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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.
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First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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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