140 episodes

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

Twenty Thousand Hertz Dallas Taylor

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 3.2K Ratings

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

    Sul Sul

    Sul Sul

    When The Sims was first being developed, the creators faced a problem. They knew they wanted these characters to talk and interact, but they were worried that using a real language would quickly get repetitive and annoying. So, they decided to make one up. This is the story of Simlish: How it was created, why it works so well, and why artists ranging from The Black Eyed Peas to The Flaming Lips have re-recorded their songs in this gibberish language. Featuring Sims Designer & Voiceover Director Claire Curtin, Composer & Audio Director Jerry Martin, voice actress Krizia Bajos, and Youtuber Rachybop.

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    • 28 min
    Welcome to Twenty Thousand Hertz

    Welcome to Twenty Thousand Hertz

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    • 2 min
    Aural Exam

    Aural Exam

    For our second annual Mystery Sound competition, we’ve rounded up the 20 best sounds from the past year, and invited the hosts of Underunderstood to test their ears in a competitive guessing game. So bust out those Q-tips, turn up your headphones, and prepare to guess along as we find out who will be the ultimate Mystery Sound Champion.

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    • 42 min
    HBO 2.0

    HBO 2.0

    In part 2 of our series on HBO, we explore the tough questions that the company faced in the digital era: Are people still willing to sit through a 90-second theme song before they watch a movie? Does the sound of analog TV static even make sense to younger viewers? Could the company change with the times without losing the nostalgia they had built around their key sounds? Featuring composer Ferdinand Jay Smith, former HBO Executive Vice President Bruce Richmond, HBO and HBO Max Head of Brand Marketing Jason Mulderig, and Made Music Studio Creative Director Mickey Alexander.

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    • 30 min
    It's Not TV. It's HBO.

    It's Not TV. It's HBO.

    In the 1980s, every movie that aired on HBO began with a truly epic theme song—a sweeping orchestral piece that triggers instant nostalgia for anyone who grew up with it. Then in the 90s, HBO introduced a 5-second audio logo for their original content. Today, we associate that sound with some of the most groundbreaking TV shows of all time. In this episode, we reveal the story behind the creation of these two iconic sounds. Featuring composer Ferdinand Jay Smith and former HBO Executive Vice President Bruce Richmond.

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    • 27 min
    Zzzzzzzzzzzrr...

    Zzzzzzzzzzzrr...

    If you’re a human being, chances are, you know someone who is a big time snorer. You're falling asleep to the gentle sounds of crickets, and then BAM, you hear a snore that sounds like an angry troll. So who was the first snorer? And why is snoring still so popular after all these years? This story, which is definitely about snoring, comes from the podcast Endless Thread.

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
3.2K Ratings

3.2K Ratings

Crane flight ,

If you haven’t already…

…please do an episode on that iconic falling/wailing guy sound (you’ll see what I’m talking about if you look it up. It has at least 50 years of history, and if still used everywhere today.

TigerMcGee ,

Favorite of all time!

Favorite podcast of all time. I’ve told countless people about this show. Love listening to the sounds of everyday life. Thank you!!!

dlandfan ,

20 thousand hertz

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