New mom Grimes opened up about her approach to parenting, including how her five-month-old son X Æ A-Xii already has shown his tastes and preferences – including the 1979 war film Apocalypse Now.
The 32-year-old musician, who shares five-month-old son X Æ A-Xii with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, 49, opened up to The New York Times about her early lessons in child rearing.
‘I’ve watched Apocalypse Now and stuff with my baby,’ she said. ‘He’s into radical art. Like, he just actually is, and I don’t think it’s problematic to engage with them on that level.’
The latest: Grimes, 32, opened up about her approach to parenting, including how her five-month-old son X Æ A-Xii already has shown her his tastes and preferences – including the 1979 war film Apocalypse Now
The Canadian songstress currently uses the name c in regards to the speed of light.
Grimes, whose real name is Claire Elise Boucher, said she has worked with an app called Endel to make an ‘A.I. Lullaby’ for the child and help him sleep better, gauging his reactions when he would ‘smile more and stuff’ with tweaks to the lullaby program.
‘The first version, there was too many sort of sharp bells, and it caused tears and just general chaos,’ she said, noting that the finished version, which included her voice, is ‘a bit sparklier’ and a ‘bit nicer’ than her initial attempts.
‘I was basically personally just referencing ambient music I’ve heard, and then kind of trying to make it cuter.’
Insight: Grimes said her son is ‘into radical art’ and she doesn’t ‘think it’s problematic to engage with them on that level.’ She was snapped in LA last year
The Canadian songstress currently uses the name c in regards to the speed of light
Grimes said that she was looking to get away from the standard devices people use to help lull their babies to sleep.
‘When you have a baby, you’re always using white noise machines,’ Grimes said. ‘It’s much easier to get them to sleep if you train them on some kind of audio situation. And so I was just like, could this be more artistic? … I think at some point, we will want to, as a species, have a discussion about how involved A.I. will be in art.’
She continued: ‘In general, stuff for babies is really just creatively bad. I don’t want your first introduction to the world to just be all this aimless crap.’
Doting dad: Elon Musk held his newborn child in a shot uploaded to Twitter
Grimes said that she wasn’t ‘insulting babies’ or their intelligence, but rather the opposite.
‘I just feel like getting out of the like, “Here’s a zebra and a bear in, like, pastel color tones’ energy,”‘ she said. ‘That’s just one very small sort of creative lens that things can be looked at through.’
Grimes, who began seeing Musk in 2018, noted that babies ‘do have taste,’ and ‘definitely like some things,’ ‘don’t like other things’ and ‘fully have opinions.’
- Grimes Wants You to Get More Sleep, She Made a Baby A.I. Lullaby – The New York Times