“There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.”
Sir Francis Bacon
I am working on a piece of music right now that, while keeping traditional types of harmony, rejects the traditional structure entirely, and borrows heavily from atonality. I think that it is the most beautiful thing I have ever made. There is just enough of the traditional sounds to give the listener something to grab onto, but there is enough strangeness for it to grab the listener back and to keep his interest.
We are drawn to the beautiful by the familiar in it, but it is the strangeness which will not let us go.