Hi Lovegames, thanks for your comments. They’re really helpful.
It seems I am the only one who likes that transition into the downbeat! In the revision I’m working on, I turned that down quite a bit. It’s supposed to represent the ignition of a fire in an exciting and surprising way. There is a matchstick sound effect on top of a dulcimer sample chord that couldn’t actually be played on an acoustic guitar, or should I say I couldn’t play it unless I used a very strange tuning! I’ll give that some thought.
I think you’re right, I don’t have a very good flute sample. Normally I stay away from cheapo samples, but I really wanted a flute there. I need a better flute or someone who can play it.
All the guitars (and electric bass) are played by me. So I could mess around with the guitar lead sound and record it again. I expect to get a real acoustic bass part sent to me soon to replace the midi part in the first half of the piece (second half being electric). I also hope to cajole my drummer buddy to replace the midi drums with real drums. That would help a lot, because he’s very good and very inventive. The rest of the parts are going to stay midi for this recording, I fear.
Again, thanks for spending the time to give it a good listen and share your ideas!