I feel really bad that you have given my track 5 stars and that I'm unable to give these back. :/
But at the end I'm being honest about my review!
I liked your previous composition way more than this one, especially in terms of orchestration and instrumentation.
Let me start off with the instruments. I'm unsure whether I really do hear the named windwoods here. I think I have heard the flutes here and there in the counterpart (the middle part), but I'm unable to hear any clarinet or contrabassoon - this was a bit disappointing. :(
Another thing would be that you have repeated the first busy movement. I definitely can hear more instruments being used in the second part, but here I would have wished if you extended the melody some more. Doing this in a longer soundtrack with let's say the double length (6 minutes), this would be totally fine to do though.
The counterpart starting at 01:12 was well done in general and serves well to have the soundtrack "calm down" from its dramatic feeling. The transition into the part also was a nice idea to do!
I also like the idea of using sounds being familiar to the sound the clock does. That was a great idea. :)
The mastering and mix is top-notch! And thank you for the suggestion about the -0.1db :)
Suggestions for the future:
- To make 16th notes sound more organic and realistic, try to play around with the dynamics of the several notes. Here is an example of what I mean: https://i.imgur.com/60CXnAE.png
- Here and there, use some stacs for the lower end instruments. It makes it more interesting.
- Use more windwoods for the quieter sections. They tend to get lost if they are played along brasses, especially if the brasses are played in forte/fortissimo.
- Use more variety within the melodics, or use more bars to complete a melody before you repeat it (for examples: 16 bars melody instead 8).
I wish you good luck into the finals, and whoever is going to be the winner, you always are free to contact me in case you need advice for future soundtracks, or have questions related to instrumentation! :)
And I hope my critism didn't hit you too harsh. Head up!