This April will see the release of what is almost certainly the first album recorded by an unborn baby.
Luca Yupanqui’s debut album, “Sounds Of The Unborn,” was recorded while still in her mother’s womb, and is slated for release on April 2 via Sacred Bones.
Yupanqui is the child of musicians Elizabeth Hart, bassist of experimental rock band Psychic Ills, and Iván Diaz Mathé, a collaborator with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
You can hear the album’s first track, ‘V4.3 pt.2’ above, along with a video made up of footage recorded by the couple.
“We did Super 8 sequences during the recording sessions and later teamed up with artist Victoria Keddie because we love her approach and aesthetic. She processed the film with analog material and created a visual journey that sums up what we felt when creating this album, ”said Mathé.
The album was recorded using biosonic MIDI technology, which translates the baby’s in utero movements into sound. The technology was hooked to Hart’s stomach, transcribing its vibrations into Mathé’s synthesizers.
After five one hour sessions, Hart and Mathé then edited and mixed the results of the sessions, trying to interfere as little as possible to allow “Luca’s message to exist in its raw form”.
“It is human nature to ask what life is like in the consciousness of another human being. How do you feel? What does it look like? All of these questions became stronger and more important to Elizabeth and Iván as they waited for Luca to come into the world, ”a press release read.
“At a certain point, the questions turned into: What would she say if she could speak? How would she react to the outside world? And finally, what kind of music would she play if she could? This album attempts to answer these questions. “