I have no musical education. I learned to read notes by myself, but stopped doing it because it bored me. So I started playing by ear. I also compose music by ear on a MIDI-keyboard. After that I sample it in a sequencer called FL Studio which is probably the most underrated program in the world. I wish to have another great program called Reason which is maybe the best software studio on the market, but since I am guy who has to work hard for his money I have to wait a bit till I can afford the required 500 €.
As I said in the beginning I'm not musical educated at all, I have no idea of writing sheet music with a pencil. Is it even necessary as a composer? Vangelis cannot read sheet music and just uses programs to compose. There are many other professionals like him. I think that music lessons and musical theory don't make a good composer. You can analyze the works of others better, but does it improve your talent too?