In a remarkable and long-awaited musical moment, The Beatles are set to release their final song, which features the voice of the late John Lennon, thanks to the magic of artificial intelligence. This monumental release, titled “Now and Then,” will be presented as a double A-side single, accompanied by the band’s 1962 debut UK single “Love Me Do.”
This release comes as part of a double A-side single, which pairs “Now and Then” with the band’s iconic 1962 debut UK single, “Love Me Do.” This musical revelation promises to be a significant moment in The Beatles’ legacy.
To prepare fans for this historic release, The Beatles’ YouTube channel premiered a 12-minute short film titled “Now And Then – The Last Beatles Song.” Directed by Oliver Murray, this video offers an exclusive glimpse into the making of the song. The film features insights and commentary from band members, John Lennon’s son Sean Ono Lennon, and filmmaker Peter Jackson, renowned for his 2021 documentary series, “The Beatles: Get Back.”
In the short film, Peter Jackson delves into the technology behind this groundbreaking release. He explains how his team harnessed the power of artificial intelligence to isolate individual instruments and vocals from the original recordings. This innovative AI approach allowed them to enhance the “Now and Then” track, which Lennon initially recorded as a home demo in the late 1970s.
The song also showcases contributions from the surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with the late George Harrison. Jackson elaborates on the AI technology, stating that it can dissect any soundtrack and separate its various components into distinct tracks through machine learning.
As fans eagerly await the release, “Now and Then” stands as a testament to the enduring impact of The Beatles and the remarkable possibilities that artificial intelligence brings to the world of music. This final song, enhanced by AI, is set to become a significant chapter in the band’s storied career.