Music is one of the most powerful things in life. It has to power to completely transform something, whether it be a film, an event or something else.
Music can play with emotions, making people feel sad, happy, scared or excited and it can turn something from being dull and drab to full of life. If you are putting together a video and are looking for some music to accompany this, you can be left wondering the best way to go about it. Here we have put together a few tips for choosing the perfect background music for your project.
Think about the sort of message you are looking to convey
Music has the power to completely transform the mood of the film or video you are showing and therefore you want to choose it very carefully. The last thing you want is for it to be a scary scene and your audience to feel like laughing, or for it to be a happy scene and for those watching it to feel sad or bored. Think carefully about the message you are wanting to convey and choose music that correlates with this.
Decide on what your budget is
When it comes to choosing background music, you need to think about your budget. There are many pieces of music out there that you have to pay for, and this is usually a good idea if you have a specific piece of music in mind. This way you pay for the right to be able to use that piece of music on your project. If you don’t have this or don’t want to pay, there is a whole range of public domain music you can choose from. This means you don’t have to pay for the music – and there are some fantastic tracks you can choose between.
Pace the music for effect
When it comes to background music, you don’t always just want to play it in the background and that is that. The way that you time the music, how it plays and its volumes all play a big part in the effect it can have. You want to ensure it cuts out at tense music and for times where you want to draw attention to speech or what is happening on the screen, you want to fade it out. These are all simple things to do with your background music but can make the biggest difference.
There is so much background music out there it’s important you don’t rush in choosing it. Once you have put that video out there it is stuck with the tracks you choose, so make sure you take your time and find the perfect music for you.
These were just a few simple tips designed to help you choose the background music for your next project. Hopefully, now it feels a lot clearer and you are excited to get cracking with your next video! What projects are you working on? Let us know in the comments below and don’t be afraid to get creative!