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Twenty Thousand Hertz

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Rank #3 in Design category

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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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Super thoughtful presentation of often ignored parts of life.

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One of the best hidden gems in podcasts

Fascinating!

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Well researched and interesting!

iTunes Ratings

2415 Ratings
Average Ratings
2222
111
33
15
34

Super thoughtful presentation of often ignored parts of life.

By Qwaszxedxrfcvgt - May 23 2020
Read more
One of the best hidden gems in podcasts

Fascinating!

By BooksinNewYork - May 20 2020
Read more
Well researched and interesting!
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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.

Rank #1: #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

16mins

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Rank #2: #85 | Seinfeld

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No bass for you!! In 1987, TV composer Jonathan Wolff was still trying to make a name for himself in Hollywood. Then one day, he got a call from Jerry Seinfeld, who needed music for his new sitcom. This is the story behind the unforgettable music of Seinfeld, and how Jonathan Wolff’s unique approach helped make Seinfeld a TV classic."


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

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Find Jonathan on Instagram and on Twitter.

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

Jan 08 2020

29mins

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Rank #3: #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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Rank #4: #44 | THX Deep Note, Part 2

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Whether you're 6 years old, or 96 years old, one of the most memorable parts of going to the movies for the last three decades has been the THX "Deep Note" trailer. Unfortunately, they lost the original sound file. What happened? Also, what do sound designers & musicians think about it? Featuring Andy Moorer, creator of “The Deep Note” and global director of marketing for THX, Rob Cowles. The episode also features Musician, Producer and Professor Thomas Dolby, and Scott Simonelli, the founder of Veritonic

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/thxdeepnote2

Jun 25 2018

29mins

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Rank #5: #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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Rank #6: #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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Rank #7: #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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Rank #8: #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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Rank #9: #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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Rank #10: #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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Rank #11: #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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Rank #12: #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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Rank #13: #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.


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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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Rank #14: #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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Rank #15: #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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Rank #16: #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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Rank #17: #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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Rank #18: #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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Rank #19: #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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Rank #20: #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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#95 | Makin' Whoopee!

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Farts have been funny to humans for thousands of years. This basic bodily function has countless nicknames around the world, but our fascination with farts is probably best illustrated by the simple whoopee cushion. In this episode from the podcast Brought to You By, Charlie Herman reports on the history of the whoopee cushion and why we can't help but laugh when we hear that sound.


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/makinwhoopee

May 27 2020

30mins

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#94 | Pew Pew

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When you think about Star Wars, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Lightsabers? Spaceships? Alien creatures? What about all of the sounds that go with those things? How were those sounds made, and what makes them so good? In this episode, we explore how legendary Sound Designer Ben Burtt created the sonic universe of Star Wars from scratch, one sound at a time. Featuring Marshall McGhee.


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/pewpew

May 13 2020

37mins

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#93 | That's All Folks!

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Mel Blanc is a legendary voice actor who voiced more than 400 distinct characters. But in 1961, Mel was involved in a potentially fatal car accident. In this episode, we discover the unlikely source that saved him and hear how Mel spent his later years. Plus, we explore what it takes to pass the torch. Featuring interviews with Mel’s son, Noel Blanc, and voice actor Bob Bergen.


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/thatsallfolks

Apr 29 2020

24mins

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#92 | Ehh... What's Up, Doc?

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Bugs Bunny, Barney Rubble, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, and many more were all voiced by one man, Mel Blanc. Discover the incredible life and talent that helped to elevate the animation industry into big business. Featuring interviews with Mel’s son, Noel Blanc, and voice actors Debi Derryberry and Bob Bergen.


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/whatsupdoc

Apr 15 2020

28mins

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#91 | Twenty Parts Per Thousand

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The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting smells.


Throughout history, humans have gone to great lengths to indulge their sense of smell. We explore the contemporary scent industry to see how modern creatives are utilizing works of olfactory art everywhere from Disney World to high-end museums. Featuring Disney Imagineer Gary Powell and former New York Times scent critic Chandler Burr.


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/twentypartsperthousand

Apr 01 2020

26mins

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#90 | Cremona

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There’s a town in northern Italy that’s home to the most famous violin makers in history. The museum there holds some of the most unique and prized violins in the world - but we’re in danger of losing their sounds forever. In this episode from the podcast This is Love, Phoebe Judge reports on how a town stayed quiet to preserve an instrument they love.


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/cremona

Mar 18 2020

27mins

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#89 | Satanic Panic!

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From the sixties to the nineties parents worried messages hidden in rock albums would make their children do drugs and worship the devil. The truth could only be revealed if these records were played backwards. Bryan Gardiner unveils the history behind the backmasking panic and Curiosity Daily’s Ashley Hamer explains why our brains hear hidden messages... even when they’re not there!


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/satanicpanic

Mar 04 2020

32mins

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#88 | Noise "R" Us

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From See ‘n Say to Speak & Spell, and beyond, toys provide the soundtrack of our childhoods. Huge advancements in computer technology in recent decades mean that today’s toys can make a wider variety of sounds than ever before. In this episode, “The Toy Guy” Chris Byrne takes us on a nostalgic look back at the recent history of recorded sound in toys; then, with Dr. Hamid Djalilian, we consider what all that technological advancement means for young ears in the 21st century. 


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/noiserus

Feb 19 2020

29mins

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#87 | Good Vibes

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We know that music has the power to affect our moods, but you might be surprised by just how deep the rabbit hole goes. Music can affect our brains and bodies in profound ways. Professor Jessica Grahn tells us how our love for music has shaped us as humans while Nate Sloan unpacks our appreciation of music, and reveals how it can be used to manipulate us, both for bad and for good.


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

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Follow Jessica Grahn’s music and neuroscience research at the Twitter handle @Neurobeats.

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

Feb 05 2020

29mins

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#86 | 4′33″

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John Cage was a respected composer when, in 1952, he created his “silent piece”, 4’33’’ - a piece that would have the music world scratching their heads. This episode asks whether 4’33’’ is really “silent”, and we explore the history of a piece musicians still talk about today - and speak to the man who campaigned to get it to the top the British charts in 2010. Featuring composers Kyle Gann and Nahre Sol, and artist Dave Hilliard.


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

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Check out Kyle Gann’s No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33" wherever you get your books.

See Nahre’s work at nahresol.com.

Find Dave Hilliard on Instragram at davehilliardart

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Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/433

Jan 22 2020

36mins

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#85 | Seinfeld

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No bass for you!! In 1987, TV composer Jonathan Wolff was still trying to make a name for himself in Hollywood. Then one day, he got a call from Jerry Seinfeld, who needed music for his new sitcom. This is the story behind the unforgettable music of Seinfeld, and how Jonathan Wolff’s unique approach helped make Seinfeld a TV classic."


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/seinfeld

Jan 08 2020

29mins

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#84 | Sonic Wonderland

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There’s a reason we call tourists “sightseers”. As a society, we’re totally obsessed with the way things look. But our world is full of beautiful, fascinating and bizarre sounds. Join us on a sonic adventure around the world, as we climb up sand dunes, plunge into the Arctic Ocean, and even travel back in time. When we celebrate these treasures, we become better listeners and the world becomes a richer and more exciting place. Featuring Trevor Cox, author of Sonic Wonderland and Now You’re Talking.


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/sonicwonderland

Dec 16 2019

23mins

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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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The Allusionist is on tour! Check dates and locations at theallustionist.org/events. And if you haven’t already, listen and subscribe to The Allusionist wherever you get your podcasts.

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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.

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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.

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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/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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Super thoughtful presentation of often ignored parts of life.

By Qwaszxedxrfcvgt - May 23 2020
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One of the best hidden gems in podcasts

Fascinating!

By BooksinNewYork - May 20 2020
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Well researched and interesting!