Well, the riot in 1913 happened because the Rite was too complex and avant-garde for its time. If (some) media music today is shit, it’s becaue of the opposite problem - too bland and generic. I think we’d all prefer to have the first problem?
As a side note, if I recall correctly, it didn’t take long for the audience of 1913 to catch up, and give the rite a standing ovation a few years later. There’s an interesting old Radiolab episode titled “musical language” on the cognitive reasons for this. Super interesting!
Thanks so much for this! Really amazing!