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AI Assistance in Creating the Last Beatles Record
Paul McCartney, the legendary musician and former member of the Beatles, has made an astonishing revelation about the completion of what he refers to as the “final Beatles record” with the help of artificial intelligence (AI).
Unveiling the Song and its Background
Although the specific title of the song remains undisclosed, it is believed to be Now And Then, a composition by John Lennon dating back to 1978. This track had been under consideration for a Beatles reunion during the production of their career-spanning Anthology series in 1995.
McCartney received the demo of Now And Then from Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow, a year prior to the band’s contemplation of it.
The Journey to Completion
The process of transforming the raw demo into a finished song had its challenges. Renowned producer Jeff Lynne took on the task of cleaning up the demo, which resulted in the successful completion and release of two other Lennon compositions, Free As A Bird and Real Love, in 1995 and 1996, respectively.
However, their attempt to finalize Now And Then during that time was halted due to technical issues and the disapproval of George Harrison.
Lingering Desire to Finish the Song
Despite the setback, McCartney’s desire to finish the song never waned. He expressed his unwavering determination to work on it with Jeff Lynne, hoping to one day breathe life into this unfinished gem.
Technology Brings the Opportunity
The turning point in this musical journey arrived with the release of Peter Jackson’s documentary, Get Back. The film’s dialogue editor, Emile de la Rey, utilized advanced AI technology to train computers to recognize the distinct voices of the Beatles and separate them from background noise and even their own instruments, ultimately creating pristine audio recordings.
This groundbreaking technology not only allowed McCartney to “duet” with Lennon during his recent tour but also facilitated the creation of new surround sound mixes of the Beatles’ iconic Revolver album in the previous year.
Balancing Excitement and Concern for AI
While Paul McCartney is undeniably thrilled about the creative possibilities AI offers, he remains cognizant of the concerns surrounding its use. The prospect of AI-generated tracks featuring Lennon’s voice, for example, elicits a mix of excitement and trepidation.
As technology continues to evolve, the implications of AI in the realm of music remain uncertain, leaving McCartney and others to ponder its future impact on artistic integrity and the legacy of iconic musicians.
As fans eagerly anticipate the release of the “final” Beatles song, McCartney’s utilization of AI represents a unique blend of cutting-edge technology and timeless musical genius, bridging the gap between the past and the future of music creation.