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Suggested Production Type: Historical / Retro: 1920-1940's

Found 706 tracks

Acoustic guitar, piano and ethereal pads. Textural, reflective, dreamy, melancholic and fragile. Available with or without 'oooh' type vocal. Good for film / drama, nature and poignant footage. Beautiful and sad. The piano part is performed on an old upright piano for a nice and nostalgic sound. [Tempo: Slow / 70 BPM]

This slow cyclical waltz speaks of tristesse, loss, tenderness and longing. Style similar to Erik Satie. Two melodies gently intertwine and separate to create a story all their own. Ideal for a love story. A hanging or resolved ending are both possible with some easy editing in or out of the last chord. Works with or without dialogue. Good for drama, love story, TV, film, family. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 84 BPM]

Romantic France. Easy and nice playing musette. Paris cafe. European. Love, Romantic, Delight/Bliss, Soulful. Piano, Accordion. Romantic/Melodrama, French. [Tempo: Slow / 93 BPM]

Good hearted swing big band in the "Sinatra Vegas" style. Classy, uptown jazz. Male crooner sings to his love about how much better life would be if he could please her. Also available as an instrumental version. [Tempo: Slow, Medium / 116 BPM]

Inner city, stylish, mournful retro crime thriller track. Atmospheric, a bit mystery, influenced by Film Noir.... Fretless bass, electric piano, pads, effects and sparse conga. [Tempo: Slow / 72 BPM]

This track feels like you are in an off the cuff, backwoods, American jam session. Folksy acoustic guitar plays the main part, with slide electric guitar and far-away vocals speckled in, and steady claps and kick drum. Perfect for comedy, drama, real-life rural themes, cooking and travel. Raw / In The Pocket / Rural. Available with or without the vocal shouts. [Tempo: Medium, Fast / 117 BPM]

A smooth jazz song that features female vocals, piano, horns, drums, and additional percussion. Available as a vocal version and an instrumental version. [Tempo: Medium / 128 BPM]

Full of 'Joie de vivre' this accordion and mandolin led piece is a bright, filmic, retro sounding waltzer conjuring up visions of traditional European city streets, mountains, lakes, fairgrounds, carousels, flowers and festivals. [Tempo: Medium, Fast / 62 BPM]

A light and pleasant, acoustic jazz lounge track. Jazz piano, upright bass, jazzy drums. Happy / Relaxed / Easy-going. [Tempo: Medium, Fast / 120 BPM]

High energy electric violin/fiddle instrumental. Country Rock, Irish Rock, Fusion. [Tempo: Fast / 125 BPM]

Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 in B minor, Op. 46: 2. Death of Ase (Ases Death). Arranged and recorded exclusively for Shockwave-Sound.com. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow]

A subtle, understated, yet glorious / glorifying and heroic track. Symphony orchestra, dark percussion and choir. A sense of sacrifice, sadness, sorrow, combined with eternal glory, undying love and praise. Somewhat ritual or religious feeling, like a hymn. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 100 BPM]

A country song about a small town diner/restaurant, where the towns folk discuss gossip and politics. Guitar, upright bass, drums, fiddle, national resonator guitar, percussion. [Tempo: Fast / 118 BPM]

Mid-tempo Tango featuring accordeon, piano, bass, pizzicato string section and subtle drums. Tango dancing, retro show, freakshow, novelty. Also circus, musical caravan, fairground and merry-go-round etc. [Tempo: Slow, Medium / 84 BPM]

An organic acoustic guitar and organ vibe with harmonica. Ambient, Americana feel. Dark, mysterious, longing. [Tempo: Slow / 80 BPM]

Uplifting, happy, motivational brass band arrangement, with a strong melody and up-tempo drum beat. It has a New Orleans feel to it, with a slow build up and its improvisational-like final section. Great for productions that require a light, touching, warm feel. [Tempo: Medium / 152 BPM]

A fun, boot-slappin', hoe-down country / bluegrass track with uptempo acoustic guitars and banjo, with an upright bass joining in later. Country fun! [Tempo: Fast, Very fast / 120 BPM]

Real and rowdy – and full of good times – this Cajun track inspires you to dance, enjoy and be merry. With accordions and fiddle producing melody and harmonies, it’s the rhythm of acoustic guitar, banjo, bass, claps, tambourine, vocal hollers and drums that makes you want to move. This is an excellent fit for family and friend moments in dramas or comedies, also great for web tutorials, children’s shows and cooking / travel themes. [Tempo: Fast / 175 BPM]

Felix Mendelssohn, Songs Without Words, Book 3, Op. 38 No. 2 in C minor. Performed live in studio by renowned concert pianist Vadim Chaimovich, exclusively for Shockwave-Sound.com. [Tempo: Slow, Medium]

Steady and dynamic, this country-blues inspired track is persistent and grooving. It could easily seem to be pushing onward through hardship. A single, steel-string acoustic guitar performance was captured with a lively mix of percussion and simple drums. This is an excellent fit for rural “Americana” themes and lifestyle, kids/youth programming, comedy, cooking and DIY fix-it podcasts. Acoustic Country / Perseverance / Steady. [Tempo: Fast / 199 BPM]

Jovial and friendly, this timeless country track feels like the soundtrack to a lively barn dance. While fiddles, banjo and accordion have fun on this track’s cheery melody, it’s the home-spun rhythm section – of acoustic guitar, bass, drums and percussion – that really shines, pulling that real “country” feel together. This is a great fit for rural/country themes and settings for dramas, lifestyle shows, comedies and tutorials. Jovial / Country / Barn Dance. [Tempo: Fast / 169 BPM]

A neo-classical piece with a sense of dignity, history and timeless elegance. Equally suitable for current-day affairs and drama, as for historical / period dramas. Great as a main theme for a series or a one-off presentation. Classy and elegant, with a waltz rhythm. Available with or without an opera type, live soprano vocal. [Tempo: Medium / 146 BPM]

Live performed solo piano and strings piece - tender female vocalising, melodical impressionistic repetitive pattern and strings chords that is melancholic and bittersweet romantic and yet sorrowful. Perhaps dealing with melancholy or long lost love, fading memories. Good for drama, history, photography and more. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 57 BPM]

Mellow, elegant, easy-going jazz with piano and trumpet. Classy, relaxed and beautiful. 100% live performance. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow]

A witty, bouncy uptempo orchestral overture with twittering flutes, brassy horns and pizzicato cellos. A variety of happy and sad cues make it highly suitable for use with a humorous commercial/infomercial narrative. Reminiscent of post war comedies and Aardman Animation. Or the post irony of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Danny Elfman style film scores. [Tempo: Medium, Fast / 119 BPM]

Gentle rag featuring acoustic guitar and dobro. A version without the dobro is also available. Nice country / bluegrass / folk / americana track. [Tempo: Slow, Medium / 81 BPM]

Cutting edge collides with traditional sounds in this glitchy, dreamlike fusion of styles. Old meets new. Quirky. charming & poignant, it would suit science & technology, green issues, environment and modern drama. Similar in instrumentation and mood to the Dream Valley Music tracks, Speed of Night, Metallic Wasteland and Grace & Harmony. Please note: This track features deliberate digital glitches, odd scratchy sound effects. This is for effect, is done on purpose, and is not an error or problem with the file. A "no glitches" version is also available if you prefer it clean. [Tempo: Slow, Medium / 75 BPM]

Cool, Chill out, Lounge jazz music track. Brass play cool backgrounds and trombone play chill melodies. Groovy and positive with jazzy piano solo this music will be nice for background music and other fun, joyful situations. [Tempo: Medium / 100 BPM]

This is true romance, the classic way. A beautiful evening at the beach, looking up at the stars. Features a beautiful woodwind and strings melody with lush piano arpeggios. Suitable for a romantic trailer or a special moment in a production. [Tempo: Slow]

Uplifting, fun and bright, this is a Hot Club of France style acoustic jazz guitar piece. Saucy and swingin'! [Tempo: Fast / 115 BPM]

A cheeky and charming little French number. Available in a vocal version (retro French chic style, male/female duet) and an instrumental version, this light hearted waltz has a quintessentially French style and sound. [Tempo: Medium / 180 BPM]

A mysterious and pensive track with an uneasy, slightly psychedelic feel. Like classic murder mysteries or a sneaky scene in a classic horror type production. [Tempo: Slow / 100 BPM]

Giovanni Sgambati, Melody in D minor after 'Orfeo ed Euridice' by Ch. W. von Gluck. Performed live in studio by renowned concert pianist Vadim Chaimovich, exclusively for Shockwave-Sound.com. [Tempo: Slow]

American / patriotic style track with strings and trumpet. Dignity, honor, freedom, values, and a slightly military style arrangement. There is also an alternative version with added timpani & snare drums (previews below). [Tempo: Slow]

A rhythmic, soaring, orchestral / neo classical piece. After a pensive, rhythmic start, the piece grows, builds, increases into a soaring piece of amazement and wonder. It has a slight sense of mystery, and an emotive feel, as if something of grave importance is unfolding. This will work well for nature / natural world, dramas / personal stories, storytelling / film and television. [Tempo: Slow, Medium / 72 BPM]

Upbeat and friendly, this bluegrass track is easy and light with a touch of crazy. Its Americana country flavor is a balancing act between the affable and the comedic. The banjo melody is helped out rhythmically by an acoustic guitar and a simple, steady kick drum. Ideal for Americana flavored comedies, travel and cooking shows. Affable / Banjo / Comedy. [Tempo: Medium, Fast]

Country-Folk ballad. American mid-west or southern traditions. Melancholic / Nostalgic with a homely, wholesome feel and sound. Emotional and comforting. [Tempo: Slow / 67 BPM]

This sweet and warm ballad recorded live with grand piano, acoustic guitars, violin and cello with pad added. Nice, sentimental song with feel of intimacy and hope. Various versions available to create complete soundtrack out of this composition. Good for romantic movies, wedding videos, travel television and other projects. [Tempo: Slow / 70 BPM]

This track is recorded with a real live orchestra. Rich cellos and aching violins featured in this dramatic backdrop perfect for any large scene of human striving or romantic heroicism. Minor opening delivers with strong restatement in the major, providing a powerful emotional lift. Determination and heart are rewarded withachievement and fulfillment.Good for drama, documentary, adventure/fantasy and more. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow, Medium]

Celestial, pompous and chamber track, featuring strings, woodwinds, harp and bells. Optimistic feel, non-aggressive sound and playful orchestra makes this track suitable for many types of film, media, games, presentations, advertising and more. [Tempo: Medium, Fast / 90 BPM]

Frederic Chopin, Mazurka B minor, Op. 33 No. 4. Performed live in studio by renowned concert pianist Vadim Chaimovich, exclusively for Shockwave-Sound.com. [Tempo: Slow, Medium]

Upbeat and playful, easy going jazz trio. Piano, upright bass and subtle jazz drums. Nice and happy, easy-going jazz mood. [Tempo: Medium, Fast / 100 BPM]

A very sad and yet relaxing tune. Strings wash over you in a mood full of loss and lament. Above the strings a piano tells it's story in a simple and meloncholy melody. In the chorus the string section swells up and overflows like an inevitable tide of sorrow. The ending brings in the elements of the orchestra almost one by one until the final call. Would suit a tragic drama or romantic film project. Contains strings and piano. [Tempo: Slow / 64 BPM]

A very slow solo piano track, played live on an old upright piano with a nostalgic, aged sound. Melancholic but comforting, easy and relaxed. Introspective / Reflective / Dreamy.

[Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 54 BPM]

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Hob.III:2; Op. 1 No. 2: Movement 2: Minuet - Trio. Recorded live in studio by the Allegro String Ensemble, exclusively for Lynne Publishing. [Tempo: Medium]

Big band and male crooner swing along with a friendly jazz standard feel. Lyrics are thankful and giving, as the singer shows some respect for friendship. An instrumental version is also available. [Tempo: Slow, Medium / 80 BPM]

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Keyboard Sonata in B minor, H.245, III. Rondo espressivo. Performed live in studio by renowned concert pianist Vadim Chaimovich, exclusively for Shockwave-Sound.com. [Tempo: Slow]

This orchestral, neo classical piece starts quietly and grows into a crescendo of wonderment and fulfilment. A solo soprano voice combines with orchestral strings, contemporary drums and subtle ethnic flutes to create a track with a lot of emotional impact. This piece can be suitable for many things, including special project presentations and much more. Classic, classy and elegant. Freedom / expression. [Tempo: Slow, Medium / 152 BPM]

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