Artificial intelligence has been resonating throughout the tech world for the past few months, oscillating between being hailed as humanity's greatest ally and its inevitable downfall. Now, English musician Paul McCartney, a member of the legendary band The Beatles, has spoken out about artificial intelligence. AI will be used to create the final farewell song for the iconic group.
AI to Replace John Lennon
Sir Paul McCartney discussed artificial intelligence during an interview on the Today program for BBC Radio 4, revealing that he is utilizing AI to prepare the ultimate song for The Beatles. This technology has been employed to extract the voice of the late band member, John Lennon, in order to complete this song.
The song has already been finished and will be released later this year, which is undoubtedly exciting news for fans of this iconic Liverpool-based band. While Paul McCartney did not explicitly mention the title of the song, it is likely to be “Now And Then,” a composition by John Lennon in 1978 that he never completed.
Unfinished Song as a Farewell Song
The song “Now and Then” never saw completion, despite considerations in 1995 to finish it as a composition for the anticipated reunion of the iconic band. This unfinished song, in the form of a demo, landed in Paul McCartney’s hands a year earlier, in 1994, given to him by Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s partner.
It was one of several songs on a cassette titled “For Paul,” which John Lennon prepared in 1980 shortly before his death. The cassette contained song embryos, mostly recorded on a boombox (a famous cassette recorder) in John Lennon’s New York apartment, as he sat at the piano creating.
The last song awaits completion
Several songs from this cassette, namely “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love,” were completed and released in 1995 and 1996, marking the first new Beatles songs in 25 years. There were later attempts to complete the song “Now and Then” as well, but due to the poorer quality of various aspects on the cassette, it was not successful. Hopefully, with the help of artificial intelligence, it will now see the light of day.