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*Updated March 2022

Background music has really blossomed in the past few years. It started out as basically a sort of less-boring Muzak or elevator music. Now we’ve got ambient music, chillstep, lo-fi…

If you’ve ever looked up relaxing music for studying, writing, or just to set a laid back mood around the house, you’re already a chill background music fan.

Is this my favorite music genre? Yeah, probably. But if you’re a filmmaker, content creator, or video marketer, then it should be a go-to pick as background music for your video projects too.

The truth is that chill music is a helpful tool for any visual storyteller because it helps people process and retain information. Background music also gives you a way to control the mood, and chill music is that perfect mix of “calming” and “interesting” to keep your audience’s attention.

So let’s take a look at why chill royalty free music is something you can’t afford to sleep on.

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The Neuroscience Behind Music

Studies have shown that music can trigger the cerebellum (a part of the brain that impacts motor functions like memory and attention). In fact, music can produce the same effect as exercise, drugs, and even sex.

As a filmmaker, this type of unconscious response can be the difference between a mediocre video and a life-changing one. And if you use music correctly, you can craft your videos in a way that will hold viewers’ attention from start to finish.

Scientists have seen connections between music and the brain for a long time. The human brain loves music, and relaxing genres can actually help us focus and process information, whether that’s for studying or writing or working.

Part of that ties into our cultural history, and the fact that music has always been part of how we communicate with each other. But another part of that is how different sections of our brain process music compared to spoken words.

According to research published by Psychology Today, we can change our “mood, mindset, or perception on demand” simply by the type of music we choose. And slower music with simple, repetitive tones (you know, like chill background music) can actually slow down our thinking, which reduces distraction and helps us focus.

Control The Mood With Background Music

My guess is you want your videos to become immersive experiences for viewers. Whether you make travel videos, explainer videos, or DIY videos, every content creator wants an audience to kind of get lost in what’s on screen.

As we covered in the previous section, music does some wild stuff to our brains. And when you layer the right sound behind the visual elements of your project, you can guide the “user experience” of your videos almost they are customized to each person who watches them.

Sound worth looking into? It should, because that kind of power is every filmmaker’s dream. Creating video is an artform, and you can use music to push your art to the next level. 

Music with a positive, upbeat feel can raise someone’s spirits; in the same way it affects people, it can also change the mood of a moody video and make it hopeful. Here’s an example:

 

Of course, you probably aren’t working on something on the scale of a major Hollywood production. But this video gives you an idea of just how important music genres are when it comes to setting the tone of a video.

Music is in the background, which means it’s subtle — a song can ebb and flow throughout a video, almost like it’s holding the viewer’s hand and leading them to different emotional beats in a story.

Obviously there is a whole lot of science that explores how humans interact with music. That means you can explore how to use different genres and see how it changes your videos, controlling the mood and making sure every piece of the project helps you achieve your vision.

Adding Chill Royalty Free Music To Projects

Now you know how valuable background music can be, which is great. The less-great news is that you can’t just go out and find any lo-fi, chillstep, or relaxing song on YouTube and drop the audio into your project timeline.

In order to protect your videos — and your reputation as a filmmaker — you’ll have to license each song. Platforms like YouTube have become pretty aggressive about copyright claims, and the last thing you need is to have your hard work taken down (or monetized by someone else) because you used a song illegally. 

Each song will have at least one copyright holder (and potentially up to a dozen of them). That means that in order to license a song, you’ll need to get permission from every single person with a claim to the song. And once you work out a price, that will be your licensing agreement.

But maybe you don’t have the resources or time for that. Maybe contacting a dozen people (which could take months) or paying for a license (which could cost thousands of dollars) just doesn’t make sense for where you are in your filmmaking journey.

Royalty free music is a popular alternative. It’s an industry of music that was tailor-made for content creators, and that means it is cheaper, easier, and more convenient for you.

Even better, you can get all of that without having to settle for low-quality music.

If that sounds too good to be true, here are a few playlists with chill royalty free music from our music library:

1. Electronic Chill

Electronic Chill Playlist Art

Chill background music doesn’t have to be soothing and gentle — this playlist is a perfect example of that. These songs have enough of a beat to keep you interested without getting in the way of whatever visuals they play behind.

Here are the three most popular tracks:

"Strawberry Shortcake” by BRASKO

BRASKO image / chill royalty free musicGenre: Electronic Beats

Instruments: Drums and synth

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

 

 

"No Lines” by BRASKO

BRASKO image / chill royalty free musicGenre: Electronic Beats

Instruments: Drums and synth

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

 

 

“The Sound Of Summer” by Matt Wigton

Matt Wigton Image / chill royalty free musicGenre: Uplifting Electronic

Instruments: Drums and electronic drums

Listen and license here.

 

 

2. Chill Hop

Chill-Hop Playlist Art

This playlist brings a smooth blend of hip hop beats and chill tunes. It’s the kind of thing you can’t help nod your head to.

Here are the three most popular tracks:

“Respect Old Arrangements” by Sam Barsh

Sam Barsh image / chill royalty free musicGenre: Hip Hop Beats

Instruments: Electronic drums and ambient tones

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

 

“Fine Toothed Chrome” by Sam Barsh

Sam Barsh image / chill royalty free musicGenre: Hip Hop Beats

Instruments: Piano and electronic drums

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

“Gotcha Like” by Nu Alkemi$t

Nu Alkemi$t image / chill royalty free musicGenre: Hip Hop Beats

Instruments: Piano and claps / snaps / stomps

Listen and license here.

 

 

3. Bathtub Chill

Bathtub Chill Playlist ArtThere are few things more calming than a warm bath. This playlist supplies the perfect ambiance for a relaxing evening.

Here are the three most popular tracks:

“Sincerity” by Acreage

Acreage image / chill royalty free musicGenre: Ambient Chill

Instruments: Ambient tones and bells

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

 

 

“Reflections Of Space And Time” by AEROPLANES

AEROPLANES image / chill royalty free musicGenre: Ambient Chill

Instruments: Ambient tones and synth

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

 

“The Ocean View” by Moments

Moments image / chill royalty free musicGenre: Classical Score

Instruments: Piano and strings

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

New chill royalty free music for 2022

At Soundstripe, our music team releases new songs every week. To help you stay up-to-date with the newest chill tracks in our catalog, we’ve put together this roundup of six of the most recent releases (as of 2022): 

1. “Obligated” by Daniele Musto

Daniele Musto image / chill royalty free musicGenre: Hip Hop Beats

Instruments: Drums and samples

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

2. “Steps Of The Stoop” by Sam Barsh

Sam Barsh image / chill royalty free musicGenre: Hip Hop Beats

Instruments: Bass and drums

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

3. “Green Leaf” by Elision

Elision image / chill royalty free musicGenre: Chill Pop 

Instruments: Bass and drums

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

4. “Down To The Bottom” by Ian Kelosky

Ian Kelosky image / chill royalty free musicGenre: Chill Rock

Instruments: Bass and drums

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

5. “Stafford Infection” by Sam Barsh

Sam Barsh image / chill royalty free musicGenre: Hip Hop Beats

Instruments: Drums and bass

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

6. “Andromeda Car Wash” by Chromatica

Chromatica image / chill royalty free musicGenre: Electronic Beats

Instruments: Ambient tones and drum kit

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

Is Soundstripe Right For You?

If you’re curious about how royalty free music works, here’s an example.

Let’s say you’re looking for some chill background music for your next travel vlog update. Instead of paying $400 for a song license from a big record label, you check out a company like Soundstripe, where you can license a single song for under $40.

Or maybe you sign up for one of our subscription plans, which gives you unlimited access to our entire library. Either way, you can get radio-quality music for a fraction of the cost and still create the kind of videos you love to make.

It’s a win-win situation, really. You’ll get the songs you want, for a price you can afford, and you can rest easy knowing that you’ll never have to worry about copyright claims again.

Check Out More Royalty Free Music

Soundstripe’s library features music that spans many different genres, moods, and styles. Whether you’re looking for something specific or not, there’s something for everyone in the catalog. 

To give you a better idea of the music variety, check out these articles from the Soundstripe blog: 

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