This video features Drifting, the 42nd song in the Free Background Music Series. As with the other songs in the background music series, this song can be used for free in non-commercial projects and in YouTube monetized videos (that are otherwise non-commercial in nature) as long as credit is provided (“Music by longzijun”).
This video features the 17th to 24th songs in the Free Short Instrumental Themes series. The songs in the video range in length from 6.5 seconds to 34 seconds and are suitable for use in intros, credits, outros and very short videos. These tracks are mostly synthesizer-based compositions. For each song. two versions are available. For most of the songs, the second version is a little faster and is one semi-tone higher. The tracks are listed below:
Intro 17 (synth & 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
This video features the 41st song in the Free Background Music Series and is the second video in my Travel Diary series. As with the other songs in the background music series, this song can be used for free in non-commercial projects and in YouTube monetized videos (that are otherwise non-commercial in nature) as long as credit is provided (“Music by longzijun”).
In this video, I continue the Featured Guest series with this beautiful original piano instrumental by Kate Kwok. The song—entitled Tale of the Forgotten Forest Kingdom—is the 40th song in the Free Background Music Series. As with the other songs in this series, this song can be used for free in non-commercial projects and in YouTube monetized videos (that are otherwise non-commercial in nature) as long as credit is provided (“Music composed and performed by Kate Kwok”).
In this video, I continue the Featured Guest series with this song by Gary Ames. This pulsating dramatic intrumental—entitled Summit—is the 39th song in the Free Background Music Series. As with the other songs in this series, this song can be used for free in non-commercial projects and in YouTube monetized videos (that are otherwise non-commercial in nature) as long as credit is provided (“Summit; Composed and produced by Gary Ames”).
This solo piano instrumental—Somewhere Deep in the Sea—is the 38th song in the Free Background Music Series. As with the other songs in this series, this song can be used for free in non-commercial projects and in YouTube monetized videos (that are otherwise non-commercial in nature) as long as the following credit is provided:
Somewhere Deep in the Sea Composed and performed by Jessica Yip Produced by longzijun
On this page, I will introduce 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. There is a good chance that you won’t be able to find exactly why you are looking for, especially if you have a specific pop or rock song in mind, but if you look hard enough you should be able to find something that meets your needs.
It is important to distinguish between:
Music that you actually use for free and
Music that is royalty-free (which means you can use the music but you have to pay a one-off licensing fee) and
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.
YouTube’s Free Music
Composers/Performers Offering Free Music: Songs to Download and Go
Sites with Some Free Music with Other Songs that Require Payment
YouTube has a lot of free music you can use (Vimeo used to provide a similar service, but recently stopped offering free music). In YouTube you need to have an account and be logged in. Go to Creator Studio and select Create (see the left column) and then Audio Library or simply go to this link: www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music.
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.
Style and Influences
Listen, Contact & notes
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
Includes acoustic piece, film scores, rock and electronic
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)
Style and Influences
Listen, Contact & notes
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/
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.
FreePD: www.freepd.com 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