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At PremiumBeat, there’s an epic range of musical genres and styles right at your fingertips. Whether you’re cutting a trailer, feature, promo, or beyond, we’ve made it easy to find your perfect film music cue.

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When it comes to film, music is a powerful tool. It can move an audience to tears or get pulses racing. In other words, the right track can elevate a scene from great to unforgettable. Our collection of quality tracks has been built with the needs of visual storytelling in mind. With PremiumBeat, your project will hit all the right emotional notes.

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About Film Music
What is film music?
Film music is music that is used in a film in order to amplify the action or create an atmosphere. This music can guide the audience through the film, deepening their understanding of a character’s internal state, crucial plot turns, and more. It can wordlessly comment on the film’s action, establish a certain pacing, and ultimately, has the power to become just as iconic as the film itself. Film music can involve an immense array of musical genres; essentially, any genre can be used in a film, from blues to pop and everything in between.
The terms “film score” and “film soundtrack” are often used interchangeably but a slight distinction exists between them. A film score involves an original piece of music that is written with a specific film in mind. The film director works with the composer to create a score that will enhance the story and emotional impact of the film. The film soundtrack, on the other hand, may contain musical tracks that existed well before the film was made and were not created for the film in which they are featured.
When did film music start?
Film music started in the days of silent cinema. For these films, music was played behind the screen in each theater, often as a live piano accompaniment and sometimes on gramophone records. The pianists were given cue sheets to follow, although they could also improvise a bit. In 1929, when it became possible to synchronize music to celluloid, film music took on an even more important role in the storytelling process. Hollywood began to commission composers to create new material for films.
From the 1930s through the 1950s, the field of film music really took off. At this time, many film composers held backgrounds in concert music and so tended to exclusively write orchestral music. Some of the most famous composers of this era include Max Steiner, largely regarded as “The Father of Film Music,” Enrich Korngold, who heavily influenced composer John Williams’ musical work on Star Wars in 1977, and Alfred Newman, who composed over 250 films and fathered film composers Thomas Newman and David Newman, and singer-songwriter Randy Newman.
In the 1950s, film music began to expand into new genres. Alex North, composer for A Streetcar Named Desire, introduced a hybrid symphonic-jazz film score that moved Hollywood away from what had previously been its exclusively European sound. In 1958, Miles Davis contributed to the film score for French. Noir film Elevator to the Gallows, making him one of the earliest African-American film composers. He helped set the stage for later artists like Quincy Jones and Terence Blanchard. In 1967, The Graduate changed the game by almost entirely licensing songs that had nothing to do with the film itself. The 1970s saw the addition of synthesizers to film scores while the ‘80s involved many original songs such as “Ghostbusters.” Thanks to this rich history, today’s cinematic scores encompass a wide range of genres and musical styles.
What does film music convey?
When used effectively, music in film can establish a setting, create an atmosphere, enhance the mood, reinforce or foreshadow key developments in the narrative, and more. Imagine being introduced to the Shire from The Lord of the Rings without the song “Concerning Hobbits,” or the shark from Jaws without its blood-quickening theme. These essential film moments simply would not have had the same impact on viewers if not for the accompanying soundtrack. Film music can also create or stir up powerful emotions in audience members. It can incite tears, laughter, anger, and more. Studies have shown that happy, upbeat music causes the brain to produce dopamine and serotonin, chemicals that evoke joy, while more slow-paced and calm music can reduce stress by relaxing the mind and body. Filmmakers can use this information to their advantage by using upbeat tracks in happy scenes and slow-paced tracks in relaxed, atmospheric scenes.
How to find good film music? Why is royalty-free a good option?
To find good film music, you will want to keep an eye (and ear) out for music sites that feature tracks by professional musicians. Ideally, the music libraries will include music in a wide range of genres and moods so that you can easily find tracks to match your video project. Using royalty-free music for film is also an excellent option.
While copyrighted music requires users to pay royalties, which are ongoing fees, to the copyright owner or original creator, royalty-free music involves only a one-time, initial payment to obtain the license. Regardless of the type of music one uses, getting that license is essential. Sharing videos to platforms such as YouTube without first obtaining permission can result in the video getting taken down or even a copyright infringement case. To avoid this headache, people can use royalty-free music in their creative projects and put to rest any worries of copyright concerns. At PremiumBeat, all of our music is royalty-free, exclusively available, and completely copyright clear. The tracks you find here are safe for YouTube, Vimeo, and other streaming platforms.
Where can I get film music?
An internet search will reveal a number of music sites that offer film music. For a film music library that consists solely of high-quality tracks created by professionals, look no further than PremiumBeat. Every song in our library has been carefully selected to ensure that you only hear the very best. We have music to match every mood. Need adventurous film music for your action-adventure flick? How about some sweeping orchestral pieces perfect for a romantic, heartfelt scene? No matter your film genre, you can easily find tracks to enhance your visuals by using the filters available in our search engine. Click “Genres” and scroll down to “Production / Film Scores” to explore film genres such as Horror and Western. You can also find Trailer music within that section.

Once you have selected your genre, you can further specify the sort of track you are looking for by selecting Instruments, Mood, Duration and more. Click on a song’s title to learn more about the track. Click the heart icon to add the track to your list of favorites, or the musical note icon to add to a playlist that you can save for later. When you are ready to download your tracks, add them to your cart and head to checkout. Select the license that meets the needs of your project, pay a one-time fee for your license, and you are good to go.

A Music Library Designed for Filmmakers

PremiumBeat is home to a diverse range of styles and musical genres so that filmmakers can easily find their perfect film score. By using the filters of our search engine, you can quickly discover music to match the mood of any film scene. From high-intensity action music to futuristic sci-fi tracks and everything in between, you are sure to find your film’s soundtrack in our library. Head to the search engine to get started today.

Amplify Your Story With Music

Music has the power to dramatically affect the audience’s perception of a film. It can help give the film a distinctive sound, increase the emotional impact of a given scene, and leave viewers with music playing in their minds that help them remember your project. Within the PremiumBeat library, you can easily find music that brings tears to the eyes of your audience or quickens their heart rate. Our high-quality music is here to help you hit all of your film’s intended emotional notes.

Film Music Licensing Made Easy

PremiumBeat has greatly simplified the music licensing process so that once you find music you love in our library, you can obtain a license in a few quick clicks. Simply add your chosen tracks to your cart and head to checkout to select one of our affordable license options. Pay a one-time fee for the license that best meets your needs and download your film music.

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