Alter Locus

by Nivi

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1.
years and years of flying through a vacuous infinity have finally paid off there is a world in my vicinity that might just be the thing we have been hunting all along it looks like heaven on the surface i don't think anything could possibly go wrong follow me my fellow robots our mission is at an end we'll call our masters i've a planet we can recommend it's beautiful and green and it has everything a terran ever wanted it's got rivers, plants and oceans and nothing to offend
2.
i'm leaving home and there's no way that i am ever coming back i'm leaving home and there is nothing left to pack i'm leaving home i'm leaving everything familiar behind and i don't know what i will find terra keeps on turning but we can not survive for we have not been earning our right to stay alive so in lieu of immortality we burst into the sky and free from terra's gravity we fly i'm leaving home there's nothing left for me beneath this sky i'm leaving home and i can't wait to say goodbye i'm leaving home because the more we're pushed together the more we push away and i can't bear it i can't stay fauna unpredictable and flora so bizarre that our feeble terran minds can not relate but understanding is no requisite for coming as we are we know that everything must bow before the great pursuing our redundancy and hoping for abundance even advocates would say we're optimistic but migrants of the past whom we are hoping to outlast only survived because they weren't so fatalistic today marks the beginning of humanity's greatest endeavour five thousand people will achieve an independence of a sort that has not been seen for millennia those five thousand brave souls who dare venture from their homes represent a safeguard a safeguard against humanity's greatest vulnerability life on terra as we know it could end tomorrow but there would still be hope soon, we will breathe easy knowing that our lineage will carry on out there among the stars we're going home together we will make a brand new start we're going home and it is tearing us apart we're going home pyrrha's spoils are ours for the taking and we will every valley, every hill
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we are drifting drifting through the void with nothing to avoid devoid we sleep frozen both in temperature and time as we ascend the arm that we extend pyrrha may be hostile or unkind opposed to what we've left behind but we will fight what comes our way for we intend to stay
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a metal mass plummeted down to our world a gift from above or a curse, who could say just a glance at the shell and it all became clear there was history to be written that day noises and voices from inside were heard and one side was torn off with a deafening bang inside was a frightened an d fragile race and they sang there are countless stones in that sea in the sky a secretive realm which we dreamt to pry we humans have landed on one of these stars and it’s ours to the crater we moved, we were ready to greet but hostility met us instead they're frustrated their planet had someone to meet they consider us better off dead battle would lead to great losses to both but we cannot abide the hatred they bring if we take a step forward, there's no turning back if we sing there are countless stones in that sea in the sky a secretive realm which we dream to pry of thousands, they land on just one of these stars oh, one of these stars so why ours if they push us to battle, we can't not react so determined and cautious we'll ready our sting we'll beleaguer the callous and alien threat when we sing there are countless stones in that sea in the sky a secretive realm which we dream to pry these creatures would land on but one of these stars oh, one of these stars and it’s ours
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c see what you have done to us we are so far away from home we want to tell them what we've done and c see what you have done to us we are a people far from people and our people want to run c see what you have done to us you are infusing us with fear while we explore this new frontier and c see what you have done to us you've taken everyone and everything and made them disappear back home, of course all they know is that fifty years ago we were still fifty years away and still inbound another fifty years when you elect to let them know and they begin to plan a rescue we'll be long since in the ground the same, applied inverted we have families on earth that we are fifty years away from they have death where we see birth and for those of them that loved the ones who perished in the fall it was already far too late for death had long since claimed them all you're fast but you're not fast enough to get us out this mess yes you are fast but just not fast enough to send our SOS and in the meantime we will do our best surviving in this land and we will ask, in vain, of terra send us help this was not planned effectively impossible to live to hear replies we would be isolated anyway a century denies for as we wait for the response that will eventually arrive we are still fighting for survival we still fight to stay alive back home we took for granted the irrelevance of petty things like c but now it matters it's amazing how important it can be you are the straw you are the final complication and the worst you are nine and we are cursed (we're stuck here so) we want to tell our homeworld of our peril and our plight but we have to sit and wait here while you tiptoe through the night there's creatures here that want to tear us limb from twitching limb and we are frightened both of them and of the anarchy within they told us that the first arrivals always have it tough so while we knew it would be taxing what is left is not enough
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tell them what we're waiting for they have to know tell them why we haven't done a thing but sit and wait while they're itching to go there are things we have to do here if we want this thing to thrive if we want to see tomorrow if we want to stay alive but your total nonacceptance means that we will not survive decimation sucks but decimation's not as bad as what's in store we cannot win this war 'cause we are sitting ducks and while we fight amongst ourselves those creatures watch and wonder what we're for nobody's coming to our aid 'cause no-one knows your futile hope that you must quash before it grows no ship will come there is no knight in shining armour on his way we are alone and we are fewer we are fewer we are fewer every day what have we done to any end since we arrived don't you see what i'm getting at 'they're just like us', you say and i agree they're just as capable of hate as you and me and given what we've done to them it's hate that i foresee decimation sucks but if we don't act now, they'll make it so much more we have to win this war we are sitting ducks but we can pull ourselves together and ignite we'll bring this too their door it is a cruel twist of fate that you're in charge and as you fumble your command becomes mirage we're letting go you still have chances to redeem your lost authority but we are losing faith and they are fewer they are fewer every day
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marching, all together, all in sin marching to a battle we can't win the enemy we fear imposed on innocents in sight the enemy we fear comes from within terrified of pain and anguish, spirit wearing thin terrified of what will now begin the enemy we fear is not the enemy we fight the enemy we fear comes from within some of us take solace in unparalleled futility some of us take solace in the jar some of us are radiating infinite hostility some of us are happy as we are some of us, once pacifist, have turned against our ways some of us, once warlike, turned to foam some of us have been prepared and bloodthirsty for days some of us just want to go back home it's pitiful, it's angry, it's cathartic, it's a curse irresistible, unstoppable, perverse there's a part that's still resisting but it's drowning in the lie we are twitching in the dirt before we die
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UPDATE 12th OCT:
Stems available from www.musicfortheblind.co.uk/news/alter-locus-stems/

A concept album about Earth's first interstellar planetary colonisation mission. Features include: robots, optimism, cryogenics, death, pessimism, conflict, more death, more pessimism and an inconsistent mix of pianos and squarewaves.

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released October 3, 2011

-- contributions
Matt Cullane - help writing Home
Anne Dawson - vocals in Home
David Dawson - writing and performing French Horn in Terrans
Chris Walden - Stones lyrics

Home speech readings and translations:
Anne Dawson - French
Brandon Huisman (Solidus [NL]) - Dutch
Dan Pearson (Hentropy) - Japanese

Landfall screams:
Matt Shoemaker
Nick Regelman
Anne Dawson

-- criticism
Gman
Gunhead
MiracleMikuru
sloth
starbrother
vmprr
Waffles

-- spectral tanks
Dan Champion
Sean Coffey
Cykelero
Piotr Cymbalski
Chris Delaney
Greenwood Studios
Michael Laing
Christine Manceaux-Panot
Muse
David Noel
Ashley Smith
Nicholas Smith
Carolyn Steven
Adriaan Struys
LynnAnn Thomas
Max Wylie
Michael Zimmerman

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