Music for the Fourth Trimester (2008)

Harvey Karp’s The Happiest Baby on the Block presents his special guaranteed procedure for calming your baby’s crying. it’s all based on his theory that the first three months are like the fourth trimester — the baby would rather still be in the womb, so the best thing you can do to calm them is simulate the womb. this translates to things like swaddling, rocking, and white noise.

I decided to make some music that would sound like the womb — basically ambient stuff with an emphasis on white noise. I’ve added in other low-frequency noises, beats like a heartbeat, and samples of things like movie dialogue or favorite songs that I hope will be soothing.

More info about these recordings in my blog.

 

One Breath

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Recorded by September, 2001 · Link

 

Ceremony

Ceremony

The first of my “songs for the fourth trimester”, intended to help soothe our infant daughter to sleep. This one is still my favorite, especially with the lurking sample from one of my favorite songs; maybe after falling asleep to it so often, she’ll grow up loving New Order as well.

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Recorded by October, 2008 · Link

 

Here Comes the Sun

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Recorded by October, 2008 · Link

 

Black Mountain Side

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Recorded by October, 2008 · Link

 

Mindstream

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Recorded by October, 2008 · Link

 

Wish You Were Here

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Recorded by October, 2008 · Link

 

Persuasion

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Recorded by November, 2008 · Link

 

Kubla Khan

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Recorded by January, 2009 · Link