205 episodes

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

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    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 475 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

    Nursery Rhymes

    Nursery Rhymes

    Many of the songs we sing to our children are hundreds of years old, with their original meanings obscured by history. In this episode, producer Leila Battison takes Dallas on a dark, surprising journey through history’s most famous nursery rhymes and lullabies, and up through the “Baby Sharks” and “Happy Songs” of today. Along the way, they share the songs they’ve made up for their own children, and explore why this music is just as important to parents as it is to kids.

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    • 41 min
    Silent Sea

    Silent Sea

    Whale songs are some of the most beautiful, cathartic sounds in nature. These extraordinary creatures use sound to socialize, to mate, to find food, and avoid predators. But for aquatic animals, the sounds of human activity can be absolutely devastating. With underwater noise pollution on the rise, what can we do to ensure the survival of these amazing creatures? Featuring acoustician Al Jones, Professor John Hildebrand of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Vox Senior Producer Christophe Haubursin.

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    • 24 min
    TikTok’s Boom-Bling

    TikTok’s Boom-Bling

    TikTok’s sonic logo is one of the fastest growing sonic logos in history. Today, that little sound is being heard millions of times a day on apps like Instagram, Reddit and Youtube… but creating it wasn’t easy. To make it, the creative team went through thousands of iterations, executed a covert marketing strategy, and fought through a final debate about a single note. Featuring Roscoe Williamson and Aifric Lennon from MassiveMusic.

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    • 23 min
    Late Night

    Late Night

    The sound of Late Night television is a complex beast with many moving parts. In this episode, we step inside the daily hustle of Broadcast Mixer Fred Hedemark as he and his team bring the sound of Late Night with Seth Meyers to life. Along the way, Fred reveals the highs and lows of working on a high-adrenaline, live-to-tape TV show, and shares some never-heard recordings from his years on the show.

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    • 26 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
475 Ratings

475 Ratings

Not_NewYorkTimea ,

Absolutely amazing

I stumbled upon this podcast one day, and decided to give it a listen. Ever since then I have been delving deeper and deeper into the episodes, discovering new and interesting stories about sound. Definitely listen

EIDIO_DJ ,

Love this!

20 Thousand Hertz is a must-listen for anyone curious about sound. It’s a rare blend of education, entertainment, and exceptional audio production that will leave you eagerly awaiting each new episode. Highly recommended!

27cjr bear ,

It’s good and informative, not much else to say.

The information is very interesting and the audio is even more captivating.

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