This is ‘Now and Then’, the unreleased Beatles song that uses artificial intelligence

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A new song by the Beatles, Now and Thenmixed and mastered thanks to new technologies, will be released next November 2, more than 53 years after the quartet split, as announced this Thursday by the two living members of the legendary British group, Paul McCartney y Ringo Starr.

The song was made from a demo recorded in the 1970s by John Lennon in his New York apartment. Following his murder in 1980, his widow Yoko Ono had given the material to the living members of the band in 1994.

The latter reworked and completed it, but were never able to publish it, since the techniques then available they did not allow John Lennon’s voice to be extracted with sufficient quality. But now it has been possible, in collaboration with Peter Jackson, the film director who was behind the production of the documentary series The Beatles: Get Back.

The director of the trilogy The Lord of the rings extracted Lennon’s voice from a cassette, separating it from the piano with the help of artificial intelligence.

“We found that John’s voice was as clear as crystal,” explained Paul McCartney. “It’s very moving and we all played on it, it’s a real Beatles recording,” the 81-year-old continued.

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