Complete score available for download

  / by Jan

Score coverWell, the official web release of our movie is now just a few millifortnights away, and hopefully, all pre-orderers will have their DVDs in hand by now. So, depending on whether you’ve seen it already or you’re waiting for our encoder mill to finally get finished, this might be either a dessert or an appetizer ;-)

This is the complete score in MP3 format, freely available under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Creative Commons license (details about this license can be found here).

Complete score in one ZIP archive (13 MB): (US mirror)

Separate track downloads:

  1. The Wires (US mirror)
  2. Typewriter Dance (US mirror)
  3. The Safest Place (US mirror)
  4. Emo Creates (US mirror)
  5. End Title (US mirror)
  6. Teaser Music (US mirror)
  7. Ambience (US mirror)

Album cover (thanks Matt + Andy for the layout and the graphics!): cover.jpg (US mirror)

Well… I hope you’ll like it! :)

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63 Responses to “Complete score available for download”

  1. carlinhos said on 16 May, 2006:

    I still have no DVD in my hands. And Austria isn’t the end of the world! It is really frustrating!!

  2. Ton said on 16 May, 2006:

    carlinhos: I know… very weird, also heard of germans still waiting.

    We shipped over 1500 dvds, so there’s always the possibility an error was made.
    If you don’t have it by friday, mail the e-shop (shop(at) and we’ll send another. Our experience is that is needed in less than 1% of cases though.

  3. ChrisRX said on 16 May, 2006:

    Wow, I’m listening to this now, and it’s really powerful music. Definitely comparible with a professional film score, it’s just a shame that it’s not longer. I would love to hear extended versions of these tracks!

    Were these tracks made with open source software too? If so, then what program were they made with, and would the “source” files be available under the creative commons too?

  4. Alexander said on 16 May, 2006:

    Got the DVD today :)
    The first Ukrainian one! (at least I hope so :) )
    Still had no chance to watch it, but the DVD box looks great already :P
    Happy me :)

  5. DwarvenFury said on 16 May, 2006:

    Cool stuff, Jan. Thanks! :-)

  6. ChrisRX said on 16 May, 2006:

    Please ignore the part in my previous comment about the “source” files for the music, I just read the CC deed and understood the noderivs part.

    Still, great work. Can’t wait for the movie download to put my pc and my surround sound system to the test

  7. David Srbecky said on 16 May, 2006:

    From the wiki:

    Millifortnights (about 20 minutes) and nanofortnights (1.2096 milliseconds) have also been used occasionally in computer science, usually in an attempt to be deliberately over-complex and obscure.


  8. Gobs said on 16 May, 2006:

    Great. I love Jan’s score. :-)

  9. Ninjabuddy said on 16 May, 2006:

    I got the DVD to day it is really cool thanks orange team.

  10. Alexander said on 16 May, 2006:

    The score is another strong part of the movie.
    Great indeed!
    Very atmospheric!

  11. Janno said on 16 May, 2006:

    Haven’t recieved my DVD either (writing from Estonia), but I’m not gonna download yet ;), I’ll rather wait few days/weeks more for the DVD :P

    Although I can’t wait much longer :D

  12. Jehan said on 16 May, 2006:


    no DVD yet also in France (close suburb of Paris). :-(
    For the music, I am currently listening to them.
    2 questions about them:

    1/ why are they in CC-by-nc-nd, while all the movie content is in CC-by?! I mean: these are the music in the movie, aren’t they? So in the context of the movie, they are in CC-by, but not outside? And then what prevent me from taking them from the movie and using them with the CC-by license?
    In the opposite if they are also in CC-by-nc-nd in the movie (while you said all the DVD data was in CC-by, snif :-(), how can one distribute the movie commercially, or modify things which may “touch” the music? Would one have to remove the music?
    These are details I fail to understand. If someone could explain me though. ;-)

    2/ Could you provide the score in uncompressed format (wav, or better flac for instance)? Or at least could you provide the score in ogg vorbis format (which has no problem of license and patent, because it is a Free lossy format, unless the MP3)?

    But the better would be a lossless format like the flac, because one would be able to encode the score in any wanted format (like ogg vorbis, or even mp3 if one really wants). And we could make CDs from better recording. If I try to encode to Ogg from the MP3, I will lose a lot of information because they are 2 lossy formats, and I will get a bad sound.
    And I would be happy to provide a Ogg Vorbis mirror of these score in France. :-)

    By the way, nice ambiant music. :-)

  13. darek said on 17 May, 2006:

    I love the Soundtrack!
    Can’t wait to see the movie!

  14. Lifeling said on 17 May, 2006:

    How many more Millifortnights do I have to wait!?

  15. Matt said on 17 May, 2006:

    Jehan: I think the situation is that these tracks are not the same thing that you hear in the movie – they’re different mixes, different files, and as such can have a different license. With the files that you get on the dvd or on the download, yes you can do what you like. That’s the movie, this is something else.

    I have a feeling part of it is that Jan has used samples from his instrument library that he doesn’t have the rights to distributing in a more lenient form, but I’ll let him comment on that. If so, this may also preclude him releasing it in an lossless format.

  16. Keith said on 17 May, 2006:

    Generally with music the Creative common’s license used would allow for the performance of said music. As a musician, composer and sometimes programmer of concerts, I am wonder if the Score, the actual sheet music, will be made available.

  17. Mike Stramba said on 17 May, 2006:

    Ok, this is not really related to the music download (thanks for that btw), maybe this should be the first post for a new Blog entry entitled “Using the Elephant Dreams content” ? :)

    I’d like to scale down the textures on the Elephant Dreams dvd so that I can render some of the scenes at reasonable render times on my meager system.

    Specifically I want to start with the textures on the two characters.

    Is it just a matter of loading the textures into a paint program, scaling them down, saving them to a new name, and then re-loading them into Blender, via the texture panel (F6) “Load image” button ?

    .. Or am I going to need to mess with the UV mapper?

    I assume the textures were originally sized to be optimum for the HD 1920 version.

    What would be a good size the texutres for producing 640×480 renders?

    Just try and see according to my own preference ?

    Any other tips to speed up render times, other than turning off SHAD,RAY,ENV,OSA ?



  18. Mike Stramba said on 17 May, 2006:

    Ya, sorry, I meant ‘Elephants Dream ;)


  19. tripdragon said on 17 May, 2006:

    Put them on itunes ! That would be awesome to see

  20. Dalai Felinto said on 17 May, 2006:

    Hi people!
    No DVD arrived here (Rio de Janeiro).
    I wait that before Brazil is HEXACHAMPION!!! I can see the DVD in my house

  21. ClumsyBoy said on 17 May, 2006:

    No DVD here in Oregon, USA yet. I am waiting as patiently as possible :)

  22. Aaron Newcomb said on 17 May, 2006:

    Excellent work on the sound track Jan!! I can’t wait to see the movie.

  23. Juanjavier Martínez said on 17 May, 2006:

    Keith makes an interesting point here. Will be available the real paper sheets with the music notation?


    Juanjavier Martínez.

  24. Juanjavier Martínez said on 17 May, 2006:

    Forgot to mention. ChrisRX: as far as I remember, music in this film was not made using free software, I hope Jan Morgenstern could add some information on this.

    Juanjavier Martínez.

  25. Palle Raabjerg said on 17 May, 2006:

    Ah. Yummy. I was waiting for the soundtrack downloads. A great thanks for a great project. Judging from the sound on the DVD, the soundtrack is absolutely on par with the movie itself. I’ll have a closer listen to this when I get home today :D

  26. Pitel said on 17 May, 2006:

    End Title is very powerful song! This score is very proffesionaly done (imho better then character animation ;). Only bad thing is, that it is very short.

  27. joeri said on 17 May, 2006:

    Super Jan!
    Great work! Incredible effort you have put into this, I value that very much. Thanks.

  28. rafster said on 17 May, 2006:

    Got the DVD yesterday, May 15. I’m in Alameda CA (near Oakland, or San Francisco).

    Good job!!

  29. joeri said on 17 May, 2006:

    The UV’s coordinated are from 0.0 to 1.0, so will take any replacement. You can, without problems, run a batch on the texture folders that scales them down in half (or 1/4 or what you want). The backup can stay on the dvd :)

    A trick I use to see what textures are affected in a scene I pack and unpack a scene, this will create a local folder with all used textures for this scene (alas filenames used by orange are long and blender will cut off some extensions here).

    What size they ‘should’ be depends on to what resolution you render and how sharp you need that result to be. Normaly a texture is a bit higher in resolution then how it rendered on screen. So, bits and pieces in the back that take up 5 pixels in final render need a 8×8 pixel texture. But things like a closeup of an iris out of an eye, that will take up 640×480 screen pixels, will need a 1280×960 texture to stay away from blender to start to blurring the texture.

  30. Jan said on 17 May, 2006:

    Hi everyone, and thanks for the kind comments! :)

    Jehan: Matt is right, the CC-by-nc-nd license applies only to the isolated score. The movie soundtrack’s license is not affected by it.

    Regarding the MP3-vs-Ogg decision, I have no love for MP3 either, but for the initial release, I wanted to keep effort, distribution overhead, and release fragmentation low and therefore opted for the format everyone and his dog can play. Anyway, I’ll probably release versions in Vorbis or FLAC formats at a later point.

    Let me take the opportunity and explain the rationale behind the choice of a NonCommercial-NoDerivs license, as it might seem rather strict in comparison to the movie.

    The “NonCommercial” is the easier part. I basically pay my rent by making people who earn money with my music give me a share of it. And while this is the sole part of my job I truly hate, it’s also pretty much inescapable. Keep in mind music is not like software in this regard – there most likely won’t be any synergy effects or other positive outcome for me if someone employs my music in commercial works without even letting me know about it. I’m a strong “fair use” advocate, but frankly, that would be a little outside my definition of it.

    Regarding the “NoDerivs” part, well, that one is more difficult, and I actually don’t feel particularly comfortable about it. I love creative remixes, but I had some bad experience in the past, with parts of my music appearing in rather offensive material. I actually opted for a NoDerivs license when I learned that every part of a CC license can be waived upon permission of the author, so I strongly encourage anyone who has intentions to do anything fun and creative with the stuff to get in contact with me.

    @Keith: Well, I did the initial sketches on paper, but then moved over to the sequencer rather quickly, and so there’s no score that’d be even remotely suitable for performance. As my engraving skills are not that great, transferring the cues into a proper orchestra score would take me at least another month of work, so it’s a bit unlikely at this point.

  31. Vassilios Boucer said on 17 May, 2006:

    Amazing Music…very Pro!!
    Thanks Jan!

  32. Richard said on 17 May, 2006:

    The score is fantasic Jan! It’s a pity they’re so short however. My favorite would be the End Title but they’re all great. Well done!

  33. LOGAN said on 17 May, 2006:

    Ah nice work Jan, nice to get something while waiting :)

    Today I have send the money to order Elephants Dream DVD, but with 3-5 days money transfer and another 3-5 days before I might get the DVD, so I could use something while waiting.

  34. Time 2TAlk said on 17 May, 2006:

    Can u read my mind?????

    thx love the soundtrack specially the end title watched the movie 6 times now it´s amazing work……allover x)

  35. Pawprint (a.k.a. Werner van Loggenberg) said on 17 May, 2006:

    Can someone tell me if they used blender for the music construction? or another program, i know they used Audicity for the effects n stuff , but how they put it together?

  36. Pawprint (a.k.a. Werner van Loggenberg) said on 17 May, 2006:

    PS: great work!!!!

  37. Pawprint (a.k.a. Werner van Loggenberg) said on 17 May, 2006:

    Oh…hehe..found this

  38. Mike Stramba said on 17 May, 2006:


    What equipment / software are you using for the orchestral sounds? Are you using an orchestral lib like Garritan’s Personal Orchestra … or something more advanced?

    Have you used any of the ‘software synthesizers’ like Reason?

    Have you heard “Reapers Christmas” by Taron ?

    … It’s almost as creepy as some of your ED music :)


  39. Mike Stramba said on 17 May, 2006:


    Ok, never mind about the equipment / software, I just visited your website :)


  40. Zaffo said on 17 May, 2006:

    Amazing sound :)

  41. Mike Stramba said on 17 May, 2006:

    >The UV’s coordinated are from 0.0 to 1.0, so will take any replacement.

    Ok I need to read up on UV mapping, what does ‘coordinated from 0.0 to 1.0’ mean?

    >You can, without problems, run a batch on the texture folders that scales them

    What tools/software would you use to do a batch operation? I’m on Windoze, but also have cygwin installed.

    Thanks for the pack/unpack tip, hadn’t used that before.

    > (alas filenames used by orange are long and blender will cut off some extensions here).

    Ya, noticed that, one of those bugs that I guess are on the “low priority” list ;)


  42. David Srbecky said on 17 May, 2006:

    From the production & planning page:

    “May 17 Milestone 0: Go/Nogo”

    It would be cool to release the video on the web *exactly* year after the start :-)

  43. joeri said on 17 May, 2006:

    >what does ‘coordinated from 0.0 to 1.0′ mean?
    the verteces in the UV window map from 0,0 (bottom-left) to 1,1 (top-right), so regardless of what image it’s maping the coordinates of the UV stay on the same UV coordinated.
    Meaning that a UVvertex on half of the image will stay on the half of the image if the image is scaled.

    >..use to do a batch operation?
    Irfanview is my win32 fav. Freeware. Does View / Thumb & Batch. Also renames files that it finds with wrong extensions.
    Can even show .Sgi and .Iff

  44. joeri said on 17 May, 2006:


    Will the movie soundtrack be released without the voices for voice dubbing?

  45. mataii said on 17 May, 2006:

    No DVD yet here in Mexico.. :(

    Just waiting ;)

  46. Mike Stramba said on 17 May, 2006:


    thx, will take a look at Irfanview.


  47. Emma® said on 17 May, 2006:

    Jan, I just love the score, the atmosphere you created is just perfect for the movie… you really nailed it this time! Love your other works too!


  48. Florian said on 17 May, 2006:

    Superb Jan!
    What software did you use for that very good music ?

  49. Igor said on 17 May, 2006:

    Indeed, soundtrack is great!! Bravo!

  50. saji said on 17 May, 2006:

    amazing…… just blew me away.. a pity that the licenses are too restrictive though.

  51. baldosoft said on 17 May, 2006:

    I’m waiting for the dvd :) i wanna listen this amazing music with the film ^_^ it must be beautiful. great work…

  52. Colin Levy said on 17 May, 2006:

    Amazing score!!

  53. Jason Ekstrand said on 17 May, 2006:

    I downloaded it and played the whole thing yesturday, and it sounds GREAT!

  54. Javier Ariz said on 18 May, 2006:

    Hey! thanks for public the music !!!

    Thanks to and all team of Elephants Dream.

    I hope Blender’s World follow forwarding!!!!!! :D

    I love this project !

  55. Sean said on 18 May, 2006:

    Elephants Dream has made the front pages of, with an article about the subsequents release of the film. Link to article here…

    I expect more sites to cover it when the film is officially released.

  56. Kev said on 18 May, 2006:

    Quite frankly I think you should be ashamed for publishing the music in a different license than the rest of the content. It would’ve been better if you didn’t publish it at all in this manor. What if the other ED content is used in “negative ways”? What if money is made off of it? Do you think the work of the graphics artists and software devs is not as important as yours?? Very selfish IMHO…

  57. deathblood said on 18 May, 2006:

    Cool,I got it,very like it!

  58. Matt said on 18 May, 2006:

    Kev, releasing the work on here for everyone to freely download is very *un*selfish of Jan, and it’s disappointing that you feel that way. The work he did for the movie, the audio track of the film, is available under the same license as the graphics content. All of us in the team are very grateful for Jan’s work and we are pleased with and fully support him sharing this extra gift with us, above and beyond his obligations to the production.

  59. Antoine said on 18 May, 2006:

    Interesting music. I can’t stand waiting this movie to be downloadable.

    Hum… who can tell me what software(s) have been used for music and sound FX in Elephants Dream?

  60. incon said on 18 May, 2006:

    Nice work I got my dvd :) Australia (WA)

  61. joeri said on 18 May, 2006:

    There is another detail that makes his decision total fair in my view. You can read that here: /theteam

  62. ROUBAL said on 18 May, 2006:


    Jan, your music is great. It gives to the movie a real strength.

    Listened apart from the movie, It has an other dimension and I enjoyed it even more.

    A huge thank you for giving us this extra gift.

    While listening to the Typewriter Dance, I had the goose bumps, and it remembered me some great ambiance that I enjoyed several years ago while playing with Lara Croft Game for the first time.