Ravenchanter – New Addition to Background Music Series

Here is the latest song in the free background music series. Ravenchanter, the 29th song in the series, is a mysterious but relaxing ambient music instrumental featuring acoustic guitar, piano, bass, drums, celesta and flute.

For this song, I was initially aiming for more of a folk sound, but I liked they way some of the other parts blended with the acoustic guitar so it is sort of an ambient-folk hybrid. The final version of the song is slightly different than the one heard here as I’ve changed a couple of lines of the guitar solo and simplified the drum fill at the very end.

The video are scenes of a few beaches near where I live (Ma On Shan & Wu Kai Sha) in Hong Kong. Most of the shots were taken using a Sony NEX-7 but one was taken with a Digital Harinezumi 2++ toy camera. The black and white effect was created using the Threshold filter ins Adobe Premiere Pro. I like the effect, especially the shots where abstract shapes turn into boats. This was quite an easy effect to pull off so I might do similar black and white animated videos in future.

Photo-taking - Wu Kai Sha

Photo-taking – Wu Kai Sha

This background music track can be used for free for non-commercial purposes; just provide a credit: music by longzijun. You can download the high-quality MP3 file for this song from: longzijun.wordpress.com/2010/05/28/free-background-music/

For more detailed terms of use of my background music songs, you can refer to:
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Snacks and Watches (Short Version)

I’ve also uploaded an alternative version of one of my first background music songs.

This is a shorter version of Snacks & Watches (vimeo.com/27086109), which was originally produced for a student video about the working elderly: The Pages of Life:

The video shows Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, with most of the footage shot from the Star Ferry. This short ferry ride has to be one of the cheapest high quality attractions in the world. If you do decide to visit Hong Kong, make sure you take the ferry at least once. The footage was shot on two different days, but both were during the summer, when rain, high humidity and prevailing winds combine to get rid of the haze and smog that otherwise envelops the territory.

View from aboard the Star Ferry

View from Aboard the Star Ferry

I made this shorter version because I noticed the original song was getting very short view times on YouTube. I suspect that it may have been because the introduction wasn’t very appealing. The original song’s intro was meant to have a clockwork-like feel to it, so it sounded rather mechanical and a little harsh. That intro suited the opening scenes of the student video, but with the music video, listeners weren’t waiting around to hear what would come next. This version opens right into the main part of the song. The beginning is upbeat and has a slightly latin feel to the rhythm. The second part moves into a more dramatic and somber minor key mood.

~by longzijun

 

Free Background Music Songs 24-36: Preview & Download

Here are songs 24-35 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 creidt “music by longzijun”, but for songs in the Featured Guest series, you follow the crediting guidelines below the video). The link to the mp3 file (hosted on Boxnet) is after each video. Once you get to the boxnet page look for the download arrow at the top right of the screen.

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Background Music Songs

Buoyant (Background Music 36) 4:20


A new upload! An upbeat song with lots of sonic variety. It has elements of EDM, acoustic and pop music styles.

The download links for the music files (MP3 versions and WAV files) are at the bottom of the YouTube video description (either play the embedded video and click on the YouTube icon to open the YouTube video page or click on this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVQBFlHvI_s).

Broken (Background Music 35) 3:17


A three-minute gentle and sad song played on piano. It is influenced by classical minuets but is more minimalist and contemporary in feel

The download links for the music files (MP3 versions and WAV files) are at the bottom of the YouTube video description (either play the embedded video and click on the YouTube icon to open the YouTube video page or click on this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVQBFlHvI_s).

I Vow to Thee My Country (Featured Guest Series: Background Music 34) 2:12


A two-minute piano arrangement of this lovely, nostalgic song.
Crediting information:

I Vow to Thee My Country
Piano arrangement and performance by Kate Kwok (2015)
Original composition by Gustav Mahler and Sir Cecil Spring Rice (1921)

The composition is now in the public domain (copyrights of the arrangement and the recording, however, are held by Kate).
Download WAV: I Vow to Thee, My Country (WAV)
Download MP3: I Vow to Thee, My County (MP3)

Dispute information: On YouTube, it is quite common to get false content ID matches and copyright claims on original performances of public domain work. Should you get such a claimd, you should dispute it, stating:

The composition for the song being claimed (I Vow to Thee My Country) is in the public domain in all countries. It was composed by Gustav Holst and Sir Cecil Spring Rice in 1921. The recording is an original recording performed by Kate Kwok, who is playing her own arrangement of the song. It is produced by longzijun. The recording is available for use for free for non-commercial purposes and in monetized YouTube videos that are otherwise non-commercial in nature as long as the music is properly credited, which I have done in the video description. The permission is given on the video page for the song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac2IiRNEr14), on the producer’s website (http://wp.me/pury4-IK) and on this ToS page (https://longzijun.wordpress.com/music/free-background-music-series-terms-of-use/).

Little Hero (Background Music 33) 2:58, 134 bpm


A three-minute dramatic theme song 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.

Download MP3: Little Hero (BGM 33)
Download WAV: Little Hero (BGM 33)

The Hidden Path (Background Music 32) 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.


Download MP3: The Hidden Path (BGM 32)
Download WAV: The Hidden Path (BGM 32)

A shorter seven-minute version of the song is also available.
Download MP3: The Hidden Path: Seven-Minute Cut (BGM 32b)
Download WAV: The Hidden Path: Seven-Minute Cut (BGM 32b)

Dubtitution (Background Music 31) 7:25, 95 bpm

Electronica
This is a bass-heavy dub-inspired 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 and the would be best suited to wordless videos (e.g., speed drawing, gaming, photography, sports montages, etc).


Download MP3: Dubtitution (BGM 31)

Echoes & Fragments (Background Music 30) 3:00, 70 bpm

Classical, piano
This is a short and slow melancholy song in 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.

Download MP3: Echoes & Fragments (BGM 30)

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

New age, ambient (acoustic guitar, bass, piano, drums, percussion and woodwind instruments)
This is a mysterious and hypnotic piece that is a combination of folk and ambient music. It has a steady rhythm. It started off with a very simple acoustic guitar accompaniment and I was going for a sound in the style of the country duo The Civil Wars, but as I started adding piano and more ambient elements, it took on a more mystical feel.


Download MP3: https://app.box.com/s/kc048oc0x48tdnmc1ndh

Wild Illusion by Nikolaos Taramanidis (Featured Guest Series: Background Music 28) 5:43


An acoustcc guitar ballad with faint eachoes of Pink Floyd.
Crediting information:

(Wild Illusion) by Nikolaos Taramanidis

Download MP3: https://app.box.com/s/ljjfyzik9mq60s36mahi

Sonicidence (Background Music 27) 2:48, 120 bpm

Electronica
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.


Download MP3: Sonicidence (Mix 2) (BGM 27b)
Download MP3: Sonicidence (Original Version)(BGM 27a) The version in the Vimeo Video

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

Pop, new age, folk
This is a wistful, melodic ballad influenced by the soundtrack music of Joe Hisaishi (who frequently worked on the anime of Hayao Miyazaki)


Download MP3: Almost a Love Story (BGM 26)

Memoryne (Background Music 25) 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 main melody has a feel more in tune with the Romantic period, while some of the textures in the middle are inspired by Baroque music.


Download MP3: Memoryne (BGM 25a)

Memoryne: Music Box Short Version (Background Music 25b) 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.

Download MP3: Memoryne (BGM 25b)

Lock and Love (Background Music 24) 6:24, 86 bpm

Classical, pop & folk
This is a romantic and melodic song with with flute, strings and acoustic guitar, bass and percussion.
 

Download MP3: Lock and Love (BGM 24)
 

 


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 1-23

Preview and download short instrumental tracks (5 seconds to 60 seconds)

Short Themes for Intros & Outros

Free Background Music Page

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My Musc Homepage

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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 (“music by longzijun”). The link to the mp3 file (hosted on Boxnet) is after each video. Once you get to the boxnet page look for the download arrow at the top right of the screen.

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Preview: Background music tracks 24-36
Preview: Short Instrumental Themes for Intros and Credits
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Download Problems

If you are having downloading problems, please refer to this page for possible solutions: Downloading Problems (Free Background Music Series).

Background Music Songs

Chillvolution (Background Music 23) 4:45, 90 bpm

Pop, & R&B
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, it will simply bubble away on the background.
 

Download MP3: Chillvolution (BGM 23)
 

As longs as a word remains unspoken (Background Music 22) 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 slighly East-Asian feel to the melody.
 

Download MP3: As longs as a word remains unspoken (BGM 22)
If you like this song, you can check out my other songs that are similar in style: Background Music: Soft, relaxing and romantic-tracks/
 

 

Rachmaninoff Prelude in E-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 6 (Background Music 21, 2:57)

This song is in the featured guest series and is a public domain composition, so the crediting should be different. You should use the following information in the credits:
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff (Date of Composition: 1901-1903)
Performed by: Tong Chi-ling 2012
Producer: longzijun

Download mp3: www.box.com/s/91tekkreelclol0fvan4
Download wav: www.box.com/s/30rxolp1xirsnxzb4b6q

Dispute information: On YouTube, it is quite common to get false content ID matches and copyright claims on original performances of public domain work. Should you get such a claimd, you should dispute it, stating:

The composition and arrangement for the song being claimed (>Rachmaninoff Prelude in E-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 6) are in the public domain. It was composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff between 1901 and 1903. The recording is an original recording performed by Tong Chi-long. It is produced by longzijun. The recording is available for use for free for non-commercial purposes and in monetized YouTube videos (that are otherwise non-commercial in nature) as long as the music is properly credited, which I have done in the video description. The permission is given on the video page for the song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac2IiRNEr14), on the website Longzijun (http://wp.me/pury4-IK) and on this ToS page (https://longzijun.wordpress.com/music/free-background-music-series-terms-of-use/).

 

Transect (Background Music 19) 6:55, 120 bpm

Techno, trance, rock & pop
This is a popular song. 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.
 

Download MP3:Transect (BGM 19a)
Download MP3 (no guitar solo): Transect (no solo) (BGM 19b)
 

Rock Funk Beast (Background Music 18) 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
 

Download MP3: Rock Funk Beast (BGM 18)
 

Elegy (Background Music 17) 4:53, 77 bpm

Synth-piano Ballad
This is a slow and melancholy piano 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.
 

Download MP3: Elegy (BGM 17)
 

San (Background Music 16) 3:43, 112 bpm

Electropop
This is melodic electronica in a minor key. Bubbling synth sounds make up the bass and harmony creating a light and upbeat sound. Contrasting with this is a gentle melody.
 

Download MP3: San (BGM 16)
 

Arpology 2 (Ambient Synth version) (Background Music 14) 6:10, 71 bpm

Ambient (synthesizer)
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. It is based on the same chords as Arpology 1
 

Download MP3: Arpology 2: Ambient Synth Version (BGM 14)
 

Dreams (Background Music 12) 10:40, 120 bpm

Minimalist (piano, synthesizer, drums)
This is the most popular song 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.
 

Download MP3: Dreams (BGM 12)
 

Dreams Outtake (Background Music 12b) 2:16, 120 bpm

Minimalist (piano, guitar,synthesizer, drums)
This is a first draft of Background Music 12 (Dreams). It has a heavier beat and uses more guitar-like synthesizer sounds
 

Download MP3: Dreams Outtake (1st draft) (BGM 12b)
 

Safe Harbour (Background Music 11) 5:12, 80/160 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
Download MP3: Safe Harbour (BGM 11a)
 

Safe Harbor (without drums) (Background Music 11b) 3:48, 80/160 bpm

Minimalist (piano, cello, acoustic bass, harp, flute, French horn. clarinet. Basically the same as the original version, but this one does not have drums and is shorter
 

Download MP3: Safe Harbor (Drumless Version) (BGM 11b)
 

Little Ape (Background Music 10) 3:00, 135 bpm

Electronica/pop (synthesizer)
This song has an retro lo-fi sound and, despite being in a minor key, a cheerful, upbeat feel. It was written to accompany lo-fi video shot with a toy camera.
 

Download MP3: Little Ape (BGM 10)
 

GIS (Background Music 09) 3:00, 109 bpm

Electronica, chill-out (synthesizer, drums, percussion, bass)
This is a gentle song. The drums and bass provide an upbeat rhythm, that contrasts with the a wistful East Asian-style melody.
 

Download MP3: GIS (BGM 09)
 

Mime This (Background Music 05) 2:27, 140 bpm

Alt-rock groove (electric guitar, bass, synthesizer, drums, percussion)
 

Download MP3: Mime This (BGM 05)
 

Cool Jazz Vamp in D Minor (Background Music 05) 1:42 (6-minute version also available for download), 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.
 

Download MP3: app.box.com/s/3kfycjgqqj4tip9varzw
Download MP3 (6-minute version): app.box.com/s/j5q8rk819g4gf4ox2sy7

Snacks and Watches – Short Version (Background Music 04b) 4:42, 120 bpm

Chill-out, rhythmic but mellow (synthesizer, piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, acoustic bass. electric bass, Asian fiddle, drums, percussion)
 


Download MP3: Snacks and Watches (BGM 04b)
 

Snacks and Watches (Background Music 04) 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
 

Download MP3: Snacks and Watches (BGM 04a)
 

Versatile< (Background Music 02) 3:28, 120 bpm

Upbeat & lively with funk. jazz, pop and reggae influences (electric guitar, horn section, synthesizer, drums, percussion).
 

Download MP3: Versatile (BGM 02)
 

SD SFX (Chill) (Background Music 01) 2:20, 100 bpm

Minimalist, quite calm but with a beat (piano, flute, English horn, Asian fiddle, drums, percussion)
 

Download MP3: SD SFX (Chill) (BGM 01)
 


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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Preview and download free background music tracks 24-36

Background Music 24-36

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Short Themes for Intros & Outros

Free Background Music Page

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My Musc Homepage

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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). To download an mp3 version (hosted on Boxnet), just click the link below the video.

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/2010/05/28/free-background-music/. To get updated when new songs are added, you can subscribe to my YouTube Channel.

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Preview: Background music tracks 1-23
Preview: Background music tracks 24-36
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Download Problems

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Background Music Songs

 

Track 15. The Mercury Tale: Music by Jessica Yip (53 Seconds)

Solo anime-inspired piano piece with a gentle melodic feel. Note: If you use this sone in one of your projects it should be credited as “The Mercury Tale: Music by Jessica Yip (2015)”

Download MP3: The Mercury Tale
Download WAV (for higher quality): The Mercury Tale by Jessica Yip

 

Tracks 13 (17 Seconds) Dramatic and 14 (13 Seconds) Mysterious)

There is a two second sound-effects intro, so the length of the song depends on how much of this you decide to keep).

Download MP3 Version: Short Instrumental Theme 13: Dramatic Intro
Download WAV Version: Short Instrumental Theme 13: Dramatic Intro
Download MP3 Version: Short Instrumental Theme 14: Mysterious Intro
Download WAV Version: Short Instrumental Theme 14: Mysterious Intro

 

Track 12. Equinox (31 Seconds)

Gentle groove (130 bpm) with a mysterious feel

Download MP3: Equinox
Download WAV (for higher quality): Equinox

 

Track 10. Upbeat Jazz Intro (18 seconds)

There are 8 different arrangements of this jazz instrumental

Upbeat Jazz Intro Versions 1-4 (YouTube)

1. Guitar and tuba only
2. Piano, guitar, tuba and drums
3. Clarinet, trombone, saxophone, piano, tuba, drums
4. Female vocals (scat style), piano, guitar, tuba
Download MP3 Part 1: Jazz Intro (Versions 1-4)
 

Upbeat Jazz Intro Versions 5-8 (Vimeo)


5. Guitar, piano, tuba
6. Female vocals (scat style), piano, guitar, tuba, drums
7. Clarinet, trombone, saxophone, piano, tuba
8. Distorted vocals (electric guitar sound), piano, guitar, tuba, drums
Download MP3 Part 2: Jazz Intro (Versions 5-8)

 

Track 9. Dreamy Loop (6 seconds)

This is a six-second loop it can used in Vine videos or can be looped to create a longer track (if you are looping it, as is shown in the following sample video), make sure you use the wav or aif formats. If you convert them to mp3 files, they will no longer loop smoothly.

Download 6-second wav file: Dreamy Loop
Download 6-second aif file: Dreamy Loop
Download one minute mp3 pre-looped file: Dreamy

 

Track 8. Instrumental 08 Orchestral Sunset (Brief Intro): Orchestral, Dramatic (13 seconds)

There is an alternative version with no drums in case you find this one too brash.

 

Version 2 (Without Drums)

Download MP3: Orchestral Sunset
Download MP3: Orchestral Sunset Version 2 (No Drums)

 

Track 7. Instrumental 07: Soft electric piano then rock guitar and drums (33 seconds)


Download MP3: Soft & Hard

 

Track 6: Ambient, classical, electronica

Version 2 (19-21 seconds). There is a two second sound-effects intro, so the length of the song depends on how much of this you decide to keep).


Download MP3 Version: Short Instrumental Theme 06
Download WAV Version: Short Instrumental Theme 06

 

Track 5. Instrumental 05: Electronic, in a minor key with a steady beat  (14 seconds)


Download MP3: Short Instrumental Theme 05

 

Track 4. Love & Time: Romantic, melancholy, piano and synth strings  (24 seconds)


Download MP3: Love & Time

 

Track 3. Just Be: Light, pop-reggae with a slightly lo-fi retro feel  (40 seconds)


Download: Just Be

 

Track 2. Happy Virus: Techno Intro  (36 seconds)


Download MP3: Happy Virus

 

 

Track 1. Short Intro: 12-second electronica for intros


Download MP3: Short Instrumental Theme 01

 


Most of the above compositions were created as soundtracks for video projects, animation or computer games. Most of the music was played using a Korg MicroX or Korg M50.



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Preview and download free background music tracks 24-36

Background Music 24-36

Preview and download free background music tracks 1 to 23

Background Music 1-23

Free Background Music Page

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My Musc Homepage

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Three new free background music tracks

Three new free background music tracks have been added to the collection. You can access the whole collection here: longzijun.wordpress.com/2010/05/28/free-background-music/

You can use these music compositions for any non-commercial projects that you are working on (e.g., video, animation, presentations, etc.). Just provide a credit to: longzijun (lonzijun.wordpress.com). To download an mp3 version, Just click on the appropriate link in the orange Compositions toolbar on the right. I’d appreciate if you could send me an e-mail (zijun01@gmail.com) letting me know how the music is used (I’m just curious).

Background Music 12 – 10:40. 120 bpm, minimalist (piano, syntheszier, drums)

 

Background Music 11 – 3:00. 80/160 bpm, minimalist (piano, cello, acoustic bass, harp, flute, French horn. clarinet, drums)

 

Background Music 10 – 3:00. 135 bpm, electronica/pop (synthesizer)

Free Background Music

You can preview and download songs in my free background music series here. In each section, the download link appears below the preview video of each song. You can browse and preview the tracks by song number, by style of music or by duration. If you like the songs, it would also be great if you could spare a few seconds to help me out in any of the following ways: liking, sharing, adding to favorites and/or commenting on any of my videos or background music pages, adding a direct link to this page or subscribing to my YouTube channel. Any such support would be very much appreciated.

Featured Song: Little Hero (Background Music No. 33)

General Terms of Use

You can use these original music compositions as free background music for any non-commercial projects that you are working on (e.g., video, animation, presentations, etc.); just provide a credit (music by longzijun). The songs may also be used for free in monetized videos (or videos under published under the YouTube Red program). The music may not, however, be used in works that are pornographic (or promote pornography) or that deliberately promote violence or illegal activities or that or incite hatred. If your intended use is not strictly non-commercial or you are running a small business that would like to use the music, check out the much more detailed terms of use: longzijun.wordpress.com/music/free-background-music-series-terms-of-use/

My songs have not been entered in YouTube’s Content ID Match system. If you receive a notification of a Content ID match (or any other kind of copyright claim) from YouTube, you should dispute it.The instructions are here: Disputing Content ID Matches.

 

1. Preview & Download Background Music: Browse by Song No.

Preview and download free background music tracks 24-36

Background Music 24-36

Preview and download free background music tracks 1 to 23

Background Music 1-23

Preview and download short instrumental tracks (5 seconds to 60 seconds)

Short Themes for Intros & Outros

 

 

2. Preview & Download Background Music: Browse by Style

Relaxing and Romantic Background Music

Relaxing & Soft: Sad & Romantic Background Music

Chill-out, Ambient, Relaxing Background Music

Relaxing & Soft: Rhythmic & Ambient Music

Rock Instrumentals - Background Music

Rock Instrumentals – Background Music

Dramatic & Upbeat Songs

Dramatic & Upbeat Songs

Electronica, Techno & Trance Background Music

Electronica, Techno & Trance

Classical

Classical

 

 

3. Preview & Download Background Music: Browse by Duration

if you are looking fo a song of a specific length, you can use this list of my songs arranged according to duration, to help you find the song you are looking for. Go to the list: Browse Songs by Duration

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More songs will be added later, so check back soon or subscribe to my main YouTube channel. Just click on the subscribe button.

5.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.

6. 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.

 

7. Free Background Music by Other Composers

This section lists different sites where you find and download free background music for your videos, presentations, websites or other multimedia projects. There are quite a few composers and musicians willing to let you use their music for free, especially for non-commercial purposes. It is important to distinguish between (1) music that you actually use for free and (2) music that is royalty-free (which means you can use the music but you have to pay a one-off licensing fee) and (3) music that you can download for free but that requires an annual licensing fee if you want to use it in your video (e.g., the deceptively named Freeplay Music offers this type). This page focuses on the first type and includes four sections.

  1. Free Music Libraries at YouTube and Vimeo
  2. Composers/Performers Offering Free Music: Songs to Download and Go
  3. Sites with Some Free Music with Other Songs that Require Payment
  4. Sites where you Search for Public Domain Music and Music Issued under Creative Commons Licenses (if you want to know more about public domain and Creative Commons, you can check out my page here: longzijun.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/music-public-domain-and-copyright

If you are a composer and would like to be added to (or removed from) this list or would like to change any information provided, please let me know.

7.1 Free Music Libraries at YouTube and Vimeo

For the last two years, Vimeo has been offering free songs that you can download and use in your your videos and now YouTube has joined the party. To be sage, you better use these audio services with their respective video sites; that is, you should use the YouTube library for videos to be posted on YouTube and use the Vimeo library for videos to be posted on Vimeo.

In YouTube you need to have an account and be logged in. Go to Video Manager and select Creation Tools and Audio Library (see the left column).

the free audio library is available by selecting Creation Tools

YouTube’s free audio library is available by selecting Creation Tools

When the audio library page opens, you can browse by genre or search using key words. Here is a direct link to the page (must be logged in): www.youtube.com/audiolibrary

As far as I can see, you can use the music for just about any purpose; according to the terms of use, the only restrictions are that you cannot distribute the music by itself and that the music cannot be used in an illegal manner or with any illegal content.

Select and download free mp3s

Select and download free mp3s

In Vimeo, you need to be logged in and select the Create tab at the top of the page.

Select Create

Select ‘Create’

The Vimeo Music Store page will open. Some of the tracks are issued under the Attribution Creative Commons licence. This means you can use the tracks for (for free) for commercial and non-commercial purposes as long as you credit the composer/performer. For other tracks, you need to pay a licensing fee. The amount depends on whether you are an individual or an organization/business. The individual licenses are very inexpensive.

This pages feature free (Creative Commons) tracks as well as songs you would need to licence

This pages feature free (Creative Commons) tracks as well as songs you would need to licence

7.2 Free Background Music to Download and Go

If you are a hurry and need something immediately, the following composers allow you to use their existing work as long as you follow their term of use (e.g., by linking to their homepage, providing a credit). For many of the composers, the songs are free for non-commercial use. However, you should note that if you are making monetized videos, these would NOT fall under non-commercial use.

Composer Style and Influences Listen, Contact & notes
Dan O Over 50 free songs in different kinds of pop, soft rock and ambient styles. www.danosongs.com/
Use for free if you provide a link/credit. Pay $10 for non-credited use
Audionautix Includes acoustic piece, film scores, rock and electronic Audionautix Homepage
Use for free if you provide an attribution or link
Teknoaxe Over 200 free songs in different genres—electronica, dubstep, rock, orchestral, etc www.youtube.com/user/teknoaxe/
Provide attribution and link to your video
DST A few hundred songs with an emphasis on electronic, ambient and and dance styles DeceasedSuperiorTechnician
The songs are issued under a Creative Commons attribution license (commercial use is also OK); you just need to provide an attribution
Incompetech Hundreds of songs in different genres, lengths and styes incompetech
Just provide an attribution that includes the licensing terms. You can see an example here incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/faq.html
RickVanMan Over 20 songs in electronic (techno), cinematic and ambient styles) music4yourvids free music
Just provide an attribution
tacoMusic Cinematic, romantic, jazz Several free songs, plus a range of additional premium songs are available at the website (www.free-background-music.com/). For the free songs, you need to provide a link to the website
krayze & hot Urban styles: rap instumentals & beats with some techno. www.youtube.com/user/krayzehot
Use for free if you subscribe to the channel, favorite the video and provide a link back to the channel
MusicByPedro YouTube Channel with songs added weekly, mainly soft & melodic styles www.youtube.com/user/musicbypedro
Songs can be used on YouTube for commercial or non-commercial purposes; just mention the channel name, provide a link to the channel in the video description and include the song title
FunkCX 16 tracks, mainly very upbeat electronica www.youtube.com/user/FunKCX/
Add a credit, notify the composer (e.g., send a link)
Accelerated Ideas Around 30 short electonica intros/outros (10 sec. to 30 sec.) www.accelerated-ideas.com/FreeMusicTracks/
Add a credit (e.g., a link to the website)

 

7.3 Some Free Music, But Mainly Royalty-free Tracks

These channels offer some free music, but mainly deal in licensed music (i.e., you pay a one time fee)

Composer Style and Influences Listen, Contact & notes
Jewel Beat (various) Around 100 free repeating loops (10 sec. to 30 sec. in different styles. www.jewelbeat.com/free/free-background-music.htm
(the free music is located at the bottom of the page)
SophonicMedia InstrumentalsFree Mainly rock, but includes some other styles This is a new site, so the selection isn’t very large at the moment. Some tracks are free (as long as you provide a credit) and some are royalty-free (which means a small payment is required). YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/SophonicMedia. The free songs are here (as long as appropriate credit is given):http://instrumentalsfree.com/

 

7.4 Other Sites to Get Background Music

Caution: The following sites focus on Creative Commons licensed music and Public Domain music. There are two things you need to bear in mind.

First, people will sometimes upload their songs and mistakenly state that the music is in the public domain or available through a Creative Commons licence. One example, would be someone uploading their piano only arrangement of a hit pop song and being unaware that the composition itself (melody, harmony, structure) is protected by copyright. Therefore, if you were to use that arrangement, you would be in violation of copyright law. You should familiarize yourself with the concepts of Creative Commons and public domain (see the links in the preceding paragraph) so that you can assess whether the music you use is really OK.

Second, sometimes people change their mind and ‘withdraw’ the Creative Commons licence or ‘remove it’ out of the public domain. Such actions are wrong (Creative Commons cannot be revoked, and once something is legitimately released into the public domain the copyright holder, it stays there), but people still do them. To e safe, when you download Creative Commons or public domain music, you should jot down the download date and the source and also get a screen capture that shows the song is under Creative Commons or in the public domain.

Archive Org: http://archive.org/index.php
Video, music and text in the public domain or issued under Creative Commons licences

Freesound: www.freesound.org/
Music recordings issued with Creative Commons licences

FreePD: www.freepd.cp,/
Music recordings issued with Creative Commons Licences

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/
An audio uploader that features many Creative Commons licensed music tracks. Try searching for a style of music (e.g. dub step) and then select one on the Creative Commons attribution qualities on the right. Not all music uploaded here is under Creative Commons

CMixter: http://ccmixter.org/
A site of Creative Commons licensed music tracks

8. Why do I Offer Free Music?

I started writing and producing songs for my own use on video projects related to my work (I am a teacher) and for projects some of my students were working on. One of the difficult parts about making videos is finding background music that can be legally used, and a lot of people, such as students working on projects, charities doing promotional videos and people just making family videos, don’t really have a budget for licensing songs, so I thought it would be a good idea to share the songs I had already produced. The songs were doing nothing but sitting in my computer doing whatever it is that unused files do on a hard drive. Why not make them useful? Once I uploaded my music, the feedback was positive, so I also started writing songs just for fun and also making these available for people who need it.

I don’t sell any of the songs at the moment for the following reasons: 1) My work contract explicitly forbids taking on additional jobs without permission (which is fair enough); 2) As mentioned before, there are some people who don’t really have a budget for songs. Why not help them out? 3) Offering free downloadable background music has turned out to be a fairly effective way to attract listeners. Perhaps in the future, I will start licensing new songs, so it be to my advantage if I already had a good reputation and there were people who had already used and/or knew about my work.

Sometimes I am asked to do custom-made scores. Unfortunately, at this stage I am unable to do this. First, my normal day job keeps me busy, so I can only work on music projects when I have some free time to spare. Second, as I am not a very skillful musician or songwriter it takes me a long time to produce each song. I generally play around with ideas for a few months before a concrete and complete song concept emerges, and and then it takes quite a while to record the different parts and mix the whole song. As an extreme example, the basic musical ideas for the song Memoryne were first developed eight years before the song itself was completed. I don’t think many people would be willing to wait a few years for their custom-made music or be able to afford the huge fees I would have to charge to make it worth my time.

9. How Can You Help?

As mentioned at the top of the page their are many easy and quick ways that you can offer your support.

  • You can like, share and/or comment on this page
  • You can like, share and/or comment any of my music videos
  • You can subscribe to my YouTube channel
  • You can add any of my music videos to a favorites list or other playlist
  • On your website or blog or in your video description, you can add a link to this page or to any of my music videos
  • You can even help by playing my song(s) all the way to the end

Every little bit of support can help and would be greatly appreciated.
 


~by longzijun

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