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

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    • 4.9 • 3.7K 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
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    Industrial Musicals

    Industrial Musicals

    For more than three decades, it was common for American companies to put on “industrial musicals” for their employees. These elaborate productions could rival Broadway shows, and featured original songs about the company and its products. And while this music was never intended for the general public, once you hear it for yourself, you might just get hooked. This is a story about bathroom remodeling, corporate art, and one man’s obsession with a forgotten corner of pop culture. Featuring comedy writer and collector Steve Young.

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    • 31 min
    Into the Huluverse

    Into the Huluverse

    Today, virtually every streaming platform has a sonic logo, from HBO’s classic “Static Angel” to the iconic Netflix “Tudum.” For Hulu, standing out in such a crowded marketplace has been a process of experimentation and revision. In this episode, we chart the evolution of Hulu’s sonic branding across 5 unique sonic logos. Along the way, the creative team shares unused alternate versions for the first time, and breaks down how they used AI to test their latest sound. Featuring Dan Capstick of DixonBaxi, Matthew Wilcock of Zelig Sound, and Reid Thompson of Hulu.

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    • 26 min
    Welcome to Twenty Thousand Hertz

    Welcome to Twenty Thousand Hertz

    The world of sound is full of great stories. To get in touch with your sonic world, follow Twenty Thousand Hertz right here in your podcast player. If you’re already a listener, send this trailer to someone you know would love the show.
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    • 2 min
    Tournament of Champions

    Tournament of Champions

    For our fourth annual Mystery Sound Game Show, we pitted the winners from the past three years against each other. The result? Chaos and hilarity. So unclog your ears, put on your listening cap, and get ready to play along. Featuring Travis McElroy, John Lagomarsino and Emily Jankowski.

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    • 45 min
    Tune Tech

    Tune Tech

    From electric guitars to samplers to drum machines and beyond, the music we love is only possible thanks to the technology used to create it. In many ways, the history of popular music is really a history of technological innovation. In this episode, we partnered with BandLab to unpack four inventions that changed music forever. Featuring author and journalist Greg Milner.

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    • 27 min
    Headphone Handbook

    Headphone Handbook

    The world of headphones is a deep rabbit hole. With thousands of options and endless technical jargon, it’s hard to know which factors really matter, and which ones are just marketing gimmicks. In this episode, we cut through all of the gobbledygook, and break down the ins and outs of headphones to help you find your perfect pair. Featuring Wirecutter’s resident headphone expert Lauren Dragan.

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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

Geoff.D ,

Really worth a listen!

I really enjoy the Twenty Thousand Hertz Podcast. I have been listening for several years now and look forward to each episode. I find the topics very interesting and have learned a lot. I have narrowed down the number of Podcasts I have Twenty Thousand Hertz is definitely a keeper.

snuffles 379 ,

Thank you

I’ve been listening to your podcast for 7 years. Thank you so much for all the care you put into it. I can hear every note, every penny, every click. This podcast is artistic in its love for sound.

sjghhz ,

Best show EVER!!! :)

Very well done, funny, and just good. The mystery sounds are very ingenious and interesting. I love and recommend it to all. It also dives deep into the recognition of the people who help make it. Love it a lot and I hope you do to! :) :) :)
Just love Love LOVE it!

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