probably my favorite from you
I've had this track downloaded onto my MP3 player for quite some time, its a great interesting track with sweet southern america vibes :]
The melodic bamboo percussion of course is a great highlight of the track, I like the syncopated theme that's played on them. The overall feel is slightly reminiscent of Chrono Cross' OST, if youve ever played that game. The ocarina sounds sweet as well, and the two melodic lines develop great together. And of course, snazzy guitar lick. It's got a very crisp sound too.
The second section is awesome and has a cool cinematic element to it that probably fits quite well with that story :) You did a good job using the various articulation patches from the EW samples, great job sequencing the string and horn instruments, and the chord progression is colorful and interesting.
Now for my nitpicks & suggestions, because thats just what I do -_- Excuse me if I sound like I'm trying to impose, as my review style has irritated people in the past lol.
I probably would have mixed the track differently, maybe in the process making it sound muddy or flat lol. But I feel like the drums could be brought a little bit more to the front, specifically the snare. And since the ocarina is soft, quite instrument, I would try to give it a thick(er) reverb to make it stand out from the other instruments a touch more.
The interlude section feels sparce. Perhaps to fill in the void, include some more ambient samples, such as mild rainfall, a flowing river or waterfall, or even a delicate airy pad. Also, a call and response section to match the melody of the bamboo chimes in the interlude is worth considering, that is if it fits within the story.
Lastly, I think the piece would benefit if there was 1 or 2 more latin percussion instruments.
but its another awesome piece by you! i think i've got some inspiration to create something ethnic-influence now, thanks :)