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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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Examples from the web for background music
  • 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.
  • The company also pays bands to let their work be syndicated to restaurants and other establishments as hip background music.
  • The software could keep e-mail at bay if the user is concentrating, or select background music to suit different moods.
  • And one thing that has definitely gone in the other direction is the background music.
  • The crashing surf makes good background music for a torrid affair straight out of a romance novel.
  • Though the whole movie was gripping, what stands out is background music.
  • The laid back setting features cushioned bench seating and soft background music.
Contemporary definitions for background music

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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