For the last few years I have been working on studying hybridized music. Other names for this type of music would be cross-over, third-stream, etc. My first approach was to analyze this music with music cognition. The idea was to study the way that people perceive music. I would then develop a performance practice to aid the collaboration of cross-genre music. This turned out to be a surprisingly insufficient science to answer the questions that I would need to tackle (it is a fairly new field). Besides, I found that a one-sided approach to music to be pedantic and sometimes prigish.
As a result I am now taking a multi-disciplined approached to my analysis. I will not bore you with the details. I did want to talk a little about my process and thoughts on my composition.
The second movement of my work is comprised of old hymns that my grandmother would sing. This led me to do some research and transcriptions of my own. In my searching I cam across the following video:
What I intend to do is take transcriptions of this style of singing and develop ways to convey this style and 'feel' on the double bass. The thing that I found most interesting about the above example is that it is a style of singing that was sustained without years of conservatory learning or rigorous discipline. However, you can see the talent that is required in order to not sound 'fake'. This is definitely something that would be considered hybridized. The hybridization is more clear when you consider a version that is closer to the original:
I will post my progress in this from time to time.