---Official AIM review---
I like the percussion at the beginning. I admit the cheery melody that followed it fooled me a bit. The sharp, militaristic nature of the percussion seemed foreboding, especially given the rhythmic string riff that fades in with it, and then the melody was a bit of a tight, right turn. I suppose that fits the thematic elements of the piece, but as a listener it’s still confusing. It’s also a small detail. The melodies are beautiful, and you have a really interesting harmonic progression in the first 20 seconds or so of the piece. The section at :23 also contrasts really nicely. Despite all the subtle (and not-so-subtle) mood shifts, the piece is really flowing. You’ve used dynamics and cadences very well to slowly mold the texture in an ever-evolving stew of music. One of the rougher transitions was at 1:43, in fact. I really like the structural variety and change-of-pace you introduced at 1:10, which I think was necessary even in such a short piece. Also, 2:16 was another moment of confusion between the mood of the build-up and the resultant phrase. I know you intended for it to be that way, but I still can’t shake the jarring nature of that transition. Clear, refreshing, and well-balanced mixing and mastering, though. The instrumentation is quite enjoyable too. After the second listen, I think the transition at 2:16 is the only thing that significantly bothers me about the piece. Great work overall! The composition is very creative, and the production is top-notch. Keep up the good work, BlueOceans!