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Paul McCartney stated A.I. received John Lennon's ballot on 'Last Beatles History'

June 14, 2023: Beatles singer Paul McCartney stated that artificial intelligence was employed to “extricate” and clean up the vocals of former bandmate John Lennon from an old recording, which allows them to feature in an upcoming track.

“It’s an exhilarating thing, you know. It’s something we’re all tackling now and trying to deal with,” McCartney told the “Today” program when asked about A.I.

McCartney said “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson, who in 2021 released an eight-hour documentary named “The Beatles: Get Back” featuring colorized, cleaned-up archive footage of the band, was able to “extricate” Lennon’s voice “from a ropey little bit of cassette.”

A.I. was used to identify Lennon’s vocals as different from instrumentals and background interference.

“So, when we came to make what will be the last Beatles record, it was a demo that John had that we operated on, and we just finished it up. It will be released this year,” McCartney said.

“We were able to take John’s voice and get it pure through this A.I. so that we could mix the record as you would normally do. It gives you some leeway.”

They said it is expected to be a Lennon song in 1978 called “Now And Then,” which McCartney has previously voiced a desire to “finish.” Lennon was murdered in 1980.

On his recent tour, which included a headline slot at Glastonbury festival, McCartney performed pieces with a cleaned-up Lennon vocal track and a video of the artist on stage with him.

Industry experts have been reflecting on the potential for the latest technological advances within the music industry and the ethics of posthumously recreating artists.

ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus, whose show “ABBA Voyage” used motion capture and developed real-time graphics to have the band perform as de-aged digital avatars, previously said he had concerns about the creation of “deep fakes.”

“There’s a good flank to it and then a scary side, and we’ll simply have to see where that leads,” McCartney told.

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