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

Found 702 tracks

Laidback solo piano blues. Lazy blues remains about old good times. Retro music, piano bar, slightly detuned piano.Will work well as a soundtrack for movie about early 20 century in USA and background for the black and white film. Slow tempo. Friendly, unhurried, pensive, jazzy. [Tempo: Slow, Medium]

Laid back big band swing number reminiscent of the late 40s, 50s and 60s. Features jazz guitar and real horn section. Great for country club, travel, food, restaurant, jazz club, Hamptons and high society. [Tempo: Medium / 119 BPM]

Raw country blues. Acoustic slide guitar over piano, bass & drums. [Tempo: Slow, Medium, Fast / 145 BPM]

Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture in C-minor, Op.80. Recorded by D Hamilton exclusively for Lynne Publishing. [Tempo: Medium, Fast]

John P. Sousa's famous march, Semper Fidelis, marching band. Recorded exclusively for Shockwave-Sound.com by D Hamilton. [Tempo: Medium]

A truly heartwarming, sweeping, classical waltz. Piano with orchestra. Grand and romantic, like the classics. Great for film, historical, romantic epic, love story, ballroom dancing, period drama and more. [Tempo: Slow, Medium]

Barrels of beer, partying and fun. A short track that illustrates the spirit of Oktoberfest in Germany. [Tempo: Fast / 100 BPM]

Hilarious, fun, and slightly stupid this cute ragtime track is old-timey fun. The vocal melody sings comically over a bed of banjos, tack piano, bass and drums. This is great music for commercials, comedies, 1920-30’s period pieces, and any media in need of an absurd cue. [Tempo: Medium / 99 BPM]

New Orleans style blues with piano, guitar, bass, drums, male vocals. Fun, bouncing, medium up-tempo feel with guitar and piano solos. Descriptive lyrics with specific names, places, and feelings on a small town summer night. New Orleans, blues, piano, fun, rolling, guitar, bass, drums, jazz, Cajun, small town, characters. [Tempo: Medium / 133 BPM]

A strong military feel lead by snare drum mixed with electric guitar and trumpet melody, orchestral strings and other percussion. Great for contemporary dramas, documentaries and film scores looking for a blend of military, rock and orchestral music. [Tempo: Slow, Medium / 90 BPM]

A delicate, fragile and romantic piece with a traditional European feel. Solo violin and accordeon backed by mandolin, string section and acoustic guitar. Lyrical and elegant, with a sense of dignity and melancholy. Can be France, Italy, Sicily or more Eastern Europe. Good for historical productions, travel and exploration, period drama and more. [Tempo: Slow, Medium / 60 BPM]

A grooving jazz piece with a playful electronic twist. The overall sound is reminiscent of classic 1940s swing. [Tempo: Fast / 120 BPM]

A touching and poignant piano piece, performed on an old upright piano with organ background chords. Nostalgic, with an 'old' sound, this very slow moving track has emotional depth and a sense of melancholy. Thoughtful / Reflective / Emotive. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 55 BPM]

Floating through wide open spaces, rivers and canyons these dreamlike baritone guitar licks are as laid back as a campfire under the stars. Subtle, dreamy washes give this retro style Country & Western a futuristic twist. [Tempo: Slow / 81 BPM]

Classical 'beautiful yet haunting' film score with symphonic strings, like music from classic retro movies. Loving, mysterious and emotional. Softer part with piano, flute and strings joining later on at 0:32. [Tempo: Slow, Medium / 132 BPM]

Fun, upbeat Dixieland version of this very famous tune. Widely associated with New Orleans, Louis Armstrong and various sports teams this track could fit many projects including comedies, kids tv and products, silent films, partying, celebrating, documentaries, sports and mardi gras. [Tempo: Medium, Fast / 91 BPM]

Contemporary Jazz piano trio playing an elegant, passionate and yearning Bossa Nova. Perfect for romantic, sophisticated and exotic settings. [Tempo: Slow, Medium / 150 BPM]

Beautiful piano-lead light rock track. Peaceful, thoughtful and slightly melancholy. Simple piano is enriched by catchy and soulful guitar melodies. [Tempo: Slow / 52 BPM]

Solo Piano, Pop piano with a Gospel feel. Acoustic Piano, Positive, reflective, heartfelt. Instrumental easy listening. [Tempo: Slow / 63 BPM]

A slow and mellow, melancholic, but warm and heartening piece with acoustic piano, subtle strings and 'oooh' type vocals. Soft, ambient, emotive, sincere. [Note: The recording contains some 'ticks' which may appear to some as sound artifacts or 'noise'. These sounds are actually the physical, mechanical hammers inside the upright piano on which this was played. This is an all natural, all organic, no-computers, no-electronics recording and this in itself brings some sound 'imperfections'.] [Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 80 BPM]

Cool lounge jazz with trumpet melody over piano and stand-up bass accompaniment. [Tempo: Slow / 100 BPM]

A fun and bouncy retro-style Dixieland or Charleston type jazz track. Drums, upright bass, piano, clarinet. Historical, cultural, old-time party jazz, ca 1920-1945. [Tempo: Fast / 95 BPM]

Smokey, soulful love song crooned by male blues singer. Guitar, piano, bass, drum backing. Lyrics about how fulfilled and excited he is with his new found love. Guitar and piano solos. Classic swinging jazz/blues feel. [Tempo: Slow / 83 BPM]

Piano ballad, very smooth and soft. This tune is sensitive, organic and gentle. Nice for background music, relaxing scenes and soft moments. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 55 BPM]

A cool remix of an old jazz classic. A fresh and funky dub-step style beat augments an old classic record. Very current sound. Instrumental. [Tempo: Medium / 105 BPM]

A fragile, melancholic solo piano piece, recorded live on an old, upright piano with a nice, nostalgic sound. Poignant and emotive.

[Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 70 BPM]

French folk piece. Presented in two versions, lasting 37 seconds and 18 seconds respectively. [Tempo: Medium / 75 BPM]

A happy, feel-good, toe-tapping Jazz Trio track. Playful piano, groovy upright bass and drums. Performed and recorded live in studio. [Tempo: Medium / 130 BPM]

A traditional Polish Folk song performed with female vocals, violins, accordion and frame drum. Available as a vocal version, and an instrumental versions with accordion lead, or Suka Biłgorajska lead. The Instrumental versions can refer to Ukraine or Belarus as well. This track features a very solemn, melancholic intro part before it gets into the main track itself, which is more upbeat and stoic. [Tempo: Very slow, Medium / 117 BPM]

Slow, spacious, thoughtful, somber, mellow, sensitive, reflective and emotional piano / strings piece. Dreamy, serene, soft, serious, moving, introspective, nostalgic, melancholy with moments of wonder & heartbreak. Would suit cinematic / romantic / documentary / historic type projects. [Tempo: Very slow, Slow / 90 BPM]

Sweet and sassy 1920’s style early jazz. Bass clarinet carries the vibrato-rich melody over an accompaniment of soprano clarinet, French horn, tuba, piano and drums. This period piece captures an essence of post-ragtime, early jazz, with its playfulness and harmonic uniqueness. Equally excellent for historical themes and modern comedy. Deliberately lo-fi / old sound. [Tempo: Medium / 130 BPM]

A traditional Greek or slightly Turkish sounding folk music track with bouzouki. Composed by our very own Greek composer, Dimitris Plagiannis, this is an exotic, authentic, great 'Zorba' type music track. [Tempo: Medium, Fast / 108 BPM]

A thoughtful and insightful underscore or theme for drama/film. Personal stories, contemplation, reflection, a developing story. Takes a turn for the more dramatic about half way in, with a dark side. Piano with orchestra. [Tempo: Slow / 75 BPM]

Upbeat Ragtime track played on an old upright piano. Great happy-go-lucky track for any silent movie, commercial, comedy, animation, documentary or any project set around the early 20th century. [Tempo: Medium, Fast / 106 BPM]

Greek, Hebrew or Gypsy feel. European, historical / cultural, circus or travel / holiday. Greece / folk / Europe. [Tempo: Slow, Medium / 148 BPM]

Emotional cinematic composition with a dark and depressed feeling. Somber piano with heavenly pad sound create a mysterious atmosphere. Great for films, documentaries, trailers and more. [Tempo: Slow / 55 BPM]

Traditional Dixieland jazz featuring authentic stride piano and muted trumpet. Great party music! Old-time jazz-like theme, it brings to mind Woody Allen movies and other productions that have that upbeat, jazzy, 30s vibe. Up-tempo, fun, and a bit quirky, it is the perfect track for productions that require a funny, yet elegant soundscape, such as comedies, period pieces, and others. [Tempo: Fast / 240 BPM]

Old and rhythmic piano music. This fast music track will fit well for funny, comedy and old movies. Stride piano music. [Tempo: Medium, Fast]

Sweet and happy waltz, available in two different arrangements: Full orchestra, or just piano. [Tempo: Medium / 77 BPM]

Swinging, vintage, happy-go-lucky Jazz done Louis Armstrong style. Perfect for flashbacks to the 1930s and 40s, lighthearted comedy, riverboat gambling, kids tv and much more. Features Trumpet, Acoustic Guitars, Upright Bass and Drums. [Tempo: Medium / 115 BPM]

Uptempo, lively Piano Blues. Historical sounding, with elements of Blues, Ragtime, Swing and Jazz. Full band enters later. [Tempo: Fast, Very fast / 160 BPM]

Mellow and nostalgic acoustic guitar with haunting vocal. Dreamy, ambient and earthy. Scandinavian / Nordic influence. [Tempo: Slow / 100 BPM]

A light and feelgood French accordeon waltz. Swaying, care free and deliciously melodic. Goes well with anything quintessentially France, Paris etc., whether historical or contemporary. A delightful acoustic guitar solo at 01:35. [Tempo: Medium / 195 BPM]

A pensive, relaxing and bright electronic soundscape with a light percussion on the second half that adds a positive feel to it. Suitable for productions that require a meditative or inspiring vibe. Great for commercials, features and TV shows with a good-vibe/Zen touch. [Tempo: Medium / 184 BPM]

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