background music

noun

Definition of background music

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

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Those dreams, at least, have not gone out of fashion; even the background music in this show, by such contemporary French D.J.s as Air and Mirwais, conveys the enduring appeal for new artists of earlier Paris night life. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Back to the Future With Pierre Cardin’s Space-Age Fashion," 22 Aug. 2019 For most of the first three hours, there were few obligations or distractions beyond background music. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra relives Fourth of July with idyllic ‘Star-Spangled Spectacular’," 7 Aug. 2019 So embedded in today’s cosmic background music, on some massively undetectable level, is the 3.7-billion-year-old data of the original universe soundtrack. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Mt. Wilson, cosmic sound art reaches far beyond a mere moon landing," 21 July 2019 What connects these works is a devotion to the sonic space that exists in the blissful realm between foreground and background music. Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, "The best music to help you fall asleep," 26 July 2019 Lim’s only other acting experience included small roles at a theater in Singapore, where his primary job was to provide background music for its productions. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Asian-American actor helps update Texas City ‘Millie’ show," 10 July 2019 The company, which was founded in 2018, also has deals in place with background music service provider Elevated Music Group and iHeartRadio. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Universal Music Group Partners With AI Tech Company Super Hi-Fi," 5 June 2019 The bad: The sound quality is fine for background music, but nowhere near the level of other smart displays like the Amazon Echo Show or the JBL Link View. courant.com, "CNET: The best smart displays of 2019," 3 July 2019 Throughout the exhibition, background music is a remixed version of compositions from the musical. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chicago's 'Hamilton' exhibit showcases the real history highlighted in the popular musical," 5 June 2019

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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background music

noun

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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