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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.

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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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2101 Ratings
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1931
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Wonderful

By almaha01 - Jan 05 2020
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This podcast is great. It sounds wonderful and has interesting topics. Thanks

My fav

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

iTunes Ratings

2101 Ratings
Average Ratings
1931
97
30
12
31

Wonderful

By almaha01 - Jan 05 2020
Read more
This podcast is great. It sounds wonderful and has interesting topics. Thanks

My fav

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

Latest release on Jan 22, 2020

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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: #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 #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: #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 #5: #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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Rank #6: #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 #7: #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 #8: #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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Rank #9: #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 #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

Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook. Our website is 20k.org

Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate

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

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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: #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.

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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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Rank #12: #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 #13: #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 #14: #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 #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: #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 #17: #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.

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/loudnesswars

Oct 07 2019

36mins

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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: #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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Rank #20: #63 | Phone Tones

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We unpack how touch tone dialing changed communication forever. Join us on a deep, quirky dive into telephone history. We’ll also deconstruct these sounds and reveal their hidden brilliance. Featuring author Annabel Dodd and telephone aficionado Jim Hebbeln of the Telecommunications History Group

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/phonetones 

Mar 25 2019

25mins

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