Paul McCartney Says AI Used to Create ‘Final’ Beatles Song

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    Paul McCartney announced Tuesday that AI was used to create what he called “the Beatles’ last record,” featuring the voice of John Lennon. A new song, which has yet to be titled, will be released later this year, the world-famous singer said in an interview with BBC Radio.

    According to McCartney, the song is based on an unfinished demo recorded by John Lennon, who died in 1980, sometime in the 1970s. He said he used artificial intelligence to separate Lennon’s voice from the demo and complete the song.

    The idea of ​​using AI to reconstruct the demo was inspired by Peter Jackson’s 8-hour documentary Get Back. He used his custom-made AI to recognize the Beatles’ voices and separate them from background noise in the documentary.

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    John Lennon, 1969. Credit: The Beatles Archive/Twitter

    Isolate Lennon’s voice

    “That kind of thing came to be usable.” [AI] When Peter Jackson did the movie Get Back, we were the ones who made the album Let It Be,” McCartney said. Said BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

    “[Jackson] He was able to extract John’s voice from a small, rope-like cassette. We had John’s voice and piano and he was able to separate them with his AI. They tell the machine, “This is a voice.” This is a guitar. lose your guitar ’ And he did it,” he said.

    “So when it came down to making what would be the Beatles’ last record, it was a demo that John had. We worked on it and just finished it. It’s going to be released this year,” McCartney said. continued.

    “We were able to get John’s voice pure through this AI, so we could mix the record like we normally would. ”

    Paul McCartney He didn’t reveal the name of the new and final Beatles song he’s working on with AI. But it will likely be John Lennon’s 1978 ‘Now and then’, reports the BBC.

    The demo was one of several songs on a cassette labeled “Four Pole” that John Lennon made shortly before his death on December 8, 1980. John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono later gave the cassette to McCartney.

    Lennon recorded the song on a boombox in his New York apartment. The lyric, which reportedly begins with “I know it’s true, it’s all your fault/If I make it through, it’s all your fault,” is from an apologetic love song Lennon wrote late in his career. has become a pronoun.

    McCartney: AI is ‘a little scary’

    Between interviewMcCartney, one of the three surviving founding members of The Beatles, also expressed concern about some of the ways AI was being used.

    “There’s good things, there’s scary things. We’ll have to see where it goes,” said the 80-year-old.

    “I don’t have much access to the internet, so I don’t listen to it much, but people say to me, ‘Oh yeah, there’s a song where John sings one of my songs.’ And it’s not. Is that just an AI? ‘ he added.

    In March, McCartney revealed that he wasn’t sure if he wanted to continue his music career after the Beatles officially broke up in 1970. He said he felt “risked” after the band broke up and wasn’t sure if he could continue. Make your own.

    In the end, this famous British singer decided to continue making music. The McCartney-Lennon collaboration comes amid growing controversy over the use of AI-generated music.

    In recent months, there have been several high-profile incidents of AI music being disguised as the work of real artists. An AI-generated fake song featuring Drake and The Weeknd’s vocals went viral in April and has since been removed from streaming services like Spotify.

    Observers said the incident raised concerns about the ethics of using AI to produce music and the potential for AI to deceive listeners. But Grimes said he would share 50% of the profits for “successful AI-generated songs” using his voice.

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