Experts Explain If The Beatles “Now and Then” Introduces A New Era In Music
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Prepare for the rise of AI in music, a development that has both its advocates and skeptics. Yihao Chen, the mind behind ITOKA, assures us that embracing new technologies in music is not a new concept, citing The Beatles‘ early use of synthesizers. However, a cautionary note is struck when Chen mentions a potential gap between those adapting to technology and those resisting it.
The recent release of The Beatles’ final song raises questions about the role of AI in music. The resurrection of John Lennon’s voice was made possible by AI machine learning technology developed by Peter Jackson’s team. Michele Darling, Chair of Electronic Production & Design at the Berklee College of Music, explains that this technology can analyze and isolate different elements in old recordings, improving the overall quality.
Darling emphasizes that AI is a tool to enhance existing practices in music production. The use of AI in “Now and Then” aimed to isolate the voice track, allowing for additional improvements in sound quality. The process involves enhancing the original recording using noise-reduction tools and common production techniques.
Contrary to concerns about AI filling in creative gaps, Darling clarifies that, in this case, it’s solely John Lennon’s voice from the original recording, enhanced and refined with AI assistance. The deployment of AI in “Now and Then” is seen as an advancement rather than a disruptive force in the music industry.
AI’s Role in Audio Restoration
Looking ahead, the question arises: could AI become a cost-effective tool to improve the quality of old recordings? Darling believes that, while not everyone has access to the technology used by Peter Jackson, similar advancements may become more accessible in the future.
The final Beatles song serves as a benchmark for the integration of AI into music creation. Despite technological assistance, artists like Ryan Dann argue that AI will not replace art because the essence of art lies in connecting with the human behind it. Dann emphasizes the emotional connection to the artist’s intent, suggesting that even if AI can mimic artistic creations, it may lack the genuine emotional impact of human expression.