I'm going to let my thoughts flow freely so I can help in a transparent manner.
The beginning is interesting. It could fit well as an intro so my thoughts on it might not even matter. However, it is sparse. I know this isn't intended to be a music piece on its own so in context it most likely does work. I like the stringed instrument and percussion the first ten seconds, but after that, when the voice comes in (.29), I thought it was just a bit overbearing as there wasn't enough low end instruments nor much there leading up to it to drive such a part, IMO. Just thought the vocal part came in too soon there. A minute onward into the piece, I have no complaints in the parts individually.
This has a lot of intriguing qualities.
At 1:22, you have that dark pad going. I would like to hear it continue, and not drop out like a melodic motiff.
Overall, the parts are good, and keep the orchestra. It seems what I am finding out for myself is that I would like to hear something that can hold all the interesting parts together so as to create a more cohesive work. I think this helps the listener to follow along your musical train of thought. I dunno, maybe add a choo choo.
Seriously though, I'm enjoying this, but even your own comment about the intro track feeling empty might reflect the reality of what is going on. You're a genius at percussive parts so what would happen if you added another percussion part as you suggested?
When it goes to cinematic genre that is used in games and movies, orchestra instruments are very appreciated. That's all I know. Also I imagine this as a backside story music.
i think the vocals/choir fits pretty well actually. there doesn't seem to be anything "wrong". there are a few conflicting frequencies with the different basses, but i'm also listening to this with ear buds <_<. the percussion sounds pretty good. i wouldn't remove any of it, but tweaking them a bit wouldn't hurt. as far as "empty" goes, it sounds pretty full, you have a strong bass percussion pushing the track forward, with some mid and high percussion here and there. around 2:50 i kinda felt like the orchestra should have been a bit softer, but that's just me. anyways, that's all i got, take from it what you feel like would work, i'm not huge into the whole composing orchestra thing so idk much about this genre. <_<
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