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What do you imagine while listening to this?
I don't know whether to say this is Final Fantasy-esque or Zelda-esque when I first listen to it, but when the drums kick in, it sounds more like Final Fantasy X-2 material. At least, the opening sounds promising. I love the sound effects you used here too, they do reflect the whole nature theme.
Then from around 0:39, your melody could use some imagination.... The same chords repeat all throughout the piece, and while I do sense some form of buildup, you could make it sound more miraculous. Right now, the piece in its entirety sounds like a bit of a mishmash of genres and I don't know in which direction the piece is going.
One track for you to listen to on YouTube to see where I'm coming from: Look up "Shelanoir's Forest". While neither you nor I have Akiko Shikata's production level, there's something to learn: she has a SOLID MELODY, her CHORDS ARE VARIED, and she still manages to keep to the whole nature theme.
The melody at 0:39 repeats in total 6 times (throughout 3 minutes, 14 seconds), but there are only 3 areas in the piece in which it is heard. At 0:39, 1:26 and 2:14. They were meant to represent the beginning, the middle, and the end. But if you think it gets a little repetitive, that's fine, I accept your opinion and I'll try to make it not sound so repetitive the next time around. And if it just sounds bad in general, then I'm sorry, I tried my best to make it sound good.
About the mishmash of genres; you are right. I never intended this to fit in any genre. I just went with the flow and added what I thought would sound good (while still trying to maintain that 'video game' feel). But how does defining a song's genre affect how good the song is? It may sound a little more disorganized, but not necessarily bad. Either way, noted.
I've checked out the track, and while it's not my cup of tea, it's not bad. The lyrics were especially good.
Thank you for taking your time to write the review. :)
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