Alright, I'm on the third loop right now.
You know, I haven't read the description until now, but that didn't stop me from thinking about Gustavo Santaolalla while listening to this. I would really like to play a game where this is stage music. Another thought that came to my mind is that this reminded me of broove's music. It's a shame that the flash game "pine", where his music was featured, was taken down by Dylan because it was unfinished. "ALZ" is still up though :D
As I'm sure you know, this is right up my alley in terms of music I enjoy to listen to. The piano is a bit rough even, or maybe I should use the word "Cold"? I use a sound similar to this quite often, because I enjoy it. But it is not soft and warm, is what I'm trying to say. There are a few pieces that use this kind of cold sound, but can still express a form of warmth as well. At a few points in this track, I think I felt that effect. Mostly because of the combinations of other intruments though. At most points, however, I got the cold feel from this track. But know what? I like it.
I can imagine an empty house in a desert of Ice and snow while hearing this, and it's a very pretty image.
That said, I can definitely see what you were going for in the description as well. The art piece that inspired you is brilliant, and I left a review for it as well. In a way, I feel that this could be brilliant menu music as well. But it fits in stage music, so I see no reason to complain.
I would like to imagine that I have still not lost contact with the child in me; something that I'm very happy about.
As for the genre, I get why you choose ambient, and this certainly fits. I just think that this is a very cinematic ambient piece, which almost makes it all the better.
You use very interesting tones and chords. Not unlike Erik Satie, especially in the Gymnopedie No. 1.
It's a bit like the individual chords and notes aren't designed to catch my immediate attention nor interest, but to simply float around. This is pretty perfect, at this is background music. The progression is something floating too, which I thoroughly enjoy. I can sit back, relax, and just float with this track. Very apt, considering the fish in the art piece.
The mixing felt a bit interesting during the first minute, before I got used to it. Probably because I heard all the high notes very clearly (clearness comes with the cold sound) in my right ear, and the low tones more in my left. That's what it'd be like with a real piano though, and once I got used to it in combination with the other intruments, it sounds fine.
That's about all I have to say. I really like this.
Sorry if my review is a bit all over the place. One could say that it too is improvised :)
Probably on the 7th loop now.
Brilliant job. I wish you good luck in the contest!