87 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.

    #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."

    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

    • 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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    Check out SONOS at sonos.com.
    Check out and subscribe to Reveal wherever you get your podcasts.
    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. 
    Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook.  
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    Check out SONOS at sonos.com.
    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

    • 30 min
    #82 | Vroom Vroom

    #82 | Vroom Vroom

    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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    Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.
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    Get a 14 day free trial of Zapier at zapier.com/20k.
    Check out SONOS at sonos.com.
    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

    • 30 min
    #81 I Baby Shark

    #81 I Baby Shark

    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. 
    Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook. 
    Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate. 
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    Check out SONOS at sonos.com.
    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

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

yellow_larches ,

Music to my ears :)

If you enjoy music, podcasts, or just speaking with other people, then sound is probably important to you. 20 thousand herz has completely expanded my appreciation for all the sounds that enrich our lives: some common, and some rare. From whale songs to mysophonia to ASMR, these beautiful podcasts will expand your sound-horizon.

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Wonderful

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I can’t stop listening!

I am LOVING this podcast! Today was my first listen and after hearing one episode I could not stop listening to the next, then the next... and so on...

Very interesting topics and the host is excellent! Give it a listen. You won’t be disappointed!

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