I feel your pain, and I appreciate your ‘sordid’ comment. I’ve just submitted 5 tracks and they’re getting turned down and I’m at a loss too. I will submit mine here for comment shortly. What is painful is the wording about quality - basically saying ‘not good enough’ which is too harsh, or quite probably inaccurate, for a generic response. I’m now scratching my head thinking what’s up with my mastering ‘quality’ etc… when most likely it’s some reviewer who didn’t like the track or thought it wouldn’t sell etc. I don’t think it would hurt to be less generic with the reviewer’s comment, especially for new creators (apart from then people getting upset with one guy’s opinion!).
Anyway…response to your track:
Musicianship wise, I wouldn’t say the quality isn’t up to standard at all, far from it. The only two things that pricked my eyes with a critical head on was a) the EQ at the start seemed a bit too intrusive at the top end, and the glocks about a minute in in the little break, and b) some of the brass melodies sounded a bit too midi and unrealistic, also the melody at 2.40, the same.
But as to what the AudioJungle panel reckons, who knows! My gut feeling for my next group of submissions is to ‘dumb’ down a bit. Make the melodies less intrusive, the structure more predictable (boring), because I fear tracks are being judged more on background music merit, as opposed to music that stands on its own as art.
I’ve read comments and advice that say don’t write for the platform, write for what your own creativity, but my gut says that’s not actually not great advice for AudioJungle! Maybe.