104 episodes

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

Twenty Thousand Hertz TED

    • Design
    • 4.9 • 2.6K Ratings

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

    Vocal Discords

    Vocal Discords

    Musicians like Justin Timberlake, Adele, Björk and Rod Stewart have all had surgery to treat vocal nodes. Nodes are so widely discussed, they've almost become a boogeyman in the singing community. But is this condition really as common as people fear? And when nodes do develop, is all hope truly lost? Featuring vocal coach Katie Talbot and Professor and Chairman of the Ear, Nose, and Throat Department at Drexel University of Medicine Dr. Robert Sataloff.

    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.
    Learn how you can protect your voice at nidcd.nih.gov.
    Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/vocaldiscords
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    • 26 min
    Deepfake Dallas

    Deepfake Dallas

    Using artificial intelligence, someone can make an algorithm that sounds just like you. And then they can say... whatever they want you to say. We're entering a brand new era: One where you can no longer trust your ears. Welcome to the world of audio deepfakes. Featuring deepfake wizard Tim McSmythurs, cybersecurity expert Riana Pfefferkorn and a brand-new host: Deepfake Dallas.

    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.
    Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/deepfakedallas
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    • 25 min
    The City That Never Sleeps

    The City That Never Sleeps

    When writer Paige Towers moved to one of the loudest cities in the world, she found herself overcome with anxiety and depression. She came to realize that the noise of the city itself, and the inability to escape from it, was making a huge impact on her mental health. With the help of the internet, Paige was able to discover a deceptively simple solution. But the negative health implications of noise pollution are anything but simple.

    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/citythatneversleeps
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    • 27 min
    Ta-dum! It's Netflix

    Ta-dum! It's Netflix

    The Netflix ta-dum sound has quickly become one of the most iconic sound logos of our generation. I bet you can hear it in your head right now. This sound is heard countless times, every single day, all over the world. But the Netflix sound was almost very different than the one we know today. Hear the story of how one of the biggest sound logos of all time was made. Featuring Todd Yellin - VP of Product at Netflix, Tanya Kumar - Brand Design Lead at Netflix, and Lon Bender and Charlie Campagna from the Formosa Group.

    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/netflix
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    • 26 min
    Introducing Twenty Thousand Hertz

    Introducing Twenty Thousand Hertz

    The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds. Subscribe now.
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    • 2 min
    McElroys, Mysteries and Me

    McElroys, Mysteries and Me

    Join Dallas and the McElroy brothers (hosts of My Brother, My Brother and Me) as they compete to see which brother has the best ear. We dust off our old mystery sounds to test the McElroy's on their knowledge of pop culture, science, and the mundane. Which brother has the best ear? Find out, in this heated and hilarious game... of mystery sounds.

    Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound and hosted by Dallas Taylor. 
    Follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, & Reddit.
    Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate. 
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    Check out SONOS at sonos.com.
    Check out the McElroy brothers' podcasts My Brother, My Brother, and Me and The Adventure Zone at themcelroy.family or wherever you get your podcasts.
    Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/mcelroysmysteriesandme
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

TSaxman28 ,

Great podcast!!

I love listening to this podcast. I teach a sound design course and, besides talking about great topics, the shows give me an incredible amount of information and inspiration that I bring to the students!! Thank you.

qbicle ,

The podcast I’ve been waiting for

What a pleasure it was to stumble onto a podcast that speaks to so many of my obsessions and fascinations. It offers beautifully produced episodes that pay loving tribute to surprising and wonderful facets of our relationship to sound throughout history. Listen and enjoy!

Daily podcast listener ,

So well-done

A great writer or producer can make anything fascinating. And this podcast is a perfect example. Family-friendly - even my teen and tween enjoy it. Great fun, and enlightening to boot.

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