It’s a collaboration of the past and the future
Paul McCartney, the legendary former member of The Beatles, has collaborated with artificial intelligence. In an interview with the BBC’s “Best of Today,” Paul shared that AI has made it possible to release one final Beatles record.
During the production of Peter Jackson’s 2021 Beatles docuseries, “The Beatles: Get Back,” Paul revealed they discovered an old demo tape recorded by John Lennon. Through AI, the team transformed the decades-old recording into something viable.
According to Paul, Peter was able to isolate Lennon’s voice from a low-quality cassette fragment. Paul explained, “He could tell the machine, ‘That’s the voice. This is the guitar. Lose the guitar.'” By employing AI, they extracted and refined John’s voice, proceeding to mix the record conventionally.
The upcoming Beatles song will be released later this year. Paul acknowledged that while recent implementations of AI in music have been deemed “kind of scary.”
One instance is the removal of a rap song featuring AI-generated voices imitating Drake and The Weeknd from streaming services in April. Paul recognized the technology’s potential and found it exciting as it represents the future.
Paul expressed his thoughts on AI, stating, “There’s a good side to it, and then a scary side. And we’ll just have to see where that leads.”
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