Definition of soundtrack in US English:

soundtrack

noun

  • 1A recording of the musical accompaniment to a movie.

    ‘she has requested a collaboration for the soundtrack to her forthcoming movie’
    • ‘European classical music replaces traditional Senegalese music on the soundtrack.’
    • ‘Later, he moved to Hollywood, and recorded many movie soundtracks between 1934 and 1948.’
    • ‘The soundtrack supports the film very well, and sometimes that's all you can ask for.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Far worse, however, are the moments in the film when music from the soundtrack is actually sung by characters on the screen.’
    • ‘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 a subtle experience that is only noticed at the end of the film as the rhythmic soundtrack accompanies the audience out of the door.’
    • ‘So we have to have a musical soundtrack to sport now in the same way we need a musical soundtrack to film?’
    • ‘Symphony orchestras are playing movie soundtracks in a pitch for younger listeners, few of whom would ever watch a movie without pictures.’
    • ‘But it's with the archive recordings of film soundtracks that the orchestra has really struck gold.’
    • ‘These final scenes are shot in slow motion, framed by a haunting Persian musical 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.’
    • ‘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's all a bit like watching a musical with the wrong soundtrack.’
    • ‘Aside from the outline of their plots, however, these two films share another affinity: their musical soundtracks.’
    • ‘It is possible to construct a film soundtrack entirely out of classical music.’
    • ‘The principles of montage and the long take are also extended to the soundtrack of his films.’
    • ‘A soundtrack to the film has also been released, featuring music from the singer himself.’
    • ‘This is mainly a dialogue driven comedy, so the soundtrack aptly supports the film.’
    • ‘He wrote his own scripts, composed most of the musical soundtracks and was the cinematographer in a number of his films.’
    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.

verb

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

    ‘it is soundtracked by the great Ennio Morricone’
    • ‘They eventually spent the next two decades soundtracking films and TV shows.’
    • ‘The title piece and final track on the album sounds as if they were soundtracking an Ingmar Bergman or Andrei Tarkovsky film.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I cannot fathom what kind of scenes he soundtracked as many of his songs have so many fragments of starkly different genres crammed in.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's no surprise that much of his music is informed by his deep-seated passion for soundtracking and scoring.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Much horsefoolery, swashbuckling and romance commence, soundtracked by Bachman Turner Overdrive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Long and Winding Road’ is a powerful piece inspired by a poem by Emily Dickinson and soundtracked by Ligeti piano études.’
    • ‘With their last album, Air soundtracked the film, The Virgin Sucides, a tale of suburban angst and ennui in the 70s.’
    • ‘The film was excellently soundtracked with hits from Van Morrison, the Pretenders, the Pogues, Fine Young Cannibals, and The Who.’

Pronunciation

soundtrack

/ˈsaʊn(d)ˌtræk//ˈsoun(d)ˌtrak/