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Movie soundtracks didn't start for artistic reasons! Why were they created, then? Read on to find out


If you've ever taken a film class, you've probably heard about how crucial a soundtrack can be. The right music can make a scary movie horrifying; an epic score can make a mediocre adventure movie into an awesome one. But did you know that there was nothing artistic about the invention of film scores?

When the film projector was first invented, it was REALLY noisy. The sound wasn't a little annoying, but actually disturbed the visual enjoyment of the film. Therefore, theater owners instinctively turned to music to drown out the noise of the projector.

They first used live musicians; piano players were common, but they also used live orchestras sometimes. Then as technology got better, audio tracks were included with movies.

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