Thanks again chaps. It has taken over 2 years on and off to get this even near complete and I'd lost all objectivity about it so it's very nice to get such positive feedback
For the technical minded it was done in three projects.
Project 1 - The part up until the discordant guitar breakdown - 100 tracks (I was surprised when I realised that was how many there were!) - the 2 tracks from Charles and Jim, a dozen or so vocal tracks (with a lot of those so heavily effected you wouldn't recognise them as vocals), 15 orchestral tracks, 18 electric guitar, 15 or so drum/percussion tracks (midi and audio loops), 25 midi instrument tracks (mostly brass and some synths), and the rest were various sound effects and a brass sample.
Project 2 - The lullaby - 40 tracks - 2 vocal (main and harmony), 3 percussion, 2 electric guitar, 4 sound effects and the rest were synths/orchestral
Project 3 - where I put the two parts together and introduced the various sound effects and samples for the transition.
Graeme supplied all the lyrics and the melody and vocal parts for the first section. He also listened to the various versions and came up with other ideas to try - like a spaghetti western link or the Oz connection.
Bob - thanks a lot! I'm not sure I'll be going for something this complex for a while now
Gary - thanks for the multiple listens and comments. As I said, I rather lost any objective view on this so the bass may not be right but I got so used to hearing it that I can't tell either
Marc - the tracks question has been answered! Originally I just wanted to play about with some different genres and came up with the idea of a "dance-off" for the final show but it gradually took on a life of its own and as I'd get ideas I'd throw them into the track to see what would happen. Most got lost (the string quartet for example didn't work) but hopefully what I left in does work
Sean - As incisive as ever. The Lullaby was the final piece of the jig saw. I've had Graeme's lyrics for a few years but hadn't done anything with them and they were too good to just leave. I'm sure he'll be pleased with the comments. Yes, you picked up on the explosion at the end! That was drawing a line under under the whole project and it's time to move on to something new. Thanks for the listen and comments, much appreciated
Tim - thanks, it's nice to get a warm furry now and again