I HIGHLY recommend watching the entirety of this video. It's well worth the 30min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4niz8TfY794
Watching this fantastic video came on the heels of having recently suffered through listening to some 12 tone music, and so my decades old distaste for it was in the fore. To me, it may as well have been a joke when the 12 tone concept was arrived at, like a prank pulled off with a straight face. I would just as soon listen to a cat walking over a keyboard, there's as little interest to me in the resulting noise. I find it just random chaos which, ironically, has been assembled with arbitrary but very strict rules, "use all 12 tones without repeating, that's your row - now use only that progression however you want, cluster it, arpeggiate it, whatever you want."-- Years ago I went through having to do some 12 tone stuff, and it was amusing, but I couldn't take it seriously as art, and still can't.
To me, it's just banging around on a scale that produces nothing but tedium. The only people who profess to actually like it are academics who dutifully listen, study it, and play it for other academics. The rest of the population can only shrug in response when they hear it. The average person might experience agitation listening to it, and that's at least a reaction - but that's the one reaction they consistently have when listening to any 12 tone "composition." It all sounds the same, and the strict but arbitrary rules for composing this way are, to me, like a con man's trick, resulting in "music" which is very much like the proverbial emperor who's wearing no clothes.
That's what I meant, something more like that.
As Eric Morcambe famously said 'It's the right notes but not necessarily in the right order'
It always feels to me to be limited in it;s descriptive nature. Angst, loneliness, dis-pear etc
All part of the musical language though