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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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Instrumental song at the start of the ending credits of “Secret Superstar” movie (got no info from IMDB and soundtracks list from Wikipedia)? [migrated]

I posted this question since I couldn't find any information about this from IMDB or from the soundtracks list from Wikipedia. What is the instrumental song that is played just at the start of the ...
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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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Seven Samurai: Chirping bird sounds - possible symbolism

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 ...
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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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What was the song in Westworld S2E5?

The episode was known for many remixes of contemporary songs such as "Paint it Black" by The Rolling Stones as a Japanese symphony remix (I was in love) and Akane’s dance as a traditional Japanese ...
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What does “a nickel on the dime” mean?

In The Greatest Showman there's a song set in a bar where PT and Philip are negotiating whether or not Philip will join the show, and there is a lyric I don't understand. First they're singing about ...
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What's with the music in the TV series “Stalker?”

The end of each episode of the TV series "Stalker" usually has a song playing in the background. So far, I've been able to recognize each of the songs as a cover version of some well known song that ...
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Did the Black Panther score use Didgeridoos?

I tried to google, but couldn't really find any help. In the track "Waterfall Fight" on the Black Panther score (not the soundtrack), I could swear it sounds like they used didgeridoos. I know the ...
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How did they create the soundtracks for old cartoons?

Take, for example, this episode from Tom & Jerry. Every movement/expression/feeling the characters display is included on the background music, which is a different thing than the usual sound ...
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid music [closed]

What's the deal with the music in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? Why doesn't it match what's going on in the movie? Is it a reflection of what movie music was like at the time, or was there a ...
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Is Lucifer a David Bowie Fan?

I just watched the most recent Lucifer Episode (03x11) where he played "Changes" by David Bowie on the piano. I already heard a Bowie song in the first episode ("Fame"). Are there any other Bowie ...
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What was Martian Manhunter singing in the end of Christmas special episode “Comfort and Joy”?

In Justice League S02E23 aka Comfort and Joy, we see all the heroes celebrate Christmas in their own ways and J'onn J'onzz AKA Martian Manhunter learn about the Earth's festival. But it ends with J'...
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Did the original airing of Warehouse 13's pilot include the song “Disturbia”?

I saw the pilot episode of Warehouse 13 when it originally aired on Syfy in 2009. There is a scene where Myka is driving in her car to Warehouse 13 for the first time. She is on a paved road and ...
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Significance of repeated use of Irma Thomas's song 'Anyone Who Knows What Love Is'?

In Black Mirror, Irma Thomas's song 'Anyone Who Knows What Love Is' got featured a lot: In Fifteen Million Merits: Abi sings "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is" for the judges. In White Christmas, song ...
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Where did Sherlock Holmes music originate?

I just recently re-watched BBC's Sherlock Holmes, and was thinking back to all of the other Sherlock-type movies I had seen. Then I noticed, all of this music sounds similar (sources below), but ...
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What is the significance of Peter and the Wolf in Blade Runner 2049?

In Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Niander Wallace has built a gigantic technology coorporation Wallace which has created among other things, a holographic companionship program seen through the character of ...
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Is the loudness of a movie in the theater set by the theater or by the publisher/studio?

How are the sound levels of a movie set? Does the theater decide how loud they want movies to be, or is there an automatic system that allows the publisher/distributor/producer/studio to set the sound ...
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Why was “Brand New Day” selected as the opening song for “Lie to Me”?

Lie to Me's opening theme was Brand New Day by Ryan Star, particularly this verse: Dream Send me a sign Turn back the clock Give me some time I need to break out And make a new name Let'...
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How does movie music staff know all the less known songs?

Let's take for example Lucifer. In episode 10, season 1 there's a scene and some music plays in the background. After googling the lyrics I found this song. It has less than 30 thousand views and I ...
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What is the significance of Nimrod to Dunkirk's original score?

I couldn't help but notice in some of the score for Dunkirk (2017) that it sounded very familiar. Specifically the song "Variation 15" sounds like the classical piece "Nimrod" by Edward Elgar. What ...
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What is the significance of Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla in Alien: Covenant?

Early in the film, Alien: Covenant (2017), there is a scene in which Peter Weyland asks David to play a [Richard] Wagner composition on the piano, and David chooses to play Entry of the Gods Into ...
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How is David playing a melody from an out-of-universe soundtrack?

In Alien: Covenant (2017), there is a scene in which David is playing a song with a flute/recorder, as an elegy to Elizabeth Shaw. Through some characterisation and ...
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Reason for the homage to Greensleeves

In Friends, the male babysitter Sandy is seen playing a song on the flute (1:50). The same song is played by Sheldon Cooper, also on the flute (58:46). ...
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Why were the songs not translated/dubbed into German?

When watching Brave in German I noticed that the songs actually haven't been translated (and redubbed accordingly). Rather than that, they were just left in the original English while the rest of the ...
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Why is rock music used for background music when the coach met the principal after a disppointing board meeting?

In Coach Carter, why is rock played as the background music when the coach met the principal after a disppointing board meeting? The situation is serious, but the background music is rock, which is ...
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Why did “The A-Team” movie not use the original TV series theme song?

I've also seen this kind of situation in the Miami Vice and Starsky & Hutch movies. The producers didn't use the original TV series theme song for the movie. Is there any legal reason for this?
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Who are Gaston's “five hangers-on”?

In the song "Gaston", it is said that the eponymous character has "five hangers-on". I imagine LeFou, Tom, Dick and Stanley are part of them? Who are Gaston's 'five hangers-on'?
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Is “silence” used as a background score to avoid misinterpretations? [closed]

This question is not about any specific movie but the technicality involved in its making. We know all over the world, various directors have chosen silence over any background score at all. My ...
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How music piece usage rights work in TV vs YouTube?

I have seen many episodes of The Kapil Sharma Show on Sony's YouTube channel and noticed that whenever a song comes, they just mute it and replace it with some generic music piece. But why? When the ...
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Why is there no music by Elvis in Elvis & Nixon?

The movie Elvis & Nixon has quite a nice score, but does not feature any music by Elvis. Why is that?
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Chaplin was a composer too?

I was watching Limelight tonight and I noticed that Charlie Chaplin is credited as "Music". Does that mean he actually composed the music or did he just select it? Was he a composer as well as an ...
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What's the production process for songs for Disney animated musicals?

I've had a question on my mind since watching Moana (and listening to the soundtrack over and over). Like many Disney musicals, especially the animated ones, the lyrics of the songs often contain ...
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What was the first occurrence of background music turning out to be diegetic music for comedic purposes?

There are a lot of music which have this joke: The actor moves through a scene with background music playing, when the actor acknowledges the musicians in the scene for comical effect. I think by now ...
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Is the Wonder Woman theme original?

After watching the new Wonder Woman trailer I noticed the prominent use of the 5-note (if I'm counting correctly) theme that's played at the end (starting at 2:05). Yes there's a lot of reverb or ...
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To what degree is the in-universe music from Game of Thrones based on the novels?

There are a few in-universe songs used in Game of Thrones, first and foremost the often recurring "Rains of Castamere", but also "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" as known from the episode (of the same ...
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To what movies do the soundtracks in this Masha and the Bear episode belong?

In the episode Den kino Masha and the Bear decide to film a movie, but can't agree on what movie to film; they show a few scenes inspired by well-known movies, then as the pace picks up the episode ...
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Why aren't the songs from a TV show credited in the end credits?

Movies (feature films, if you prefer) always list the songs they feature at the end of the credits. Here's an example from Star Trek Into Darkness: But TV shows seem to answer to different rules. I ...