Sting (musical phrase)

A sting, sometimes called a sounder,[1] is a short musical phrase, primarily used in broadcasting and films as a form of punctuation.[2] For example, a sting might be used to introduce a regular section of a show,[3] indicate the end of a scene, or indicate that a dramatic climax is imminent.[4]

It can be played on a variety of instruments and performed by a group or orchestral ensemble.

Another form of sting, often mistakenly called a rimshot, is used only in comedy and played just on percussion instruments (such as drums or cymbals) as a payoff after the delivery of a punchline.

A musical sting can be used in drama, comedy, horror or any genre, and in radio and television advertising. It is a part of the music director's lexicon. It is often used to build tension. Stings are often used in horror movies to accentuate jump scares, called a "scare chord".

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  1. ^ "Stinger / Bumper | Glossary of Music Production Terms". Media Music Now. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  2. ^ Glossary of common media terms, BBC News, 8 July 2008, retrieved 27 January 2012
  3. ^ TV Speak, Skillset, retrieved 27 January 2012
  4. ^ Glossary, The News Manual, retrieved 27 January 2012