I recently heard a person use the word “hybrid” to describe music used for a film that could work for multiple scenarios/emotions. That a piece of music that was originally locked in place for a sad scene could also be used for a triumphant moment as well.
When I think of the word “hybrid,” I think “the best of both words” of combining two or more things together to create something better. However, is this music really more of a “hybrid” or an ambiguous score? Also, is there any skill of making one more than the other?
And this question goes beyond scores – it applies to writing any kind of music. From fusing genres together, you are teetering on the fine line between creating a hybrid or something ambiguous.
My question is on if there is a risk of making this “hybrid” or ambiguous music. Is there artistry is writing a piece of music that could serve on multiple levels (be it for use, emotion, genre, etc.), or does it spread the art too thin?
Personally, I think there is some kind of achievement in your music could live in multiple worlds. But if something is made ambiguous without intention, then that’s on the fault of the composer. What’s your take?
Just thinking out loud.