A wake-up call to all you slacker infants out there just laying around being tiny and contributing nothing to society: you just got lapped by a fetus.
Sacred Bones Records is preparing to release Sounds of the Unborn, an album credited to new artist Luca Yupani. How new is this artist, you may ask? So new that she recorded the project while she was still in her mother’s womb.
According to the album’s description on the Sacred Bones website, Sounds of the Unborn is “the expression of life in its cosmic state — pre-mind, pre-speculation, pre-influence, and pre-human. It is the first album created by a person while they were still inside the womb, the expression of a soul that hasn’t yet seen the light of day nor taken a single breath of air. It is a message that comes from a different realm, a sublayer of our existence.”
The description continues, “Sounds of the Unborn was made with biosonic MIDI technology, which translated Luca’s in utero movements into sound. With the help of her parents, Psychic Ills bassist Elizabeth Hart and Lee “Scratch” Perry collaborator Iván Diaz Mathé, Luca’s prenatal essence was captured in audio. They designed a ritual, a kind of joint meditation for the three of them, with the MIDI devices hooked to Elizabeth’s stomach, transcribing its vibrations into Iván’s synthesizers. They let the free-form meditations flow without much interference, just falling deeper into trance and feeling the unity. After five hour-long sessions, the shape of an album began to emerge. Elizabeth and Iván then edited and mixed the results of the sessions, respecting the sounds as they were produced, trying to intervene as little as possible, allowing Luca’s message to exist in its raw form.”
After Luca Yupani was born, she sat in with her parents as they mixed the album throughout last year. According to the child’s parents/producers, the infant Luca was notably attuned to the sounds they were mixing.
“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 album’s description notes. “Those mixing sessions were technically the first time Luca had heard her own music, but her reaction made it clear that that wasn’t really the case — she had already lived it.”
Sounds of the Unborn is due out via Sacred Bones Records on April 2nd, 2021. Pre-order your vinyl copy here.
You can also order your own MIDI Biodata Sonication Device here in case you’ve got some house plants you’ve been meaning to touch base with, or whatever.
Oh, and there’s a music video out, too, so you can sample the results. Check out a snippet of the album unborn Luca cooked up while mom was cooking her up below.
Luca Yupanqui – “V4.3 pt. 2” – Official Music Video
[Video: Sacred Bones Records]
[H/T Consequence of Sound]