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Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator

Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator

First Release Date: 2000.06.20
Detailed information: Wikipedia
Releases / Editions

Release Date: 2000.06.20
Label: Transmission
Format: 1 CD

Description: Single CD without any extras
Availability: not available in stores (replaced by Special Editon that also contains Part I)

- Standard edition

Release Date: 2004.?.?
Label: Inside Out
Format: 2 CD

Description: The new label re-released the 2 albums as Special Edition but without any extras
Availability: available in stores

- Special Edition

Release Date: 2012.11.19
Label: Inside Out
Format: 2 LP (gold)

Description: limited LP edition
Availability: not available in stores

- LP
1. Chaos
2. Dawn Of A Million Souls
3. Journey On The Waves Of Time
4. To The Quasar
5. Into The Black Hole
6. Through The Wormhole
7. Out Of The White Hole
8. To The Solar System
9. The New Migrator
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About Album

Flight of the Migrator picks up the story where the Dream Sequencer dropped… the story of the final living human being, the colonist on Mars, and his decision to go even further back in time. Since he decides he has nothing to loose he travels all the way back to just before the Universe was formed – using the Dream Sequencer machine despite its warnings – , theoretically before the Big Bang, when there was nothing but chaos. The colonist observes the creation of the very first soul, known as the Universal Migrator. It is from this soul that all others are formed, through a division of the original soul. Each resulting soul then travels off into the Universe to bring life in some form to the planet they inhabit.

The colonist follows the soul bound for Earth, as it travels through countless astronomical entities, such as quasars, pulsars, supernovas, eventually entering a black hole, traveling through a wormhole, and coming out the other side through a white hole directed towards our Solar System. The colonist’s ambitious time travel subsequently overloads the Dream Sequencer, resulting in his death while hypnotized by the machine; however, his eternal self receives a message from the Migrator: “Eternity lies before you. You are the new Migrator!”

Let’s go through story song by song…

The colonist travels back in time to before the Big Bang.

Dawn of a Million Souls
This song makes reference to the Big Bang itself when he primordial soul, the Universal Migrator — which subsequently divides into a million souls — is generated in this event.

Journey on the Waves of Time
In this song, the colonist begins his search of the Earth along with the Migrator that goes to the Earth.

To the Quasar
This song is divided in two movements, and its central theme are quasars, astronomical sources of electromagnetic energy which output massive amounts of light. A Quasar may readily release energy in levels equal to the output of dozens of average galaxies combined. In this song Arjen adopts the most widely supported theory concerning the origin of quasars as true, that is, he implies they are gigantic supermassive black holes. Here, the colonist passes the Taurus Pulsar and goes to the center of Quasar 3C 273, hoping that its black hole will take him closer to Earth.

First movement: The Taurus Pulsar
Pulsars are rotating neutron stars which are sources of electromagnetic radiation. This movement of the song speaks of a pulsar formerly located at the Taurus constellation, which imploded at some point in time.
Second movement: Quasar 3C 273
3C 273 is a quasar located in the constellation of Virgo. It is the optically brightest quasar in our sky and was the first object to be identified as what we now know quasars to be — extremely luminous objects at cosmological distances.

Into the Black Hole
This song is divided in three movements, and its central theme are black holes. In this song, the colonist begins his travel through the black hole of 3C 273.

First movement: The Eye of the Universe
Second movement: Halo of Darkness
Third movement: The Final Door
Through the Wormhole
This song makes reference to wormholes. In physics, a wormhole is a hypothetical topological feature of spacetime that is essentially a shortcut through space and time, allowing matter to travel from one point to another much faster than it would normally be possible. Here, the colonist continues his journey through the black hole, getting closer to the Earth.

Out of the White Hole
This song is divided in three movements, and makes reference to several different concepts. Foremost, white holes are highly theoretical celestial bodies that spew out matter. In other words, they are anti-black holes, or the time reversal of black holes, and are the point in which matter which travels a black hole would exit. Finally, the colonist exits the black hole through a white hole and reaches the Andromeda Galaxy, passing through Planet Y, which is already populated. He decides to continue his search.

First movement: M31
The Andromeda Galaxy — also known as M31 or Messier 31 — is a giant spiral galaxy which approaches us at about 300 kilometres per second, so it is one of the few blue shifted galaxies. It is unknown whether it will collide with the Milky Way galaxy, but if the impact is to happen, it is predicted to occur in about 3 billion years. In that case the two galaxies will merge to form a giant elliptical galaxy.
Second movement: Planet Y
This movement makes reference to and is referenced by the Into the Electric Castle, and the latter 01011001. “Planet Y” is a fictional planet in which lives a being called Forever. “Remember Forever”, the final sentence of the song, is the final sentence of Into The Electric Castle.
Third movement: The Search Continues
To the Solar System
In this song, the colonist approaches the Solar System, but eventually dies as the oxygen on Mars runs out and the Dream Sequencer overheats. “Planet of Blue” is a metaphor that refers to the planet Earth.

First movement: Planet Of Blue
Second movement: System Alert

The New Migrator
Here, the colonist is told by the old Migrator that he is the new Migrator, and as his soul separates from his body, his new mission in the universe begins.

First movement: Metamorphosis
Second movement: Sleeper Awake

– source: wikipedia –

How does it fit to the History of The Universe?
Here you can find the answer.


1. Chaos

"I am the last human being alive. I am inside a machine called the Dream Sequencer on a
deserted Mars colony. I have selected the program called "The Universal Migrator". This
program creates a form of hypnosis which allows me to return to the very beginning of
life itself. From the safety of the energy tank in which I lie, I travel all the way back
to the period before The Big Bang where matter, energy and time itself all intermingle in
the chaotic unformed vacuum of proto space."

[Lana Lane (voice)]

Dream Sequencer system online
I will now take you back to the time before the big bang and the birth of the very first
soul called the Universal Migrator. However, system protocols require confirmation of
risk factor. No user has ever preincarnated back this far before.
Are you sure you want to continue?

2. Dawn Of A Million Souls

"The Big Bang has created one soul, the Universal Migrator. The Universal Migrator
divides itself, and each Migrator flies off independently in search of a habitable planet
in order to breathe life into it. I follow the migrator that will eventually reach our
planet Earth."

[Russel Allen, Damian Wilson]

At the birth of time, the beginning of beginnings
One cosmic soul was created
A bringer of life, a universal migrator
Born to sow its seeds in all the galaxies

Like a cell dividing, it spreads in all directions
Creating life among the stars
I'm struck with awe as I join the great migrator
Now it takes flight to the brightest star of all

On a quest for life, through the sable skies
What a show! behold!
The dawn of a million souls

On a bold crusade, in the realm of shade
What a show! behold!
The dawn of a million souls

Through the glowing mist, like a fog of radiation
I can see the forming of new planets
I've been struck by thunder as I witness all the splendor
And I realize how small we really are

Ooh, I can see forever
On the wings of dreams I fly
Is this real or is it just a fantasy?
What awaits me now at the end of this ride?

3. Journey On The Waves Of Time

"I join the Migrator on its long journey through time and space in search of the planet
Earth. On my journey I encounter many fantastic astronomical phenomena."

[Ralf Scheepers]

Fly me across the sky
Fly me to the edges of space
Show me the wond'rous sensations
And mysteries of aeons gone by

Guide me through a maze of stars
Guide me to the birth of my race
Give me the answers to questions
Reveal to me secrets of life

Journey on the waves of time

Lead me through the centuries
Lead me to places unknown
Sail me away on the x-rays
Of quasars that died long-ago

Carry me through the universe
Carry me back to my home
In search of the gateway
That leads us into the black hole

Journey on the waves of time

Our quest for life has now begun
The die is cast
Our voyage leads us to the sun
Out of the past

4. To The Quasar

"We are on our way to the quasar, an object as bright as a galaxy. Our hope is that the
quasar may contain an unfathomable source of power and peril at its center ... a black

"On our journey, we receive the radio emissions of a pulsar -- an imploded neutron star."


Within a distant nebula in the Taurus zodiac
I hear the wailing of a star, the weak pulse of a fading sun

All its fuel is burning out and its light will fade to black
I can't ignore its hopeless shout as it fires its death cry out in space

A star in Taurus lights up and outshines the galaxy
A fleeting moment of glory in time and space
A supernova resounds, a desperate symphony
Leaving behind a beacon fallen from grace

Lift your head up to the sky
And hear the faraway cry of a dying star

I heard its message from afar
A frequent surge of sight and sound
We approach the fallen neutron star
Spinning round and round and round

We attend this cosmic mass and we hear its sad lament
But even stars and planets pass in this cold and everlasting place

Lift your head up to the sky and hear the cry...

"We have encountered a quasar in the constellation Virgo. But does it really contain a
black hole, the portal to our final destination?"

[B. QUASAR 3C273]

[Andi Deris, Lana Lane]

Heading off into the core of a newborn galaxy
We have reached a brilliant star-like source of energy
This cosmic spectacle of radiance was formed
Fifteen billion years ago when the universe was born

To the quasar
Beyond the milky way
The redshift is high, a bright light in the sky

To the dark star
Beyond the light of day
The gravity's high, a black sun in the sky

As we approach the sea of light I'm forced to close my eyes
I can feel the vibrant waves of centuries go by
Then the pull of an unseen force is tearing us away
Could it be we found the entrance to our passageway?

5. Into The Black Hole

"We have reached our first destination: the black hole in the Virgo cluster of galaxies.
But what will we find inside? Its power is immeasurable. Our hopes and fears intermingle
as we stand at the event horizon. Will its
doorway transport us to our faraway planet Earth, or will its fury mercilessly tear us

[Bruce Dickinson, Lana Lane]


A dark sphere surrounds us
In the centre of the galaxy
A hidden force has found us
At the boundary of eternity

Nothing escapes, not even light
Beyond the mystical horizon
We surrender to its might
Gazing into the eye of the universe

A deep roar is sounding
As if the universe were crying
My heart is pounding
My every nerve is dying


I hear screams of fallen souls, sad cries of agony
Within the void of this evil hole, deep inside the black

Could it be my imagination, the mirror of my fantasy?
A fear-induced hallucination
Or is there no way back from the halo of darkness?

Spirits - apparitions - misery - suffering
Horrid dreams and dire visions rising up from the black

Look away in disbelief, this cannot be happening
The end has come, I bow in grief
There is no way back from the halo of darkness


Now silence devours us
The calm before the storm
Gravity overpowers us
And leads us through the final door

Feed me light, I'm the halo of darkness
Feel my might, I'm the eye of the universe

6. Through The Wormhole

"As we continue on our journey, we dive into a black hole -- a spiraling wormhole. As it
sucks us in, time slows and images become distorted. Reality itself twists and bends. We
leave the galaxy where our journey began, headed for the unknown. Where will it take us?"

[Fabio Lione, Lana Lane]

Hold on tight, we've reached the gate that leads us to the mystic zone
What a sight! I cannot wait to cross the bridge to the unknown

Defy the laws of relativity, gravity will be our guide
Surrender to the sea of energy that drives us to the other side

Faster than light, we're traveling time through the wormhole
Out of the night, into a vortex of fire
Time slips away as we plunge into unknown dimensions
A brilliant display, quenching my deepest desires

Will it take us where we want to be?
Will it show us what we want to see?

Through the wormhole

We're crashing down to our goal that lies beyond this cosmic gate
Spinning round this spiral hole towards a cold and lonely fate

7. Out Of The White Hole

"We come out of the white hole into the M31 galaxy, which is also known as Andromeda. We
see a planet that looks much like Earth. Could it sustain life? And if, who lives there?"

[Timo Kotipelto]

[A. M31]

And out of nowhere we materialize
From a blaze of fire to a world of ice
We folded space to a distant sun
Inside the heart of M31

On a steady course to the planet Y
Circling round a star in Sirrah's eye
The search for life has now begun
In the constellation M31

Light years away, beyond our Galaxy
I see a planet like our own
A golden sun is shining down on me
Could it be that we are not alone?

We're passing Sirrah in Alpha Pegasi
Into the atmosphere of planet Y
What will we find? chances almost none..
Will there be life in M31?


We're diving through the nebulae and arrive on planet Y
A hundred thousand hollow eyes are gazing at the sky

There seems to be no motion, no pleasure and no pain
No symptoms of emotion, no loss and no gain

Solar screens and cold machines are covering up the ground
Crystal covered fields of green and oceans underground

Countless different entities but they all look the same
But then one of the entities is crying out its name:

Remember Forever...


It's time to leave and carry out our quest
Miles to go and things to see before we rest
We came in vain, our search is not yet done
For there's some kind of life in M31!

8. To The Solar System

"Finally we are approaching our own familiar solar system. But there is something wrong.
Reality begins to break through the illusion. I have an unsettling premonition that even
here inside my virtual journey I will never reach the Earth..."

[Robert Soeterboek]


I can feel the sun burning on my skin
I can feel the sun from deep within
I can hear the earth calling out my name
I can hear the earth crying out in pain

I'm coming home to the planet of blue
Our own sun is coming into view
I'm reaching out to the planet of blue
Can you see me fly?
Can you feel me die?

I can almost touch the glorious rings of Saturn
But then I feel them slip away
I can almost see the yellow clouds of Venus
But then the sequence slowly fades

I'm coming home to the planet of blue
Is this the end, can it be true?
I'm reaching out to the planet of blue
Can you see me try?
Can you feel me die?


Dream Sequencer system alert
warning - core processor buffer overload
please abort Universal Migrator sequence
System failure imminent
return to consciousness, return to consciousness, return to consciousness...

9. The New Migrator


"For the first time during my journey, the Migrator communicates with me. He speaks to me
directly, but without words. The Migrator tells me that my corporeal body inside the
Dream Sequencer has died. While my body will now sleep forever, my consciousness must
awake to eternity that lays before me ... for I am the new Migrator!"


[Ian Parry, Lana Lane]

Atomically into existence
A creator of life was born
This universal migrator
In his celestial form

Astronomical segmentation
A division from which I came
To go forth with a task bestowed me
And seek out new worlds for all

Fly up into the skies
A sea of blue has crossed thine eyes
A quest to save mankind is made
Just one earthly being his soul shall remain

My power of thought calls you
Sleeper...sleeper awake, oh you sleeper
Open your mind hear me sleeper
Sleeper awake, come alive
Our spirits they can never die

Sleeper...sleeper awake, oh you sleeper
Dormant inside, hear me sleeper
Sleeper awake, come alive
Your body is dead not your mind

A cataclysmic end for many
Annihilated Earth to the core
But one soul survives in stasis
A colonists spirit the source

You're the one not I, the chosen
With visions, a bright new dawn
To cross the starlit systems
A place where new planets are born

Rise up, you must awake
The here and now shall separate
The body frees the soul and mind
Your spirit will join me in time

Sleeper awake there's a world waiting for you to find!

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