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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.

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!

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

Latest release on Oct 21, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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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

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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.

You can reach Steve at stevelack.com

Check out An Arm and a Leg wherever you get your podcasts.

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

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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

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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

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

Check out and subscribe to Decoder Ring wherever you get your podcasts.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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Visit mystery.20k.org to enter this weeks mystery sound.

Subscribe to The Truth wherever you get your podcasts. Or go to the truthpodcast.com

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

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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

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

Check out more videos from the Auralnauts at youtube.com/Auralnauts

Check out Song Exploder wherever you get your podcasts. 

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

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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.  

Check out Defacto Sound, the studios that produced Twenty Thousand Hertz, hosted by Dallas Taylor

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

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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

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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.


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

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

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.

Check out and subscribe to Risk! wherever you get your podcasts.

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

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

Check out and subscribe to ZigZag wherever you get your podcasts.

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

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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

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Jul 29 2019

28mins

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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

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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

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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

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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

Check out Defacto Sound, the studios that produced Twenty Thousand Hertz, hosted by Dallas Taylor

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

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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

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May 30 2017

21mins

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