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).
41. Unfolded (3:56, 124 bpm)
My latest song! 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:
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 2048×1365), 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 gone and […]
The graffiti 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 (signatures) or throw-ups (these are fairly 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. 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. Hong Kong Street Art: Mid Autumn Art Jam (Ma On Shan)
This gallery features several graffiti pieces that were created during the moon festival in Hong Kong. Click on any of the below images to open the gallery slideshow. Unfortunately, if you are using Windows XP with Internet Explorer 8, the gallery function may not appear. However, you can still view the entire set of photos in this series (over 140 images) on Google Photos: Hong Kong Graffiti and Street Art Part 6: Mid-Autumn Graffiti.
While taking these photos of this graffiti Wall of Fame in Hong Kong, I spoke to a woman who lived nearby and she told me that all the pieces were done during last 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 I guess 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 are around 30 pieces (including wildstyle works) on the wall.
To view the following pictures in a slideshow, just click on any of the photos.
This alley near the Mongkok East MTR station has lots of more elaborate pieces in a variety of styles. It’s one of the few places where street art is generally left alone by the authorities (though pieces are painted over by other graffiti artists from time to time). 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’.
3. HK Street Art: Kwun Tong and Ngau Tau Kok
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) on Google Photos: Hong Kong Graffiti and Street Art Part 2: Kwun Tong and Ngau Tau Kok.
The streets of the industrial areas of Kwun Tong and Ngau Tau Kok feature a lot of graffiti compared to other parts of Hong Kong. The district is an indie culture hot spot. It’s a factory area, but the manufacturing industry declined steeply in the 1980s as mainland China started to embrace capitalism. Factories and, of course, factory jobs moved to China’s Guangdong province. The resulting empty floor space in factory buildings is now being frequently rented out as band practice rooms and art studios.
In the previous series on Mongkok graffiti and street art, almost every photo was taken in one alley—a kind of graffiti gallery. In contrast, the street art work in Kwun Tong and Ngau Tau Kok is spread out through the entire industrial part of the district (basically everything to West of the MTR rail line). It took around four hours to take all the photographs.
There seems 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.
There is always the question of whether the artwork adds anything or whether it is just visual pollution and vandalism. I especially wonder about how the owners of the small mom-and-pop shops in the area feel when they come to work one morning and find their shutters covered in a hastily-drawn scrawl. The owners struggle hard working long hours to barely make ends meet; I don’t imagine they appreciate the new decorations.
The photos in this set are featured in the following video:
4. Hong Kong Street Art: Causeway Bay, Central, Sheung Wan
These street art photos were mainly taken in Causeway Bay (perhaps the busiest shopping area on Hong Island), SOHO (the retail and restaurant area South of Hollywood Road, hence the name, between Central District and Sheung Wan). 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 you can only find things like paste-ups, stencils and tags.
A lot of the works provide social commentary. For example, former Chief Executive Donald Tsang is turned into a devil in an Obama-style poster. There are picture-text combinations highlighting poverty and quite a few works condemn greed, which is fitting given that Hong Kong has severe income inequality and that Central is the key financial district of Hong Hong. A few of the paste-ups are from the local artist Start from Zero (www.facebook.com/ratscave.sfz/).
5. Hong Kong Street Art: Mongkok & Tsim Sha Tsui
These are busy commercial and entertainment districts in Kowloon with a nightlife 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. Can we call these mad ramblings street art?
6. Hong Kong Street Art: The King of Kowloon
Speaking of ramblings, perhaps the first graffiti artist in Hong Kong was thee self-proclaimed Emperor of Kowloon Tsang Chou-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 mant years ago in Diamond Hill (click on each image for a larger version on Google+).
7. 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. Kowloon Tong is an unusual area—it features upper-middle class residences (with an emphasis on the ‘upper’), kindergartens, a couple of universities and a lot of small love hotels. Other photos in this series were taken in Cheung Sha Wan and Lai King.
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 also view the entire set of photos in this series (over 160 images) on Google Photos: Hong Kong Graffiti and Street Art: Around Shatin.
Image Galleries on Google Photos
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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:
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:
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 ripped off this song and is using an excerpt of it as an into 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.