McCartney: Nothing artificial with Lennon’s voice
The John Lennon voice being used on the new “Now and Then” recording is the real John Lennon voice, and not an AI interpretation of John’s voice, confirms Paul McCartney.
He differentiates what The Beatles are doing with “Now and Then” to what fans are uploading with AI versions of The Beatles singing The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows”.
In an interview with o Globo Brazil for the upcoming Brazil tour, Paul McCartney said he had heard the fake version of The Beatles’ “God Only Knows” but confirms “Now And Then” is not going down that same path.
It’s one thing for you to use artificial intelligence to pretend it’s my voice singing “God Only Knows,” and there’s a lot of that on the internet. Another is using it to technically clean up some recordings, and that’s pretty cool. The technicians were able to isolate the voice, so it felt like we were back to the original recording. It was great, we had John’s voice very clear and beautiful.
While the AI technology isn’t there yet, Paul says it soon will be and that will open lots of legal issues. He added, “As for the other case… I hear that ‘God Only Knows’ and I know it doesn’t sound like me. But five years from now, he’ll be sounding like me. So I think we have to start deciding who owns these recordings. Whether it’s the Beach Boys or the Beatles or whoever created this thing”.
Paul also confirmed that he has been adding bass guitar to two new Rolling Stones songs.
One day I was having dinner with Ronnie (Wood), I asked how the recordings were going and he said to me: “Oh, sometimes I have to mediate between Mick (Jagger) and Keith (Richards)…” And then I said that I had a guy to help them, Andrew Watt, the producer I was working with. Later we even found out that Mick was already talking to him. And then Andrew asked me one day, “Would you like to play bass on some tracks?”
“I realized that I had known these guys forever, that I had been to their shows, and they to ours, and that John and I had even done some backing vocals for one of their songs (“We Love You”). But I had never played with them, all together, in the same room. So I loved it.”