Paul McCartney has responded somewhat belatedly to the hysterical speculation that followed his announcement earlier this month that a new Beatles song was created from a late 1970s John Lennon demo recording with the assistance of TO THE.
It was great to see such an enthusiastic response to our upcoming Beatles project, he wrote on social media. No one is more excited than us to share something with you throughout the year.
We’ve seen some confusion and speculation about this, he continued. There seems to be a lot of conjecture out there. I can’t say too much at this stage, but to be clear, nothing has been created artificially or synthetically. It’s all real and we all play with it. We have cleaned up some existing recordings, a process that has been going on for years.
We hope you love it as much as we do. More news in due time Paolo.
McCartney’s initial announcement of the track during a June 12 BBC interview was relatively clear if short on details. It was a demo that John had that we’ve been working on, and we just finished it, it’s going to be released this year, he said. We were able to take John’s voice and make it pure through this AI, so we could mix the record like you normally would.
Due to the recent uproar over what AI could mean to the music world and alarm from musicians that it could actually make them obsolete, many fans speculated that the announcement meant that AI had been used to fabricate a song and a voice from Lennon, as anonymous artist Ghostwriter did earlier this year by creating the song Heart on My Sleeve, which contained false AI-generated voices of Drake and the Weeknd. (That song was eventually removed from streaming services for copyright infringement, though the exact legal issues surrounding it remain unclear.) As McCartney made clear today, that was never the case with this new Beatles song.
Though McCartney hasn’t revealed the song’s title, sources say it was a demo recorded in the late 1970s that Lennon’s widow Yoko had sent to the surviving Beatles in the 1990s as they were preparing material for their albums. and Anthology videos. While band members and producer Jeff Lynne created two more songs from Lennon’s demos from the same era Free as a Bird and Real Love, both released in the Anthology series, the new song was not considered suitable for release, particularly by George Harrison, a source said.
It’s unclear whether this is due to the sound quality of the recording or the song itself, but McCartney clearly feels that using a similar version of the AI technology that director Peter Jackson used to isolate and clean up vocals in the documentary Get Back 2021 release taken from 1969 footage where conversations previously obscured by background noise or other voices could be isolated makes the song suitable for release.
However, neither the new song nor Free as a Bird and Real Love can be considered lost Beatles songs, they are songs that Lennon recorded and apparently wrote in the late 1970s, many years after the group had broken up, nor many fans feel up to the standard. established by the group during his career. The Beatles disbanded in the autumn of 1969 but did not announce the news until the following spring.
In the BBC interview, McCartney called artificial intelligence a very interesting thing, adding: “It’s something we’re dealing with right now and trying to address.” What does it mean? I don’t listen to much because I’m not on the internet much, but people are like, “Oh, there’s a track where John sings one of my songs.” And it’s not. It’s just artificial intelligence. All of this is kind of scary, but exciting because it’s the future.
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