Here’s a promise. The following background music will either make you laugh, drum on the table, tap your toes, or take you on a walk down memory lane. Funny background music is ideal for scoring scenes that are whimsical, goofy or simply captivating. Flash your scenes in front of some funny background music and watch what happens.
Carousel of Fun
Whimsical Orchestra Music moves as freely and quickly as a merry-go-round and creates a funny, happy, or patriotic tone with magical, quirky instrumentation. Check out SmartSound’s delightful collection of royalty free background music as it revives memories of youth, freedom and fun.
Hear without Hearing
Ambient Background Music is ideal for productions in need of a particular atmosphere, emotion, mood or tone. Music innovator Brian Eno declared that ambient music must be able to accommodate various levels of listening attention and must be as ignorable as it is interesting. Ambient music is the type of music you hum along to without even realizing it’s there. Scoring your piece with ambient electronic music could be the hit you’re looking for. Check these scores out.
A wonderfully conceived blend of atmospheric elements and haunting melodies artfully woven into engaging portraits. This album oozes with a personal, intimate sound that is at once ethereal yet memorable, evincing a captivating purity in its emotions. A strikingly different second album for Artist Series composer, Michael Reinmuller, all of SmartSound’s great technological benefits are present in this album giving you maximum control in making these highly personal pieces unique to your stories.
The saxophone is one of America’s most beloved musical instruments for the unique intensity it brings to music. Though originally invented to use in classical and military music, you’ll find the sweet and glorious strains of saxophones in all genres of music today as it blends smoothly into jazz, pop, rock, big band, classic and orchestral compositions. Creative saxophonists breathe life into a sax to create a smooth, sultry, raucous or soulful mood. Belgian Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone in 1840 with the desire that it would be the most powerful and vocal instrument of the woodwinds. SmartSound has a few great funky saxophone tracks we think will make your next scene shine.
Power in Vocals
Vocal choruses add power and richness to a production. If lyrics are relevant for your project, consider background vocals with or without words to enhance films, documentaries, commercials, videos and more. Calm vocal music can steer a production toward success as it won’t interfere with your production. Choose from a range of songs in the expansive SmartSound library performed in varying vocal styles and find the perfect one to suit your needs.
Quiet Violin MusicTender Violins
Quiet violin music adds a breadth of tenderness to gentle, heartwarming scenes. Weeping violins ply their lonely, lilting, melodramatic strains in the background of many productions to engage the viewer and listener in a web of quiet gentleness. This tiny instrument’s name is derived from the Italian word “violino” meaning small viola, and in spite of, or because of, its small stature, violins add layers of emotion and poignancy to musical arrangements.
Piano for the Soul
Composers know how to evoke many moods with their piano-inspired compositions as the ivory keys always seem to enhance and complete an opus of any greatness. First named, “un cimbalo di cipresso di piano e forte” (a keyboard of cypress with soft and loud), we can thank the Grand Prince Of Tuscany’s Keeper of the Instruments, Bartolemeo Cristofori for assembling in the early 1700s what we know of today as a piano. The touch of a pianist controls volume and expression and brings an elegance and richness to every production. SmartSound has an extensive selection of background music—from piano solos to full-scale orchestral productions.
Put Your Records On
County Music is often a blend of folk, Western, Blues and country music designed to elicit a wide range of emotions with strumming guitars, rhythmic keys and oh, those strings … banjos, mandolins, violins, guitars and even marvelous harmonica melodies that yield a toe-tapping tune that rolls and flows along. Country music touches the listener’s heartstrings with its saga of love, romance and broken hearts.
Lively country music with a bit of that folk twang is just the right kind of background music with driving, exciting and fun instruments that can kick up the mood or add a quiet, reflective emotion to scenes. Kick up your heels with the merry little tune All Join In from the album Nashville Pickin’. This fine up-tempo country tune is cheerful and upbeat as its driven by some lively instrumentals.
Indie Pop lets you reach the final plateau with driving, competitive, The Extra Mile. Sports footage is a natural venue for this track, but it could also follow a hero’s journey in a TV/Film production. Studio orchestra highlighted by clear tones from a bell-like percussion instrument, and piano keep the story flowing in a positive direction.
Soul in the Bones
Ray Charles and James Brown had it and you want it; a soulful music background for the production you’ve made your life’s work. Soulful music combines elements of African-American music, gospel music, jazz and R&B but Soul music also emphasizes gospel-music devices, vocalists and a blending of religious and secular themes. It’s evolved from the unique music heard on the 60s musical hit “Soul Train” to the soulful styles and sounds of artists Mary J. Blige and Joss Stone today.
The Blues emerged as an African-American art form, rooted in the Deep South and drew on folk songs, spirituals, ballads and later fused traditional African music and European folk music. Blues permeates jazz, R&B and rock and roll and blues shuffles reinforce the trance-like rhythm to form the repetitive effect known as a “groove”. So get your groove on with some blues music that has a bit of slammin’ intensity to it and find the ideal soundtrack for your next project with SmartSound’s royalty free background music.
Commercials are 15-60 second mini-stories that have to get to point in mere seconds, SmartSound TV Commercial Music offers fast and rich scene-setting backgrounds, so you can sell the idea over the course of a few breaths.
Use On My Way-JE from album Jade Element to describe the dreary “before” transportation scene in a TV car commercial with a little angst-infused vocals such as “riding this train till it sets me free.” –then segue to energizing release with the heroic strains of Approaching the Gates, from motivating Will to Succeed. Bold brass, especially trumpet and trombone resurrect vehicular joy with panache
Pensive Background Music is dreamy, wistful, thoughtful and revealing and you’ll find Auburn Sky from the Indie Film 01 album a fine choice for a production in need of pensive music. Auburn Sky is an ethereal, soft ballad with a gentle orchestra, guitar and strings. Pensive music is often sparse and minimalistic in its delivery so your visuals remain at the forefront of the drama. The Indie Film 01 album also sports Interpretation; a poignant musical backdrop for a documentary, indie film, spoken narration or memorial with its earthy, gentle and reflective refrain. Spin all ten tracks of this worthy album for memorable, pensive background music.
Sports and rock music often seem synonymous with each other. The crowd’s anticipation is building and what better way is there to get emotions high like a good rock song. SmartSound’s library is full of great sports rock music that will make your production feel like a stadium that’s amped up and ready to go.
Smother Me is a raucous jam that has heavy guitar riffing, hard-hitting drums and screaming leads that give this track ferocious energy, enough to drive the intensity of a race or sports event. Its album, Core Beyond, is much of the same. It provides a diverse blend of musical styles that can support almost any visual image. With a range of styles from indie rock, to hip-hop, subtly pulsing cinematic strains to high intensity trailer music, these tracks, with SmartSound's unique customization features, will take your videos to the next level, and beyond.
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Oodles of productions, commercials, games and videos benefit from happy, outdoorsy background music with its positive and uplifting vibe. Creating just the right background music for a refreshing or inspirational scene can be found with happy, outdoorsy music. Nothing kills a good mood more than the wrong music.
Name That Song
You can probably hum the theme song to James Bond, the Pink Panther or Mission: Impossible—all memorable spy movies with music which helped catapult these movie franchises to the top of classic movie charts. Villains, spies and secret agents all benefit from tension-laden spy music. Score your next serious spy scene with music from the SmartSound’s expansive royalty free library and cue up a soundtrack that will load your scenes with drama and tension.
As usual music transports viewers wherever you want them, faster than anything, except the sense of smell. These examples from SmartSound’s collection of Royalty Free World Music demonstrate how you can make them feel almost-at-home with a recognizable ethnic sound, or disorient with rhythms and instrument too general to immediately pinpoint.
Delight with Drums
Thrilling and gentle scenes call for powerful background drum music as it allows for steadily rolling drama. Whether the light touch of a hi-hat, gentle brushes with cymbals, side-sticking a snare,or railing on tom-fills, powerful drum music can light your production up or tone it down. Cyrano de Bergerac could pull off an acoustic guitar solo while reciting poetry but we think adding drums would have sealed the deal.