where is all this "afx doesn't know theory" stuff coming from? you must bear in mind that he only released (officially) the stuff that he could actually make a living from. isn't that his primary motivation for releasing music? tracks like phlid and formula show that he's capable of making "weird" stuff that's still excellent.
people sometimes criticize afx for not learning/applying (more) theory, there's that stockhausen thing. i mean, maybe he could've gone full-theory like stockhausen or even ferneyhough, but who would buy his albums then? for academic composers it's different because they are on a state salary and they usually don't care much who will listen to their music.