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Mozart Piano Quartets

Most of the Mozart MIDI files are subject to copyright claims by the sequencers - no doubt due to the complexity of the task they faced with so many symphonies and concertos. However two Piano Quartets offered me an opportunity to show what could be done with four parts.

I used the steel band in place of the piano, the Mega Moog to replace the violin and a pad for the other stringed instruments and it proved relatively straight forward to get a decent mix despite the complexity of the music. The end result is more Old World than some others - experiments with more exotic instrumentation, such as pancarina pipes for the strings, did not feel right. The contrast between the evocative steel band sound and the power of the Mega Moog is sufficient to make an interesting mix, with the other synthesizer very much in a supporting role.

This is one that I might revisit relatively soon because it feels like there is more potential here. I was operating close to my processor capacity limits and improved versions of two of my VST instruments promise useful perfomance enhance ments which should help me to address this.

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