89 episodes

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

Twenty Thousand Hertz Dallas Taylor

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

    #88 | Noise "R" Us

    #88 | Noise "R" Us

    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

    • 29 min
    #87 | Good Vibes

    #87 | Good Vibes

    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.

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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

    • 29 min
    #86 | 4′33″

    #86 | 4′33″

    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. 
    Listen to more of Martin Zalta Austwick’s music at palebirdmusic.com.
    Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/433

    • 36 min
    #85 | Seinfeld

    #85 | Seinfeld

    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."

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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

    • 29 min
    #84 | Sonic Wonderland

    #84 | Sonic Wonderland

    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

    • 23 min
    #83 | Historically Speaking

    #83 | Historically Speaking

    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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    Check out SONOS at sonos.com.
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    Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/historicallyspeaking

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

Tek720 ,

Great insights

So entertaining for me as I’ve worked in post for film and TV sound design for 25 years.
Insightful prospective on sound.

TempleDog ,

Broadens your audio horizons

A remarkably well produced guide to the world of sound, both natural and produced, from movie and tv audio to music to games to the world in general. Highly recommended.

Lskatherinm33 ,

Always interesting

I listen to this on the way to work and it’s always an interesting topic. Well researched and great presentation.

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