Paul McCartney reveals AI’s contribution to forthcoming Final Beatles album: ‘There’s a good side and then a scary side’

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Paul McCartney has announced that an upcoming Beatles final album will feature an AI rendering of John Lennon’s voice.

The 80-year-old recently revealed the use of AI in a BBC commercial interview – and his take on the technology’s unprecedented creative impact 1964: Eyes of the Storm. Available to readers today, the photo book, according to the official description, contains 275 images “taken by Paul McCartney between late 1963 and early 1964 with a 35mm camera.”

Returning to the AI ​​side, the 18-time Grammy winner described third-party efforts to create unauthorized Beatles tracks — a series of AI-powered sound-like songs that continue to make waves on YouTube and elsewhere — as “very interesting.”

“Now that’s a very interesting thing,” McCartney said. “It’s something we’re all dealing with right now, you know, and we’re trying to come to terms with it — what does that mean, you know?” I don’t hear that much because I’m not on the internet that much. But people will say to me, “Oh yeah, there’s a track where John sings one of my songs.” And it’s not that; It’s only AI, you know?”

However, notwithstanding the potential pitfalls (particularly for emerging acts without millions of monthly listeners) of allegedly hurtful AI titles, the music legend addressed some of the potential benefits of the technology – and highlighted the role of AI in 2021 come back documentaries as well as the last Beatles album mentioned at the beginning.

“It’s all kind of scary – but exciting because it’s the future. And that’s something we could use when Peter Jackson was making the film come backwhere we did it let it be Album. And he was able to get John’s voice out of a thin piece of cassette that had John’s voice and a piano on it.

“It has great uses. So when we came to do the last Beatles record we were working on a demo of John. And we just finished it; it will be released this year. We could take John’s voice and clean it through that AI, so we could then mix the record like you normally would.”

Ultimately, despite the widely publicized warnings and criticisms of AI from others in the music space, McCartney expressed his belief that the technology will bring both pros and cons in the years to come.

“It gives you a kind of leeway. So there is a good side and then a scary side. We just have to see where this leads.” completed McCartney.

Last month, Sting predicted an AI-related “battle” for “the building blocks of music,” and yesterday Believe’s TuneCore revealed plans to screen and distribute tracks using Grimes AI.