174 episodes

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

Twenty Thousand Hertz Twenty Thousand Hertz

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 3.4K 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
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    MicroHertz: Talkin’ Turkey

    MicroHertz: Talkin’ Turkey

    When it comes to Thanksgiving, there’s one animal that always comes to mind: the majestic turkey. But there’s more to this bird than cranberry sauce and Presidential pardons. That’s because turkeys have rich and varied vocalizations, and can express all kinds of things with their calls.

    In this episode, Dallas learns the difference between assembly calls, kee-kees and gobble gobbles. Along the way, he shares his thoughts on the perfect Thanksgiving meal, and which sounds he associates with this holiday.

    Synth War II: Digital Doom

    Synth War II: Digital Doom

    In the 1960s, Bob Moog and Don Buchla built synthesizers that changed the world. But by the early 80s, they faced a new challenger who threatened to bring it all crumbling down: the digital synthesizer. To defeat this opponent, they’d have to recruit a new ally… and maybe even join forces. Featuring Bob’s daughter Michelle Moog-Koussa, Don’s collaborator Ami Radunskaya, and journalist Ryan Gaston.

    Watch Welcome to Synth, our first original Youtube video.
    Follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, & Reddit.
    Sign up for Twenty Thousand Hertz+ to get our entire catalog ad-free + our bonus show MicroHertz.
    If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.
    Read Ryan Gaston’s tech & music articles on Perfect Circuit’s SIGNAL blog.
    Find out more about Robert Moog’s work at the Moogseum.
    To start hiring now, visit indeed.com/hertz.
    Find the right doctor, right now with at zocdoc.com/20k.
    Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/digitaldoom
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    • 26 min
    MicroHertz: Found in Translation

    MicroHertz: Found in Translation

    English borrows a lot of words from other languages, because they express an idea or a feeling perfectly. Examples we use all the time include déjà vu, zeitgeist, and kamikaze. But there are plenty more that you might have never heard before.

    In this episode, Dallas and Andrew take an untranslatable word quiz created by Twenty Thousand Hertz producer and resident linguist Grace East. Prepare to ‘pardon your tartles’, feel the ‘gigils’ and be overcome by ‘trepverter’.

    Synth War

    Synth War

    In the United States, the East Coast and West Coast have rivalries across food, sports, music and more. But there’s another rivalry that’s less well known, but just as important. This standoff created sounds that were unlike anything that had been heard before. It redefined what a musical instrument could be. And it changed the sound of pop music forever. Featuring journalist Ryan Gaston and composer David Rosenboom.

    Watch Welcome to Synth, our first original Youtube video.
    Follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, & Reddit.
    Sign up for Twenty Thousand Hertz+ to get our entire catalog ad-free + our bonus show MicroHertz!
    If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.
    Read Ryan Gaston’s tech & music articles on Perfect Circuit’s SIGNAL blog.
    Listen to David’s Rosenboom’s Buchla music via Black Truffle Records.
    Twenty Thousand Hertz is sponsored by Better Help. Try online therapy at betterhelp.com/20k and get on your way to being your best self.
    Use promo code 20k to get $20 off your next purchase over $100 at American Musical Supply.
    Subscribe to Björk's Sonic Symbolism show wherever you get your podcasts.
    Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/synthwar
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    • 28 min
    MicroHertz: Halloween Hertz

    MicroHertz: Halloween Hertz

    A creaking door. A wolf howling in the distance. A blood curdling scream. There are plenty of scary sounds out there, especially in popular culture. But what actually makes a sound scary? And how do you go about creating a spooky audio atmosphere?

    In this episode, Dallas explains how scary sound design works. He also takes a super spooky sound quiz, with frighteningly good results.

    A Thousand Words

    A Thousand Words

    Audio description allows you to enjoy a movie or TV show without the need for any visuals. But how do these narrators strike the right tone for a scene? How do the writers decide what needs to be described? And what’s in store for the future of described audio? In honor of Blindness Awareness Month, this is a brand new story about the world of Audio Description. Featuring AD Narrator Roy Samuleson and AD experts Thomas Reid and Melody Goodspeed. 

    Follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, & Reddit.
    Subscribe to our Youtube channel here.
    Sign up for Twenty Thousand Hertz+ to get our entire catalog ad-free + our bonus show MicroHertz.
    If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.
    Subscribe to Thomas’ podcast Reid My Mind Radio, and Roy’s podcast, The ADNA Presents.
    Subscribe to Björk's Sonic Symbolism show wherever you get your podcasts.
    To start hiring now, visit indeed.com/hertz.
    Find the right doctor, right now with at zocdoc.com/20k.
    Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/athousandwords
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

ozyphus ,

One of the best podcast out there

Versatile content, great background score, great production, guest speaker script n voice modulation is top notch n matches the host. Don’t miss out

RGEEE ,

Dallas, you sound like a robot

As a sound designer and musician for many years, I love finding podcasts that dive deep into the world of sound. 20,000 Hz explores great topics, shines a light on some very esoteric developments and inventions throughout the years, and helps the average listener just how important sound is to their world….but that’s who this podcast is for: the average listener. If you’re a professional, than there is a high chance you’ve heard these stories before, whether through publications, interviews, or academics. If you’re new and curious to this world, this podcast is a good primer.

Unfortunately, my biggest gripe is Dallas Taylor’s narration. His cadence and the timbre of his voice make him sound EXACTLY like that robotic voiceover voice heard on countless TikTok videos. It’s completely unlistenable and breaks the experience for me. Dallas, dude, your podcast is great, but maybe hire someone else for the voiceover work, eh?

Michaelbkiernan ,

One of my favorites

If you are a sound nerd, or have a lot of nostalgia tied up in sounds, THIS is the podcast.

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