The full version of the song is 11 minutes long. A shorter seven-minute version of the song is also available.
Here is a new addition to the Short Instrumentals Collection. These are short pieces suitable for use as intros, outros and credits and can be used for free in non-commercial projects as long as credit is provided (Music by longzijun). You can also use the music for free in monetized YouTube videos (that are otherwise non-commercial in nature).
Short Instrumental 12: Equinox
I finished this 31-second composition on March 20, which is the day of the Spring equinox (Yay, Spring!); hence the title. This song is mainly built from loops, with the piano part being played on a Korg MicroX. I started with an acoustic guitar base, but went for a jazzier feel with a hint of reggae.
There are eight different arrangements of this jazz instrumental. This is a loop based instrumental (i.e., the music is put together by combining pre-recorded snippets of the individual instruments.)
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).
43. The Sea Withdrew (4:22, around 90 bpm on average)
This is a gentle piano song that drifts between minor and major keys. For MP3 and WAV file download links for the two versions, go to:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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
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:
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:
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:
28. Wild Illusion by Nikolaos Taramanidis (Background Music 28) 5:43
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
To view the entire set of 14 photos of CUHK (at a higher resolution of 2048 x 1365), go to the Pretty CUHK Google Photos Gallery This lovely photo was taken from across Tolo Harbour just after sunrise. This is after a few months of rain and high humidity, so Hong Kong’s normal haze is […]
The street art scene in Hong Kong is relatively new, but there are some great artists in the city. Most of the graffiti in the streets are simple tags (i.e., signatures) or throw-ups (i.e., simple filled-outline works); however, there are a few places where you can see more elaborate works.
In different districts, different styles and format predominate. In this article, we’ll take a tour though several of these neighborhoods. You can preview some of the more representative works on this page, and if you are interested in seeing more, you can click on the links provided to see the whole sets.
1. Mid-Autumn Art Jam (Ma On Shan)
This gallery features street art pieces that were created during the moon festival in Hong Kong. Click on any of the below images to open the gallery slideshow.
While taking these photos of this graffiti Wall of Fame, I spoke to a woman who lived nearby and she told me that all the pieces were done during the previous year’s Mid-Autumn Festival (at the very end of September). The usual way of celebrating this festival, also known as the Moon Festival, involves family dinners, lanterns and mooncakes; however, last year many of Hong Kong’s graffiti artists gathered to hold an art jam on the wall of a highway overpass that runs just outside the suburban area of Ma On Shan in the New Territories. The location is not difficult to get to but is quite well hidden, so the artists could work uninterrupted. Some of the visuals, such as the rabbit image, are related to the festival (according to Chinese legend, a rabbit lives on the moon with the moon goddess Chang’e. There were around 30 pieces (including wildstyle works) on the wall.
These street art pieces were eventually painted over by the Highways Department, but new works popped up. Here are two of the works there in 2016:
And here are two of the works from 2018:
You can view the entire set of over 200 photos in this series:
To view the following pictures in a slideshow, just click on any of the photos.
This alley near the Mong Kok East MTR station has lots of more elaborate pieces in a variety of styles. It’s one of the few places where impromptu street art is generally left alone by the authorities. It is also home to a fair number of homeless men who live in make shift cardboard shelters and who have a set up a mini-kitchen with a gas stove. Just around the corner is Argyle street, which is jam-packed with shoppers and tourists. It seems that there is an unspoken deal in place: ‘you can do what you want in this lane, just don’t take it outside’.
In recent years, the alley has become a popular Instagram spot.
As it is such a popular location, the turnover rate for the artwork is high and unfortunately beautiful pieces get tagged or painted over frequently. The photos in the gallery above were taken in 2012 and those pieces have been gone for years. Here are newer pieces.
Some of the pieces have a local flavor.
You can view the whole set of over 300 images in this series at a resolution of 2048 x 1365):
The street art in this area has improved a lot during the past few years. This is largely due to sponsorship arrangements with businesses, who are now much more supportive of artists, and the Hong Kong Walls festival which was held in 2018 and which attracted artists from around the world. This area of Hong Kong is now the go-to place for finding street art in the territory.
Here are some images of the HKwalls 2018 artwork:
The HKwalls festival was also held in the area in 2015 and some of the artwork is still around, such as this mural of Bruce Lee.
These street art photos were taken in Wanchai and Causeway Bay (perhaps the busiest shopping area on Hong Island). Because these are such busy areas, with things going on round the clock, the street art is usually done in a hurry—this is why things like paste-ups, stencils and tags are the most common forms of artwork.
HKwalls (hkwalls.org) held its annual festival here in 2019, so the area now features more complex pieces. This festival is doing a great job at helping the local street art scene develop. It gives opportunities to local artists and brings in artists from overseas (who can provide inspiration).
You can view the entire sets of photos in this series:
While walking through this mixed residential, industrial and commercial district in 2019, I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of street art pieces on the walls and metal shutters of the businesses there. Most of these works had been added as part of a neighborhood revitalization effort. The art part of this project was entitled Freegate (自由閘).
You can view the entire sets of over 50 photos in this series:
Click on any of the below images to open the gallery slideshow.
The streets of the industrial areas of Kwun Tong, Ngau Tau Kok and (to a lesser extent) Kowloon Bay used to feature a lot of graffiti compared to other parts of Hong Kong. However, in the last few years, the area had been redeveloped, with office buildings replacing the old factory buildings. As a result, there is very little street art there now.
The street art in this photo gallery was spread out through the entire industrial part of the district. It took around four hours to take all the photographs. There seemed to be more stencil work and paste-ups (paper-based work that is done beforehand and then affixed to the wall) in this area of the city.
The photos in this set are featured in the following video:
You can view the entire set of photos in this series (over 140 images):
These are busy commercial and entertainment districts in Kowloon with things going on round the clock. It’s a challenge for graffiti artists to even find a blank wall yet alone work undetected. Thus, the art tends to be something that can be done in a hurry (tags, stickers or stencils) and is often done in dingy alleyways. There also tends to be a lot of çrazy messages left on utility boxes and lampposts.
You can view the entire set of photos in this series (over 90 images):
Speaking of ramblings, perhaps the first graffiti artist in Hong Kong was thee self-proclaimed Emperor of Kowloon Tsang Chou-choi (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsang_Tsou_Choi), who throughout the 1980s and 1990s painted messages in his distinctive Chinese calligraphy claiming that he was the rightful owner of the entire peninsula. At any one time, there were a few hundred of his messages spread around Kowloon. He tended to write on government owned walls and utility boxes, perhaps because he viewed the government as the thieves who stole his family’s land. He died in 2007, and towards the end of his life was considered an artist, with galleries curating exhibitions of his work. However, it took the government a while to realize that his graffiti was part of Hong Kong’s collective memory and by the time they took measure to preserve his work, only three pieces remained. These are now sealed in plastic (the easiest to view one is at the Star Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui). I took the following two pictures many years ago in Diamond Hill.
9. Street Art in Hong Kong: Kowloon City, Kowloon Tong & Cheung Sha Wan
You can find street art scattered in other areas of Kowloon as well. There is some in Kowloon City and quite a few pieces in Kowloon Tong, the latter of which are usually found on walls in the alleys between upscale condominium complexes. Other photos in this series were taken in Cheung Sha Wan, Lai King and Kowloon City.
Click on any of the below images to open the gallery slideshow.
You can view the entire set of photos in this series (over 150 images):
This gallery features works from around the Tai Wai, Fotan, Ma On Shan Tai Po and Wu Kai Sha. These are the areas just north of Kowloon (on the other side of Lion Rock). You can find graffiti on factory walls and near bike paths. Click on any picture to view the gallery as a slide show.
You can view the entire set of photos in this series (over 100 images)
In the past, I used to document pretty much everything I saw including tags, very basic throw-ups, very faded pieces, repeated photos and close-ups. I’ve since removed a lot of those from the main albums and moved them in this Google Photos album: Miscellaneous Shots (300+ images).
I also have a few street art galleries on my artjouer blog.
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:
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.
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:
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.
Rock Funk Beast (3:33)
A straightforward guitar-based rock rock with a slightly funky vibe. The download links are below: