This has so much awesomeness in it. It sounds absolutely amazing.
I love the flute intro. Since it’s supposed to be a demo for a flutes VST, it makes sense that they should be highlighted, but damn. That’s some high-quality stuff. I can’t think of any real-life flautist I know in person who could play that well! It’s such a shame that the only background for the intro for twenty seconds was a long sustained string chord. The whole song is really progressive, and twenty seconds of a single thing is a bit of an outlier. :P
After the song really starts twenty seconds in, it blows me away. It builds up with real high-quality sounds, but the mini-climax at 0:40 seems a bit anticlimactic, regarding what follows it. It just feels like such a well-written buildup would’ve let to a more exciting part of the song, but the Celtic music that follows is great and helps show off the flute you used in that section really well. The sound of people celebrating (at least, I think it is) at 0:59 and 1:32 really helps sell the idea of a festival day where people are excited to go outside and have fun!
I can see why you really enjoyed samulis’ trombone and voice at 1:13 - it really adds so much to the jumpiness of the track. You’d expect them to be buried in the mix, but you did a really good job with the mixing - everything is clear, so we can fully appreciate your instrumentation. Then, when you bring back the 0:40 motif at 1:32, it’s with a much more orchestrated background. I wish you’d focused on the flute more past 1:32! It sounds so real, and you replaced some of the melody with the plucked strings. I guess it’s for the best of the song, but I really want to hear more of the flute VST now. :D
The blown bottle sounds at 1:50 are really intriguing. I don’t think I’ve ever heard that sort of thing featured prominently in a song before. Maybe you should do one! And then comes the ending. You know, with all the feedback you give people in the NGADM about having good endings, I think a non-fadeout ending should’ve been expected. :D Maybe this means you’ll come back and extend this someday! One can always hope, right?
Honestly, I prefer this one to your first song. Maybe it’s because of the picture you used? I like to listen to music on Newgrounds with visualizations off, so I guess I’m more exposed than people who don’t to the art musicians use to represent their work. I think all the colorful streamers represent the idea of a festival much better than just a simple green backdrop, so I really commend you on providing a full listening experience. :)
Thanks again on all the work you do in the NGADM! All the hard work you put in is sure making a ton of people really happy.