153 episodes

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

Twenty Thousand Hertz Twenty Thousand Hertz

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 3.3K 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

    Introducing MicroHertz

    Introducing MicroHertz

    We’re thrilled to announce the launch of MicroHertz, a brand new bonus series available exclusively to our premium subscribers. MicroHertz will feature mini stories, Q&As, sound news, and much more. The first episode is available now. In it, Dallas gives a behind-the-scenes breakdown of making episode #150, “Breathe.” To get MicroHertz and our entire catalog completely ad-free, sign up at 20k.org/plus, or by tapping Subscribe in Apple Podcasts.
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    • 3 min
    MicroHertz #1: Reflecting on “Breathe”

    MicroHertz #1: Reflecting on “Breathe”

    Welcome to MicroHertz, a new show made exclusively for our premium subscribers! On MicroHertz, Dallas & the team will answer listener questions, comment on recent sound-related news, tell behind the scenes stories from our episodes, and more.

    In this first episode, Dallas reflects on working with the Meditative Story podcast to create our 150th episode, “Breathe.” He also talks about how he chooses which stories we turn into episodes, and why some take more than a year to make.

    Breathe

    Breathe

    What if you woke up one day, and found that you could no longer do the thing that gave you the most joy in your life? The thing that gave you purpose? The thing that defined your past, and was supposed to define your future? For our 150th episode, Dallas tells the personal story of how he lost something that meant the world to him… and how that loss eventually led him to become the person he is today. This story comes from the podcast Meditative Story.

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    • 36 min
    Relearning Boléro

    Relearning Boléro

    In the same way that optical illusions can trick our eyes, auditory illusions can trick our ears. This raises a serious question: what is hearing, and how much of it is actually made up by our brains? In this story from the Unexplainable podcast, we explore how our brains create the sonic world around us, and what it takes to harness that mysterious power. Featuring psychologist Diana Deutsch, hearing researcher Matthew Winn and author Mike Chorost. 

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    • 42 min
    Ghosts in the (Hit) Machine

    Ghosts in the (Hit) Machine

    Many of today’s biggest songs are written and produced by people whose names don’t appear anywhere in the credits. They’re called ghostwriters and ghost producers, and they’re a huge part of the music industry. So what’s it like to watch your song become a hit when you can’t legally talk about it? And how do you get in the mindset of a legendary rap star, in order to write verses for them? Featuring rapper and ghost songwriter Skyzoo and producer Dame Taylor.

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    • 31 min
    Windows_Logon.wav

    Windows_Logon.wav

    Part 2 of our series on the Windows startup sounds picks up when Microsoft made the radical decision to kill the startup sound in Windows 8. In this episode, we explore the forces that led to that decision, unpack how Microsoft channeled the music of language into their new UI sounds, and reveal 2 secret startup sounds that were nearly lost to time. Featuring former Microsoft Lead UI Designer Jensen Harris and Sound Designer Matthew Bennett.

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.3K Ratings

3.3K Ratings

tiller 5000 ,

Totally Rad!

Its a great podcast, very interesting and I love to listen to your episodes weekly!
Thanks for all the great research oh all of these astonishing sounds!

Bastardsack ,

I’m Dallas Taylor

And I don’t like to talk about myself, but here’s a two part episode on me. Oh, and one about people who share my name.

I kid. I love this show, when it’s not a rerun.

cartakk is the best😄 ,

Best podcast

Great podcast! 100000/1 stars my mom discovered it and I have listened stench an have hon back and listened to them all and they are great. AWESOME

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