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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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 did Ennio Morricone write the soundtrack of “The Thing” (1982) instead of John Carpenter?

There is something I have always found odd about the soundtrack of John Carpenter's 1982 version of "The Thing". It has a very atmospheric and fitting, subtle synthesizer soundtrack, which is indeed ...
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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 ...
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Why are most sounds dubbed in afterwards for movies, instead of being recorded live?

I've heard that sounds tend to be dubbed in afterwards, rather than being recorded live. Everything from walking to opening and shutting doors. What is the reason for doing this?
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Did the actors sing for Pitch Perfect?

I was quite baffled after watching Pitch Perfect because the songs were really enticing. Moreover, I felt that the songs in the movie were much better than the original songs. Did the actors really ...
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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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Why is the Salieri-Mozart relationship projected falsely in the movie Amadeus?

Anselm Hüttenbrenner was a composer who studied with Salieri and it has been noted in Antonio Salieri and Viennese Opera and quoting him Of Mozart, he always spoke with the most extraordinary ...
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Why the discrepancy between the sound levels of dialogue and music in older movies?

I've been watching a lot of older films lately (older, in this instance reads "circa 80's and 70's" and mainly in the Sci-Fi and action genres), and have been asking myself the same thing as I watch ...
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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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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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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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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 is the difference between a movie's soundtrack, and its score?

The title says it all: What is the difference between a movie's soundtrack, and its score?
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Was Disney's The Black Hole the last film to feature an overture?

I have a soft spot for 1979's The Black Hole and, in particular, John Barry's beautiful score for it. It appears that this film, plus Star Trek: The Motion Picture (in the same year) were the last ...
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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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Why did the Gilligan's Island theme song change between seasons?

There was a variation of the Gilligan's Island theme song between seasons. In the first season, the theme song lists the castaways as {...} Gilligan, the Skipper too; the millionaire and his wife;...
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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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Does the movie featured in this Mike and the Mechanics music video exist? [closed]

In the 1980s Genesis spin off group "Mike and the Mechanics" released a song called, "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)." The video (a copy on youtube) is the subject of a question I've been trying ...
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What are the lyrics to the Game of Thrones theme?

In S04E10 of Game of Thrones as Arya is sailing to Bravos, the show's theme begins to play, only it is accompanied by a choir singing a song. This was quite unusual as we never heard that theme music ...
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What is the process for a movie getting a song written by a popular artist?

Songs written for movies by well-known artists are quite common, with examples such as Hozier for Tarzan, Ellie Goulding for 50 Shades of Grey and Pink for Charlie's Angels, sometimes going as far as ...
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How was it possible to use the theme music of Mission Impossible in Ace Ventura Pet Detective?

I was watching Ace Ventura Pet Detective today and observed a very interesting thing. The soundtrack of Mission Impossible is used in a scene where Jim Carrey is seen entering the bathroom of Camp and ...
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What comes first, the music or the take?

Good music in a movie is not only good music but also music that is in sync with what happens on the screen. I can imagine it's not a trivial job to achieve this. So it made me wonder what generally ...
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Do Breaking Bad and Firefly have the same intro music?

I know that the intro for Breaking Bad only has a few notes in it but they are remarkably similar to those in "The Ballad of Serenity" from Firefly. If it is the case that they are connected, is there ...
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Did Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman do the singing in Moulin Rouge?

In Moulin Rouge!, Was it the actors recording those songs, or vocal doubles?
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Why do they sing Nirvana in Pan?

In the recent adaption of Peter Pan, Pan, the workers and captain sing Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana together. Why did they choose this specific song to sing together?
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Who wrote the School of Rock blackboard?

Can someone give more information about School of Rock blackboard? Who wrote it? Is there any information pertaining to this?
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What is the term for that style device when a soundtrack turns out to be heard within the reality of the film?

I believe the initial scene of Eyes Wide Shut is an example for this. I am sure I've heard a fancy term for the use of a piece of soundtrack that turns out to be heard within the film itself. How is ...
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“Highlander” music used as New Line Cinema theme song

There's a beautiful violin theme in the movie Highlander, after Connor MacLeod has been driven out of his village and is now with his new wife. It's a 6-note riff that is played very high, then an ...
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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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Why the episode Granite State has intro music at the end?

In the second last episode Granite State of Breaking Bad, something is very unusual, something which has happened for the first time in the Series. The intro music is played at the end of the ...
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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 soundtrack of Pitch Perfect cheat and use instruments?

Pitch perfect is a movie based on competitive acapella singing where the only sounds should come from the human voice. It is a great movie and a great soundtrack. But some critics (including Mark ...
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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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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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Significance of the song “Should I Stay or Should I Go”?

What is the significance of the use of Should I Stay or Should I Go song in Stranger Things? That song is more a love song and used by Will for mentioning his condition or sending message. But I ...
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Movies without Film score/background music

Few years ago I saw L'enfant (2005) and I was very surprised that there's no film score throughout the movie. I think (not 100% sure) Keane (2004) also doesn't have background score. Is there any ...
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What is the theme music of Breaking Bad?

Where does the theme of Breaking Bad (intros and sometimes during the episodes) come from? Is it a song or a short piece written specifically for this show? Also can it be found on any official CD ...
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Is there any significance to the use of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”?

The classic song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" is used heavily throughout Die Hard With a Vengeance. Why is it used so much? What connection does the song have with the film?
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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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Why hasn't Scarlett Johansson performed either of her Oscar-nominated songs at the Oscars?

This might be too tangential for the Movies Stack Exchange, but I think it's an interesting question. Scarlett Johansson is a singer as well as an actress. She's made two albums and been nominated for ...
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What songs have been cut or not been used in “The Wall”?

Pink Floyd released the influential and psychic-analytical album "The Wall" in 1979. The album was then used as the soundtrack of a film with the same name "The Wall" in 1982. As the film has not the ...
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The Morning Report song in The Lion King

I was a child of Disney and we had a VHS copy of the Lion King. I watched it many many times but never saw a song called "The Morning Report" with Rowan Atkinson singing as Zazu but it appears on ...
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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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Why is Walter White riding on “A Horse with No Name”?

At the beginning of the Breaking Bad episode "Caballo Sin Nombre" (S03E02) Walt drives his Aztek through the desert singing along to America's "A Horse with No Name" on the radio, before getting ...
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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 song in Westworld S2E5? [closed]

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 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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Are these songs made for the movies or are they bought by the producers?

I have heard several songs by different artists or bands which are used in their albums as well as in the movies. So sometimes I don't understand whether these songs are made for the films or they are ...
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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 ...