HEY! I commented on a song you posted recently (work sucks) on this forum and thought I'd give you some more feedback if you wanted! First off the synth that starts at the very beginning sounds kinda flat and personally I don't enjoy the synth you used (that's just personal preference) HOWEVER the percussive mallets you have playing at the beginning are great and add a lot of "grit" and uniqueness. I also like how it progresses from 0:30 onwards. In fact I think they could be brought in earlier and the intro before 0:30 could be cut a bit shorter. The transition at 1:00 is kinda cool but a bit jarring. I'm not sure how you'd accomplish a smoother transition but that's where the fun/creativity is for you to decide.
I know you said that this was a exercise in mixing but unfortunately, I'm pretty garbage at mixing lol. Sometimes I send my stems to other people to mix it just so I KNOW it'll sound better than mine. BUT I will try to critique the mix here.
For the most part the mixing is pretty spot on (to my ears) and nothing much clashes (at least on my speaker setup) The lead synth in the beginning could be turned up a bit. It might help it sound bigger and "fatter." The synth that also kicks in at 1:00 could use a BIT more hi pass filtering to help the kick cut through. (Also side note I love the synth at at 1:34; both the melody, and the actual synth sample used.)
That's about all I kind help with the mixing. There's not that many instruments going on that would clash and causing any masking so that probably helps the mix sound cleaner.
Cool shit! I also listened to and favorited your song "Anxious Body."
Hope my critique helped!
Let me know if you need anything!