Despite Paul McCartney teasing an album using artificial intelligence to ‘extricate’ John Lennon’s actual voice from old demos, someone has gone ahead and produced music using a completely AI generated version of Lennon’s voice and honestly, it’s freaking people out.
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Meanwhile, McCartney’s upcoming Australian tour will have some elements that are very contemporary indeed, with expectations the 81-year-old former Beatle will perform a virtual duet with former bandmate John Lennon, created using AI technology.
At the Glastonbury festival in 2022, McCartney performed I’ve Got A Feeling, a song originally recorded during the Beatles’ famous 1969 rooftop concert in London.
He sang along with a track of John Lennon’s voice that had been extracted from an old demo tape using artificial intelligence, matched to historic vision of the concert.
McCartney previously told the BBC that AI is “something that we’re all sort of tackling at the moment”.
“When Peter Jackson did the film (The Beatles) Get Back, where it was us making the Let It Be album, he was able to extricate John’s voice from a ropey little bit of cassette and a piano,” he said.
“He could separate them with AI, he’d tell the machine ‘That’s a voice, this is a guitar, lose the guitar’.
“We were able to take John’s voice and get it pure through this AI, so then we could mix the record as you would do.”