166 episodes

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

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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

    MicroHertz #7: Trailers Through the Decades

    MicroHertz #7: Trailers Through the Decades

    Just like movies themselves, movie trailers tend to follow the trends of the time: from narrators that spoil every detail of the plot, to the cheesy MIDI tones of the 80s, to the “familiar songs reimagined” and epic boojes of today. In this episode, Dallas dissects the biggest trailer tropes of the last five decades, and gives his take on where they might be going next.

    1-900-20K-HRTZ

    1-900-20K-HRTZ

    In the late 80s and early 90s, 900 numbers were all the rage. For a couple bucks a minute, you could call and hear from Hulk Hogan and Freddy Kreuger, have a psychic predict your future, and even find true love. In this episode, we dig into the wild world of 900 numbers, and explore why they came about, what made them so appealing, and why they ultimately faded away. Featuring Doug Fraser of the Curious State podcast, 900 number experts Bob Bentz and David Wood, and a surprise guest…

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    • 38 min
    MicroHertz #6: Unsolved Sonic Mysteries

    MicroHertz #6: Unsolved Sonic Mysteries

    History is full of strange sounds that have never been fully explained, from huge explosions to alien space music. But what are the most likely causes of these sonic mysteries? In this episode Dallas puts on his deerstalker hat and goes out in search of answers.

    Tokyo Rose

    Tokyo Rose

    In World War II, the Japanese military operated a propaganda station called Radio Tokyo. Along with jazz music, the station featured several English-speaking female announcers, who became collectively known as Tokyo Rose. But who was Tokyo Rose? And was she really the treacherous villain that the US government made her out to be? This story comes from the History Daily podcast.

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    • 29 min
    TikTalk

    TikTalk

    In 2018, voiceover artist Bev Standing recorded 10,000 sentences for the Chinese Institute of Acoustics. Bev was told the recordings would be used for a translation app, but three years later, she was shocked to discover that she had become the default voice of TikTok in North America. On TikTok, Bev heard herself saying all kinds of wild and inappropriate things. So, she decided to sue. In this episode, Bev tells her story, and we hear from the voice who replaced her.

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    • 27 min
    MicroHertz #5: Scary Sounds/Silly Sounds

    MicroHertz #5: Scary Sounds/Silly Sounds

    Which sounds are fine during the daytime, but terrifying at night? Dallas has the answers. Plus, a parrot that performs Talking Heads songs, a breakdown of how whoopee cushions work, and the dramatic intensity of Japanese speed poetry. Finally, Dallas shares an impressive Howie Mandel impression.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

AJfuture ,

Regular person who has learned a lot

I’m not a musician or any other type of professional who relies on their ears. I’m just a regular person and I have learned so much about using my ears!

Vic’s Apple Acct ,

Dallas describes the soundtrack to our lives

For as long as I can remember, I have wondered why all the sounds in our environment exist, from bird languages to the often painful warning noises employed by various devices.

As a person who has difficulty dealing with loud noise, it helps me process some of this chaos and put it into order. Thanks, Dallas, and thank you so much for having Kirk Hamilton from Strong Songs on your show. He has helped me understand music.

Victoria
Boulder, Colorado

RascalDaPug ,

Great show

What a great podcast! Informs you on the sounds & music you take for granted, and how they came to be, I love to see a new episode on my podcast list!

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