Are Countermelodies used in Todays Music or is it a thing for music school students, classical music, film scores, orchestra etc... ?
For me, the defination of a melody does not work for many riffs. It's not easy to define, but for me a countermelody has to have an own melodic quality. It's fun to search modern pop music for something like this!You will commonly get riffs set against a melody as well as in-fills between the main melody that can be treated as countermelodies. Though not strictly a countermelody, hocketing is very common in techno and trance: the lines could be treated as all part of one melody or riffs set against each other as the melodies, such as they are, don't follow the usual norms - lots of leaps, no easily recognisable curve etc.
Please share them with us. And I'm talking about "mainstream" stuff not some experimental stuff. ^^Interesting question! Composers like Mozart, Wagner Schubert and so on uses the "classical counterpoint" to bring some nostalgia to their works. Maybe the same goes for film composers. I think in the modern pop music you can find everything! Maybe you will find the most countermelodies in the bass lines. I will search some pop songs for countermelodies now! :D