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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about making art and the relationship between technology and the creative process.
Positive Role Models
Artists featured in Watch the Sound display skill, talent, creativity, and curiosity.
Profanity is sometimes used, including "f--k," "s--t," "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Watch the Sound's focus is on technology and music, so sometimes brand name technology is mentioned. Other brand names are occasionally mentioned as well. Host Mark Ronson also tends to feature lesser-known artists who happen to be on his record label.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson is a documentary series about how technology is used in music. Each episode focuses on a different subject. For example, the first season has episodes on Auto-Tune, sampling, reverb, synthesizers, drum machines, and distortion. Hosted by artist-producer Ronson, the series looks at how these innovations were used throughout pop history, as well as how they are used in contemporary music. Ronson brings in notable artists as well as studio engineers, inventors, and other experts to give viewers a comprehensive introduction to each topic. Profanity is sometimes used, including "f--k," "s--t," "damn."
Is It Any Good?
A lot of music docs feature lesser-known musicians talking about popular songs; here, Mark Ronson is able to go straight to the sources. Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson stands out amongst its peers in part because of Ronson's access. For the episode on sampling, for example, Ronson brings in Hank Shocklee of the Bomb Squad and the living members of the Beastie Boys, artists who had their hands in the creation of two of the three albums in the hip-hop sampling Holy Grail (Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising, and Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique). Thus, the series takes on a feeling of intimacy and urgency that is absent from most talking heads docs, and allows it to bring new insight to well-covered topics and travel to illuminating places that others would never be able to reach.
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