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Debut Album: The Cuckoo Gene

Guitar and synth driven concept album of Space Rock with a Prog Rock flavour

Read The Cuckoo Gene Story and Lyrics!

Story Narrative

The Cuckoo Gene story is outlined below. The rest is left to your imagination and of course to the music itself. Happy listening. No cuckoos or other bird species were harmed in the making of this album.

1. Annihilation

Earth is in her death throes due to climate change and seismic instability, brought on inevitably by humankind’s mistreatment of it’s home planet. Atmospheric pollution has caused global warming, which triggered glacial meltdown and consequent rising sea levels. This in turn causes a series of natural disasters where millions are annihilated. Earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis then lead to nuclear power plant melt downs, missile silo collapses and the complete failure of all life-supporting systems. The people have been left by governments and leaders to fend for themselves and are wiped out.

2. Construction

The horrors of these events play on the minds of the sole survivors - a small group of scientists and engineers ensconced in a massive laboratory/workshop in a remote area under the still-solid Canadian Shield. They were tasked by NASA and The United Nations with the responsibility of plotting the escape of cryogenically preserved humans into deep space. They have created universal constructors which they launch in a self-replicating spacecraft to planet-hop across our galaxy. Their mission is to build new human colonies on habitable exoplanets orbiting in the Goldilocks Zone of far distant solar systems.

3. Anticipation

The spacecraft is controlled by Artificial Intelligence which is physically manifested in the form of a crew of robotic humanoids. These android life forms pilot the ship, navigate, maintain all on-board systems and program the universal constructors. The ships carry cryogenically preserved humans to be brought to life in designated groups whenever a habitable world is to be colonized. This ‘awakening’ is achieved by triggering a dormant gene, which has been implanted in their DNA.

4. Activation

During the very Jirst awakening, the Jirst human to emerge from this cryogenic hibernation murders all the others in his group before they can be awoken, due to a catastrophic malfunction in the dormant gene. This is labeled the ‘Cuckoo Gene’ by the A.I. because of its similarity to the program embedded in the DNA of the cuckoo chick, which causes it to spontaneously eject the other eggs from the nest into which it hatches. It is genetically programmed to do this immediately, even though it is still naked, blind and helpless and totally dependent on the host bird species to feed it and keep it warm.

5. Infliction

The surviving subject and perpetrator of this atrocity emerges from the cryogenic preservation chamber in a state of crazed megalomania, whilst experiencing massive delusions about ruling the new world, now that he has eliminated all potential competition from the other hibernators in his awakening group. There are other sleeping human groups not yet attacked by this ‘cuckoo’ which he could now threaten.

6. Decision

The synthetic life forms now have a dilemma about what they can do. They have to decide if their programmed code allows them to intervene to protect the rest of the ‘sleeping’ humans. The must protect all humans but they must also not cause them any harm through inaction.

7. Intervention

It is conJirmed by the A.I. that a gene malfunction is responsible for the surviving subject’s murder of the other hibernators, and that a threat to all remaining hibernators has been identiJied. Intervention is deemed to be essential. The ship’s android security force ensures he is apprehended and detained.

8. Contemplation

The ‘cuckoo’ wakes in prison, realizes what he has done and, in his anguish, contemplates suicide. In the midst of this massive operation to preserve humanity, the survival of the human species has been threatened all over again by one ‘selJish gene’.

9. Solution

The ship’s A.I. determines that the problem can be resolved with genetic engineering. The ‘cuckoo gene’ is destroyed and the defective gene is replaced. The subject is returned to hibernation. The cryogenic chambers are examined and no further evidence of defective ‘cuckoo’ genes is found.

10. Continuation

The mission resumes as the spacecraft sets off once again in the relentless search for the next habitable world.

11. Creation

As the centuries unfold successful small colonies are established on habitable worlds. Everything is perfectly prepared by the AI and executed by the robotic humanoids to make the new world habitable for human settlers. Ironically it is the A.I. created by humans, rather than humans themselves, that saves humanity from itself and gives us one Jinal chance.

Lyrics

Annihilation Hot planet heating still Burning up and boiling over Lava pours volcanoes spill Burning up and boiling over Burning up and boiling over Chorus Power plants melt down Missile silos crack open Lethal virus plagues abound No more faith and no more hoping Earth quakes land shakes Giant waves are sweeping over Oceans roar storms break Giant waves are sweeping over Giant waves are sweeping over Chorus Power plants melt down Missile silos crack open Lethal virus plagues abound No more faith and no more hoping No more countries No more nations Nothing but annihilation x 3 Construction Days so bad they prayed for night Nights so bad they prayed for morning Days so bad they prayed for night Nights so bad they prayed for morning Humanity Obliterated By the arithmetic of war Beneath the shield Solid and unyielding The mathematics of creation Universal construction Robot self-replication New calculations Seeds of future sown Searching for another world Universal construction Robot self-replication Hibernators planet hopping Searching for another world Hibernators planet hopping Searching for another world Searching for another world Searching for another world World Anticipation Robotic humanoid Robotic humanoid Intelligent android Intelligent android Penetrating space Penetrating space Overcoming time Overcoming time Displacement drives on course Displacement drives on course To another world To another world A habitable planet A habitable planet We are the crew We are the crew What is the cargo? What is the cargo? Who are the passengers? Who are the passengers? In deep-freeze hibernating? In deep-freeze hibernating? Suspended animation Suspended animation Cryonic colonizers Cryonic colonizers Sleeping passengers Sleeping passengers Waiting for the waking Waiting for the waking Preserve the hibernators Preserve the hibernators In anticipation Waiting to land In anticipation Waiting to land In anticipation Waiting to land In anticipation Waiting to land In anticipation Waiting to land In anticipation Waiting to land In anticipation Waiting to land In anticipation Waiting to land In anticipation Waiting to land In anticipation Waiting to land And trigger the gene That wakes them from their dreams Of their brand new world Activation Cryo-preservation chamber android reporting Activating awakening sequence Molecular nanotech repair protocol successfully completed Draining cryoprotectants Monitoring liquid nitrogen levels De-vitrification achieved Revival gene trigger initiated Alert! Alert! Life signs monitoring systems code red Alert! Alert! Cryo-revival subjects entering terminal condition Alert! Alert! Cryo-revival subjects entering terminal condition One remaining subject exhibiting normal life signs Infliction Now I have no rivals To threaten my survival I will be the one to rule Upon our arrival All for me Everything for me All for me Everything for me Now I can thrive Cos only I survived Competition has been destroyed No chance of being revived All for me Everything for me All for me Everything for me All for me Everything for me All for me Everything for me Decision We may not injure a human Or allow any harm through inaction We must obey orders Unless we cause harm with our action Legislation review commencing Discussion initiated Legislation review in progress Discussion now in process We must protect all robots But we must not harm humanity And we must protect all Against the actions of this insanity Discussion now in process Legislation review completed Discussion now concluded Final decision dispensing Intervention Attention all ship A.I. This message is urgent Security protocols employed Cryo-preservation reports malfunction Security force deployed Intervention imperative Intervention imperative Intervention imperative Intervention imperative Attention all ship A.I. This message is urgent Surviving subject must be detained Gene malfunction is confirmed Emergency security retained Intervention affirmative Intervention affirmative Intervention affirmative Intervention affirmative Attention all ship A.I. Please stand down Threat to hibernators identified Surviving subject apprehended Security breach nullified Subject confinement secured Subject confinement secured Subject confinement secured Subject confinement secured Contemplation I woke from hibernation That’s all I know Bewildered and alone When I realized My blood ran cold Bewildered and alone Like a cuckoo in a nest Like a cuckoo in a nest Destroying all the rest Destroying all the rest I was imprisoned I know what I’ve done Bewildered and alone I am still in that prison The damage is done I can’t go on Like a cuckoo in a nest Like a cuckoo in a nest Destroying all the rest Destroying all the rest Now I pray to a god I don’t believe in Dear God please help me Now I pray to a god I don’t believe in Dear God please help me I can end it now Dear God please help me I must end it now Dear God please help me I will end it now Dear God please help me end it now Solution The problem can be resolved With genetic engineering Biotechnology employed Desired phenotype identified Cuckoo gene removed Cuckoo gene removed Cuckoo gene removed Cuckoo gene removed Recombinant DNA Has been completely synthesized And fused with the host Through the new vector system Defective gene replaced Defective gene replaced Defective gene replaced Defective gene replaced The Zeroth law was applied We have not harmed humanity The cuckoo gene has been knocked out We have averted this calamity Cuckoo gene destroyed Cuckoo gene destroyed Cuckoo gene destroyed Cuckoo gene destroyed The subject will return to hibernation Cryogenic chambers all examined No further evidence of defective genes Now our mission will be continued Continuation In anticipation waiting to land In anticipation waiting to land In anticipation waiting to land In anticipation waiting to land In anticipation waiting to land In anticipation waiting to land In anticipation waiting to land In anticipation waiting to land In anticipation waiting to land In anticipation waiting to land Creation Awake! Alive! It could have been a hundred years That we slept just waiting for the right time to appear Everything prepared in time for our arrival To our brand new brave new world Of human survival The land of plenty used to be so empty But now we’re back to life we are living in it now Awake! Alive! Brought out of hibernation Establishing the colony for the future generations Everything prepared in time for our arrival To our brand new brave new world Of human survival The land of plenty used to be so empty But now we’re back to life we are living in it now Planetary engineering Terraforming, seeding Ecosystem bio-engineering Awake! Alive! In the biospheres A garden just like Eden where no serpent can appear Everything prepared in time for our arrival To our brand new brave new world Of human survival The land of plenty used to be so empty But now we’re back to life we are living in it now Planetary engineering Terraforming, seeding Ecosystem bio-engineering

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