Samulis! Hey there!
"an earlier version"
...um, yes, you did. You heard this when I had just finished the orchestral part (and I used some of your feedback for completing it), and heard it when it was done as well, before I posted it.
"excellent mix of various genres and styles"
Mixing the two genres took SUCH a long time. x.x I can't even begin to express the amount of pain I went through getting them to transition properly.
"Chords are well selected and I love your use of tasteful dissonance."
Coming from a master of tasteful dissonance, I thank you very much for that compliment.
"you've managed also to use cymbals well"
I work extra-ultra-mega-hard on transitions, and beat myself up over transitions that most people would call 'awesome'.
"the 'zap' sounds"
Oh yeah, that's part of the extensive transitions in and out of the orchestral bit, since they're reminiscent of the more ambient sections. I tried to at the very least keep them in-key.
"I find it hard to place this piece as similar in style to any composers"
YES. YES. YES! THIS is possibly the best compliment you could have given me. I want to be different from other composers. And if I have to do insane stuff like this in order to get that, then I will. :D
"original menu music to Civilization III, but of course, produced at considerably higher quality."
1. I own Civ III, so yes, I do know it, and yeah, I see how it's somewhat reminiscent.
2. ...holy crap. I honestly don't know what to do with this giant flood of compliments you're giving me. I seriously love the Civ III soundtrack and respect it as some of the best music I've heard. So... wow.
"I can hardily imagine how many instruments and different effects you had going on it"
No need to. I had... 30 instruments if you don't count each percussion instrument individually, and... 69 if you do. As for effects, I surprisingly had no SFX in there whatsoever (unless you count one of the percussion things as SFX - it was the ambient non-drum-or-orchestral percussion, one of the hits you hear in the beginning, and then the reverse cymbals and stuff. The percussion with the echoes. Buuuuut, in the case of FX on instruments, I had... ...er. 52 different VSTs in my mixer, not counting things like Guitar Rig 5 (which has multiple FX things inside the VST). So yeah. Ton of crap. Actually, less than what I have in the song I'm about to be posting...
"it is impressive you completed this in only one month"
...I could have gotten it done a lot faster, honestly. But you know, school and stuff. Makes it a tad difficult to focus.
"it's like a full score in one single piece"
Okay, that has a definite reason behind it. The entire piece is meant to sum up a webcomic that's like. 1528 pages long. And counting. ...granted, it'll eventually not sum up the whole thing, but when I finished it, it did.
"the orchestral instruments do sound a bit weak in the battle part"
The orchestral instruments are weak. :< I really should get EWQL Symphonic Orchestra or something, shouldn't I... Tch. Ra first, then Stormdrum, then Symphonic Orchestra!
"there are few flaws. :D"
Hey look, I made a pyramid. But yeah. That pretty much explains my happiness about that comment.
Can/will do! You too, Samulis.