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 In print and on screen, the serial slayer Hannibal Lecter uses them as background music for his cannibalistic murders. The Economist, "Classical music The enigma of the “Goldberg Variations”," 1 Sep. 2020 Maybe a montage of The Wall/the golf course at Bedminster/a giant lump of coal, background music by Ted Nugent, narration by Kanye West. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Are these college football conferences serious right now?," 20 Aug. 2020 The Swedish company, which operates in 73 markets, is pushing to disrupt the background music segment of the market. Alexei Barrionuevo, Billboard, "Soundtrack Your Brand Signs Global Licensing Deal With Universal Music," 18 Aug. 2020 Nevertheless, complaints about background music drowning out performers has come up on AGT before — in years past, viewers have created Reddit threads to discuss the issue and offer solutions. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Fans “Can’t Believe” the “Horrible” Audio Problems During Last Night’s Live Show," 12 Aug. 2020 There is no background music or images of someone else's cat to distract you from the companionship of your ideal feline friend. Mara Katz, Ars Technica, "Science, history, and purring cats: Brief podcasts for the nerdy set," 8 Aug. 2020 Ritchko said the brewery won’t offer half the capacity of a Saranac Thursday at its beer garden, but noted there is plenty of room, games and background music for patrons to enjoy. Steve Howe, USA TODAY, "Utica’s Varick Street shows life amid reopening Phase 3," 21 June 2020 In the clips, the background music and dialogue has been stripped out and soothing water, animal, or wind noises have been layered on top. Martha Sorren,, "A New 5-Minute Disney+ Show Promises To Calm You Down — And It Actually Works," 29 May 2020 But the depression was so in my face that the anxiety was just background music. Bethany Heitman,, "Alanis Morissette is Breastfeeding on Our May Cover—and It's a Tribute to Moms Everywhere," 7 Apr. 2020

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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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6 Sep 2020

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“Background music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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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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