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Suspensful and emotional track with a distant, reflective mood. Perfect background music for or reality tv, crime scenes, thriller movie with "Hannibal" atmosphere alike, missing persons, dramatic film scores, tension situations, etc.
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An inspiring and uplifting track that will bring life, imagination, and magic to your production. Perfect for emotive advertisements and seasonal marketing campaigns as well as corporate commercials and inspirational videos.
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This rousing, beautiful orchestral track conveys a sense of breathtaking magic and wonder. Great for games, documentaries, space, royal majesty, knights, ladies of heart, courage and honor, nobility, feat and devotion, time and nature projects.
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An uplifting, motivating and hopeful instrumental. Featuring, piano, percussive guitar harmonics, and subtle background strings and warped piano.
1:44, 2:13
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Atmospheric cinematic music with relaxing, yet confident sound. Main instruments are piano, guitar, synth bass and warm pads. Wonderful background music for any corporate video, radio broadcast, presentations, YouTube and other multimedia projects.
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Oppressive music, with slowly building cinematic tension that gives a sensation of increasing menace and inevitable fatal end. Performed by orchestra and choir. Perfect for psychological thrillers, crime dramas, war documentaries with the main theme about assassinations, victims, terror and horror.
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This is a mysterious tension music, full of suspense and drama. Featuring piano solo.
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Powerfully emotional cinematic music with sentimental and tender melody. Ideal background music for a science discovery, heartfelt drama, emotional journey, reflective moments, Hollywood romantic movies. Featuring instruments are piano and orchestral strings. Think about such film soundtracks as Beautiful Mind and The King's Speech.
1:52, 1:19, 1:45, 0:00, 2:29
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The powerful composition in the epic style. Heroic strings, mega drums and hard horns very good accentuate your fantasy blockbuster, war films, documentaries on espionage or military themes, movie trailers and video games.
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Dreams and Technology is a background technological track featuring deep bass guitar part, easy electronic drums, and light synthesizer melody. Good choice for any modern technology overviews.
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An atmospheric new-age ambiance with soft atmospheres pads fills out the arrangement. Spacey, Dreamy, flowing, positive with Healing and meditation mood. This beautiful track has a pastoral and great for underwater, nature, reiki, space videos and yoga.
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This rousing, beautiful orchestral track with strings, horns, guitars and synthesizers. Conveys a sense of breathtaking magic and wonder. Great for games, documentaries, space, time and nature projects. Influences of Hans Zimmer.
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This light rock music is a contemporary blend of inspiring energy. The harmonic guitar melodies dance over piano rhythms and smooth low-end vibes. The music works great for ads, television, business, explainers and more.
1:50, 2:53
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Modern ambient electronic. Reflecting progress, buildings and modern structures. Suitable for various use, background music fly through animations, corporate reflections, cityscapes, progress etc. Corporate music for film, videos and sci-fi segments.
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Chill out music great for meditation, yoga, wellness, relaxation, documentaries. Great for slide shows about adventure and travel, discovery channel, any broadcast about the animal planet. Pads, Horns, Piano, Flute, ethereal and dream-like.
1:31, 0:00, 3:15
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Cinematic background music for films. This dramatic romantic tune, featuring acoustic piano, cello, and symphonic orchestra, is perfect for sentimental drama, and romantic stories.
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A laid back, cool and vintage instrumental hip hop track featuring chopped female vocal sounds, deep and catchy double bass riffs, brass and piano. Perfect for vlogs, tutorial videos and stylish video productions.
1:46, 3:40
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Epic dark soundscape of emptiness and loneliness. Works fantastic in computer games, documentaries, apocalyptic videos. There are some distant “voices of fallen” vocal samples.
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Track includes piano played by Josh Kramer and Cello performed by renowned cellist Tina Guo. A beautiful, sentimental, poignant and emotional track featuring piano, cello and violin.
1:58, 1:09, 1:39, 2:38
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Modern, and futuristic background track with glitch effect. Included electric piano, glitchy elements, pads and modern drumline. Perfect for fantasy and tech videos, modern car commercials, exciting space travel, cosmology, gliding through the universe and stars, new technologies, and innovations.
1:46, 1:55
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An epic, vast and expansive orchestral track with strings, horns, guitars and synthesizers. Expresses the spirit of the unknown and feelings of awe and wonder. Great for games, documentaries, space, time and nature projects. Influences of Hans Zimmer.
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An ethereal piano plays alone. You can use this track in romantic and dreams scenes. You can also listen to it to relax a few minutes. Instrumental, New Age, Meditation
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Beautiful background inspiring corporate track. Great for: tutorials, presentation, business progect, motivational and successful videos.
1:37, 1:52
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An atmospheric, epic and expansive orchestral track with synths, strings and choirs. Conveys mystery, awe and wonder. Great for games, documentaries, space, time and nature projects.
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This is a dreamy and floating track, full of thoughts and wonder. Great for nature and landscapes films, sad and lyrical videos, pastoral and underwater projects. Also perfect for slow and nostalgic scenes, sleepy and mystical background and more. Moods and emotions: lost, memories, longing, fading, relax, eternity, paradise, sparks, twilights, chills. Instruments: piano, synth pads, choir pad
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One Perfect Moment is a very soft and quite atmosphere track, with a very smooth and gentle piano movement in the background. This heartfelt, A beautifully reflective, mellow piece perfect for movie productions which looking to create a peaceful, heartwarming mood.
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Middle East ethnic background music with relaxing and lush atmosphere. This track is great for travel documentaries about Marocco, OAE, Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia, Sahara desert, and more. Instruments and orchestration: Arabic strings, synth pads, rain maker.
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Groovy and catchy track with modern dubstep groove. Featuring soft synth, strings, swelling pads, groovy drums and pop piano. Perfect background music for your majestic trailers, dramatic advertising, timelapse video, inspiring promotion, and other multimedia projects.
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A cinematic version of the public domain track "Amazing Grace". Features piano and lush strings. This song is very cinematic and would work perfectly as underscore for film, tv, documentaries and other media productions.
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This chill electronic music combines and mellow sound with mysterious energy. The plucky synth melodies pulsate over a smooth bass, spacious pads, and punchy beat. This music works great for television, film, mystery and more.
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African epic cinematic music with ethnic instruments, choir, brass, and strings. Perfect music for your adventure films, games, exotic travels or video about safari and nature.
0:55, 1:49, 3:44
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A cinematic and emotional track exuding melancholic and contemplative emotions. Perfect underscore for film, trailers, documentaries and more. Similar to the Cinematic Orchestra.
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Retrowave energetic electronic background track with tense bassline, synth plucks, analog synths, warm pads and other goodies from 80’s.
1:53, 1:09, 2:07
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This inspirational and dramatic track starts out with solo piano and gradually builds intensity as strong percussion and orchestra join in. It is an emotional and cinematic track with vibes of hope, triumph, rising above and conquering.
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Epic cinematic underscore with a big orchestra sound building to a glorious finish. Ideal background music for dramatic patriotic movies with a happy ending, war history documentaries, where's good finally win against bad, adventures and others.
1:46, 1:35, 2:17
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Big and deep epic music with horns, strings, piano and orchestra. Strong orchestral music for your project. Perfect for video production, background music, GoPro video, RPG game, podcast, movie and more!
1:50, 1:02, 2:15
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A dramatic and cinematic piece with piano and lush strings. It has a deep, emotional and epic quality with uplifting tones. Think about «Amelie Poulain» piano soundtrack by Yann Tiersen.
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Old kind of blues. Ideal sound for black and white films, historical documentaries, videos or simply to have a rest.
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Emotional, beautiful and sentimental piano track with the nostalgic atmosphere. Perfect for love story, romantic/sentimental video, wedding photo album, natural life, social, memories, family, movie soundtrack and any projects that need romantic vibe.
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Groovy, energetic, all acoustic country track, with a gorgeous fiddle playing over guitars and percussive elements. All instruments played by real, talented musicians. Ideal for productions where a sense of determination, motivation, authenticity and tradition are needed. Full track also provided.
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Arabic cinematic track, combining ethnic duduk melody along with stylish synth beats. Suitable for projects about the Middle East as the main theme for TV programs, production films, documentaries, news, travel videos or even for Epic Hollywood blockbuster movie.
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Funky Louisiana style jazz composition. Trumpet soloing over acoustic bass, piano and snare drum.
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Light, upbeat and uplifting background music with a positive and sunny atmosphere. Perfect for any urban life and travel videos, new achievements, self-development strategies, lifetime moment, YouTube vlogs, radio jingles, corporate business plan, product demo and other multimedia projects.
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A deep, spacious hybrid string and thoughtful piano piece create a meditative, serene atmosphere. Suits well for projects needing tranquil soundscape, flashbacks, timelapse, documentaries, reflection, feeling of loss.
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Project 109 is an experimental music track that's perfect for technology themed project and futuristic videos.
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Stylish corporate background music with a light sound and confident atmosphere. Great choice for technological commercials, new product promo, scientific discoveries and innovations, futuristic commercials, time lapse video, car concept, etc.
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An uplifting and inspirational post-rock track, featuring ambient electric guitars, big and epic drums and expansive strings, piano and synths. Perfect royalty-free background music to timelapse videos, films, documentaries, YouTube and Vimeo videos and much more.
1:46, 0:22, 0:28, 2:15
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Energetic dance pop track from the early 90's in a space mood. Including different guitar, pad, catchy synths. This music can be used as musical background for your projects, nostalgic videos, retro dance party, happy memories.
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Cinematic Electronica is an epic and inspirational modern energetic hip hop track featuring classical strings. Good choice as a background music for epical projects, personal motivation, large-scale construction, design, architecture, trailer and more.
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Dramatic strings and magical harp create majestic and uprising Hollywood orchestral sound. Charming underscore for epic film, heroic and emotional projects, documentaries, fantasy, glorifying love.
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A cinematic and emotional track exuding melancholic and contemplative emotions. Perfect underscore for film, trailers, documentaries etc.
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High impact modern western themed music cue that is perfect for travel, reality, or tv! Fast paced percussion, oriental, middle eastern styled feel, making it great for inspiring adventure transitions and more.
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A strangely beautiful, post-apocalyptic dreamy synth soundscape. Perfectly suited for documentaries, science fiction, mysterious scenes, alien planet, science and cosmology.
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An emotional melodic soundtrack. Perfect for any heartfelt, or inspiring video, heroic projects, epic adventures films, and more.
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Soft Inspiring ambient track is perfect for advertisement, media project. The track contains guitar, deep pads, rhythm section and other electronic sounds.
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African percussion rhythmic beat that will take you to the hunting world of the deepest jungle. Will work perfectly for any travel documentaries, and nature related type of video projects. Because of its universal construction, well known traditional native percussion instruments and unique sand-drum, this music will work very well as an ethnic background.
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This is an atmospheric track in a futuristic mood featuring airy pads and synths. It would be nice for a space or a high tech videos.
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This track is driven by upbeat drums, percussion and human stomps and claps solo. Added some electronic beat machine patterns like metallic small bells and wooden stick hits. This track is really could be useful in a nowadays commercials, adverts and promo visuals, as well as business, company or product presentation. In a Stomp style.
1:26, 0:43, 1:29
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An emotional and cinematic track with vibes of hope, triumph, rising above and conquering. Perfect for military documentaries, epic stories, dramatic movie trailers, action films, and more.
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Gentle acoustic guitars tune that would probably describe a quiet rural scene very good. The tempo of the music is fast but the atmosphere has some bittersweet nuances. It would fit good in cases when you need something particular, documentaries, films, etc.
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This is an ambient electronic track with a mysterious captivating sound, adventurous mood and great build-up. Suitable for anything related to space, NASA spaceship, tomorrow's spacecraft, cosmic era, space and time, extraterrestrial life, stars and galaxy, sci-fi documentaries.
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Powerful groovy stylish Indie Rock track with a funky guitar theme over a heavy energetic Roots style drumbeat. Ideal instrumental background music for fashion shows/catwalk music, commercials, party announcements, Tarantino like films etc.
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Dynamic inspirational track where East meets West consists of the energetic electronic groovy drum part and alluring oriental melody. You can use it for travel documentaries, corporate presentation, film scores, as trendy background music. Also good for media projects needing sophisticated and exotic underscore.
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This is an Asian oriental world music track, full of beauty and relaxed atmosphere.
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Very light and airy motivating tune with electronic music elements, and academic stringed instruments.
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A dark, ambient and reflective piano piece with abstract background sounds.
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This minimalistic music is a smooth blend of style and elegance vibes. The hypnotic synth melodies dance over sleek pads, smooth keys and a mellow groove. The music is great for retail, ads, tech, and more.
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Dramatic hip-hop track with tense beats and melancholic mood.
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Calm, ambient acoustic background track for any sentimental or inspiring productions, slideshows, wedding video, films, documentaries and more.
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A groovy, jazz-infused experimental instrumental with the hypnotic and repetitive melody.
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This dark, futuristic track is ideal for video games, websites, backgrounds, commercials, slideshows, time-lapse videos, slow motion design, technology videos, science documentaries, presentations about research and discovery, traveling videos and other inspiring projects.
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A little sad melody beautiful combination of piano and flute and bass in the background.
1:18, 2:41
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Emotional hip hop beat with soft bells, strings, pick bass, electric guitars, brass, piano, synths, castanets and drums.
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A folk, Celtic-style guitar and flute piece.
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A strange, authentically medieval music loop featuring wolf howling sound.
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An emotive classical inspired track.
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Finding music for documentaries is an underrated task and one that people will not often notice, even when they see the final product. Good documentaries really don’t have any noticeable “music” – they are simply given high marks in storytelling technique and in production. The music doesn’t outshine the interviews or recreations. It doesn’t stick out at all, but instead only heightens the emotions the viewer is already feeling.

Using incidental music for documentary films, you can expand upon a viewer’s interest and naturally occurring feelings (which varies according to the subject matter and the point of interest). On the other hand, choose the wrong style or tempo of music and you can break the mood of the viewer, causing them to lose interest in the documentary.

It is often suggested that the documentary film director should determine what kind of music is appropriate for the film. Too often, a composer is given full creative freedom and ends up making a soundtrack that is wildly inappropriate to the subject, compromising the seriousness of the project.

Music for serious documentaries has to be subtle, climaxing at revelations of the story or strong emotional cues. There shouldn’t be music just to avoid silence. Documentaries are silent by nature, except during interviews and narratives. Music is typically used at the introduction, at the conclusion and throughout the film, when emotional narrative peaks occur. Subtle is the keyword. Music should never overpower the interviewee’s words or drown out the information that the viewer needs to hear.

Another tip directors give in making music for a documentary video is to avoid working on just sections of the film, going cue to cue, and instead deciding upon an entire “score” of how the final soundtrack will play.

If you’re buying music for serious documentaries, rather than hiring a composer, then you still must decide in advance what peaks there are in the final “composition” rather than leaving it up to chance or whimsy. Always consider whether the music is necessary and if it will support the intent of each sequence and scene. There is such a thing as too much music or too little. If you put noticeable music in one sequence but then use no sound at all for thirty minutes or so, this will also be uneven.

Start thinking about good music in the budgeting phase. If you want to hurry up and make the movie, you can always use what are called “temp” background pieces, which you can download as you need. Then you can redub the music later when you can take your time and decide what piece of music is appropriate.

Pay attention to the music—the unspoken language of documentaries.

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