I'll frankly state that this is a fine execution of the desert/oriental style. The instrumentation is greatly reminiscent of the desert setting, as well as your composition, being temporally relaxed, atmospheric, and most importantly, dynamic and changing like most professional video game music I've heard. It's because of the array of techniques and achievements that I'll say this isn't necessarily a "simple" piece. I'd say its quite complex to the extent of its variety and interactions between melody and rhythm. In that regard, I particularly enjoy your use of (forgive any false identification) sitar and the tom-tom(?). Respectively, they're complimentary and accentuating; they give this piece it's thematic life.
In essence, this piece is fitting for an RPG.
"Where the Bones of Ancient Kings Reside" ~ I do agree that this title, by far, sounds more better than "[Adj.][Noun]." I suppose it is because the title deviates from this paradigm that it is weird, but weirdness is good. Although, I can't say it is as thematically sound, since, judging from your examples, you aimed for a desert/oriental style. 'Ancient Kings' is ambiguous, but this is, after all, meant for a video game, which is meant to provide context. Nevertheless, the title is favorable.
This piece's structure is ripe for being made into a loop.
It's impressive that this is "one of [your]first tries at an oriental style." I wouldn't have thought that had you not stated this in your description. Indeed, you got the style down well.
Is this oriental? I say this inquisitively. When I think oriental, I think of China/Japan Asian Music. I hear this and I intuitively think Arabian/Egyptian aka North African. I am surprised to know that this is oriental (shows how little I know. Heck, I can't even trust my own intuition in this case now.)
Now that is quite the extensive review. I thank you for that. :)
To be honest, I do believe this song to be one of my better works. But since I've been composing music for merely two years, with my first compositions sounding horrible, it is refreshing to hear that my recent work is being appreciated and liked.
The reason why I think it is still simple is because I took that oriental musical scale I found online (shame on me for using tutorials XD) and built my melody with that. And the rest was added accordingly. It's either that or I'm just too humble to admit that my song is in actuality better that I think. And since I always compose songs with the thought of them being used in a video game, I try to make them loop flawlessly. You will find that for most, if not, all of my songs.
Also, this is the first time ever that someone has reviewed the title of one of my songs. Since I want them to be more sophisticated than just a plain, as you said, "[Adj.] [Noun]" I'm happy you did that. Maybe some context on how I aim to name my songs: if you look up any game in the "Tales of" series and look at their soundtracks you will find titles like "The Seductive Water Sound's Whisper" which are, to an extent, kind of poetic. And this kind of poetic style I want to achieve.
As for your confusion with the term "oriental": it's is used differently in different languages. In German, my native language, "oriental" refers to the cultural realm surrounding the mediterranean sea, minus Europe, so everything from Morocco over Egypt all the way over to Turkey and the Middle East.
Again, thank you very much for the extensive review. It is helpful and motivating. More so than most of the reviews I have received thus far. :)
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.