Giving space to several simultaneous melody lines.

Approach via several simultaneous tunes

Alex Ruis experiences equality and freedom when listening to free contrapuntal music, dictation in imitative music and followership, sometimes suppression in homophonic music.

Therefore, to counteract feelings of unimportance and other disharmony, Alex Ruis builds his music on simultaneous tunes. Which, incidentally, are not intended to imitate each other. Different tunes express equally different attitudes, opinions, moods, etcetera.

To be clear, he does not consider otherwise composed music to be wrong. His music is meant to be complementary, enriching. Nor is the method of composition a matter of principle, rather a different-than-usual approach.

Subordinated voices

Still, lower and especially middle voices in music often are made less important by composers. The middle tunes usually are not less important than the upper or lower tune. Their importance may be different than that of the other tunes, but they create the music together. Which is the core concept of syntunes. In the minds of many people similar values stand.


Syntunes are pieces of music that largely consist of simultaneously performed tunes or melodies. These are attuned to each other in such a way that they chord together and thus form the whole harmony. You should avoid accompaniment and mutual imitation between the tunes. Incidentally, a piece of music can more or less meet these conditions. Some pieces of his EP Simple Syntunes are quite free in this regard.


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