Ai helps Universal Music in releasing the Beatles’ “final song”


By using AI to create John Lennon’s voice recording, the final Beatles song “Now and Then” was completed and published.

On Tuesday, November 2, the Fab Four released what they’re calling their “last song,” which was created using AI to recreate John Lennon’s voice sounds.

Universal Music Group (UMG), a global leader in the music industry, released a single titled “Now and Then” in tandem with a short documentary that detailed the use of cutting-edge technology in the song’s production.

The video explains how director Peter Jackson created software during the making of his exhaustive Beatles documentary “Get Back” that allowed the team to separate John’s vocals from his piano part in the demo version of “Now and Then” that Lennon recorded on cassette tape in the late 1970s.

“[We developed] a technology that can take any soundtrack and use machine learning to dissect it into its component parts,” the authors write.

Giles Martin, the track’s co-producer, addressed the question of whether or not AI can be trained to identify voices in a separate interview.

“If we hold a chat while a piano plays in the background, the AI can be trained to recognize our voices even if there are many others in the room.”

After hearing about Jackson’s new technique, one of the original four Beatles, Paul McCartney, stated, “better send John’s voice to them off the original cassette.”

Thus, with the aid of AI, the new path was established. In the video, John Lennon’s son Sean Ono Lennon said, “That would have made my dad happy because he was always trying new things with recording technology.”

Paul McCartney echoed this thinking when he said: “Wow, 2023, and the Beatles are still making music. To be honest, we’re playing around with cutting-edge stuff that the Fab Four would have loved.”

John Lennon is joined on the tune by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison (the latter of whom passed away in 2001).

McCartney’s new song has been praised by listeners, who have dubbed it “beautiful” and “a work of art and perfect way to end the discography” on his post. In fact, one fan has expressed the desire for an AI-assisted “Beatles live hologram concert on stage” for fans who were unable to attend one of the band’s actual performances. Others, however, have begun to mutter about the “fake” Beatles song and the usage of AI.

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