The Clock Project

by Micah Jayne

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12 songs, 12 time signatures.
 
With The Clock Project, each track features a different time signature corresponding to its track number. The album contains 12 songs, all with time signatures ranging from 1/4 up to 12/4. For example, track 5 is written in a 5/4 time signature, five beats per measure. If this sounds strange to you, check out the Wikipedia page "complex time signatures" for some popular examples. The Clock Project differs from The Umbrella Project in that it is more of an alternative rock album, with a heavier emphasis on electric guitars, bass, and drums, with some electronic bits sprinkled throughout. Also, while The Umbrella Project was largely instrumental, all of the songs (save for one) on The Clock Project feature vocals. Most of these songs have been written since around 2010, and I have finally gotten around to recording and releasing them. I've always held an interest in different time signatures and I hope you enjoy the variety in these songs!

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released September 22, 2013

All songs written & performed by Micah Jayne
Recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced by Micah Jayne
CD artwork by Micah Jayne

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Micah Jayne Seattle, Washington

Hello! My name is Micah Jayne.
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Track Name: A Future, A Spectrum
This is what happens
When the world stops spinning
And I continue 'round
To land right where you're found
Track Name: Oneironaut
And I slept
Like a legend in my bed
But I awoke, yet still
Sleeping in my head
And I laid terrified
Thinking "what if I can't
Escape this?" there's someone here
Hold your breath
Don't make a move
 
Well there's a fence
That's set up all around me
But I can't decide
If it's to keep them out
Or to keep me in
 
I'll take what I need and
You'll take my feet from me
I cannot go where I
Need to go ‘cause I'll bleed
You know we can't leave tracks
Or sounds cause they'll find screams
We can't get caught unless
We die and find that it's a dream
It is all a dream
Track Name: An Equinox
Not long after you leaving
You will return in the form of a season
The leaves stained with colors that stain your hair
And I watch them fall as I begin to recall
 
The nights and the days will meet an equality
But won't seem so, once they're filled with frivolity
‘Cause they'll seem longer as each shall pass
And I’m pacing these halls
Just to find something at last
 
To kill this time with until I see you again
But I'm working on a plan
‘Cause you see, it's father owes me a favor
 
Is there just something wrong with my eyes
Because normally I can see for miles
But I go blind every time you're near
To everything else that's around me
Because you're all I see
 
And there's just something they don't understand
Because they can't see you like I do
‘Cause I go blind every time you're near
To everything else that's around me
Because they can't see you like I do
Track Name: Okay, Clouds
I don't think I can sleep tonight
And I'm debating if it's worth the fight
'Cause my eyes don't rest like they
Have sense they laid on you
And I'm losing track of the days
And I like it when you're out of town
'Cause the butterflies are so overwhelming
Every time you come around

This lack of sleep is trying it's best
To keep a smile at bay
But the very thought of your existence
Keeps it coming my way
These Oklahoma clouds, they
Put me in a daze 
Why did I wait for her
To slip away to fall in love
 
Girl I've never been so awake and so alive
As when I'm living off two hours of sleep
 
A picture would last longer
Than these memories in my mind
And I'd like to pass the time with you
I just want to sit atop a cloud
Be still and watch the world with you
We won't be limited by these things that we used to
Track Name: Hypoxia
And she tells you things change
And you know that it's true
But you're holding your breath
But empty lungs just won't do
What they did when
You took my breath away
 
And I'm puncturing my lungs
To try and let this oxygen exhale
But I just keep on breathing steady
And I'm puncturing my lungs
To try and let this oxygen exhale
But I just keep on breathing steady
 
And it's true I don't feel much these days
But you know I felt that wind
And it hit me in my chest
And I could tell it's from within
This feelings all new to me
There's an unfamiliar beating in my chest

My heart has felt a burst of air
And it's leaking from my lungs
And time and time I've tried again
And now it's finally done
 
I jump start my heart and impart
On my case of hypoxia
Track Name: Dream Recorder
I don't believe that miracles happen
As often as they used to
But I guess this is an exception
But this this'll never happen again
 
I want to go back to my dreams
Where distance is a myth and reality is rejected
But you know you'll never see her again
So start rehearsing this lie
 
This is noise to them, but euphonies to you
I wish I could speed up the spinning of this earth
So I could jump up and land where you are
 
Is it just me or is there an echo in this room
But with all these noises within these walls
My thoughts are what keeps me up

All these hints you've dropped
I left scattered on the floor
And when I wake up
You'll have me scrambling for
A dream recorder

And slowly as I wait for you
In my dreams, you'll be waking

And how long should I wait
Until I know she's not coming back
I'm tired of sleeping
Track Name: Sherlock Holmes
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Parapraxis
We know things have changed
But you know I won't tell you how
It might be due to how I'm good
To a fault at finding faults
These problems seem to work themselves out
Like a splinter beneath the skin
So let's work it out
And get you out from under my skin
 
Please just go
There's a status quo
Ante which sounds appealing
And you know you can't deny
Please just leave
And let's stop deceiv-
-ing ourselves of what we had
And let's count it all as lost
 
Words are words so why
Don't you put some meaning to them
But it doesn't matter anyway,
They'll become a lie with the sunrise
Well I won't hold on so tightly any longer
Because my grip is getting weak
And my tongue struggles to speak
And these moments are on repeat
 
Well you can't lose something
That you never had
But now something’s missing
And I'm feeling like I have
 
Please don't go
I want you to know
That the way I feel for you
Cannot be expressed in words
Please don't leave
I can't believe
That I drove you
Away from the only thing I knew
And now the only thing I know is that I don't
Track Name: Volatile Memory
She keeps coming back to my
Thoughts like I keep telling
Myself I ought not to think it
But every time I reminisce
Of this fleeting memory
I keep clinching my fists
Like I'm trying to hold it
From floating away
 
But these memories are so buoyant
And my heart feels so heavy
And I'm trying to avoid it
But it's got a hold on me
The kind of hold I wish I had on you
 
Distant bagpipes fading
Notes so sharp they'd cut through skies
Memories not worth saving
But they caught me by surprise
And the color of your dress
Changes the reflection of your eyes
And I told myself they would not
Be the cause of my demise
 
I'm telling myself to forget you
But you're pierced inside my skull
And I keep telling myself
These arguments are null
But I'm deaf and deranged
And deceived and dismayed and dishonest
With a dissonant desolate
Dearth for decayed desire
'Cause I'd like to know
What would happen if I didn't ever listen
To a single word I told myself
Track Name: Diurnal Cycle
This may be a crutch
But I still need it to walk
And it may be messed up
But I know it's all my fault
And these things satisfy
Me more than I feel they should
And I don't want to quit
It but I feel that I should
 
And if I keep running this way
I’ll never see daylight again
And if I don’t turn around
I’ll never see the sun rise again
 
‘Cause there’s no dawn in western skies
And there’s no light to see
When you’re hiding in
This very earth’s shadows
 
Will I spend my whole life
Wondering if I've made a mistake
Or living with what I have
 
But there's no dusk in eastern skies
And there's no darkness to dwell in
When you're stuck and bound
To this very earth's rotation
Track Name: Scowl & Scour
She speaks softly
And so convincing
The truth I can't handle
So tell me a lie I can brace
Because my legs can't stand here without one
One minute while I wait
For my eyes to adjust
From the darkness; we lain
Well it seemed like it must have been days
At least I wish it were
 
Well they don't see you like I do
All the indifferences they'd have to
Scowl and scour through
Well you've caught me in a gape my dear
And I turn away embarrassedly
Because I don't want you to see
 
Her tears stain my shoulder
It didn't matter what I told her
'Cause they kept flowing like the
Delta down the north
Orthodontic surgery couldn't do a thing for me
Because I knew that my teeth had been
Ripped right out my skull
All this pulling teeth, and pulling hair
And it's breaking my heart to see your scalp so bare
It's so bare
Bear the consequences of what's been said
'Cause I knew that I should have just let it go

Well they don't see you like I do
All the indifferences they'd have to
Scowl and scour through
Well you've caught me in a gape my dear
And I turn away embarrassedly
Because I don't want you to see
How I feel
Track Name: Elevator Rides
I believe in you but I don't understand
You could fall down from the skies
Like the tears fall from their eyes
And you could clear doubts from their minds
Like the sunshine with the blinds
Like a shaken etch-a-sketch
When the picture’s not done yet
 
And it seems so unfair
With our lives of so many hours
And so quickly your life
Could be taken by one of ours
To a place we call our home
 
All the songs I could ever sing
Down here won't amount
To those up there, but I'll still sing
While you whisper in my ear
 
That it seems so unfair
With our lives of so many hours
And so quickly your life
Could be taken by one of ours
To a place we call our home
 
But as for now I’ll
Be waiting on
Elevator rides
To a place we call our home
A place we call our home
 
So wake up, wake up
Am I deaf, or are you silent?
Have I even heard
Or have I just forgot?
Have you ever spoken a word to me
Or are you just fast asleep?
So wake up, wake up
To a place we call our home