I like the sub-bass and tranquil eastern-sounding instrument at the beginning. The panning on the instrument at :08 was a little strong for my tastes, especially since there’s relatively little else going on in the texture. I really like the atmosphere from around :45 on, though. The drums are strong, and the reverb, while a bit excessive, doesn’t appear to detract from the mix too much. The sound design and progression are a bit experimental at times, but I like the subtle elements of atonality you snuck in there at places, like 2:03. That said, there isn’t much melodic content here (until around 4:50), which is probably one of my big complaints. There are large sections of this piece that sound quite minimalistic, although there’s a great ebb and flow to the texture. The piece ends rather abruptly, but I really like the extended high-energy section during the last minute or so, lengthy though it was. Overall, I’d say that if this piece was mixed and mastered in mono (i.e., without so much heavy panning) and there was a tad more harmonic depth at times, it’d be a 5-star track. The sound design (while a bit generic at times) was really fun, and the atmosphere of the piece is just gorgeous. Keep up the good work, Primallightmusic!
Mixing, mastering, and balance
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
Instrumentation and sound design
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
Originality and uniqueness
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)