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What is a soundtrack?
A soundtrack can be music recorded accompanying and synchronized to the images of a film, a TV show or a video game. Also, the term can refer to the released music as album, performed as accompaniment to a film, program, or game, and as the physical area of a film with synchronized sound. Soundtracks also can meet the function of expressing, through music, vocal or instrumental, what images cannot by themselves.
The inclusion of the soundtracks to the movies was a task that took time. The first steps to achieve this was to try to jointly operate a projector and a phonograph. When the film was silent, often had musical accompaniment. Time, it was a great opportunity to see images and delight in musical pieces by major artists. However, most of the time, the music did not coincide with the action of the film and, indeed, the bands were only to simulate noise tapes coils.
The first accepted soundtracks are the composition by Camille Saint-Saëns for the film "The slain of the Duke of the guise" in 1908, and the Mihail Ippolitov-Ivanov's score for the film "Stenka Razin". Important is the creation of the chronograph, which was able to better synchronize the phonograph with the projected images. Later, U.S. companies General Electric and Western Electric carried out research that allowed them to create systems to include sound in the same film. The first sound films include the Jazz singer (1927) and Lights Of New York (1928).
That says a lot about the concept is its name in English, the "soundtrack"; a "track" is a band or track in a recording, and initially a film dialogue, sound effects and music are separate tracks, mixing finally getting the sound we hear in the film. Only since the 1950s is that you hear talking about albums of music exclusively "soundtracks"; an associated important term is the "OST", in English "Original Sountrack", i.e. original soundtrack of the film, to differentiate it from other versions and covers.
From the 1960s, the soundtracks acquired a more commercial nature, in particular to sell albums, considering the popularity of artists such as The Beatles. The technology has allowed that the soundtracks are an essential part of a film, allowing to intensify the emotions that she wants to convey. In addition, has allowed the world's great artists popularity as it is the case of Celine Dion with the soundtrack of the film Titanic, or Whitney Houston with the soundtrack for the film the bodyguard.
Among some of the more notable soundtracks, only by giving examples, find a 2001: A Space Odyssey (although in this case already existing classics were used), Clockwork Orange, Amadeus, American Grafitti, Apocalypse Now, Ben Hur, Blade Runner, close encounters of the third kind, Citizen Kane, Doctor Zhivago, Easy Rider, the war of the galaxies, etc... The notable sound track list is actually endless.
As dato, I tell you that a soundtrack is usually composed of a subject's home, which gives start to the movie or game or program that accompanies; the background music, which is composed of several themes, Sung or instrumental, which constitute the bulk of the soundtrack; and the final issue, which is the song playing at the end of the movie, game or program, along with the credits.