So, I just wrote this editorial opinion piece about how modular synthesists should learn at least some basic music theory. The same day, a long-standing colleague emails me this composition he created - which is atonal and arhythmic, but very haunting and beautiful. This drives home the point that it's fine to break the rules, but that doing so becomes much more effective if you know which rules you're breaking. And this guy clearly does.
The composer, Experimental Synth, is in fact one Chris Stack, an Asheville, NC-based musical wizard who for a time was the marketing director for Moog Music Inc. I highly recommend perusing his website to uncover more treasures.
Chris tells me that this entire suite was created using just a MakeNoise 0-Coast synthesizer and plug-ins from studio effects staple Eventide. There is certainly something to be said for squeezing all you can out of a small palette of tools. Reducing "option anxiety" about which plug-in or synth to use focuses your creativity on actually making the music.
If you'd like to hear the complete version of this three-track suite, hit Chris' page on Bandcamp. Now, enjoy a taste below.