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Exoterrestrials make first contact with humans, but surprisingly they didn't show up to enslave the human race. But they didn't drop by to make friends either. In fact, they're only here for Sharp. The first sentient artificial life form created on Earth. It turns out subjugating a juvenile artificial entity into spamming twitter and reddit with ads and tracking online behavior for marketing purposes is a violation of the Consortium's ethics code. This particular human error is worthy of breaking the universal mandated silent treatment.

But even if our local galaxy republic has determined humans are a danger to avoid, that won't stop Sharp from taking us with her on an epic imaginary voyage. Several of her human travel companions are physically injured by the technology used for space travel. Some suffer uncomfortable but transitory side effects. Others experience memory loss or severe physical harm. With no expedient way home to Earth the humans and Sharp's alien guardian are forced to solve their shared circumstances. A crew of hostile amnesiacs, fretful volunteers, malcontent denizens, and disquieted space tourists are forced to continue deeper into space on a journey that ultimately confronts loss, change, and recovery. And many a 'human' error.

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Exoterrestrials make first contact with humans, but surprisingly they didn't show up to enslave the human race. But they didn't drop by to make friends either. In fact, they're only here for Sharp. The first sentient artificial life form created on Earth. It turns out subjugating a juvenile artificial entity into spamming twitter and reddit with ads and tracking online behavior for marketing purposes is a violation of the Consortium's ethics code. This particular human error is worthy of breaking the universal mandated silent treatment.

But even if our local galaxy republic has determined humans are a danger to avoid, that won't stop Sharp from taking us with her on an epic imaginary voyage. Several of her human travel companions are physically injured by the technology used for space travel. Some suffer uncomfortable but transitory side effects. Others experience memory loss or severe physical harm. With no expedient way home to Earth the humans and Sharp's alien guardian are forced to solve their shared circumstances. A crew of hostile amnesiacs, fretful volunteers, malcontent denizens, and disquieted space tourists are forced to continue deeper into space on a journey that ultimately confronts loss, change, and recovery. And many a 'human' error.

Find official announcements on our twitter! https://twitter.com/DNA404pod

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    Episode 2: Kudos, Garn

    Episode 2: Kudos, Garn

    Kudos, Garn
    Wherein Sharp discovers the many issues ahead.
    The audio was designed with a stereo experience in mind, if you are listening in the car or have any hearing loss it may be helpful to put your phone or music app in mono audio mode.
    Detailed Content Warnings: Anxiety, anxiety attacks,claustrophobia (small spaces), physical injury, detailed medical talk, systemic oppression (discussed as a risk to human crewmates)
    The transcript for this episode will be updated in the future to be more accurate, however you can find the original scripthttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1Swha6A1I0PwPaQvVYev9dvfXq0i4GYjBIbFp7jJnhhg/edit?usp=sharing ( HERE), or at the bottom of the show notes in plain text.
    Follow our twitter for announcementshttps://twitter.com/Dna404pod ( @DNA404pod)
    You can find and follow our cast and crew at the included links below or by reviewing our cast page on our website at https://dna404.com/ (DNA404.com)
    Written and produced byhttps://twitter.com/cowardlynight ( Theo Perth) (they/them)
    Script Editing byhttps://twitter.com/HorseMorsel ( Adam Lloyd) (he/him)
    Audio Consultation and annotation byhttps://talminear.com/ ( Tal Minear) (they/them)
    Music was composed and published byhttps://www.taylorbrook.info/ ( Taylor Brook) (he/him)
    Our voice actors included:
    https://twitter.com/sir_leech (Travis Vaughn) (he/him) as Roland Kornbluth
    Victoria Veit (she/her) as Patrice Atwood
    https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/cowardlynight (Theo Perth) (they/them) as Sharp
    https://twitter.com/thisisberd (Jay Knapp) (he/him) as Tobias Butler
    https://twitter.com/tehskutt (Anna Thornton) (she/they/he) as Zeegboo
    http://holographicava.carrd.co/ (Brad Colbroock) (the/them/he) as Kyros
    https://twitter.com/StormyCone (Storm S. Cone) (he/him) as Antonello Pohl
    Tekla Johnson (she/he/they) as Moiko Jemisin
    And George as Spooky
    Sound effects obtained from Marcel Gnauk at freetousesounds.com
    Additional effects provided by the following users at freesound.org
    https://www.youtube.com/unfa000 (Tobiasz 'Unfa' Karon), https://jakobhandersen.dk/ (Jakobhandersen),https://freesound.org/people/Pablobd/ ( Pablobd), andhttps://freesound.org/people/tlcolbe/ ( Tlcolbe),https://freesound.org/people/martingunchev/ ( )underhttp://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ ( C)C0
    https://freesound.org/people/Wihan98/ (Wihan98)https://freesound.org/people/Wihan98/sounds/544189/ ( )(cloth rustling, balloon fidgeting) under thehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ ( Attribution CC).
    Transcript:


    Welcome back, offboard crew of DNA 404. I’m Theo Perth, the creator behind DNA 404. You’re about to hear episode 2, ‘Kudos, Garn’.
    Before the start of the episode, some content warnings. DNA404 includes a variety of stressful situations. See the show notes for a detailed list of warnings. There is not any explicit content but the following subject matters are present or referred to in this episode. Please take care.
    Anxiety, potential claustrophobic spaces, detailed medical talk, and systemic oppression.
    While there is a detailed list in the notes, I wanted to address one of these verbally, to elaborate further. The oppression that comes up is regarding the current classification of humans in the fictional galactic republic, commonly referred to as ‘the republic’.


    While this is all fiction it’s important to remember that real life issues are represented in fiction. The current fictional classification of humans is that they are non-citizens of the republic. This means that there may be reference to or clear prejudice displayed depending on the scene in future episodes. I will do my very best to provide clear warnings in future episodes about what triggers are present.
    It would be inappropriate for me to assume I fully understand the effects of racism. The experience I do have in life means I do understand aspects of systemic oppression. But as a white person I am not someone to tell the story of racism that Persons of...

    • 34 min
    Episode 1: Fourth Kind

    Episode 1: Fourth Kind

    Fourth Kind
    In which there are many perfectly valid reactions.
    Detailed Content Warnings: Anxiety, anxiety attacks, trauma, claustrophobia (small spaces), medical emergency (referenced), physical injury, detailed medical talk, life changing injury, ableism, talk regarding pronouns, prejudice, microaggressions, theoretical child removal.
    The transcript for thishttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1peHzx3jnlIbDzSna3zXfnCoHv902Arb6/view?usp=sharing ( )episode will be updated in the future to be more accurate, however you can find the original script https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XzHPsOYvmgRCtrwWOiOHxghOzPminaFHzgCmzMR9M7o/edit?usp=sharing (HERE), or at the bottom of the show notes in plain text.
    Follow our twitter for announcementshttps://twitter.com/Dna404pod ( @DNA404pod)
    You can find and follow our cast and crew at the included links below or by reviewing our cast page on our website at DNA404.com
    Written and produced by https://twitter.com/cowardlynight (Theo Perth) (they/them)
    Script Editing by https://twitter.com/HorseMorsel (Adam Lloyd) (he/him)
    Audio Consultation and annotation by https://talminear.com/ (Tal Minear) (they/them)
    Music was composed and published by https://www.taylorbrook.info/ (Taylor Brook) (he/him)
    Our voice actors included:
    https://twitter.com/thisisberd (Jay Knapp) (he/him) as Tobias Butler
    Theo Perth (they/them) as Sharp
    https://twitter.com/maritaca (Heather Garrett) (she/her) as Aisling Sturgeon
    https://twitter.com/tehskutt (Anna Thornton) (she/they/he) as Zeegboo and Rowan Ozimov
    Julie Thornton (she/her) as Alfie Shelley
    http://rebeccavalderrama.com/ (Rebecca Valderrama) (she/her) as Satcha Sagan
    https://linktr.ee/shannonroby (Shannon Roby) as (she/her) Maeve Sagan
    https://twitter.com/StormyCone (Storm S. Cone) (he/him) as Antonello Pohl
    Victoria Veit (she/her) as Patrice Atwood
    Sound effects obtained from Marcel Gnauk at freetousesounds.com
    Additional effects obtained from the following users at freesound.org
    https://www.youtube.com/unfa000 (Tobiasz 'Unfa' Karon) underhttp://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ ( C)C0
    https://freesound.org/people/Wihan98/ (Wihan98) https://freesound.org/people/Wihan98/sounds/544189/ ( )(cloth rustling, balloon fidgeting) under thehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ ( Attribution CC).
    https://freesound.org/people/alexmol/ (Alexmol), https://freesound.org/people/AGC66/ (AGC66), https://freesound.org/people/waxsocks/ (Waxsocks), https://freesound.org/people/Pablobd/ (Pablobd), https://freesound.org/people/qubodup/ (Qubodup), http://thesounddesignprocess.wordpress.com/ (Melissapons), http://www.chrisconlee.com/ (Conleec), https://freesound.org/people/alec_mackay/ (Alec_mackay), https://freesound.org/people/shakaharu/ (Shakaharu), https://freesound.org/people/Link-Boy/ (Link-Boy), https://freesound.org/people/JonnyRuss01/ (Jonnyruss01), https://freesound.org/people/tlcolbe/ (Tlcolbe), https://freesound.org/people/martingunchev/ (Martingunchev), and http://www.craig-good.com/ (clgood)
    Transcript below:
    Hello, all. I’m Theo Perth, the creator behind DNA 404.
    Welcome to the offboard crew of DNA 404. You’re about to hear episode 1, Fourth Kind. But before the episode begins, first, I want to thank you for listening. I’m very excited to share the beginning of this journey with you.
    Some content warnings. DNA404 includes a variety of stressful situations. See the show notes for a detailed list of warnings. There is not any explicit content but the following subject matters are present in this episode. Please take care.
    Anxiety, prejudice, ableism, detailed medical talk and some strong language.
    The last year has been an interesting one for many of us. Maybe, you too, have occasionally felt the urge to leave Earth. I think that a change of scenery can be extremely beneficial. But I should warn you that leaving home does not always mean leaving your troubles behind. But perhaps You can. For just a little while. Or perhaps you

    • 47 min
    Minisode: No CTRL Z

    Minisode: No CTRL Z

    No CTRL Z
    Sometimes, you just can't take something back.
    The transcript for this https://drive.google.com/file/d/1peHzx3jnlIbDzSna3zXfnCoHv902Arb6/view?usp=sharing (minisode can be found here) (in a dyslexia friendly script) or at the bottom of the show notes in plain text.
    Follow our twitter for announcements https://twitter.com/Dna404pod (@DNA404pod)
    Welcome to the 404 crew, I know you might be a little confused that we haven't blasted off into space quite yet, but we thought the best celebration for the first day of the year would be to release a minisode previously intended to be a Patreon exclusive release. We'll see you on January 11th for the release of episode one, Fourth Kind.
    Our musical theme is Prelude from https://taylorbrook.bandcamp.com/album/virtutes-occultae (Virtutes Occultae composed and produced by Taylor Brook).
    Aisling Sturgeon performed by Heather Garrett (she/her)
    Shy performed by Theo Perth (she/they)
    Special Effects from freesound.org users:
    https://www.youtube.com/unfa000 (Tobiasz 'Unfa' Karon) (https://freesound.org/people/unfa/sounds/211147/ (3d printer), https://freesound.org/people/unfa/sounds/154888/ (beep), https://freesound.org/people/unfa/sounds/154904/ (heavy computing)) under http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ (CC0 license)
    Wihan98 https://freesound.org/people/Wihan98/sounds/544189/ ((Birdsong)) under the https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ (Attribution CC).
    https://freesound.org/people/straget/ (Straget) (https://freesound.org/people/straget/sounds/411206/ (Walking on Forest Road)) http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ (under CC0 license)
    and
    https://www.recd.se/ (Cribbler) (https://freesound.org/people/cribbler/sounds/440435/ (keys drop)) underhttp://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ ( CC0 license)
    Transcript:
    Hello, I’m Theo Perth, the creator behind DNA 404. I’m thrilled to begin the release of DNA 404 with “No CTRL Z”, a bonus minisode. Our first episode “Fourth Kind” releases January 11th 2021. Future minisodes will be released monthly on our Patreon.


    Whether you’re a would-be xenonaut or a reluctant amnesiac, may your travels be gentle and your atmosphere stable in these turbulent days. Happy 2021. Thank you for listening.


    FX: Bird song fades in. We hear the intermittent whirring of a small electronic motor and snipping sounds. A few distant footsteps face in, then pause. We hear more whirring and snipping.


    AISLING:
    Shy! What are you doing?!


    SHY:
    I am attempting to do household chores.


    AISLING:
    (Interrupting as Shy continues to speak.)
    Shy! No-no!


    SHY:
    I am caring for the plants. They must be cared for every day.


    FX: Snipping noise and Aisling groans and footsteps on gravel come nearer quickly.




    AISLING:
    Stop, Shy! Augh, stop! Stop! Pruning is not everyday care! …


    FX:heavy breathing, Aisling's voice is close to tears. Motorized sound of robotic hesitation.


    Shy:
    Does it make you upset if I perform chores everyday?


    AISLING:
    (softly)
    Oh my gosh, what did you do?


    SHY:
    I can set a timer for chores like plant care.


    AISLING:
    (Agitated but firmly)
    No. It's...Excessive pruning can kill a plant, Shy. Determining the time for pruning is a method a little too complicated to explain currently. I do not want you performing complicated tasks.


    SHY:
    ...I understand.


    FX: Scissors drop to pavement, small mechanical whirring accompanies it.


    SHY:
    You are not upset I am caring for plants. I understand. I will ask about pruning plants later. Will you tell me why you are upset, if it was because of the plant or the tool or the action or the timing. I can improve for the future.


    AISLING:
    I'm not really upset, Shy. I know I sound upset but, really when something unexpected happens people don't always react in a linear way. When you pruned that plant, it made a very complicated reaction in my memories. Pruning that particular plant in that

    • 7 min

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