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(2005)

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Twenty Thousand Hertz

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Rank #6 in Design category

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Design
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A lovingly crafted podcast that reveals the stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.

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A lovingly crafted podcast that reveals the stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.

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2005 Ratings
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1850
90
29
12
24

My fav

By jane_seager - Nov 21 2019
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This might be my favorite podcast. Every ep is gold!

Vroom

By marketpop - Nov 20 2019
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Supppppeeeerrrr show! Thx!

iTunes Ratings

2005 Ratings
Average Ratings
1850
90
29
12
24

My fav

By jane_seager - Nov 21 2019
Read more
This might be my favorite podcast. Every ep is gold!

Vroom

By marketpop - Nov 20 2019
Read more
Supppppeeeerrrr show! Thx!

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Twenty Thousand Hertz

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A lovingly crafted podcast that reveals the stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.

#3 | 8-bit

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Primitive, yet iconic, 8-bit audio defined a generation through video game sounds and music. Discover the history and innovation behind those audio marvels that still fascinate today. Featuring Microsoft Sound Designer, Zachary Quarles, and David Murray, The 8-Bit Guy.

Twenty Thousand Hertz is hosted by Dallas Taylor and produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound.

Consider supporting the show at donate.20k.org

Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/8-bit

Nov 29 2016

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#27 | Spooky Sounds

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We uncover how scary sound effects are created in horror films as well as dissect how sound triggers the fear mechanisms in humans. Featuring Formosa Group Senior Sound Editor/Sound Designer Trevor Gates and Dan Blumstein, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA

20K is made out of the studios of Defacto Sound and hosted by Dallas Taylor

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/spookysounds

Oct 30 2017

27mins

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#4 | Mystery Hum

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There's this place right at the border between Detroit, MI, and Windsor, ON where there's this hum… It rattles dishes, makes people sick, it's even making people move away. And the government does not want you to know what's making it. Explore the mystery of the Windsor Hum with the man who is working to get to the bottom of this strange government secret. Featuring documentarian Adam Makarenko

20K is hosted by Dallas Taylor and made out of the studios of Defacto Sound

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/mystery

Dec 13 2016

14mins

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#59 | BLUE! 42!

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For decades, NFL strategy slowly evolved from each team running a dozen different plays, to rigid schemes with coaches sending in orders through codewords and secret signals. Then, one piece of audio technology revolutionized the game. Beginning in the early 1990's, the NFL allowed coaches to speak directly to their quarterbacks through radios in their helmets. What followed was an instant increase in excitement for the nation's most popular sport, spawning a high-scoring era of fast paced offenses. Featuring former Super Bowl winning coach, Dick Vermeil, current LA Rams Head Coach Sean McVay, Bose Senior Project Manager Matt Ruwe, and Bose Distinguished Engineer Dan Gauger.

Twenty Thousand Hertz is hosted by Dallas Taylor and produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound.

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/blue42 

Jan 28 2019

27mins

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#77 | The [COMPRESSED] History of Mastering

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Join us on a musical journey from the Golden Age of analog mastering to the digital methods of today. We’ll find out why the music industry became obsessed with loudness, and learn how the digital era transformed the way that music sounds. Featuring Greg Milner and Ian Shepherd.

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/historyofmastering

Sep 23 2019

31mins

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#43 | THX Deep Note, Part 1

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Since 1983 one of the most memorable parts of going to the movies has been the THX certification played during the previews. The accompanying sound logo called “The Deep Note” has fascinated, terrified, and mystified audiences for over three decades. What is THX really? How was “The Deep Note” created? And why does it elicit such a reaction from those who hear it? Featuring Andy Moorer, creator of “The Deep Note” and global director of marketing for THX, Rob Cowles.  

Twenty Thousand Hertz is hosted by Dallas Taylor and produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/thxdeepnote

Jun 11 2018

27mins

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#78 | The Loudness Wars

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In part 2 of the story of mastering, we explore the consequences of the Loudness War and call out some of the worst offenders. We’ll also hear about the artists and mastering engineers who have been fighting back, and learn how modern listening habits might finally put an end to this sonic arms race.

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound and hosted by Dallas Taylor.

Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook

Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/loudnesswars

Oct 07 2019

36mins

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#18 | Evolution of Accents

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When you describe yourself to others you might mention your height, hairstyle, or maybe your build. But one of the most telling things about you is something you can’t even see, yet it defines you more than you realize. Your accent tells others where you’re from, who you identify with, and maybe even where you’re going. How did accents evolve and why are American accents so different from British accents? Featuring Hollywood Dialect Coach Erik Singer and Linguistics Professor Dr. Walt Wolfram

Twenty Thousand Hertz is hosted by Dallas Taylor and produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/accents

Jun 27 2017

27mins

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#62 | The Booj

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Movie trailers have undergone a huge evolution. They’ve gone from those cheesy voice-of-God narrators in the ‘80s and ‘90s, to boojes and bwaas. Professor James Deaville delivers the history of trailers, and Youtuber Craven Moorhaus offers a hilarious takedown of the sounds and dialogue that are common in the modern trailer style. After you hear this episode, you’ll never be able to watch a blockbuster trailer the same way again. 

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound and hosted by Dallas Taylor

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/thebooj 

Mar 11 2019

26mins

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#28 | Disney Parks

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Theme parks have a way of transporting us to magical places, and sound is crucial in maintaining the illusion. From the most action-packed attractions to the background music playing between park areas, theme park sound designers have thought of it all. In this episode, we speak to Joe Herrington and Mike Fracassi, two Disney Imagineers who work to maintain the magic for guests of Disney Parks. 

Twenty Thousand Hertz is hosted by Dallas Taylor and produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/disneyparks

Nov 13 2017

24mins

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#5 | Sound of Extinction

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When was the last time you heard a dial-up modem? A dot matrix printer? A CD dropping into its plastic tray? Did you know it would be the last time? We talk to Rick Adams, a British reporter, about the impact of Big Ben being silenced for repairs next year and Madeline Ashby, a futurist, who has some pretty wild ideas of what sounds we’re about to lose... and have already lost but haven’t realized it yet.  

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/extinction

Dec 27 2016

18mins

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#40 | ASMR

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Do certain sounds give you the head tingles? If yes, this episode is full of ear candy for you! In this episode, we learn all about the phenomenon called autonomous sensory meridian response—or ASMR for short. This soothing episode features researchers Giulia Poerio (University of Sheffield), Craig Richard (ASMRuniversity.com), and ASMR artists Gentle Whispering, Jellybean Green, and Somni Rosae - as well as the team at Defacto Sound

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/asmr

Apr 30 2018

25mins

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#58 | Silence

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Our world is filled with sound. It exists in even the quietest corners of the planet. But what happens when all that sound is taken away? What is silence? There are very few places on Earth where silence actually exists, but in this episode, Dallas experiences it for himself thanks to a special room called an anechoic chamber. How do our brains process the complete nothingness of silence? Find out as Dallas locks himself alone inside the chamber. Featuring David Alvord and Nick Breen from the Georgia Tech Research Institute

20k is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound and hosted by Dallas Taylor

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/silence 

Jan 14 2019

25mins

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#36 | Hamilton

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Broadway’s award-winning, record-breaking, smash hit, Hamilton, is a musical unlike any other. Get the story from people in the room where it happens of how sound helps tell the musical’s story eight times a week. We talk to Nevin Steinberg, Hamilton’s Tony-nominated sound designer, Benny Reiner, Grammy-winning Hamilton percussionist, Anna-Lee Craig, Hamilton on Broadway A2, and Broadway sound design legend Abe Jacob. 

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound and hosted by Dallas Taylor

Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/hamilton

Mar 05 2018

31mins

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#6 | From Analog to Digital

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Did we lose anything when we transitioned from analog to digital? Learn about the Jedi skills old radio DJs had to have to spin vinyl on the radio, and meet a man who’s found himself trapped in a digital world and learn what he does to escape. Featuring Rick Adams and Craig Crane. 

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound and hosted by Dallas Taylor

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/analog

Jan 10 2017

18mins

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#72 | 808

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The 808 is arguably the most iconic drum machine ever made. Even if you’ve never heard of it, you’ve definitely heard it. It’s in dozens of hit songs -- from Usher to Marvin Gaye, Talking Heads to The Beastie Boys -- and its sounds have quietly cemented themselves in the cultural lexicon. In this episode, we try to understand how that happened and follow the unlikely path of the 808. Featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff and Paul McCabe from Roland

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/808 

Jul 29 2019

27mins

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#68 | Sonic Illusions

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What we hear is incredibly personal and we all hear things differently. Sometimes our ears can even play tricks on us. Sonic illusions put a spotlight on the unique function of our hearing and how our backgrounds and biology affect how we process sound. Psychologist Dr. Diana Deutsch and neuroscientist Dana Boebinger explain why our hearing is a unique sense and why sonic illusions can fool us. 

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/sonicillusions 

Jun 03 2019

24mins

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#16 | The Wilhelm Scream

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When it comes to movie screams, what’s the first one you think of? Is it a scream that evokes a sense of fear, pain, or maybe even… humor? Perhaps you immediately think about a famous “Scream Queen” or a specific scene from a movie. But you may not realize that the most famous scream in Hollywood has a name—and it’s been used over and over and over in countless films, television shows, and commercials. What makes it so good? And how did it become a filmmaker favorite? Featuring Steve Lee, sound designer, film historian, and creator of the Hollywood Sound Museum

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound and hosted by Dallas Taylor

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/wilhelmscream

May 30 2017

22mins

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#24 | Watergate

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Watergate might be the most widely-referenced scandal in our nation’s history. The actual word itself has been appropriated in order to name many later scandals. But for a new generation of Americans, the word Watergate might not mean much. What was it? Who was involved and why was it important? Featuring Luke Nichter, author of The Nixon Tapes, and founder of NixonTapes.org

20K is hosted by Dallas Taylor and made out of the studios of Defacto Sound

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/watergate

Sep 19 2017

27mins

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#45 | Misophonia

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The way our brains process sound affects the way we respond to sound. This episode is about why that happens in those who suffer from misophonia, the hatred of certain sounds. Featuring researcher Dr. Phillip Gander, psychologist Dr. Ali Mattu, and misophonics Meredith Rosol and Josh Furnas.  

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/misophonia

Jul 09 2018

20mins

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#83 | Historically Speaking

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Language is a uniquely human gift. We have shaped it to our individual and cultural needs, and it has shaped us in return. Professor Lera Boroditsky reveals how the sounds we make with our mouths influence what’s going on inside our brains. And podcaster Helen Zaltzmann shows us how important language can be to our identities, and what happens when those language identities are challenged.


Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/historicallyspeaking

Dec 02 2019

30mins

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#82 | Vroom Vroom

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When was the last time you turned off your radio and just listened to your car? What’s really going on under the hood? We chat with our own Nick Spradlin about the simple force at the heart of every gasoline engine and talk with legendary recordist Watson Wu about how the sound of wild and powerful sports cars are captured.


Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/vroomvroom

Nov 18 2019

30mins

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#81 I Baby Shark

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Baby Shark is a mega viral YouTube video, an unstoppable earworm, a top 40 hit, a Eurodance smash, a decades old campfire song, and the center of an international copyright dispute. In this episode from the podcast Decoder Ring, we explore the strange history of the song, what makes it so catchy, and who it really belongs to today.

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/babyshark

Nov 04 2019

40mins

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#80 I Virtual Choir

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Singing with others is a powerful form of expression. That's why the composer Eric Whitacre started the Virtual Choir; an experiment that connects singers from every corner of the globe. In this episode, we hear how a choir can unite people from different backgrounds to achieve a common goal - creating beautiful music.

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/virtualchoir

Oct 21 2019

29mins

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#79 I The Price is Right (Yeah, Yeah!)

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As a young composer, Edd Kalehoff was looking for his break. In the early 70s he struck gold, writing the theme song and music cues for The Price Is Right.

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/thepriceisright 

Oct 14 2019

25mins

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#78 | The Loudness Wars

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In part 2 of the story of mastering, we explore the consequences of the Loudness War and call out some of the worst offenders. We’ll also hear about the artists and mastering engineers who have been fighting back, and learn how modern listening habits might finally put an end to this sonic arms race.

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound and hosted by Dallas Taylor.

Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook

Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.

If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.

Check out Ian Shepherd’s podcast The Mastering Show.

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/loudnesswars

Oct 07 2019

36mins

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#77 | The [COMPRESSED] History of Mastering

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Join us on a musical journey from the Golden Age of analog mastering to the digital methods of today. We’ll find out why the music industry became obsessed with loudness, and learn how the digital era transformed the way that music sounds. Featuring Greg Milner and Ian Shepherd.

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.

Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook

Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.

If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.

Check out Ian Shepherd’s podcast The Mastering Show.

Check out Greg Milner’s book, Perfecting Sound Forever.

Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k.

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/historyofmastering

Sep 23 2019

31mins

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#76 I You've Got Mail!

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How a simple soundbite on America Online became one of the most recognizable sounds of the internet age, plus the creation of a whole new musical instrument. This episode features Elwood Edwards, the man behind the famous AOL “You’ve Got Mail” soundbite, and Bosco and Maya Kante, inventors of the ElectroSpit.

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/youvegotmail

Sep 16 2019

23mins

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#75 I Speak Easy

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We rarely think about the way we speak. For most of us, it just happens. In this episode, we catch up with two professional voice artists and chat about their rituals and techniques that help them communicate. Featuring voice actor Harry Shearer and NPR vocal coach Jessica Hansen.

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/speakeasy

Sep 09 2019

23mins

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#74 I Hear Here!

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Humans have been fascinated with acoustics since our earliest ancestors. From Roman amphitheaters to modern symphony halls, we’ve designed our spaces with sound in mind. But the relationship between acousticians and architects isn’t always smooth sailing. In this episode, we explore the way acoustics has shaped our history and what we might do to make our spaces sound better today. Featuring Emily Thompson, author of The Soundscape of Modernity and Professor of History at Princeton University, and Trevor Cox, author of Sonic Wonderland and Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford.

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/hearhere 

Aug 26 2019

23mins

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#73 I Stradivarius

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Stradivarius violins are reputed to have an exquisite sound that cannot be replicated or explained. Why is that? And what, exactly, is a Stradivarius violin anyway? This episode features interviews with The Strad magazine’s managing editor, Christian Lloyd, and violin maker Joseph Curtin

Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound and hosted by Dallas Taylor

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Can you tell the difference between a Stradivarius violin and a modern violin? Take the informal test here

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/stradivarius  

Aug 12 2019

26mins

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#72 | 808

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The 808 is arguably the most iconic drum machine ever made. Even if you’ve never heard of it, you’ve definitely heard it. It’s in dozens of hit songs -- from Usher to Marvin Gaye, Talking Heads to The Beastie Boys -- and its sounds have quietly cemented themselves in the cultural lexicon. In this episode, we try to understand how that happened and follow the unlikely path of the 808. Featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff and Paul McCabe from Roland

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/808 

Jul 29 2019

27mins

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#71 | Soundmarks®

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Companies spend a lot of time and effort perfecting the look of their brands. But now what a brand sounds like matters just as much. We trace the history from songs to jingles to what's called sonic branding, following the creative process that led to AT&T’s iconic four-note sound logo. And we'll explore what comes next: multi-sensory marketing. Can sound change how beer tastes? This episode originally aired on Household Name

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/soundmarks 

Jul 15 2019

30mins

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#70 | Deaf Gain

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The last few decades have seen amazing improvements in cochlear implant technology. Professor Michael Dorman reveals what they really sound like, and how they can help out with more than just our hearing. But should we be advocating cochlear implants at all? We chat with deaf graphic designer Brandon Edquist about why he chooses not to use his implant, and why the Deaf community is up in arms against them.  

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/deafgain 

Jul 01 2019

26mins

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#69 | Plants that Sing

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Have you ever wondered what your dog or cat would say to you if they could talk? How about your plant? In this episode we explore the world of bioacoustics and cognitive ecology. Featuring MIDI Sprout creator, Joe Patitucci, and ecologist, Monica Gagliano, who is the author of Thus Spoke the Plant

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/plantsthatsing 

Jun 17 2019

24mins

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#68 | Sonic Illusions

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What we hear is incredibly personal and we all hear things differently. Sometimes our ears can even play tricks on us. Sonic illusions put a spotlight on the unique function of our hearing and how our backgrounds and biology affect how we process sound. Psychologist Dr. Diana Deutsch and neuroscientist Dana Boebinger explain why our hearing is a unique sense and why sonic illusions can fool us. 

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/sonicillusions 

Jun 03 2019

24mins

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#67 | Mother of Dragons(ounds)

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Game of Thrones is a global phenomenon that has redefined the fantasy genre. Viewers from around the world gather every week to anxiously watch what will happen next. The actors, writers, directors, and visual artists have all received well-earned recognition for their role in the show. But some heroes’ work goes largely unnoticed. 

Paula Fairfield is the sound designer behind the more fantastical elements in Game of Thrones. She’s given a voice to dragons, direwolves, white walkers, and more. But the story behind these voices goes much deeper than you might think. Hear how Paula’s personal journey played a part in creating some of the most iconic fantasy sounds of the day, and how Game of Thrones helped restore her spirit. 

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/mother-of-dragonsounds 

May 20 2019

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#66 | Sound Escapes

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Over his long career, Gordon Hempton has mastered the art of truly listening. He’s known as the Sound Tracker. Some people call him an acoustic ecologist. His recordings and books have made him an international expert on the beauty and importance of undisturbed, natural soundscapes — and the ways human beings have changed them.

Now, Gordon Hempton is losing his hearing. But with that loss has come an intense urgency to share his life’s work — and his passion — with as many people as are willing to listen.  

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/soundescapes 

May 06 2019

32mins

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#65 | Voyager Golden Record

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In the late '70s, NASA launched Voyagers 1 & 2 to explore the furthest reaches of our solar system and beyond. But something amazing was included on those space probes... a 90-minute time capsule of sounds, language, and music from Earth called The Golden Record. Its intended recipient? Any intelligent extraterrestrial life that might stumble upon it. What did Carl Sagan and his team put on the record to represent all of humanity? How would aliens decode it?

For the first time ever, the album will be deconstructed track-by-track. Featuring Tim Ferris and Linda Salzman Sagan, two pioneers behind the record.

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/voyagergoldenrecord 

Apr 22 2019

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#64 | Birdsong

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When was the last time you stopped and really listened to birdsong? Ever wonder what they’re singing about? We chat to Kenn Kaufman and Dr. Irene Pepperberg about the extraordinary complexity to the avian arias, how they’re produced, what they mean, and how vocal acrobatics can reveal a surprising hidden intelligence. 

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/birdsong 

Apr 08 2019

28mins

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