Free Background Music 33: Little Hero

Little Hero (www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER7klt2cUCk)

Little Hero is the 33rd song in my free background music series. This is an uptempo and lively three-minute instrumental that is suitable for use in projects like Anime, Animation and AMVs (Anime music videos). As with the other songs in the background music series, this song may be used for free for non-commercial purposes; you only need to provide a credit: music by longzijun. You can also use the music for free in monetized YouTube videos (that are otherwise non-commercial in nature). For more information about the terms and conditions regarding using the music (including terms for commercial use), you can refer to the Terms of Use.

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Free Background Music 32: The Hidden Path

The Hidden Path (www.youtube.com/watch?v=U23s1qFcNbU)

The Hidden Path is the 32nd song in the Free Background Music series. As with the other songs in this series, this song may be used for free for non-commercial purposes in videos, presentations or other multimedia projects; you only need to provide a credit: music by longzijun. You can also use the music for free in monetized YouTube videos (that are otherwise non-commercial in nature). For more information about the terms and conditions regarding using the music (including terms for commercial use), you can refer to the Terms of Use.

The full version of the song is 11 minutes long. A shorter seven-minute version of the song is also available.

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Free Background Music: Featured Guest Series

This is the start of a new series in the free background music collection. It features music by other composers that is available for non-commercial use as long as the song is properly credited. If all goes well, I’ll be adding more videos in the coming months. There is a download link before each video. Before using the composer’s music, please check the terms of use at the bottom of this page. If you like their songs, remember to visit and subscribe to their channels (if they have one).

Tale of the Forgotten Forest Kingdom by Kate Kwok

(Background Music 40, 3:00)
Credits: Music (Tale of the Forgotten Forest Kingdom) by Kate Kwok
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 and for more information about the song, go to Tale of the Forgotten Forest Kingdom by Kate Kwok

Summit by Gary Ames

(Background Music 39, 3:26)
Credit: Music (Summit) by Gary Ames
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 Summit by Gary Ames.

Somewhere Deep in the Sea by Jessica Yip

(Background Music 38, 2:42)
Credit: Somewhere Deep in the Sea by Jessica Yip
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 Somewhere Deep in the Sea by Jessica Yip.

The Mercury Tale: Music by Jessica Yip

(Short Instrumental 15, 0:53)
Credits: Music (The Mercury Tale) by Jessica Yip
A short solo piano piece.
Download MP3: The Mercury Tale
Download WAV (for higher quality): The Mercury Tale by Jessica Yip

I Vow to Thee, My Country: Arrangement and Performance by Kate Kwok

(Background Music 34, 2:12)
A two-minute piano arrangement of this lovely, nostalgic song.

Crediting Information
Credits: 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 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 and showing that you are allowed to use this specific original recording and original arrangement

Nikolaos Taramanidis: Wild Illusion

Background Music 28, 5:43
An acoustic guitar ballad with faint echoes of Pink Floyd.
Credits: Music (Wild Illusion) by Nikolaos Taramanidis
Listen to more songs and subscribe: YouTube Channel: Nikolaos Taramanidis
For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to Wild Illusion by Nikolaos Taramanidis.

About the Featured Guest Series

The aims of the the Featured Guest Series are:
a) To provide talented but under-appreciated musicians more exposure
b) To offer my subscribers, website visitors and YouTube viewers a greater variety of music to choose from (and also further build up my own channel)

If you would like to have one of your songs featured in this series, do let me know. The only catch is that you would have to allow others to download the song and use it for non-commercial purposes as long as it is credited properly. Of course, you would retain all copyright over the song.

Terms of Use

These are the basic terms of use for the songs featured on this page. Please note that individual contributors may relax some of the restrictions. Any change, if this is the case, these changes will be shown in the description before each video.

The songs on this page are free to use for non-commercial videos or other non-commercial multimedia projects as long as they are properly credited to the appropriate composer(s) and/or performer(s); however, do note the following conditions:

  1. The music may not be used in works which are pornographic (or which promote pornography) or that deliberately promote illegal activities or incite hatred.
  2. You may not distribute the song in your own collection of music without permission from the composer.
  3. You may not re-mix the song and/or use it in a mash-up without permission from the composer, and you may not alter the tempo and/or pitch without permission from the composer.
  4. For commercial use, you may contact the composer directly to seek permission and discuss the terms of use.
  5. With the exception of one song, Wild Illusion, the songs may be used in monetized videos for free as long as the song is properly credited.

The music artist reserves the right to change these terms of use at any time, but any changes will not be applied retroactively.


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Free Background Music 30: Echoes & Fragments

Echoes & Fragments (www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5KsXzP6KUc)

During the Christmas holiday period, I finished this short (three-minute) minimalist piano piece, though it is somber rather than festive. It is the 30th song in the free background music series. As with the other songs in the background music series, this song may be used for free for non-commercial purposes in videos, presentations or other multimedia projects; you only need to provide a credit: music by longzijun. You can also use the music for free in monetized YouTube videos (that are otherwise non-commercial in nature). For more information about the terms and conditions regarding using the music (including terms for commercial use), you can refer to the Terms of Use.

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Free Background Music Songs 24-42: Preview & Download

Here are songs 24-42 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 by other composers who have submitted their work, you should follow the crediting guidelines on the download page for that particular song). You can refer the more detailed Terms of Use for more information.

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).

42. Drifting (2:00, 120 bpm)

My latest song! The is gentle acoustic piece with guitar, zither, percussion, strings and synth. The video features my dog, Ball Ball. For MP3 and WAV file download links for the two versions, go to:

Background Music 42: Drifting

41. Unfolded (3:56, 124 bpm)

This is a minimalist, gently upbeat electro-pop piece. Te accompanying video is travel video footage I shot in Hokkaido. For MP3 and WAV file download links for the two versions, go to:

Background Music 41: Unfolded

40. Tale of the Forgotten Forest Kingdom by Kate Kwok (3:00)

This gentle, rhythmically flowing solo piano piece is an original composition by Kate Kwok 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 40: Tale of the Forgotten Forest Kingdom

39. Summit by Gary Ames (3:26, 128 bpm)

This is a pulsating, dramatic, orchestral piece submitted by Gary Ames. The kick drum comes in at around 1 minute and 10 seconds. It works well with action scenes. I used it recently for a sports video and it worked great. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 39: Summit by Gary Ames

38. Somewhere Deep in the Sea by Jessica Yip (2:42)

This beautiful and gentle piece solo piano instrumental is composed and performed by Jessica yip. 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, go to:

Background Music 38: Somewhere Deep in the Sea

37. Holly’s Theme (2:47)

This is a solo piano instrumental. The first and third sections are fast and have a propulsive feel, while the middle section is very sparse and has melancholy mood. 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). The video is a collaboration with five dancers from four different countries. For MP3 and WAV file download links for the different versions, go to:

Background Music 37: Holly’s Theme

36. Buoyant (4:20)

This is an upbeat song with lots of sonic variety. It has elements of different Electronic Dance Music (EDM), pop and folk music styles. The video is a collaboration with Juliana Payson, an underwater dancer. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 36: Buoyant

35. Broken (3:17, 120 bpm)

A three-minute gentle and slightly sad song played on piano. It is influenced by classical minuets but is more minimalist and contemporary in feel. The video is a collaboration with Lee Chan, a ballet dancer. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 35: Broken

34. I Vow to Thee My Country: Arranged and performed by Kate Kwok (2:12)

A two-minute piano arrangement of this lovely, nostalgic song by
Gustav Holst. The melody originally appeared the Jupiter movement of Holst’s orchestral suite The Planets.

Crediting Information
I Vow to Thee My Country: composition by Gustav Holst and Sir Cecil Spring Rice (1921); Piano arrangement and performance by Kate Kwok (2015).

Please note that it is possible to get false Content ID matches on YouTube for original performances of public domain compositions. The linked page contains information on what you should do if you get such a copyright claim. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 34: I Vow to Thee My Country

33. Little Hero (2:58, 134 bpm)

This is an energetic and dramatic three-minute dramatic song that is particularly 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

32. The Hidden Path (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. This video is a collaboration with dancer Lee Chan. For MP3 and WAV file download links for both versions of the song, go to

Background Music 32: The Hidden Path

31. Dubtitution (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. Therefore, the song would be best suited to wordless videos (e.g., speed drawing, gaming, photography, sports montages, etc.). The video features the street art in and around the Hongdae area of Seoul. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 31: Dubtitution

30. Echoes & Fragments (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. The photos in the video are of the ‘homes’ of homeless people in the streets of Hong Kong. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 30: Echoes & Fragments

29. Ravenchanter (Background Music 29) 4:04, 90 bpm

New age, ambient (acoustic guitar, bass, piano, drums, percussion and woodwind instruments). This royalty-free song 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

28. Wild Illusion by Nikolaos Taramanidis (Background Music 28) 5:43

Wild Illusion by Nikolaos Taramanidis (www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SB47tLQS4w)

This is an an acoustic guitar ballad with faint echoes of Pink Floyd. The song is composed and performed by Nikolaos Taramanidis. It is in two parts: the first part has a gentler folksy feel while the while the second part is more influenced by blues. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 28: Wild Illusion Nikolaos Taramanidis

27. Sonicidence (2:48, 120 bpm)

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

26. Almost a Love Story (5:00, 110 bpm)

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

25a. Memoryne (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. The video features photos from around Kelowna and Penticton (in the Lake Okanagan region of Canada). For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 25: Memoryne

25b. Memoryne: Music Box Short Version (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

24. Lock and Love (6:24, 86 bpm)

This is a romantic and melodic song with with flute, strings and acoustic guitar, bass and percussion. The video shows the love locks and the N. Seoul Tower. 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.


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Background Music: Electronica, Techno & Trance

These songs are under the broad category of electronica and are more upbeat than those in the chill-out category.

Free Background Music Tracks

The songs may be used for non-commercial purposes; simply provide credit: music by longzijun. You can refer to the Terms of Use for more information. More songs will be added later.

Unfolded (3:56)

A light electronic song that has a few quiet moments as well as a lively section. To download the MP3 or WAC files, go to:

Free Background Music 41: Unfolded

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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:

Summit: Free Background Music 39

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Soft and Relaxing Background Music: Chillout and Ambient

These songs have a laid-back, electronic feel to them. A lot of my composition fall into this chill-out category. 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 such cases you should credit the musician who created the work (follow the crediting guidelines on that song’s download page). For more information, you can refer to the  Terms of Use.

Free Background Music Songs

These songs tend to work quite well as background tracks because they are relatively unobtrusive with some songs bordering on ambient.

Dreams (10:40)

This is most popular song in the Background Music series so far. It works well with a wide range of videos. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 12: Dreams 

Note: A rapper that goes by the name X’es Evol’i  has used an excerpt of this as an intro in his online album. If you get a copyright claim, you should dispute it. The instructions are here: Disputing Content ID Matches on my Songs.

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Free Background Music: Rock Instrumentals

These 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. You can refer to the Terms of Use for more information. More songs will be added later.

Rock Funk Beast (3:33)

A straightforward guitar-based rock rock with a slightly funky vibe. The download links are below:

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