background music

music, often recorded, intended to provide a soothing background, usually played over loudspeaker systems in public places, as railway stations or restaurants.
music composed specifically to accompany and heighten the mood of a visual production, as a movie.

1925–30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Main Entry:  background music
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any music that is intended as unobtrusive accompaniment or a certain atmosphere to an activity or location, or accompaniment to the dialogue or action in a motion picture; also called background's 21st Century Lexicon
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Example sentences
If you want to dramatize the moment with sound, that's what the background
  music is for.
The voice track was dropped and the background music elevated.
There is background music, and there is listening music, and for me it is
  important not to confuse the two.
The unobtrusive hum of this background music also matches the film's meandering
  pace, which struggles against a narrative block.
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