Questions tagged [soundtrack]

For questions related to sound and music recorded for a motion picture or television show. NOTE: Identifying songs or other soundtrack music without any relevance to the film or TV-show itself most likely falls under off-topic trivia.

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Why is the song Running Up That Hill so meaningful to Max?

In season 4, Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill is revealed to be Max's favorite song. She is heard listening to it on her Walkman and it's ultimately used to free her from Vecna when she is possessed ...
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How did Tarantino choose the song "Little Green Bag" for Reservoir Dogs?

Today I watched the retro-meta-iconic power walk scene in Reservoir Dogs again, which features the song "Little Green Bag". This song by the Dutch George Baker Selection reached only no. 21 ...
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What is the type of soundtrack that's often played after a quick buildup when someone saves the day in a superhuman way?

For example, there's a song that plays from 3:43 to 4:00 of this scene where Superman saves an airplane. Or similarly a song that plays from 0:55 to 2:03 of the president saving scene in 'In the line ...
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Leitmotifs in "revival era" Doctor Who

In the "revival era" (2005-) Doctor Who, there are a number of leitmotifs assigned to various characters and adversaries, typically recognizable within a few bars/seconds, of which I know: ...
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Was the folk song in the audition scene in "The Commitments" made for the movie?

In the audition montage in The Commitments, a young guy with a ponytail sings the following lyrics accompanied with a guitar and harmonica: Well, the black folks are starvin' And the white trash is ...
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Is there a name for, or way to describe, the music used during the 'learning to fly' scene in Avatar?

I believe the non-diegetic music I'm referring to is the song Jake's First Flight, composed by James Horner. The scene during which it is played reflects Jake Sully's first unaided ikran flight (in ...
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Was the timing of Grunkle Stan's cane swing intentional?

During the opening theme to Gravity Falls, at approximately six seconds in, Grunkle Stan can be seen swinging his cane in the direction of the mystery shack: His ...
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How does music licensing work when it comes to reruns and DVD/streaming releases of tv shows?

I'm curious why certain shows from the same era of television have issues related to licensing music that was on the show when it originally aired and others don't. For example the show Felicity which ...
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'He's in bed with José from the liquor store' -- does this line remain in the movie?

I recall a line from the In The Heights musical: Yesenia walks in the room She smells sex and cheap perfume She screams, “Who's in there with you, Julio?” Grabs a bat and kicks in the door He's in ...
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Was the choice of music part of the creation of silent films?

As I understand it, the music that accompanied silent films in the 1920s was done by having an organist or possibly an orchestra pit in the theaters, playing live music while the audience watched the ...
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When the singing voice is also the regular voice

In animated musicals (or animated films with some singing but not to the point of being a musical eg Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet), sometimes the singing voice of a character is going ...
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Do the series "Devs" and "Tales from the Loop" have any connection in terms of who worked on it?

I recently watched "Devs", and now just started watching "Tales from the Loop". What struck me immediately is how both have the same feel. Tranquil scenes, dominated by nature. ...
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Why in "The Naked Gun" is the title of the song "I'm into something good" shown on screen?

I always found odd that in The Naked Gun (1988) the credits of the song “I'm into Something Good” are displayed on screen just after the song played: What is the reason? Song credits are usually ...
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What song is "I am from New York, I am from New York" in Brooklyn Nine Nine [closed]

Series: Brooklyn nine nine Season: 3 Episode: 23 Episode Title: Greg and Larry Scenario: In the episode with Bob Anderson, when the whole 99 squad comes out of hospital, they decide to disguise as ...
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Term for when the sound of a movie starts before the image [duplicate]

Is there a technical term for when the first sound of a movie is heard while the screen is still black? A hypothetical example: we hear the sound of howling wind for a second or two before we see an ...
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Is there any movie with a laugh track?

I understand laugh track (canned laughter) is mostly added to sitcoms citing reasons that it induces laughter (or laughter at the right moment) in the viewer as he/she is not with a crowd. But just ...
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How the audience does not notice voice difference when "singing-voice" dubbing? [closed]

How the audience does not notice voice difference when professional singer, with totally different voice, performs musical number and then lip synchronized to the actual actor? For example, Marnie ...
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Is there any John Williams-derived music in "The Mandalorian"?

When I watched The Mandalorian, I was pleasantly surprised that the show had chosen to go its own way musically, with a very unique sound for its main theme, rather than only borrow from and build on ...
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What song is this, sung by Sarah Vaughan in the movie "One Special Night?" [closed]

Playing from 1:09:00 to 1:10:45 in this TV movie is a brief excerpt of a wonderful piece sung by Sarah Vaughan. Catherine (Julie Andrews) listens to it in her car, after Robert (James Garner) tells ...
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Music in James Bond

In addition to the more familiar James Bond tune, there was also a piece of music that was played numerous times throughout the early movies then abruptly stopped. Anyone know why? The music is ...
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What was the well-known Russian song Lean wanted for Doctor Zhivago?

What was the well-known Russian song the director David Lean wanted for his movie Doctor Zhivago? See quote from Wikipedia: Initially Lean had desired to use a well-known Russian song but could not ...
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Where did they get the background music for "The Magic Roundabout"?

In pretty much every episode of the original series of The Magic Roundabout, there was some jazzy background music. For example, this one (from 1:50 and more from 3:27), this one (from 2:05) and this ...
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What is the significance of Für Elise in the trailer for Morbius?

The trailer for the upcoming film Morbius uses segments of Beethoven's "Für Elise" mixed in with an epic score like you'd expect from a movie based in the Marvel universe. But what is the reason? Is ...
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Why does "Into the unknown" have 2 versions?

In Frozen 2 Elsa sings Every day's a little harder as I feel MY power grow While Panic! At the Disco (while closing credits is on) sings Every day's a little harder as I feel YOUR power grow ...
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Why is Nightcrawler's soundtrack so upbeat?

This may have to do with the themes the movie explores (a viewpoint is explained in this great answer) but it remains a question to me nonetheless. The soundtrack made me uneasy. This was not a ...
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Detective Pikachu using temp music?

The movie Detective Pikachu had the following theme in it: Ryme City. It sounds very similar to L's Theme from Death Note, Tubular Bells, Chocolate Rain and this music from Mass Effect. But it is the ...
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Has Scarlett Johansson ever sung well (in universe)? [closed]

In the "Lost in Translation" we can see Charlotte (Scarlet) goofing with Bob (Murray) in the karaoke bar - we can see that she is rather trying to have fun than perform well. ...
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Was the Psych theme song written for the show?

The Friendly Indians sing the theme song for USA's show Psych. Was that song written for the show or was it previously an existing song which was used in the Psych opening credits?
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Do movie soundtracks video clips follow the movie's age rating?

I am aware of Are content rating criteria applied to music videos?, but I am asking specifically about soundtrack videoclips that associate with a movie. If the movie is "approved for all audiences", ...
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What is the relationship between the theme songs in Sherlock Holmes (2009 movie) and Sherlock (BBC series)?

I've just started binge-watching the BBC series Sherlock. The first episode aired 7 months after the release of the movie Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr. The theme songs for the movie and ...
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Which Songs and Parts of the Musical Score for Pete's Dragon are Anachronistic?

I've heard somewhere that the Songs and Musical Score for the 1977 Disney Film "Pete's Dragon" are Anachronistic. But I don't know how? Which Songs and Parts of the Musical Score are Anachronistic?
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Is Caravan meant to have the drum solo, in-universe?

At the end of Whiplash, Andrew plays Caravan with the band. He then goes off in a huge drum solo for the movie's climax. Searching for the Caravan song, I can find ...
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Has the "hero" music ever previously been associated with Godzilla in this way?

The track Godzilla Main Title, from the Godzilla: King of the Monsters soundtrack, starts very dramatically, and changes into music from the original Godzilla ('54) movie. This music was originally ...
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What came first? Venom as the movie or as the song?

What came first and which one was the inspiration to the second one? Or did both came continuously where Eminem cooperated with the movie creators for the purpose? Is there any article describing ...
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What is the reason behind this musical reference to Pinocchio in the Close Encounters main theme?

Something that has always struck me when watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind, was this apparent reference in John Williams' main theme (starting at 4:28) to Leigh Harline and Ned Washington's ...
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Why does the movie Inside Man start with a Bollywood track?

Why does the movie Inside Man have the Bollywood song Chhaiya Chhaiya in its opening scene?
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Why do they play "Scotland the Brave" at the beginning of "Dead Poets Society"?

Dead Poets Society is set in the United States, in Vermont, according to Wikipedia, so why do they play this patriotic Scottish song at the beginning? The scene can be seen here (at around 0:30 they ...
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What is the importance of background music in A Clockwork Orange?

The background music that goes on with A Clockwork Orange is not something that generally goes with crime or violence, like typical suspense/tense music that we get to hear in such movies. Is there ...
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Where are these songs used in Ferris Bueller's Day Off? [closed]

I just got the Ferris Bueller's Day Off OST from La La Land Records, but not all songs from the movie are on there due to licensing issues, so I set out to put the songs that are in the film but left ...
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Why is King Herod's song ragtime?

According to this answer, in Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), King Herod's song is in ragtime style. Is there any reason or symbolism for choosing such a style for the song?
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Does Everest contain a song that wasn't released at the time of the events depicted in the movie?

In Everest, when they leave the Nepal airport and are sitting and chatting in a school bus sort of thing, the Hindi song Yeh Ladka Hay Allah from the movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham can be heard. ...
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Why is there one broken note in the opening music of The Silence of the Lambs? [closed]

There are two broken notes in the opening music for the movie The Silence of the Lambs. I have purchased the HD4k version of this movie from iTunes and it has exactly the same broken note. The ...
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Why wasn't Van Halen's music in Back to the Future?

Why did the band Van Halen deny the request to use their music in Back to the Future while Edward Van Halen secretly recorded music for the movie? From USA Today (emphasis mine): ...the cassette ...
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Which comes first in song-and-dance movies: The soundtrack or the video?

In big-budget movies like the Pitch Perfect trilogy that are full of cast singing and dancing to sound-studio tracks, including close-ups with no obvious "lip-synching" breaks: When the actors are ...
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The symbolism of the chirping bird sounds in "Seven Samurai"

A TV station here decided to broadcast Seven Samurai with the original Japanese soundtrack (it has subtitles in German.) It is running as I write. During the opening scene in the village, while the ...
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What's the original version of "The Majestic Tale (of a Madman in a Box)"?

I recently watched a few classic Doctor Who episodes from the 80's and earlier during Twitch's streaming event and at one point I was rather surprised to hear music in background that appeared to be ...
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Significance of Hindi words in Orochimaru's theme song?

In Naruto, many major characters have their own distinct soundtrack and Orochimaru is one of them: It's an interesting soundtrack but the distinct thing about it is ...
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In-universe, was Eddie and Reed’s song ‘The Touch’ plagiarised by Transformers after Boogie Nights?

In Boogie Nights, Eddie Adams and Reed Rothchild record a song called ‘The Touch’. The recording session takes place in March 1983. Eddie is later unable to pay to obtain the studio tapes. In real ...
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Where is the acoustic Lennon recording of Strawberry Fields from?

In the movie Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados (Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed) (2013), the English teacher Antonio makes a recording of John Lennon playing Strawberry Fields Forever to him. ...
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In Mr. Holland's Opus, who sang for Rowena?

In the film Mr. Holland’s Opus, the actor Richard Dreyfuss plays a high school music teacher named Glenn Holland. The actress Jean Louisa Kelly plays a character named Rowena Morgan, one of Mr. ...
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