This section features my own songs and my collaborations with others. Music has been a lifelong interest of mine. Although I am not a naturally gifted musician, a highly skilled performer or a prolific composer, I do love music and am happy to just get involved with music-making.
1. My Free Background Music Series
1. 1 Most Recent Uploads
1.3 Preview & Download Songs
You can preview and download the tracks on the following pages.
1.3.1 Browse Songs by Song Number and Category
1.3.2 Browse Songs by Style and Genre
- Sad, gentle and romantic background music
- Relaxing and ambient music
- Rock instrumentals
- Dramatic and upbeat songs
- Electronica and EDM
- Classical and New Age
1.3.3 Browse by Duration (songs listed according to length)
If you are looking for a song that is a cpefiic length, you may prefer to see this list: Free Background Music Series: Arranged According to Duration
1.4 Support & Subscribe
You may like to subscribe to my YouTube channel (zijun01) to receive updates when new free background music songs are added to the various collections. To support my efforts, you an also do thing like sharing, commenting on and liking specific videos
Here are some song recommendations for a few specific categories of video or kinds of move. If you would like additional recommendations, please comment below and let me know; I will add them to the list.
|Most popular and versatile||12 Dreams|
|For vlogs or videos with a lot of speaking||23 Chillvolution|
|For intros||Short Instrumental Track 6|
|A nostalgic mood||34 I Vow to Thee My Country|
|For AMVs||33 Little Hero (fast)|
38 Somewhere Deep in the Sea (melancholy)
|Gentle and touching||35 Broken|
|Upbeat||2 Versatile, 36 Buoyant|
|Rock||18 Rock Funk Beast|
1.6 YouTube Content ID Matches
My songs are not entered in YouTube’s Content ID Match system. If you get a Content ID match notification (or other kind of copyright claim)from YouTube, you should dispute it. The instructions are here: Disputing Content ID Matches.
1.7 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.
1.8 Featured Guest Series
The songs in the Featured Guest Series are compositions or arrangements by other musicians that have been included in the background music series as a way to (1) give my audience a wider range of songs to choose from and (2) give the participating musicians more exposure.
1.9 Free Background Music from other Producers
My own selection of songs is quite limited. I have also included a list of other websites and YouTube Channels where you can find free music: Free Background Music by other Composers and Producers.
2. Music Articles
To keep the number of links on this page under control, the music articles (including articles on J-Pop, J-Rock and Chinese musical instruments are listed here Writing Page: Music Articles
3. Music by Students: Covers and Originals
Student Music: Original Songs and Covers: The high school where I work as a teacher has lots of talented musicians. To encourage them to develop their talents, I started this series of recordings, which include original songs, cover versions and original arrangements. The songs are in a variety of languages—English, Japanese and Cantonese—and include some instrumentals
4. Other Projects
Performances: These days, my main involvement with music is in composing. In the past, I was much more heavily involved with performances and played with a wide variety of people in diverse genres: swing, classical, avante-garde, rock, blues, funk, pop and even golden-oldies pop. Here is a brief excerpt of an early-2000s performance with rapper Ghost Style (aka Brandon Ho).
Experimental Electronica 1984-1989: This page page introduces synthesizer-based recordings I did in university.