Blue Öyster Cult’s New AI-Assisted Album Is Not As Good As The Beatles’, Richie Castellano Admits
In a video accompanying their new album ‘Ghost Stories’ announcement, Blue Öyster Cult’s Richie Castellano admitted the band’s AI-assisted production falls short of The Beatles’ AI achievements.
Scheduled for release on April 15 by Frontiers, ‘Ghost Stories’ is a collection of tracks resurrected from Blue Öyster Cult’s archives, dating from 1978 to 1983, with one exception recorded in 2016. The album features a mix of original songs and covers of rock classics by The MC5, The Doors, and The Animals, all reimagined with the help of artificial intelligence.
The AI Demixing Process
Longtime band engineer George Geranios digitized the original analogue tapes, which were then demixed and remixed by Castellano and Steve Schenck using AI software. Despite advancements in AI technology, Castellano said:
“Once we made the decision on what we were going to use, we used AI demixing software to separate the elements from the original tapes. It gave us something to mix with, but that process – even though it’s getting better – it’s not perfect.”
Schenk then talked about the gap between their efforts and the AI demixing used by Peter Jackson:
“If you’re Peter Jackson, it’s perfect. I’m sure many of you have heard of MAL [machine audio learning], which is the Peter Jackson software that The Beatles used to demix their stuff. Well, we had to use the dime store version.”
Bringing Together The Old And New
The album’s creation involved adding new parts by original BÖC members Eric Bloom and Donald ‘Buck Dharma’ Roeser, with Albert Bouchard and Rick Downey on drums and additional overdubs by Joe Bouchard. This collaborative effort aimed to blend classic rock’s essence with modern AI enhancements.
With their new album announcement, the band released the single ‘So Supernatural,’ which combines their classic sound, reminiscent of their ‘Spectres’ era, with modern production for a fresh feel.
You can listen to the song below.