The new Beatles song created with artificial intelligence is “sublime” confided Ringo Starr to Variety magazine. In June, Paul McCartney announced the release of a new track from his legendary group, the model of which was produced using AI. And according to the drummer of the boy band the result is most convincing. However, he tempers and adds that the beauty of the piece owes nothing to new technology.
“It is not due to the AI. It's not like we're pretending. It's really John's voice, as well as Paul's in addition to his bass, while we hear George [Harrison] on rhythm guitar and me on drums, "said the 83-year-old artist to Variety on the sidelines of his Peace-Loving Birthday Celebration, an event he organizes every year for his birthday. “You know, if we forget all the hay we made around it, it's still a beautiful piece. And this is our last piece,” concluded Ringo Starr, emphasizing that, by last, he meant ultimate.
In an interview broadcast in June by the BBC, Paul McCartney announced the release of this new title which resurrects John Lennon. According to him, to make this song, the voice of the singer, who died in the 1980s, had been extracted from an old cassette. This contains songs recorded on a boombox while the musician at the piano in his New York apartment. AI was used to extract the voice of John Lennon from an old demo, received a year earlier by Paul McCartney from Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono.
The announcement of the use of AI in the design of this new song had caused an outcry among purists. However, the AI intervention is rather superficial: the technology only served to extract the voice of John Lennon present on this old demo and clean it up so that it is usable.