Woah! Haven't been here in a while...How's in goin', Adieuwinter? :D I love the atmospheric intro and the dreamy synths and pads. I love the progression. The little descent into minor keys at :53 seemed a little out-of-place at first, but overall it helps add some direction to the piece. I thought the drums at 1:02 were a little busy and arbitrary. I think the mixing isn't great...maybe EQ'ing those drums a little more would help create some space, but I think you still need to simplify it a bit. I loved that open hat on beat 4 of every measure between 1:02 and ~1:30. :) By 1:40 it got really dark and minimalistic. It didn't really seem to compliment the first 1.5 minutes of the piece very well. I think you need to connect those parts better, and a smoother transition into 2:38 would be nice, too. I must admit, that beat works a lot better at 2:38 IMO. I think by 3:20 there were some melodies that were, again, a bit too busy given the chill atmosphere. Step-wise melodies with ONLY A FEW jumps are usually ideal, as I think you need to simplify them there. That said, I liked the mood a lot by around 4:10, and that white noise that gradually crept up-front in the mix was cool. I liked the way you ended it, too, even if I was somewhat fooled by the pads at 4:42 after a seemingly conclusive fade-out. Overall, well done! I think you're good at these ambient tracks, Adieuwinter. I was tough on you in this review, but the instruments, melodies, mood and atmosphere are all really well done. I'd work a bit on the transitions and structuring, but otherwise great job. I'm TheDoor6 btw...I changed my name in September. ;D
Thanks so much for taking the time to do this! Haven't gotten such a thorough review for a while. Lately I've been finding some trouble as to working with mixing drums effectively in the busier sections of these ambient pieces - I'll keep going at it! So I've tried making a few adjustments with this one based on your comments; I've covered the dark, minimalistic portion with a layer of ambient synths that sound more in tune. At the moment I'm still working on simplifying the drumbeats and melodies, but maybe when I'm done with it I'll upload and you can have a listen? I dunno.
Anyway, thanks for the kind words and being critical too!
(and I caught the name change when you did it back then :D)