Suspense is a term used in theatre, film and literature studies. It derives from the Latin suspendere ("hang up") and means "to float in uncertainty" with regard to a feared or hoped for event. Among other types of dramatic suspense, suspense has received the most attention because it is the most "minimal" means of generating suspense and because suspense is considered the most intense means of generating suspense.
The term tension is usually used as a generic term for dramatic tension. As a subdivision, the scientific literature has agreed on the three terms Surprise, Suspense and Mystery. In practice, these three types of tension are always connected.
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A rhythmic, dark, orchestral track of amazement and tension. Similar to the style/sound of Hans Zimmer music, this cinematic piece has a strong sense of nerve and drama.
Intense, driven, powerful, relentless rocker in the vein of heavy Foos. Primitive, gritty, dangerous, wild, determined & gutsy. Would suit action / thriller / extreme sports / combat / military type projects.
Mystical, mysterious minimal underscore with just a deep drone and few scattered piano notes. Monotenous drone and atonal piano. Suspenseful, pensive, tense. Good for classic horror style, creepy, eerie backdrop. Also available with just the drone,and just the piano.
Enchanting, Suspenseful, Fanciful
The Boardroom is a homage to those moments before someone gets fired on the apprentice! The track is tense, edgy & with an ominous sense that something is about to happen. Lead by mallet instruments with plucked strings and simple percussion. A good fit for tense scenes where the music need is light
Dark, menacing, atmospheric, cold, calculated, brooding, moody and threatening track with an air of foreboding. Slow, scary, controlled riffage combines with a steady drum groove as spacey lead guitar floats over the top. Would suit thriller / action / extreme sports / combat type projects. Resistance is useless!
CSI inspired dark and foreboding orchestral soundtrack full of mystery and suspense. Brooding ominous low strings, sinister swelling brass, and eerie high solitary piano figures create an uneasy mood of uncertainty.
dark sinister & brooding soundscape that will have you locking all your doors & windows! synth fx, horror percussion fx and ominous choir drones combine to make music suitable for horror/hallowen/ghost/thriller type projects. don't look behind you!
Fantasy style orchestral soundtrack. Dark, gloomy and ominous. Big horn sections, mysterious melodies. Great for fantasy, epic adventures, dark times, horror, impending doom and conflict. Occasional deep vocal grunts and chants. This piece plays for over 6 minutes with plenty of variation, and can be used for several different cues, or used all together as background atmosphere. This track is recorded with a live philharmonic orchestra and choir.
Imagine sitting atop a magically scenic mountain in Tibet or Nepal, watching the native life go wandering by. Soft, dreamy, cinematic, hypnotic, tranquil, peaceful, enchanted track with a distinct Oriental flavour. Would suit travel/documentary/buddhist/ dramatic/geographical film type projects.
This sneaky and lightly comedic soundtrack has sudden mood changes shifting back and forth from mysterious suspense to playful curiosity. Well suited for humorous cross cutting scenes, cartoons, animation, kids programs, whodunit capers, and more.
Eerie and dark, only sound carpets and sound collages
Intense, dramatic, suspense-soaked, high energy, electro-rocker that mixes synth sequences with big guitars & monster, driven beats. exciting, passionate, dynamic & tension-filled. has a triumphant vibe of glorious victory and beating the odds. Would suit action,extreme sports,thriller type projects
Mysterious, pulsating underscore track with a sense of danger or impending discovery. Crime investigation, undercover spy, agent, secret mission, breaking in or exploring a crime scene etc.
Exciting, dark,hectic, heavy,driven, intense & suspense-filled adrenaline rocker with electronic elements. Synth sequences bring in this fast frantic tune, then chuggy guitars and powerful driving drums crank up the heat. Would suit action/trhiller/sports type projects exciting, driven, intense & suspense-filled adrenaline rocker with electronic elements. synth sequences bring in this fast frantic tune, then chuggy guitars and powerful driving drums crank up the heat. would suit action/thriller/sports type projects, mad quick energy power
Mysterious mood. Absorbing piano melodies and a spooky sound background.
Drone, sparse percussion, deep horns, analogue synth pulse.
Dark atmospheric film soundtrack style. Sparse, foreboding, sneaky. Slight ethnic slant.
Intense, powerful, driven, hectic, heavy, frantic & edgy modern metal track. enormous forward energy & weight makes sure this beast hammers it home. no messing. monster chugged guitar riffs combine with syncopated shard-like drums. would suit extreme sports/horror/thriller/action/military projs
dark, edgy, powerful, tense, trippy, menacing, wicked & towards the end, very heavy track with great foreboding and malice. scary, evil, menacing, crazed & climactic but with simple repetitive melodies. would suit action/horror/thriller/extreme sports projects. don't look behind you. just run!
Raw,heavy, powerful, brutal, driven, dark, rhythmic & intense, brooding modern rock track. monster guitars, huge drums & crazed, searing lead work combine to make crushing music suitable for extreme sports/action/thriller/combat/war type projects. can you handle it?
Spacious, ethereal, tranquil, beautiful, dreamy, introspective, reflective track using strings, choir & synths. Simple, mellow, atmospheric, contemplative, serious & mysteriously unique. Would suit dramatic / detective / mystery / documentary / travel type projects.
a spacious intro leads into a full-on, crushing, powerful, exciting, supercharged, driven, adrenalized rocker with great drama & suspense. wicked, gritty, fiery, dynamic, lively & melodic. would suit extreme sports/action/thriller type projects.