Excellent, but the mixing needs work.
I totally agree with megakill that this is a really great submission but the mix takes it down a lot. I won't give you a score as low as a 5 because the atmosphere and stuff, although the mix certainly needs to be touched up, I think. All in all, good job.
Starting with the composition, the melody isn't exactly memorable - to be honest this sounds quite a bit like an improvisation. Still, the way you introduce note after note and the clarinet playing a droning hum in the background gave it a very interesting atmosphere. It actually reminds me a bit of the Sacred Grove soundtrack of Twilight Princess.
I've never been good at figuring out time signatures although this sounds like 5/8. Whatever it is, it's a change from the usual 4/4 and works wonderfully. Always interesting to hear songs in time signatures that are used less than others.
The instrumentation is simple but fitting. The harp plays a continuous pattern in the background which serves as a nice backbone to the song, and the occasional entrances of the clarinet are fantastic. At parts like 0:53 you fade in strings which sounds great. At 1:53 you introduce a softer part, which breaks up the repetition and was enjoyable. At 2:20 you fade in some strings which work out very well.
The transitions are smooth and none of the transitions interrupt the atmosphere or anything. I especially like the transition to the softer part at 1:53 and the entrance of the harp when that section ends. It's all very subtle and I think this would make perfect background music because of such a nice, consistent atmosphere and smooth transitions. Intro and outro were both incredibly fitting - no complaints there!
It's all very good, but unfortunately the mix is definitely something that needs working on. There are way too many mid frequencies, especially with the harp and clarinet. Space out your instruments a bit more - having so many mid frequencies makes this quite tiring to listen to. The song clips a little too, if I'm not mistaken. EQing will work wonders over here.
All in all, I love the song. Despite not having much of a memorable melody, it'll fit right at home as background music to a game. However, as you can see the mix knocked two points off my score. Work on your EQing and this won't have much more room for improvement. Other than that, keep it up!
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