To me, rock & roll is like a musical Rosetta Stone.
It has co-opted everything in its path, blurring the distinction between genres and cultures.
There are fewer degrees of separation between musical artists than Hollywood actors and Kevin Bacon.
Because I like so much different music and want to play it ALL, I have always relied on other musicians to filter it, molding it into whatever style we were going to perform together.
Also, other musicians may be more skilled at performing different styles than I am.
Frank Zappa set such a high standard for people to join his band that he, himself, admitted that he couldn’t pass the audition.
I never had such a luxury.
I just had to work with whoever would work with me and try to make the most of their talents.
Writing music by myself, I have more freedom to work without having that filter.
But, the limits of the technology available is still a factor.
Having only one performer (me) is a factor.
The skills that I possess (or the lack thereof) is a factor.
So, will it really sound the way I want it to?
I don’t know.
All I can do at this point is continue to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks.
Polystylism is the use of multiple styles or techniques in literature, art, film, or, especially, music, and is a postmodern characteristic.
Some prominent contemporary polystylist composers include Peter Maxwell Davies, Michael Colgrass, Lera Auerbach, Sofia Gubaidulina, George Rochberg, Alfred Schnittke, Django Bates, Alexander Zhurbin, Lev Zhurbin and John Zorn. However, Gubaidulina, among others, has rejected the term as not applicable to her work. Polystylist composers from earlier in the twentieth century include Charles Ives and Eric Satie. Among literary figures, James Joyce has been referred to as a polystylist.
Though perhaps not the original source of the term, the first important discussion of the subject is Alfred Schnittke’s essay “Polystylistic Tendencies in Modern Music (1971)”. The composers cited by Schnittke as those who make use of polystylism are Alban Berg, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Edison Denisov, Hans Werner Henze, Mauricio Kagel, Jan Klusák, György Ligeti, Carl Orff, Arvo Pärt, Krzysztof Penderecki, Henri Pousseur, Rodion Shchedrin, Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Slonimsky, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Igor Stravinsky, Boris Tishchenko, Anton Webern, and Bernd Alois Zimmermann.