Definition of soundtrack in English:



  • 1A recording of the musical accompaniment of a film.

    • ‘Later, he moved to Hollywood, and recorded many movie soundtracks between 1934 and 1948.’
    • ‘Just as our local theatres are inundated with the prescribed barrage of spring and summer movie releases, it naturally follows that an equivalent number of soundtracks will accompany them.’
    • ‘Symphony orchestras are playing movie soundtracks in a pitch for younger listeners, few of whom would ever watch a movie without pictures.’
    • ‘The soundtrack supports the film very well, and sometimes that's all you can ask for.’
    • ‘All of this is accompanied by a hypnotic soundtrack, something like the noise of a heavy rain-storm or the static of a blank screen.’
    • ‘This is mainly a dialogue driven comedy, so the soundtrack aptly supports the film.’
    • ‘I was sitting in my room, on my bed, listening to soundtracks of old musicals, one of the many things we both love, and Tina was standing in front of my full length mirror, fussing over her stomach.’
    • ‘It is possible to construct a film soundtrack entirely out of classical music.’
    • ‘Far worse, however, are the moments in the film when music from the soundtrack is actually sung by characters on the screen.’
    • ‘It's all a bit like watching a musical with the wrong soundtrack.’
    • ‘This is a subtle experience that is only noticed at the end of the film as the rhythmic soundtrack accompanies the audience out of the door.’
    • ‘These final scenes are shot in slow motion, framed by a haunting Persian musical soundtrack.’
    • ‘So we have to have a musical soundtrack to sport now in the same way we need a musical soundtrack to film?’
    • ‘The principles of montage and the long take are also extended to the soundtrack of his films.’
    • ‘But it's with the archive recordings of film soundtracks that the orchestra has really struck gold.’
    • ‘He wrote his own scripts, composed most of the musical soundtracks and was the cinematographer in a number of his films.’
    • ‘A soundtrack to the film has also been released, featuring music from the singer himself.’
    • ‘European classical music replaces traditional Senegalese music on the soundtrack.’
    • ‘Any Asian film that doesn't happen to be a martial arts triumph is left behind because the buy-back buyers steer clear of annoying subtitles or classical music soundtracks.’
    • ‘Aside from the outline of their plots, however, these two films share another affinity: their musical soundtracks.’
    backing, support, background, comp
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    1. 1.1 A strip on the edge of a film on which the sound component is recorded.


[with object]
  • Provide (a film) with a soundtrack.

    ‘it is soundtracked by the great Ennio Morricone’
    • ‘It's no surprise that much of his music is informed by his deep-seated passion for soundtracking and scoring.’
    • ‘With their last album, Air soundtracked the film, The Virgin Sucides, a tale of suburban angst and ennui in the 70s.’
    • ‘I cannot fathom what kind of scenes he soundtracked as many of his songs have so many fragments of starkly different genres crammed in.’
    • ‘They eventually spent the next two decades soundtracking films and TV shows.’
    • ‘Much horsefoolery, swashbuckling and romance commence, soundtracked by Bachman Turner Overdrive.’
    • ‘‘Long and Winding Road’ is a powerful piece inspired by a poem by Emily Dickinson and soundtracked by Ligeti piano études.’
    • ‘The DVD includes three other short films, each of which is soundtracked by one of Marshall's songs.’
    • ‘Heath Ledger stars in a medieval chunk of nonsense soundtracked by Robbie Williams singing Queen songs.’
    • ‘Indeed once the guitars come in and the band stoke up their mighty drone, the effect is that of an amped up Popul Vuh, the German band who soundtracked many Herzog films.’
    • ‘It is so irksomely soundtracked; fleeting glimpses of billions of songs, designed to be familiar to the viewers who know them and inspire emotion in those who don't, but in verse-long, rather than song-long chunks.’
    • ‘After amassing one of the hippest record collections on the planet and using it to best effect as a globetrotting superstar DJ, he soundtracked the Clooney blockbusters Out of Sight and Ocean's Eleven.’
    • ‘So they're from Iceland, they play guitars with violin bows and they've soundtracked a film but this doesn't explain why the band and the ambient noise they make have filled out the Liquid Rooms on a Tuesday night.’
    • ‘The title piece and final track on the album sounds as if they were soundtracking an Ingmar Bergman or Andrei Tarkovsky film.’
    • ‘The film was excellently soundtracked with hits from Van Morrison, the Pretenders, the Pogues, Fine Young Cannibals, and The Who.’