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

Twenty Thousand Hertz Twenty Thousand Hertz

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    • 4.9 • 216 Ratings

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

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Untranslatable Words

    Untranslatable Words

    What do you call it when you’re homesick for a place you’ve never been? Is there a word for letting books pile up in your house without reading them? How about weather that looks beautiful out the window, but that you wouldn’t want to go out in? For this episode, we worked with Babbel to bring you our second annual Untranslatable Words challenge. In it, resident linguist Grace East pits the Twenty Thousand Hertz crew against each other in a hilarious and enlightening multilingual game show.

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    • 29 min
    Hans Zimmer's Remote Control

    Hans Zimmer's Remote Control

    Hans Zimmer is responsible for some of the most iconic film scores of the last 35 years. So how does one person create so much amazing music? It turns out, he doesn’t do it alone. In this episode, Hans Zimmer’s incredible team pulls back the curtain to reveal their extraordinary creative process, and uncover the secrets behind the otherworldly music of Dune. Featuring Raul Vega, Taurees Habib, Suzanne Waters, Tina Guo, and Steve Mazarro.

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    • 47 min
    Aural Obscura

    Aural Obscura

    All over the world, there are unique and breathtaking sounds that you can only hear in one specific place. In this episode, we travel to two of the most astounding sonic wonders in the United States. The first is a hidden sound installation in Times Square that might be the most visited art exhibit on Earth. The second is an enormous organ built right into the rock of an ancient Virginian cave. These stories originally aired on the Atlas Obscura podcast.

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    • 28 min
    All About That Bass

    All About That Bass

    If you listen to vintage music, one of the first things you’ll notice is the complete lack of bass. But turn on a Top 40 station today, and you’ll hear song after song with deep, sub-ratting bass tones. So how and why did this change happen? For this episode, we worked with OnePlus to tell the story of our collective obsession with bass, and the one device that transformed the sound of popular music. Featuring hip-hop legend DJ Jazzy Jeff and Roland's Paul McCabe.

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    • 26 min
    Industrial Musicals

    Industrial Musicals

    For more than three decades, it was common for American companies to put on “industrial musicals” for their employees. These elaborate productions could rival Broadway shows, and featured original songs about the company and its products. And while this music was never intended for the general public, once you hear it for yourself, you might just get hooked. This is a story about bathroom remodeling, corporate art, and one man’s obsession with a forgotten corner of pop culture. Featuring comedy writer and collector Steve Young.

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    • 31 min
    Into the Huluverse

    Into the Huluverse

    Today, virtually every streaming platform has a sonic logo, from HBO’s classic “Static Angel” to the iconic Netflix “Tudum.” For Hulu, standing out in such a crowded marketplace has been a process of experimentation and revision. In this episode, we chart the evolution of Hulu’s sonic branding across 5 unique sonic logos. Along the way, the creative team shares unused alternate versions for the first time, and breaks down how they used AI to test their latest sound. Featuring Dan Capstick of DixonBaxi, Matthew Wilcock of Zelig Sound, and Reid Thompson of Hulu.

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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
216 Ratings

216 Ratings

Grum 1308 ,

Always Interesting!

This podcast never fails to engage you with the stories and information conveyed - it’s always interesting and I love the mystery sound. It’s one I wait for the best episode for and I come away knowing things I didn’t know before!

Groot 4 ,

Wow

Twenty Thousand Hertz is a beautifully crafted podcast about the power of sound, how we experience sound, our brains’ filtering abilities, and what actually makes sound.

It is probably the best podcast I have ever listened to.

If you’re just starting out, trust me. Try Twenty Thousand Hertz.

KillaraCowgirl ,

Breathe

Twenty Thousand Hertz always amazes me. I would not have thought that stories about sound could be so interesting yet every time I listen, I’m drawn in. Tonight, I listened to an episode titled “Breathe” and it was one of the most heartfelt stories, told so eloquently, that I’ve ever heard. Dallas Taylor unfolds himself to the listener and allows himself to be vulnerable and honest in a way rarely heard. My heart ached for him in his journey and was lifted up by the love he now has surrounding him. To all who helped create this episode, “Bravo!” This was storytelling elevated to art form.

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