I like the pensive mood at the beginning. The mix sounds a little thin, though. The energy at :11 is good, but the bass sounded a bit too thin, spidery, and high-pitched. I’d recommend transposing it down an octave and giving it a bit more space to flourish in the equalizer if possible. I think one major thing you should work on is your transitions. A lot of them are quite abrupt, and often come with sudden changes in the instrumentation. Fade-ins and -outs, sweeps and crashes, and drum fills can all help you bridge that gap. There were certain sections of the piece where I thought the balance was a bit off. At :36, for example, I think the hi-hats are really too loud. Compositionally, this piece is quite enjoyable, but I think you could’ve done more to vary the instrumentation and create a richer texture with a little more reverb, wider mixing, and in some cases different instruments. The pace of the piece is also quite fast at times. There are a lot of different structural elements here, but it’s hard to keep track of all the changes on an overarching basis, largely because of the sudden transitions. I also think the piece is too long in general. You certainly have a lot of cool riffs and melodies - 3:29 was probably my favorite - but with this much structural variety the piece loses a lot of cohesion. I was very surprised, for example, when the guitar is introduced for the first time at 3:52. It’s actually a pretty good choice as an addition to the texture, but I also think it’s a questionable decision to introduce such an impactful new instrument ⅔ of the way into a piece, and with a sudden transition nonetheless. By the end of the piece, it’s really hard for me as a listener to stay grounded in any kind of major themes, patterns, or motifs. I think that’s the #1 thing you should work on going forward. That and the thin mix with little bass. Overall, though, this piece certainly has its merits. You clearly have a good sense of melody and harmony, and the instrumentation was rather pleasant throughout. Keep at it, Ctr34!
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?)