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🤔 "Concurrence may not be a coincidence." 😀 (AR, 1970)



More attention for symbolism.

Symbolism and meaning of music

Symbolism is the key to the music of Alex Ruis. He assumes that experiencing symbolism in harmony has more or less influence on peoples minds. At least you may become aware of this symbolism through monophony, homophony or polyphony. In the latter cases also super- and subordination and dominant to equal parties. These are perceptible even to less sensitive listeners. He experiences equality and freedom when listening to free contrapuntal music. Dictation and subordination through copying behavior in imitative music. Followership, sometimes suppression in homophonic music. Even in no-obligation styles. 

Making music in itself is trying to influence the mind with variations on primal sounds. Therefore, to counteract feelings of unimportance and other psychical disharmony, Alex Ruis’ music is built on stylish simultaneous, equal tunes. Which have no intention to imitate each other. So these are free and less dependent of one another than in e.g. canons, fugues. Different tunes express equally different attitudes, feelings, opinions, etcetera. 

Moreover, music is a universal language. A rather mysterious language that can communicate the unspeakable. Which contributes to both its popularity and difficulty in translation. Music is a language of feeling and no word is equal to the feeling it is supposed to express. Nevertheless, language has meaning for the one who tries to understand it.

Of course, music comes from many more easily perceivable components such as sound and rhythm. These have been described in detail in various documents. The content that arises from the composition of those parts is what music may also be about as far as he is concerned.


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Beautiful Life: fragment

Typical for symbolism - like in musical harmony - is, that the meaning is multi-interpretable. Still you may safely conclude that the:

Elements of Music

Tunes do not have to be accompanied by chords, which are secondary to a melody. Because this is a vision of music that is more in keeping with totalitarian regimes. In that vision music should emphasize, above all, that in life it’s all about who dominates, who plays the first violin. But tunes can stand up for themselves. Together with other tunes they can reach agreements, which can lead to chords. That is why the middle tunes are usually not less important than the top or bottom tunes.

Alex Ruis believes that music should not necessarily be about freedom and equivalence, but that balance plays a leading role in it. To contribute to the restoration of balance in Western music, the mid-tones in Alex Ruis' music are sometimes more important than the high notes. It is live and let live in this music, which is totally of this time, because there is more demand from people to be considerate of them!

Proverbs and sayings about music

Sayings and proverbs about music can contain clues about how music relates to other subjects. An important source of knowledge to understand the music of Alex Ruis.

Below are a number of Dutch proverbs and sayings related to his music:


Source: Dutch proverbs

The Hills & Valleys near Heerlen: fragment