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Artificial Intelligence Helps Creating «The Final Beatles Record»

Sir Paul McCartney told the BBC that he used AI to create a «final Beatles record» scheduled to release this year.

Paul McCartney at Hallenstadion Zurich, 2012.
Paul McCartney at Hallenstadion Zurich, 2012. Photo: Nicola Troehler

The BBC reports that Sir Paul McCartney has employed artificial intelligence to create what the artist calls «the finale Beatles record». In an interview with BBC Radio 4, he explained that the technology had been used to «extricate» John Lennon's voice from an old demo.

«It's kind of scary but exciting, because it's the future. We'll just have to see where that leads,» he told BBC Radio.

He explained that they just finished it and would release the song later this year. Although McCartney didn't reveal the song's title, it's speculated that it will be Lennon's 1978 composition Now And Then.

The song was previously considered a possible «reunion song» for the band back in 1995 when the remaining band members compiled their career-spanning Anthology series.

According to the BBC, McCartney received the demo in 1994 from Yoko Ono. It was part of an array of songs on a cassette labelled «For Paul», created by Lennon shortly before he died in 1980.

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The release of new material isn't a precedent for the Beatles, who parted ways in 1970. In 1995 and 1996, they released Free As A Bird and Real Love—cleaned up by producer Jeff Lynne. Both tracks were on the mentioned cassette.

While McCartney attempted to release the song Now And Then later, he never succeeded and has repeatedly talked about his desire to finish the song. It seems that with the help of AI, he finally made it.

«Es wäre grossartig, wenn jemand auf Probleme wie Rassismus hinweisen würde»
«There’s nothing like the feeling of hearing a piece of music you really love.» — Das Gespräch mit Paul McCartney.

Negative White interviewed Paul McCartney in 2012. Read it here in German.

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