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Is the music played in silent films considered to be a soundtrack? Why or why not?

The word "soundtrack" dates back to 1928, which is about the time that "talkie" movies were picking up momentum. Talkies were either presented with a sound-on-disc system or a sound-on-film system. ...
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A piece of music that is almost identical to another is called?

It's called a Pastiche A pastiche is a style of music [or art] that imitates the style or character of a piece. Unlike a parody, it celebrates rather than mocks the original. Adverts and 'high ...
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Why do songs sometimes get left off a movie's soundtrack?

Licensing mostly. Artists often belong to different record labels, and their rights have to be negotiated. Labels could prefer to not the licence a song, in an attempt to sell their own material; ...
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Is the music played in silent films considered to be a soundtrack? Why or why not?

The key words in the Wikipedia definition are "written", "recorded", and "synchronized". Live music to accompany a silent film is often improvised (rather than written), and it is (by definition!) ...
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Did John Williams not "orchestrate" the music for Harry Potter?

Typically a busy film composer like John Williams will write a condensed score, also known as a short score. This will have at least two or three systems and contain all the important musical ideas, ...
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Who composed the tracks "Flower Girl" and "受け継がれし技" from the Shenmue OST?

Flower Girl was composed by Ryuji Iuchi Receive a Skill to Succeed was composed by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi Source: http://tk-nz.game.coocan.jp/ysmusic/yk-2/cd/cd_yk2_shm_ost.html (look for composer ...
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What metal song is used in this trailer for the animated movie *The Secret Life of Pets*?

As user1556814 mentioned, this is a Song from System of A down, but on another album. It is Track Number 7 of the Album 'Toxicity', called Bounce. Could not find a studio version on youtube, but you ...
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Music in Dunkview "Knack" review on YouTube (from the game soundtrack?)

That's Junior Senior – Move Your Feet, originally released in 2002 in Denmark, and becoming a huge hit across the world the next year.
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What metal song is used in this trailer for the animated movie *The Secret Life of Pets*?

I don't have time to verify, but I think the band is 'System of a Down'. Look at their main titles to check it out, especially in album 'Mezmerize' if my guess is correct: System Of A Down - ...
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Meaning of non-English singing from Diablo 2

The wikipedia page for the Diablo II soundtrack indicates that the voices come from "Heart of Asia, Heart of Africa and Symphony of Voices" by Spectrasonics A little more looking finds: Heart of ...
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Need help identifying this track from Sucker Punch movie

I am unsure about the first minutes of the music, but it seems consistent with this: Army of Me [Sucker Punch Remix] - Björk (feat. Skunk Anansie) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLab8PWsZKg ...
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Why is there a Star Trek reference in the Zelda symphony?

It's probably a joke by arranger Chad Seiter, who also worked on the music for the 2009 Star Trek movie. Jason Michael Paul and Nintendo proudly present "The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the ...
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Identify soundtrack for funny fast-motion runs or chases in comedy

There are two that come to mind that fit this description: "Yakety Sax" (originally recorded by Boots Randolph) is the most obvious and became a staple of "The Benny Hill Show" when he chased the ...
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What is this theme from the Harry Potter movies called?

I think this is the "Nimbus 2000" theme: wikipedia ref on all themes YT Orchestra version Google search for "Nimbus 2000" "sheet music" should lead you to what you're looking for
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The haunting violin piece that is not on The Queen's Gambit soundtrack

I did some digging because it sounded familiar to me from when I used to play in a string quartet. It's Shostakovich's String Quartet No.3 in F Major, more specifically, the opening of the 4th ...
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Was "All for you" by Imagine Dragons ever released?

The song "All For You" was a surprise inclusion over the opening scenes of Transformers 4. It was scheduled to be released on CD as part of the soundtrack, but the entire soundtrack got scrapped over ...
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Where can I find rankings of soundtracks?

My favourite place to browse music catalogues is rateyourmusic.com aka RYM. Here is the album you're talking about. You can find related albums from the same genre on the site, browse top albums ...
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How are movie soundtacks so synchronized with the scenes from the movie?

I believe that soundtracks are usually written as the movie is made, with input from the director. I think that synchronization occurs though cutting the footage of the film to make it match the music ...
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Identify the rock soundtrack on this Runscape video?

Found it by the way, its called Demilitarized Zone by Ethan Meixsell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P44UkFlTc8
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Identify the genre of this Borderlands soundtrack?

I asked Raison and he said the vocals were Tuvan Throat Singing:
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Does this music from *Assassin's Creed* align with Renaissance music techniques?

I believe the tune in that extract is "Ezio's family" by Jesper Kyd, who composed the music for AC 1 and 2 I don't believe the structure or composition techniques of the extract have anything ...
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Band or artist that has more songs appear on movie soundtrack

I think it's Jimi Hendrix. At least according to this website, 'All Along The Watchtower' holds the record in appearing in most movies. If you also count the other great songs of Jimi that were used ...
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Who composed and performed the soundtrack to the game Lords of Thunder

The last facet of Lords of Thunder, but absolutely positively not the least, is its aural experience. Though the sound effects and all are good standard fare, the immediate standout of the sound ...
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Song from TALLY WEiJL clothes video

It's "Are U Man Enough" by Olive Musique.
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Identify a rap song in the begining of a movie called Ink & Steel?

I contacted the producers and they informed me the song's title is Fear and Loathing In Long Island. They forwarded my inquiry to the artist and he sent me a link to the song at SoundCloud.com/...
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How can I find the soundtrack list for documentaries?

Almost always, with this type of show, the soundtracks are entirely sourced from Libraries. Library music companies specialise in generic-sounding music catalogued by 'sound', 'mood' etc making it ...
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What are name and other examples for the type of break/tempo change near the end of "Be our guest"

Classically speaking, this is an ritardando, a gradual slowing of the tempo or more specifically, an allargando, which additionally implies an increasingly broader, more stately sound, followed by an ...
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