I've just been reminded of a common issue I see with music all the time. Actually, more or less the music itself, but definitely its appreciation (don't worry I'll get the the music production part eventually).
I listen to music that is often described as... well... not music. Noise. It clearly is music, but many people out there still have a narrow opinion of what music is and what it should be. I am reminded of this all the time not only in listening to music, but producing it as well.
Take this band for example:
Behold... the Arctopus
What you may hear on the first listen is a misguided and uncontrolled mess. It sounds like nothing repeats and that there's no worthwhile material in it at all. But listen again. Listen really close. It is much more, and its true value lies beyond the aesthetic surface.
No, I am not trying to set up some vague pretentious poetic metaphor to pretend sophistication exists in this creation. What I am talking about is composition. For those of you who don't know, composition encourages the re-use and development of very few themes. Through-composition, or just simply mixing themes together to create a singular entity, is very discouraged. In this particular example, material is used and reused to a very large extent. However, it is done in such a way that it is very unnoticeable. The lead (individual) guitar, which seems to be the most prominent in the mix, rarely recylces its own themes, but it brings back themes played in what could be argued to be the accompaniment of the bass and vice versa. This is proof that thought was actually put into the music, and it's not just three people wanking around on their instruments for five minutes.
So this brings me to my point. I do not know the degree to which the people of newgrounds frequently practice music theory, but hopefully those who don't make active use of it can still participate in the conversation. To what extent are you personally willing to detract from audience appeal in favor of the compositional value of a piece? I consider the avante-garde genres of late to hold some of the most ingeniously composed music and yet almost all of its appeal is lost on the masses. Is it possible that, in a time such as this, one can be completely satisfied in writing music everyone will enjoy keeping in mind the values of the well-educated?
In my own experience, strictly tonal music doesn't satisfy me. It's almost as if tonality deters me from listening to a piece, even if it is one of Bach fugues which I can still agree are genius. Because of this, I am able to enjoy music more because not only do I satisfy my own tastes when I listen to off-the-wall music, that type of music is often of high compositional value which leads me to enjoy it thousands of times over.