I recently learned the five species of counterpoint, but feel like I am not grasping the significance of counterpoint in music.
I get the feeling these principles may be used to write a bass line for something like a metal song or J-pop song, but how do these rules fit in to modern-day music such as electronic dance music and pop music?
Also, is counterpoint with more than two voices used frequently in places outside of baroque and romantic music? I don't think I hear counterpoint with three or more voices very much in modern music, at least in the genres I listen to frequently.
I feel like I don't understand how counterpoint fits into the bigger picture of composition or modern-day music (although I can definitely hear these principles in Bach's compositions and in, for example, Pachelbel's Canon in D).
If I could understand how these principles fit into music better, I could also use them better in my own compositions. Right now when I compose music I am only thinking contrapuntally to write my melody and bass line. I am not sure if that is "good enough," or if I can do more with my knowledge, or if I should learn more about counterpoint.
Can someone help me see the bigger picture?
I want to know how to use counterpoint and how other people use counterpoint in their compositions.
For example, do pop song writers or film track composers ever think, "Ok, time to utilize some of the principles of counterpoint"?
And when is it appropriate to use the species of counterpoint (or elements of it, not necessarily using it literally)?
For example, when would you do a three-part counterpoint? When and how would you decide to compose a counterpoint in the middle of two lines? The only counterpoint I can think of right now for modern music would be a good bassline forming a perfect counterpoint with the melody.
Let me give you a few examples from some of the genres I have been exploring recently. Maybe take J-pop, jazz, and rock/metal music. How does counterpoint apply in those genres? Is the usage of counterpoint more or less the same throughout these genres?...etc. I just want to be able to apply these principles in my own music.