Grimes Says X Æ A-XII Musk Loves ‘Radical Art’ And Apocalypse Now
The Canadian musician argued that art and entertainment for babies is often 'one vibe', arguing that infants have more 'taste' than we give them credit for.
Having been inspired to create a better sleeping aid for her son, Grimes has made a lullaby for Endel, a new sleeping app that uses artificial intelligence to generate pieces of music that fit different moods.
Speaking about her ambient 'AI lullaby' soundscape to the New York Times, she said: "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."
She added: "I'm not insulting babies. I'm just - it's all very one vibe."
Explaining how she believes that babies 'have taste', Grimes continued: "They definitely like some things.
"They don't like other things. They fully have opinions. I've watched Apocalypse Now and stuff with my baby. 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."
Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, and her partner Musk originally decided to name their child X Æ A-12, but were forced to change the moniker to something more, er, mainstream - as the first attempt didn't comply with Californian law.
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•X, the unknown variable ⚔️
•Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence)
•A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent
(A=Archangel, my favorite song)
(⚔️:mouse2: metal rat)
- ☘︎࿎ (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
According to state legislation, people cannot have Indo-Arabic numerals in their names, so the new parents changed it to... X Æ A-XII.
Grimes confirmed the news on her Instagram account after a fan asked: "Did you change the baby name because of Californian laws? What is the baby's new name?"
The Canadian popstar replied: "X Æ A-XII."
She added: "Roman numerals. Looks better tbh."
Explaining why the couple were unable to name their child as they had originally wished, family attorney David Glass told People: "In California, you can only use the 26 characters of the English language in your baby name.
"Thus, you can't have numbers, Roman numerals, accents, umlauts or other symbols or emojis. Although an apostrophe, for a name like 'O'Connor,' is acceptable.
"They have an opportunity to appeal the rejection of the birth certificate application but it's unlikely that it will be granted because, again, California... has been struggling with using symbols."
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Grimes
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