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Background Music
aka: BGM
Most shows that are not Mickey Moused have a stock set of instrumental BackGround Music (BGM) to use as themes for particular characters or sequences, or simply to set a mood. These usually fill up the bulk of a show's soundtrack, aside from Theme Songs and (in the case of anime) Image Songs.

The pieces that are most closely tied to characters or events are Leitmotifs.

For when it's not so much in the background, see Left the Background Music On.

See also BGM Override, Variable Mix, Diegetic Switch.

Specific instruments and Standard Snippets are used to create a Mood Motif.

For further exploration of this topic, listen to Anna Russell's "The Ring of the Nibelungs (An Analysis)".

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