AI makes Paul McCartney’s voice youthful
Artificial intelligence (AI) is in vogue, and has been used for a lot of things. At the moment, a big debate is going on about the virtual friend in Snapchat, MyAI. Also, people use the AI service ChatGPT to write articles and essays for them. However, the artificial intelligence does not hesitate to lie and make things up without fact-checking, so you cannot trust that what it writes is true. There are also drawing programs that you can ask to draw anything, the illustration above is that someone has asked for a drawing of “famous UFC fighter, Paul McCartney”. There are many similar ones, perhaps it’s Paul’s facial features resembling Sly Stallone’s that make people request this.
And lately, a service has emerged that has amazed many music fans: AI can imitate voices. This has been used both to rejuvenate Paul McCartney’s voice on his new songs, and to hear songs by others performed by Paul. Here is the Beach Boys’ song “God Only Knows” in Paul’s voice:
Then there are some songs with Paul’s older voice that has been altered with the help of artificial intelligence to sound like a young Paul singing. Here’s “New”, also featuring some lines from “John Lennon”:
So it remains to be seen what happens, will the artists themselves or their lawyers react to this? It is, after all, taking the hated “auto tuning” technology a quantum leap further. Maybe Paul himself will rejuvenate his voice on his next album?
Something we would have liked to listen to ourselves are recordings of “Free As A Bird”, “Real Love” and “Grow Old With Me” with Lennon’s demo cassette voice replaced by a strong Lennon vocal.
Here’s a final sample: