In a tweet, Paul McCartney clarified his comments on the use of AI in his next Beatles project: “Not much I can say at this stage, but to be clear, nothing artificially or synthetically created. Everything is real and we all touch. We cleaned up some existing recordings, a process that has taken years.”
As explained in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, AI would be used to separate background noise and instruments on vocals, not to create new material.
Touted by Sir Paul as “the last Beatles recording”, the BBC surmised that the project could be the recording of “Now and Then”, a somber love song written by Lennon in 1978.