is a short musical phrase
, primarily used in television shows and films as a form of punctuation—for example at the end of a scene, or as a dramatic climax is imminent. It can be played on a variety of instruments and performed by a group or orchestral ensemble.
Another form of sting, often incorrectly 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. It is a part of the music director's lexicon. It is often used to build tension.