Sounds of science: Award-winning music producer Mark Ronson plugs into Apple TV+’s docuseries

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Preston Barta // Features Editor

In the new, six-part documentary series Watch the Sound, Oscar and Grammy Award-winning music producer and artist Mark Ronson dissects the process and evolution of sound creation. He sets the stage by declaring how obsessed he is with how things sound.

“Whenever someone sits down to play me a song. I’m already thinking about the sound,” Ronson says, in the series premiere episode.

The Apple TV+ series sees Ronson chatting with various musical talents and audio pioneers as they discuss their sonic achievements. How did Paul McCartney make the seagull sounds on the Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows?” How does Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker drop electronic-rock beats that sound like they are rolling through a vacuum in space? Is voice manipulation technology the death of “real” music, or is it a peek into the future?

Watch the Sound examines the intersection of technology and music innovation through deep conversations with artists like Questlove, Dave Grohl, T-Pain, the Beastie Boys’ AdRock and Mike D, Charli XCX, King Princess, DJ Premier and Gary Numan. Each episode is hosted by Ronson and explores different, groundbreaking techniques and aspects of sound, including auto-tune, sampling, reverb, synthesizers, drum machines and distortion.

Fresh Fiction recently sat down with Ronson to briefly discuss his series and what we can learn from these unique approaches.

Watch all six chapters of Watch the Sound on Friday, exclusively on Apple TV+. Episodes run for about 35 minutes each.

About author

Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.