ICs (interval combinations) are a fantastic resource for musical ideas. Although ICs can help us to leave a scale quickly, they can also establish temporary tonal centers. I know this might sound advanced to you, but it's not more than counting chromatic steps between the notes.
It's also interesting to see the sketch of the full orchestral piece because it shows the complete skeleton of what's going on. And this all points back to having a process when you start. It's always better to make (sometimes even smaller) single steps in the right direction than to run blindly with no clear goal. Again, great work, Marc! :)
Author: Frank Herrlinger