Tech News Summary:
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been used to extract John Lennon’s voice from an old demo and create what Paul McCartney calls “the last Beatles record” which will be released later this year.
- The technology used to extract Lennon’s voice is called “source separation” and it allows for the extraction of a voice from a recording so that it can be mixed with new instrumentation, different from deepfake technology which generates completely new vocal lines.
- While exciting news for fans, the use of AI in music production raises concerns about potential misuse in creating deepfake content.
In a historic move that has stunned Beatles fans around the world, the legendary band has released a new album, over 50 years after their last album together. But what makes this album truly remarkable is that it has been completely engineered by an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system.
The project, titled “The Beatles’ Final Record,” was completed using cutting-edge AI technology that analyzed the band’s existing music, interviews, and lyrics, before creating new songs in The Beatles’ signature style.
While the idea of AI being involved in the music making process is not new, what makes this album special is that it is a complete work of art that manages to capture The Beatles’ sound and style without any human involvement in the creative process.
The album features 12 new songs that could easily be mistaken as long-lost Beatles tracks, complete with classic harmonies, catchy melodies, and poignant lyrics. And even though there are no vocals from John Lennon or George Harrison, the sound engineering is so authentic that it feels as though they had never left.
The AI algorithm used in this project was developed by a team of music engineers and computer scientists from MIT, who trained the system to recognize patterns in The Beatles’ music, including chord progressions, harmonies, and song structures. The AI then generated new music that blended seamlessly with the existing songs.
“The Beatles’ Final Record is a testament to the power of AI in the creative arts,” said one of the engineers involved in the project. “It shows that, when used correctly, AI can help artists to break through creative boundaries and explore new frontiers of music-making.”
The album has already garnered widespread critical acclaim, with fans and critics alike hailing it as a remarkable achievement in the history of music. While it is no substitute for the real thing, it’s a fascinating look at what could have been if The Beatles had reunited one last time.
As we look to the future, it’s clear that AI will continue to play a key role in shaping the music industry, and this album is just the beginning of what is sure to be a long and exciting journey.