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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How to use background music in a sentence
As with the PlayStation 5, certain Xbox games may play music or play other sound effects that interfere with your background music app, though the ones we’ve tested mute their own sounds accordingly.How to listen to music while you game on the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S | David Nield | October 29, 2021 | Popular-Science
When Biles took to the beam, the crowd, as it were, went silent save for the soft background music in the building, only erupting in cheers toward the end of her routine with each completed skill.Simone Biles Returns to the Tokyo Olympics—With a Big Statement | Alice Park/Tokyo | August 3, 2021 | Time
Maybe it has something to do with the frictionless experience being sold by music streaming services, where the “chill” aesthetic has forced today’s pop stars to reconsider their work as background music.Yes, you can judge this Snoh Aalegra album by its cover | Chris Richards | July 30, 2021 | Washington Post
The harder you listen for that answer, or for any kind of answers, the more one song melts into the next, until everything feels like background music, until his grievances become an ambiance, and that’s American all the way.Album of the year is the Grammy that nobody deserves to win | Chris Richards | March 12, 2021 | Washington Post
At Vector Marketing, we experienced a huge spike in brand awareness thanks to a deceptively simple TikTok video featuring our product, a clay Baby Yoda head, and annoying background music.Need to step up your social media marketing? Follow this recipe | Mike Monroe | December 30, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Yorke and Godrich know how to make all this fiddling about sound pretty good, even if just as background music.Newest Album From Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Is No Online Afterthought | Noel Murray | September 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
During an IRS “scandal” hearing in which he rebuked Lois Lerner, he even added some heroic background music.
When they exceeded that goal, she read a lengthy portion of the book, aided by romantic background music.Kate Moss Reads from 50 Shades of Grey; Pope Francis I Named This Week's Most Stylish Man | The Fashion Beast Team | March 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Complete with stilted dialogue and cringe-worthy background music, the whole thing would be laughable were it not so terrifying.Outlandish Work Training Videos: Alabama’s Mass Shooting Film & More | Kevin Fallon | January 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Fiddling while Rome burned at least provided background music.