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The compositions and arrangements available below were developed using Piltdown Music's MugixX notation and sequencing environment (currently version 4). The MP3 files are produced from MIDI files using the Native Instruments Kontakt 5 sample-based synthesizer. Many instruments have been imported from Gigastudio (.gig format) files. Recording and post-production are done using Audacity (currently version 2.1.0). For a bit more detail, click here.

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Title Composer(s) Publisher Notes
John Wesley Harding Bob Dylan Dwarf Music Brief instrumentals based on the 1968 Dylan album John Wesley Harding
As I Went Out One Morning      
I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine      
All Along the Watchtower      
The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest     Brief edit from the 2011 Thea Gilmore cover album John Wesley Harding
Drifter's Escape      
DearLandlord      
I Am a Lonesome Hobo      
I Pity the Poor Immigrant      
The Wicked Messenger      
Down Along the Cove     Brief instrumental based on the 1968 Dylan album John Wesley Harding + Bob Dylan's speech from his Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award ceremony
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight      
Symphony 1 ("The Man With the Blue Guitar") in one movement Mike Shafto Piltdown Music Based on the eponymous poem by Wallace Stevens
Symphony 2 ("Owl's Clover") in one movement Mike Shafto Piltdown Music Based on the eponymous poem by Wallace Stevens
Symphony 3 ("Foreign Song") 1st Movement Mike Shafto Piltdown Music Based on "Earthy Anecdote" by Wallace Stevens
Symphony 3 ("Foreign Song") 2nd Movement     Based on "In the Carolinas" by Wallace Stevens
Symphony 3 ("Foreign Song") 3rd Movement     Based on "Invective Against Swans" by Wallace Stevens
Symphony 3 ("Foreign Song") 4th Movement     Based on "Of Mere Being" by Wallace Stevens
Symphony 4 ("The Comedian As the Letter 'C'") 1st Movement Mike Shafto Piltdown Music Based on The Comedian as the Letter 'C' by Wallace Stevens
"The World without Imagination"
Symphony 4 ("The Comedian As the Letter 'C'") 2nd Movement     "Concerning the Thunderstorms of Yucatan"
Symphony 4 ("The Comedian As the Letter 'C'") 3rd Movement     "Approaching Carolina"
Symphony 4 ("The Comedian As the Letter 'C'") 4th Movement     "The Idea of a Colony"
Symphony 4 ("The Comedian As the Letter 'C'") 5th Movement     "A Nice Shady Home"
Symphony 4 ("The Comedian As the Letter 'C'") 6th Movement     "And Daughters with Curls"
Symphony 5 ("Ghosts") 1st Movement Mike Shafto Piltdown Music NEW
Symphony 5 ("Ghosts") 2nd Movement     NEW
Symphony 5 ("Ghosts") 3rd Movement     NEW
Symphony 5 ("Ghosts") 4th Movement     NEW
Symphony 6 ("Hiroshige") 1st Movement Mike Shafto Piltdown Music Inspired by the art of Utagawa Hiroshige
Symphony 6 ("Hiroshige") 2nd Movement      
Symphony 6 ("Hiroshige") 3rd Movement      
Symphony 6 ("Hiroshige") 4th Movement      
Symphony 7 ("Curiosity") 1st Movement Mike Shafto Piltdown Music Named for NASA's Mars rover
Symphony 7 ("Curiosity") 2nd Movement      
Symphony 7 ("Curiosity") 3rd Movement      
Symphony 8 ("Pipes and Mallets") 1st Movement Mike Shafto Piltdown Music Tribute to my high school band director, Mr. Harold George
Symphony 8 ("Pipes and Mallets") 2nd Movement      
Symphony 8 ("Pipes and Mallets") 3rd Movement      
Symphony 8 ("Pipes and Mallets") 4th Movement      
Symphony 8 ("Pipes and Mallets") 5th Movement      
Symphony 8 ("Pipes and Mallets") 6th Movement      
Meadowlarks Robin Pecknold Chrysalis Music Limited Basis for Symphony 9, immediately below
Symphony 9 ("Meadowlarks") 1st Movement Mike Shafto Piltdown Music Based on a theme by Robin Pecknold
Symphony 9 ("Meadowlarks") 2nd Movement      
Symphony 9 ("Meadowlarks") 3rd Movement      
Symphony 9 ("Meadowlarks") 4th Movement      
Symphony 9 ("Meadowlarks") 5th Movement      
Symphony 9 ("Meadowlarks") 6th Movement      
Symphony 10, 1st Movement Mike Shafto Piltdown Music  
Symphony 10, 2nd Movement      
Symphony 10, 3rd Movement      
Symphony 10, 4th Movement      
Symphony 11 ("Jazz") 1st Movement Mike Shafto Piltdown Music Experimental and admittedly not much like real jazz
Symphony 11 ("Jazz") 2nd Movement      
Symphony 11 ("Jazz") 3rd Movement      
Symphony 11 ("Jazz") 4th Movement      
Symphony 12, 1st Movement Mike Shafto Piltdown Music  
Symphony 12, 2nd Movement      
Symphony 12, 3rd Movement      
Symphony 12, 4th Movement      
Symphony 13, 1st Movement Mike Shafto Piltdown Music NEW
Symphony 13, 2nd Movement      
Symphony 13, 3rd Movement      
Symphony 13, 4th Movement     NEW A concert march -- in 5/4, 6/8, and 9/8 -- using no wind instruments
Symphony 14, 1st Movement ("Slave") Mike Shafto Piltdown Music Ambient
Symphony 14, 2nd Movement ("Thrumdrum")      
Symphony 15 ("Lala Neva Dada") in one movement Mike Shafto Piltdown Music Inspired by the Gil Evans composition "La Nevada" from Out of the Cool
Symphony 16, 1st Movement Mike Shafto Piltdown Music NEW
Symphony 16, 2nd Movement NEW
Symphony 16, 3rd Movement     NEW
Symphony 17 ("Lament"), 1st Movement (version 2) Mike Shafto Piltdown Music After Henry Purcell, Aria from Act III of Dido and Aeneas, "Remember Me" NEW
Unfinished
You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It) Joe McCarthy & James V. Monaco Broadway Music Corp. Jazz
Cookin' Blueport Horace Silver, Art Farmer Silhouette Music, Criterion Music Hard bop mash-up of "Cookin' at the Continental" and "Blueport"
Clockwise Margarita Mike Shafto Piltdown Music Jazz
Calorita Mike Shafto Piltdown Music Jazz
Book Of James Mike Shafto Piltdown Music Jazz/Gospel
Shockolate 3 Jay Shafto with Prince and Kelis Production Value Productions Have fun with it
Push Jay Shafto Production Value Productions Composed for a Pomona College dance concert. Remastered from tape by Production Value Productions for Piltdown Music.
What's New? Johnny Burke & Bob Haggart Warner Bros., Inc. Big Band-o-Robots
Angel Eyes Earl Brent & Matt Dennis Dorsey Brothers Music air guitar
One For My Baby Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen Harwin Music And One More for the Road
Kyrie Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina   Swing adaptation for 8-string guitar
Caine Plain Mike Shafto Piltdown Music Based on a solo by Uri Caine
Wingspan Mulgrew Miller Savoy Jazz After Mark Levine, The Jazz Theory Book


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Moderation in the pursuit of a hobby is no virtue.
(adapted from Barry Goldwater)

Better a silent accordion than a chorus of harps ...
(John Ashbery, "The Future of the Dance", Quick Question, 2013)

Lack of skill dictates economy of style.
(Joey Ramone)

If you work at the piano, you're limited by your own technique.
(Stephen Sondheim, Paris Review, Spring, 1997, No. 142)

Everybody makes their own fun. F'you don't make it yourself, it ain't fun, it's entertainment.
(David Mamet, State and Main)

A work is never completed except by some accident ...
it can only be one stage in a series of inner transformations.

(Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry)

Time don't mean nothin' to a hog.
(Traditional)

Music, I regret to say, affects me merely as an arbitrary succession of more or less irritating sounds.
(Vladimir Nabokov)




I've been very fortunate in that I have not been the target of professional jealousy.
Boxcars: The Piltdown Music Interview With Mike Shafto