Free Background Music Songs 24-41: Preview & Download

Here are songs 24-41 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).

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:

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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Preview & Download Background Music Tracks 1-23

Here are songs 1-23 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 musicians 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.

Background Music Songs

For the download links to the MP3 and WAV files, select the page under the video.

23. Chillvolution (4:45, 90 bpm)


This is a pop & R&B influenced track. This laid-back jazzy hip hop groove is suitable for a wide range of uses. It is good for vlogs as the melody is barely noticeable and the music is quite upbeat and not distracting. If you keep the volume low in the mix, the song will simply bubble away on the background. However, it is not overly repetitive, so it can also stand alone as the only audio in a video. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 23 (Chillvolution)

22. As longs as a word remains unspoken (2:14, 65 bpm)


New age, classical piano. The tempo is actually 130 bpm, but the feeling is more like 65 bpm. This is a very gentle piano instrumental with a slightly East-Asian feel to the melody. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 22: As longs as a word remains unspoken

21. Rachmaninoff Prelude in E-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 6: Performed by Tong Chi-ling (2:57)


Crediting Information
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff (Date of Composition: 1901-1903); Performed by: Tong Chi-ling (2012); Producer: longzijun

This is a flowing piano work from the late Romantic period. The overall feel is gentle and meandering but there is a louder and more more dramatic parts as well. Please note that it is possible get false Content ID matches and copyright claims YouTube for original performances of public domain work (like this recording). The linked page contains information on what you should do if you get such a claim. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 21: Rachmaninoff Prelude in E-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 6

19. Transect (6:55, 120 bpm)

This is combination of techno, trance, rock & pop. With its mix of electronic and rock styles and quickfire bassline, it’s a good choice if you want to add energy to your video. The use of tremolo guitar, rock riffs and jazz-drum-breaks makes it stand out from typical techno songs. You can also download an alternate version without the guitar solo at the end. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 19 (Transect)

18. Rock Funk Beast (3:33, 95 bpm)

Rock. This is exactly what it says on the tin. A straightforward rock track with a touch of funk. This is a loop based composition. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 18 (Rock Funk Beast)

17. Elegy (4:53, 77 bpm)

This is a synth-piano ballad. This is a slow and slightly melancholy keyboard piece that was composed in memory of one of my former students who passed away suddenly a few weeks before. I didn’t want a really sad, heavy and depressing sound, however, as the girl was very sweet and cheerful. Therefore, the song was written in a major key and the arrangement is kept very light. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 17 (Elegy)

16. San (3:43, 112 bpm)

This is a kind of electro-pop song. Bubbling synth sounds make up the bass and harmony creating a light and upbeat sound that contrasts with a gentle melody. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 16 (San)

14. Arpology 2 (6:10, 71 bpm)

An ambient synthesizer-based piece. This is a very peaceful song without much going on it in, so it is suitable to use if you want the music to stay out of the way and remain completely in the background. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 14 (Arpology)

12. Dreams (10:40, 120 bpm)

A minimalist (piano, synthesizer, drums). This is the most popular song in the series so far. The minimalist style is suitable for lots of different styles of videos, and though it is over ten minutes long there is enough variation to maintain the listener’s interest. The main melody is influence by Balinese gamelan music, giving the song a rather unique sound. The first three or four minutes strictly follow a pentatonic scale. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music Songs 10-12

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.

11. Safe Harbor (5:12, 80 bpm)

Minimalist (piano, cello, acoustic bass, harp, flute, French horn. clarinet, drums). In this song the piano lines propel the song forward, the wind instruments add colour and the cello adds a touch of melancholy. The drums come in around two-thirds of the way through the song to add a dramatic flourish.

When used in YouTube videos, this song sometimes gets false Content ID claims because the piano loops have been used in other songs. If you get a copyright claim, it is a false match and should be disputed. You can refer to this page for instructions: Disputing Copyright Claims on My Songs.

There are two versions: the main version has drums and the shorter version is without drums. Here is the shorter version.

For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to

Background Music Songs 10-12

10. Little Ape (3:00, 135 bpm)

Electronica/pop (synthesizer). This song has an retro lo-fi sound and, despite being in a minor key, it has a cheerful, upbeat (though slightly nostalgic feel. It was written to accompany lo-fi video shot with a toy camera. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music Songs 10-12

9. GIS (3:00, 109 bpm)

Electronica, chill-out (synthesizer, drums, percussion, bass). This is a gentle but rhythmic song (that I am surprised is not used more often. The drums and bass provide an upbeat rhythm, that contrasts with the a wistful East Asian-style melody. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 09 (GIS)

5. Mime This (2:27, 140 bpm)

This is an alt-rock groove (electric guitar, bass, synthesizer, drums, percussion). It is perhaps best known as the theme song for a series of popular Dota 2 gameplay videos. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 05 (Mime This)

4b. Snacks and Watches – Short Version (4:42, 120 bpm)

This track is rhythmic but mellow (synthesizer, piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, acoustic bass. electric bass, Asian fiddle, drums, percussion). There are quite a lot of variations in this song. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to:

Background Music 04 (Snacks & Watches)

4a. Snacks and Watches – Full Version (7:21, 120 bpm)

This is basically the same as the shorter version but has an extended intro with a clockwork-like feel and a longer coda at the end. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to

Background Music 04 (Snacks & Watches)

3. Cool Jazz Vamp in D Minor (1:42 & 6:30, 120 bpm

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.
For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to

Background Music 03 (Cool Jazz Vamp)

2. Versatile (3:28, 120 bpm)

This is one of my liveliest songs. It is upbeat & lively with funk, jazz, pop and reggae influences. The instrumentation features electric guitar, horn section, synthesizer, drums and percussion. For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to

Background Music 02 (Versatile)

1. SD SFX-Chill (2:20, 100 bpm)

Minimalist, quite calm but with a beat. The instrumentation features piano, flute, English horn, Asian fiddle, drums and percussion). For MP3 and WAV file download links, go to

Background Music 01 (SFX-Chill)


Most of the above compositions were created as soundtracks for video projects, animation or computer games. Some songs (especially the earlier ones) were created mainly using loops while other songs are mainly played using a Korg MicroX or M50 syntheszier. Most of the songs were put together using Cakewalk’s Sonars Home Studio 7.


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Free Instrumental Music: Short themes for intros, outros, credits and very brief videos

You can use these short music compositions (between 10 and 60 seconds in length for any non-commercial projects that you are working on (e.g., video, animation, presentations, etc.). Just provide a credit (Songs 1 to 14 should be credited to ‘music by longzijun’. If you use Song 15, however, it should be credited to Jessica Yip).

The fifteen songs in this Short Instrumental Themes series may also be used for free if you are monetizing the videos on YouTube or are part of the YouTube Red Partner pogram as long as attribution is given (music by longzijun). For more details, refer to the more detailed Terms of Use.

If you are looking for longer compositions, you can visit my free background music page: longzijun.wordpress.com/music.

Track 5. Sonicide (20 – 36 seconds)

Intro 25: Sonicide (www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFDHvFETEYU)

There are four different versions of this track. Each version is a different length. The last nine measures (the part with the drums are the same in each version and the cymbal crash always comes four seconds before the end):

  • 36 seconds
  • 30 seconds (this is the version in the video)
  • 28 seconds
  • 20 seconds

The song is based on an excerpt from my song Sonicidence (Track 27 in the Free Background Music series).

The download links (MP3 and WAV files) are on this page:

Intro Theme 25: Sonicide

Short Instrumental Themes 17-24

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt0RkXNymts

This video features 8 new tracks varying in length from 7 seconds to 34 seconds. There are two variations for each track. In most cases, the second version is slightly faster and one semitone higher. The following tracks are included:

  • Intro 17 (synth, with a beat) 0:34 & 0:32
  • Intro 18 (gentle & melodic) 0:10 & 0:09
  • Intro 19 (bubbly synth) 0:07.5 & 0:07
  • Intro 20 (aggressive: piano, guitar, war drums) 0:13 & 0:12
  • Intro 21 (perky synth & percussion) 0:08
  • Intro 22 (techno attack) 0:09 & 0:08
  • Intro 23 (slowly evolving electronic sounds) 0:20 & 0:18
  • Intro 24 (synth & drums) 0:17 & 0:16

The download links (MP3 and WAV files) are on this page:

Intro Themes 17-24: Free Short Instrumentals for Intros, Outros and Credits

Track 16. Holly’s Theme: Reprise (60 Seconds)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNgGpkFZ2f8?t=2m53s

A one-minute soundtrack that combines electronic and orchestral sounds. This is a kind of remix of the middle part of the solo piano song featured in the video. The 60-second version can be heard at 2:54 of the video. There is also a version without drums that can be downloaded. The MP3 and WAV file download links for all three versions are on this page:

Holly’s Theme (full and short versions)

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Three new free background music tracks

Three new free background music tracks (Songs 10-12) have been added to the Free Background Music Series

You can use these music recordings for any non-commercial projects that you are working on (e.g., video, animation, presentations, etc.); just provide  credit (music by longzijun). You can refer to the Terms of Use for more information.

Background Music 12: Dreams

Dreams (www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRtHl9n-G3o)

This is the most popular song in the series. It was originally composed for a video done by students in my school’s Creative Media Studio team. They interviewed people about their dreams in life (see their video: (www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbLf9QZ-njY). The song was mainly composed on a Korg M50 synthesizer and is influenced by Indonesian gamelan music and minimalist music.   

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