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Review: “Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson” on Apple TV+

This a full-fledged deep-dive into how music is made coming from the minds of the people behind some of your favorite songs over the last few decades.

In his new Apple TV+ series coming this Friday, July 30, Mark Ronson explores the intersection of technology and musical innovation. He is joined by a few of his music heroes and fellow hitmakers along the way.

Embrace the fact that you’re about to learn from the pros. It’s the coolest (and cheapest) music history class you’ll ever take in your life. This isn’t a 5-minute YouTube video or a 1-minute TikTok spliced together to show you how a song comes together. This a full-fledged deep-dive into how music is made coming from the minds of the people behind some of your favorite songs over the last few decades. I could listen to Mark Ronson talk about music for hours, so it’s a pretty good thing they made this docuseries.

I can definitely see some music fans being put off by the influx of information they’ll get from this. If you’re only here to see Lady Gaga and Charli XCX make an appearance, this might not be your show. But if you’re tuning in to get a deeper understanding of the most popularized elements of today’s music, you’ll fit right in.

You think you know everything there is to know about auto tune? Well let’s bring in Autotune Experts T-Pain and Charli XCX to shed a little bit of their light on the subject. Archival footage of Amy Winehouse is featured of her working in the studio with Mark. Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker shares insight as to how synthesizers play a role in the group’s music. Questlove and Too $hort are recruited to talk about how drum machines evolved hip-hop as a genre. All of these hitmakers have such unique experiences within the industry and within creating music, and there hasn’t really been a series dedicated purely to the making of music like this.

This isn’t a revealing doc on fame culture or living a life surrounded by paparazzi. It’s not a series of popstar confessionals. Watch the Sound get into the nitty gritty of how music is made.

If you just know him as the guy who did “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars, allow me to give you a little pre-docuseries lesson. Mark Ronson has written and produced songs with Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Dua Lipa, Diplo, Adele, Camila Cabello, Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, Troye Sivan, Kacey Musgraves, Vampire Weekend, Yebba, King Princess, Nas, A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson, and so many more. It’s just about as diverse a list of collaborators you can have. He has seven Grammy Awards, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, two Brit Awards, a Critics Choice Award, an MTV Video Music Award, two BMI Awards, two Soul Train Awards, a Guinness World Record, an iHeartRadio Music Award, and endless nominations at just about every award show out there.

These artists don’t just tell you about it and talk over Zoom screens or confessional tapes. They’re in the studio together, analyzing and going into great detail of the processes that make incredible music, so we see it happening in real time. It’s called Watch the Sound for a reason.

Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson is now streaming exclusively on Apple TV+.

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