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AI helps make 'final' Beatles song

June 14, 2023
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Paul McCartney, a member of the Beatles, has completed a new song using artificial intelligence (AI) to reconstruct the voice of his former bandmate, John Lennon. The AI was used to extract and purify Lennon's vocals from an old recording, contributing to what will be the last Beatles record.

McCartney's AI Project: McCartney used AI to revitalize John Lennon's voice for a new song.
  • AI technology was utilized to isolate and clean up Lennon's vocals from an old cassette recording.
  • The Beatles: Get Back documentary director, Peter Jackson, was able to extract Lennon's voice with this AI technique.

  • New Beatles Record: The AI-enabled recreation of Lennon's voice contributed to the final Beatles record.
  • The song was based on a demo from Lennon that the band worked on and completed.
  • Thanks to the AI technology, Lennon's voice was purified, allowing the record to be mixed as usual.
  • The upcoming track is speculated to be a 1978 Lennon song, "Now And Then," that McCartney had previously shown interest in completing.

  • Tour Performances: McCartney incorporated the cleaned-up Lennon vocal track in his recent tour performances.
  • During his shows, including a headline spot at the Glastonbury festival, McCartney played songs with the restored Lennon vocals.
  • He also featured a video of Lennon on stage with him.

  • Industry Reflections: The use of advanced technology in the music industry has sparked a discussion on potential benefits and ethical considerations.
  • There are ongoing debates on the implications of recreating artists posthumously using technologies like AI.
  • ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus, who also uses advanced tech for de-aged digital avatars of the band in "ABBA Voyage," has expressed concerns about creating "deep fakes."
  • McCartney acknowledges both the positive and potentially frightening aspects of these developments.
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