If you already know what type of music you want, head over to the music library and you will find what you need. If you need help and don’t know where to start, read on…
One question videographers ask is what music would work best in their time-lapse productions. I am here to help answer this question! I personally love slo-mo and time-lapse videography and have always felt the right music can really help in evoking the desired emotive response from a viewer. Though many shots can stand on their own as amazing content, music can elevate it to something amazing.
What to consider
There are no set rules that dictate the exact music you should use, but take these 3 points into consideration when searching for your music.
Complement the visual; do not distract from it.
When it comes to time-lapse videos you already have great visual content so try to not distract the viewer away from it. Be careful of music that is heavy on lyrics or even avoid vocals all together. Instrumental, underscore, and ambient tracks tend to work best with visual content. Now of course, if the lyrics of a song are driving home the point that the footage is conveying, go for it!
Set the pace of your cuts, not the footage itself
On mistake videographers may make when choosing music for time-lapse footage is they assume that because everything is moving fast, the music should also be fast. This is an incorrect assumption. Instead, have the music support the overall pace of the video in terms of the speed of cuts. If you want to complement longer cuts (say 6 seconds as shown in the video below) go for something on the slower end of the spectrum. And of course, speed up the pace with a higher tempo.
Cut to the music from time to time
Depending on the piece of music you choose, there may be some stingers, bumpers and swells that can really compliment the visual taking place at that moment. For example, panning, shifts in light, and of course cuts. Epic trailer and and movie score music contains a lot of hits and stingers.
Below is an example of what we are discuss. The exact same footage has been edited with different music and different clip durations.. The first example is footage cut into 2 sec. clips with faster tempo music placed against it while the second is slow, through composed, ambient music with 6 second clips. Take note of the guide below:
Cut to music
0:43 Swell complementing lighting angles
0:50 Music supporting the cut to the next clip
0:58 Music complimenting the building lights turning on
1:04 Music complimenting the sunrise against buildings
To begin your search, check out our Ambient Music Playlist and Fun Playlist. Both of them contain the tracks in the style of music used in the video; “Flutter” and “Burn the City.” You can also check out “Burn the City” in this Samsung + KENZO video.