The track was first teased by McCartney last month during an interview with Radio 4 Today’s program when he revealed he used AI to help him finish a ‘last’ Beatles song.
According to the legendary songwriter and bassist, new technology allowed him to “extricate himself” John Lennonvocals from an old demo track and rounds out the song over four decades since the Beatles musician’s death.
Now, following a mixed fan reaction to the idea for the song, which is believed to be the unreleased 1978 track “Now And Then”, the band’s former drummer Starr has shared his thoughts on the project. , saying the end result sounds “beautiful”.
Speaking in an interview with Varietythe musician clarified that the song is made from authentic recordings of the time and that fans don’t have to worry that it’s all about artificial intelligence.
“It’s not due to the AI,” he said. “It’s not like we’re faking anything. It’s actually John’s voice, Paul’s voice and bass, george [Harrison] on rhythm guitar and me on drums.
“The two things that are new are Paul’s bass and me on drums… I really worked on it a few months ago here. And it works,” he added. “It’s a beautiful song. You know, despite all the craziness around it, it’s still a beautiful track. And our last track.
According to the interview, the “new” song is one that McCartney, Starr and Harrison first attempted to make in the 90s using snippets of songs they found written by Lennon.
As to why they chose to revisit the project in 2023, Starr joked, “I don’t know. Paul must have had a slow day.
“He’s like, ‘You know that song we did? Do you want to work on that? “, He added, explaining how he went to re-record the drums and backing vocals of the song. “It’s moving, because the four of us are here, and there will never be again.
Shortly after announcing the song when it appeared on Radio 4, McCartney also reassured fans that the project is not entirely made using AI.. “It was great to see such an exciting response to our next Beatles project. No one is more excited than us to share something with you later this year,” he wrote.
“We have seen some confusion and speculation about this. There seems to be a lot of guesswork there. I can’t say too much at this point but to be clear, nothing was created artificially or synthetically. Everything is real and we all play on it.
“We cleaned up some existing records – a process that has been going on for years. We hope you like it as much as we do. More news in due course.
The topic of using AI to create music has gained momentum in recent months and then divided artists along the way. Ancient Oasis leader Liam Gallagher Firstly openly praised an AI-generated Oasis album as sounding “mega” and Grimes confirmed that she allows fans to use his voice in their own AI projects.
Meanwhile, others aren’t so keen on the concept, with Nick Cave label it “a grotesque mockery of what it is to be human”and later stating that he wanted AI platforms such as ChatGPT “Fuck off and leave the songwriting alone”.
In discussing the subject earlier this year, NME explored how artists needn’t be so worried about the current “fad” of using AI to create music because fans will always be looking for work done by their favorite artists.
“Right now, we are in the toy box phase. Millions of scammers, scouts and scavengers are out to see what this new technology can do, and the first stop for the uninspired is always imitation,” he began. “But never fear Nick Cave and any other respected icon who worries about machines mimicking their art. This period of novelty fashion will not last.
“Listeners could quickly tire of computer-generated songs. Pop fans, after all, want an iconic hero figure they can revere, covet or identify with. Rock fans want a ‘real’ band spitting lager in their face,” he continued.
“If Spotify moves to full AI, alternative platforms will emerge to champion only human music, where the most innovative artists reinventing what music can be will flourish above more stereotypical fare than computers. do better elsewhere.
“If the streaming giants are somehow forced to cut back on AI music, only the most characteristic and least imitable acts will thrive there as well – the kind of thing a program pre- formed could not even conceive.”