background music


Definition of background music

: music to accompany the dialogue or action of a motion picture or radio or television drama

Examples of background music in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The couple is hopeful about their new place, but the ominous background music begs to differ. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2021 Now, with your background music still playing, simply press down on the white button and drag your finger to the right. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 18 Aug. 2021 Instead of holding a Zoom memorial, Karen decided to create a memorial website in honor of her husband, who was able to choose the background music for the site ahead of time. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, 15 May 2021 As for the background music, when put in reverse, there are some lyrics that can be made out. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 5 Aug. 2021 Oh, the playing was passionate and precise, but there was no getting around the idea that the composer created it as background music for a party — a diversion. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 10 May 2021 The Primals’ live performance brought home the fact that the music featured in FFXIV is more than just gameplay background music and has the strength to appeal to rock fans unfamiliar with the game itself. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 21 June 2021 Amazon has form-supporting foam yoga blocks and how-to books and background music. oregonlive, 20 June 2021 This technology analyzes the DSP (Digital Signal Processor) parameters and optimizes each sound element, such as dialogue, background music and sound effects, in real-time. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 23 May 2021

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First Known Use of background music

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of background music was in 1928

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19 Sep 2021

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“Background music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of background music

: music that is played in a movie, television show, etc., to go along with and add to the story or mood

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