A US toddler is releasing a debut album that was recorded in the womb
- 15-month-old toddler Luca Yupanqui is releasing a debut album that was recorded in the womb.
- Yupanqui's parents recorded the unborn child's sounds in the womb using biosonic MIDI technology.
- Record label Sacred Bones described the music as "the expression of life in its cosmic state."
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A 15-month-old toddler in the US, Luca Yupanqui, is set to release a debut album recorded in the womb using biosonic MIDI technology.
The album is called "Sounds of the Unborn" and will be released on April 2 by Sacred Bones Records. Yupanqui's parents, Elizabeth Hart and Iván Diaz Mathé, are musicians and captured the sounds themselves.
In an interview with CNN, Hart spoke about the process of recording her then-unborn child in her womb.
"The electrodes receive electromagnetic impulses that are translated into MIDI and then hooked up to synthesizers," Hart said.
They recorded the sounds over five sessions, each of which lasted one hour. Hart told CNN that her husband had previously experimented with this technique in the past in an attempt to record music from plants.
"The concept of music coming from a different source was what motivated this new experimentation," Hart said.
Sacred Bones described the music as "the expression of life in its cosmic state - pre-mind, pre-speculation, pre-influence, and pre-human" in a news release for the album.
Hart is a bassist for Psychic Ills, a psych-rock band. Her husband previously collaborated with Lee "Scratch" Perry, a record producer known for using innovative techniques to create new music. Hart and Diaze Mathé met in 2016 and soon formed the Tierra del Fuego band. They have created music together ever since, but this project was clearly unlike any other.
"The whole experience was very fulfilling. The rhythms and harmonies created with this technology are very different to the ones we would produce ourselves and being able to work with such material has been both challenging and very rewarding," Hart told CNN.
Sacred Bones said that Yupanqui herself had "astounding awareness" of what was happening when she was present for the mixing session as a baby.
"She would open her eyes wide and stare at her parents, seemingly recognizing her own sounds from the womb, knowing that they were revisiting those rituals that made them come together as one," the label said in the release.
Hart told CNN, however, that Yupunqui's music career may be short-lived: "She will choose her path in life and we will support her choices every step of the way."
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