass line, gentle drums and congas, a sparse piano and simple guitar chords. The 16 bar progression repeats three times in the short version and nine times in the long version.

Short Instrumental Theme 06
Version 2 (19-21 seconds). There is a two second sound-effects intro, so the length of the song depends on how much of this you decide to keep).


Download MP3 Version 2: Short Instrumental Theme 06
Download MP3 Version 2: Short Instrumental Theme 06

 

Short Instrumental Theme 05 (0:14)
A very short track for intros and credits

Download MP3: Short Instrumental Theme 05

Short Instrumental Theme 01 (0:12)
Another very short track for intros and credits

Download MP3: Short Instrumental Theme 01
 


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Free Background Music: Rock Instrumentals

Rock Instrumentals - Background MusicThese are my songs that have a rock feel or at least have rock elements to them. The songs may be used for non-commercial purposes; simply provide the credit: music by longzijun (read the Terms of Use). More songs will be added later.

 

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Download Problems

If you are having downloading problems, please refer to this page for possible solutions: Downloading Problems (Free Background Music Series).

Background Music Songs

Rock Funk Beast (3:33, Background Music 18)
Straightforward guitar-based rock with a slightly funky vibe

Download MP3:Rock Funk Beast

Mime This (2:27, Background Music 05)
This has more of a alt-rock feel to it.

Download MP3:Mime This

Soft & Hard (0:33, Instrumental Music 07)
A very short piece. The rock guitar and beat come in halfway though. It is suitable for intros and credit sequences.

Download MP3:Soft and Hard

Sonicidence: (2:48, Background Music 27)
A hypnotic opening with a thumping electronic middle section with a rock ending. This one would be suitable for movie trailers where you want to set a mood and then burst into some action sequences. There are two different versions (they are they same except for the ending—the newer version has a more active bass line and louder guitars at the end.

Original Version


Download MP3: Sonicidence (Mix 2) (BGM 27b)
Download MP3: Sonicidence (Original Version)(BGM 27a) The version in the Vimeo Video


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New Background Music: Lock and Love

Here is the latest in the background music series.
Music, photos and videos by longzijun. This free instrumental background music track can be used for non-commercial purposes; just provide a credit: music by longzijun.

The images are photos of the Locks of Love (사랑의 자물쇠)the love padlocks at N. Seoul Tower (N서울타워) on Namsan Mountain in Seoul, South Korea. People are encouraged to dedicate their old padlocks and phones to someone they love, so each lock in the wall is supposed to represent a kind of everlasting love. It was quite touching to she so many love padlocks; I hope most of their ‘love stories’ had a happy ending. This blog has interesting photos of the mostly naked wall just as it is starting to collect locks www.buhaykorea.com/2009/04/10/n-seoul-towers-locks-of-love

This composition is part of a series of instrumentals music tracks done as background music for various videos. This song is probably better suited to wordless videos as the romantic melody is quite prominent and there is a pretty large dynamic range for a background music track. It is inspired by Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, specifically in the way the minor key, mainly pentatonic melody circles around very few notes using small intervals before a few larger intervals on some longer notes.

The string parts (violin, cello, bass, harp) and woodwind parts were played on a Korg M50 while the percussion and the guitar parts (chorus and bridge) are from loops.

For more detail about the terms of use, you can refer to: longzijun.wordpress.com/music/free-background-music-series-terms-of-use

Go to the background music series: longzijun.wordpress.com/2010/05/28/free-background-music/

Chillvolution – New Song in Background Music Series

Here is the most recently added song (no. 23) in the free background music series.

Background Music Collection

It may be used for non-commercial purposes; just provide the credit ‘music by longzijun’. The whole collection of songs, with links to downloadable MP3s and more a detailed terms of use is here: https://longzijun.wordpress.com/music/background-music/

Music

This song has a light and somewhat jazzy hip-hop feel to it. The melodies are very subtle and buried pretty deep down in the mix, so the song would also be suitable for use as a backing track for vocalists or soloists. It could also possibly be used as a rap beat. The instruments were played on two different synths: a Korg M50 and a Korg Micro X, a lot of the drum and percussion parts, however, are from loops. It was recorded and mixed using Sonar Home Studio with some mastering work done in Magix Audio Cleaning Lab.

Visuals

The photos are of street art and graffiti (pieces, tags, stencils, throw ups and paste ups) in the Kwun Tong industrial area of Kowloon, Hong Kong. The photos are discussed here: Graffiti and Street Art in Hong Kong/

The whole set can be viewed on my Google+ page: Hong Kong Street Art Pt 2.