Hello fans and other music practitioners…
I had expected a little more enthusiasm or even a small conversation about this subject allready… When I heard this news on the radio I thought for a moment " let it rest just like a seaman’s grave", but soon I realized that if even one person is happy with the new song, it is already worth it, and I think there are even thousands of people full of anticipation and fun/pleasure going to find in it…I can hardly wait for the people who himself calling … serious people… to start nag about a song on my news radio station…
I was mortified when I read the headline in a local paper this morning. It was something along the lines of “McCartney to use AI to record new Beatles track”. I was relieved to see it was just Now and Then; a song that was meant to be part of the anthology series but wasn’t recorded due to George not believing the vocal was a high enough standard. Advances in technology plus George not being around anymore has made it possible. Paul has always wanted it to be released.
I have not read or heard that … it was a fairly short message on the news and I have looked for an English article which I ‘scanned’ very quickly, thank you for that info … I do not have a CD myself or LP of them (I hope Gordon doesn’t read this)…but I’m glad they existed
“AI” often needs a modifier…I know when I see the term, my mind immediately jumps to “generative AI” which is powered, as I (barely) understand, by large language models. That doesn’t seem to be what’s going on here. Interested in insight from more sophisticated followers of these technologies!
Hi Judi ,
Nice that you are interested but I am going to drop out … I can still imagine the simplest explanation of what and how they did … but hopefully this will not become too technical a thread later , I don’t do that …
I say Live and Let Live
It’s his job and what he does/is. Many will be happy about it.
Tbh, if he decided to reform the Beatles with Yoko Ono’s hairdresser, George Harrison’s gardener and Ringo’s canary, it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. And many would still be happy about it.
I’ll be more interested to see how he reacts in a couple of years’ time when we can say: “Computer, make me a music video of Paul McCartney singing about…”
He’s an astute businessman as well as a good songwriter. (I still don’t like Obladiblada )
Hi B rian,
I hope it is clear that I feel the same way when it comes to their (old) or new or … songs…but here again there was serious talk by “connoisseurs” on a news radio station about how good or bad it would be (and guess what prevails) … and I’m sure they’ll put it up a notch when the song is out… But for all I care they play their instruments with their…BEEP…huh…,with their BeeP…nooo computer is broken …
I just hoped that many people will enjoy it and if not then just don’t listen to it (unless you start working with it like a butcher of course) ,and others well then I will listen carefully
I don’t claim to understand it either, but for a quick, free way to check out what’s possible, look at Moises. It will quickly and very successfully extract vocals and instruments into separate tracks, which you can then mute or solo.
It sounds like Mcartney’s producer used something similar.
I’ve tried many of these apps, and this one is next level. The free version is very capable right out of the box, and very easy to use. (Musopia could learn a lot from these folks).
Also has a “smart metronome” feature that figures out the tempo and overlays a click on any song…really useful for figuring out complex rhythms.
I have a feeling this is a game changer…and it’s just the start!
Hi Tom, thanks for sharing that. I have used Lalal.ai and it seems okay, but in your experience is Moises significantly better? Had a quick gander at the website and seems pretty good. This type of “AI” is a great use of the technology, super helpful for creating custom backing tracks (appreciate some may disagree )
Hi Hilary, Lalal.ai does that pretty well from my experience however it looks as though Moises may do it much better based on @Tbushell’s comments above. I regularly use the resulting files (with guitar removed & sometimes vocals also) as backing tracks for practice or performance when a YouTube version was either not exactly what I was after or not available. Works well