Quoting Matt Davignon <email@example.com>:
So, why don't I drop everything I'm doing and learn to read western notation? I simply don't like the system. I think the musical staff should be written chromatically, rather than requiring the reader pre-memorize a pattern of valid notes (and then breaking that rule with sharps and flats). I want the symbol for a half-note rest to actually look like it takes more time than a quarter note rest. I'd like to see notes take up as much room on a bar as their duration. (A 1/4 note takes up 1/4 of the bar.)
I agree whole-heartedly.When I first encountered MIDI back in the 1980s, my notion was that I would compose with standard notation however I quickly discovered that I preferred piano-roll editors. I have composed in standard notation since 1986 -- even for contrapuntal music.
I studied standard music-theory in college however I put it entirely out of my mind when composing/creating. However, if I encounter a "problem" -- i.e., a passage that doesn't "fit" with everything else -- then I can "zoom in" on it and apply music theory knowledge to fix it.