Simulated 35mm film with soundtracks. the outer strips on both sides are the digital soundtracks

A soundtrack, also written sound track,[1] can be recorded music that is synchronized to the images of a motion picture. Soundtracks can also be part of a book, television program or video game. A commercially released soundtrack album can be of music from a film or TV show. The term can also mean the physical area of photographic film that contains the synchronized recorded sound.


In 1896 when people saw the first motion picture someone played music to go along with it.[2] This was the era of the silent movie meaning only that the actors did not speak. A musician played different music to show drama, the character types and the storyline.[2] There was music to introduce war, indians, cowboys and other types to the scenes. There was special music to introduce the hero. Even the villain had his own musical pieces to identify him. Finally, in 1927 moviemakers figured out how to include a soundtrack on the film. The movie The Jazz Singer was the first musical where the audience could hear Al Jolson perform.[2]

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asturianu: Banda sonora
Bân-lâm-gú: Goân-seng im-ga̍k
български: Саундтрак
bosanski: Soundtrack
català: Banda sonora
čeština: Soundtrack
dansk: Soundtrack
Deutsch: Soundtrack
eesti: Heliriba
English: Soundtrack
español: Banda sonora
Esperanto: Akustika trako
euskara: Soinu-banda
فارسی: ساندترک
français: Bande-son
Frysk: Soundtrack
한국어: 사운드트랙
Bahasa Indonesia: Jalur suara
italiano: Colonna sonora
עברית: פסקול
ქართული: საუნდტრეკი
Lëtzebuergesch: Soundtrack
lietuvių: Garso takelis
magyar: Filmzene
Bahasa Melayu: Runut bunyi
Nederlands: Soundtrack
norsk: Soundtrack
occitan: Benda sonora
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਸਾਊਂਡਟਰੈਕ
português: Banda sonora
русский: Саундтрек
slovenčina: Filmová hudba
српски / srpski: Саундтрек
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Soundtrack
svenska: Soundtrack
Türkçe: Soundtrack
українська: Саундтрек
Tiếng Việt: Soundtrack
中文: 原声音乐