Oh man, I was just checking out the Round of 64 results (I'M LATE, I KNOW !) and I suddenly see : Phonometrologist - 962. Excuse me ?!
So I decided to check it out, because that's not a score you see everyday. Glad I came across this little piece of magic. I'm not gonna be able to get you a good review about your instrumental/sound choices, since I'm no composer (yet), but here are some of my thoughts nonetheless.
The andante felt like a pretty great start to the piece, it gave me that sort of happy yet fascinating/epic feeling, and it hit me right in the heart, because I used to play in orchestras and it really has that vibe to it. I also think it would make a great soundtrack to many genres of movies, but I can completely picture it (haha, get it ?) with a sudden opening on beautiful landscapes. If you don't understand what I mean, no big deal...
The second part really grabbed me in because of the atmosphere you set. I totally did not expect those guitars, but they blend in so well in my opinion. Once again, it could totally be a movie soundtrack (yeah I know, I say that a lot), and even though I know it's not what you based it off of, I can see it in fantasy/sci-fi movies taking place in space (maybe the recent Valerian movie makes my opinion biased...)
Final part surprised me once again, mostly by the sudden change in both tempo and atmosphere. Nevertheless, it sounds great. That's all I can say about it. Maybe it's the part I like the less, because it doesn't make me feel as many emotions as the first two, but that's personal, of course. Finally, I love how you ended the piece so calmly after such a fast-paced third part, and the kind of melancholic vibe to those last piano notes. A truly great end to an overall magnificent piece.
I'll just wrap it up by saying that I now see why it got such a high score at NGADM. Although I'm far from being as good as any of the contestants, I recognize a good piece when I see one, and today you're earning another 5 stars rating and a new fan.