Using AI for Remixing/Remastering Historical Recordings

After all the hoopla over the use of Peter Jackson’s AI technology to remix some of the Beatles catalog (and the recent Beatle single), I was wondering how such a technology might fare when applied to historical recordings by the likes of Enrico Caruso or Louis Armstrong (Hot Fives/Hot Sevens). I remember over the years reading about such technologies such as the CEDAR process being applied to old recordings (maybe compromising frequency bandwidth to achieve noise reduction). Might we see a resurgence in the historical recordings market via the use of AI or similar technologies?


I have been buying reissued, remastered, reupholstered, regurgitated releases for many years. It is not unusual for record companies to find an excuse to rerelease something. This new AI technology may open the floodgates for releases for many years to come. It could be fun but hopefully it will be absurdly expensive as well.


I definitively see the purpose of Dolby Atmos releases of mono recordings.

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I think we will continue to see reissues in various formats with mixed results for years/decades to come. A few swim lanes I see with respect to AI immediately come to mind: restoration of recordings with damaged or compromised source material, or a real enhancement of material that was recorded with inferior technology (e.g., Edison cylinder, or non-electric recordings), re-mixing of mono recordings. I guess none of this comes without some controversy (purists might balk for various reasons at any attempt to tamper with the original). Ultimately the consumer will decide what is commercially viable.

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Happy cake day!