120 episodes

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

Twenty Thousand Hertz Dallas Taylor

    • Design
    • 4.8 • 2.9K Ratings

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

    Minecraft

    Minecraft

    Since its official release in 2011, Minecraft has grown from a small, experimental indie game into the best-selling video game of all time. Today, the game's haunting music and quirky sound effects are just as iconic as its blocky visuals. In this episode, composer and sound designer Daniel Rosenfeld (also known as C418) unpacks how he created the original music and sounds for the game.

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    • 28 min
    20th Century Fox

    20th Century Fox

    The melodic fanfare that introduces every 20th Century Fox movie was first composed almost a hundred years ago. Since then, it's become one of the most enduring and recognizable pieces of music in modern history. It's survived company acquisitions, competition from television, and changing trends in Hollywood. But nothing lasts forever. Featuring interviews with Academy Award-nominated composer David Newman and film historian Aubrey Solomon.

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    • 29 min
    The Deterrent Tone

    The Deterrent Tone

    The Long-Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, was developed for the military for long-range communication at sea. But this ear-splitting device has also been fired on protesters across America, resulting in lawsuits and permanent hearing loss. In this episode, we explore the history, science and effects of the so-called “sound cannon.” Featuring tech journalist Lynne Peskoe-Yang and activist Michele Lindor.

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    • 25 min
    I'm Lovin' It

    I'm Lovin' It

    Since its introduction in 2003, the McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It” jingle has become one of the most recognizable melodies in the world. This is the story of how a catchy five-note jingle conquered the planet, from its humble beginnings at a German ad agency, to being sung by globally famous pop stars. Featuring interviews with "I'm Lovin' It" composers Tom Batoy and Franco Tortora of Mona Davis Beat.

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    • 27 min
    Sound 101 with Bill Nye

    Sound 101 with Bill Nye

    What is sound, on a fundamental level? How did animals evolve to hear? And what happens when you go faster than sound itself? In this episode, we explore the physics of sound with the legendary Bill Nye.

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    • 26 min
    Synesthesia

    Synesthesia

    Synesthesia is a neurological condition where one sensory experience gets combined with another, meaning someone might hear sounds when they eat, or see colors when they listen to music. So what exactly is synesthesia? And what’s it like to go through life with these unique sensory connections? Featuring the voices of neuroscientist Dr. Richard Cytowic and five people with synesthesia.

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.9K Ratings

2.9K Ratings

ryanomusic ,

Fantastic Show

I'm in the sound/music industry, so it's great to hear other professionals talk about their craft. Fantastic storytelling and (no surprise) great sound design. One of my faves!

Mattilea33 ,

A must listen

This podcast is exceptionally well done and unique. Note from a recent episode - I never realized how happy the 20th Century Fox song made me until I heard it by itself in the episode!

6littlejedis ,

Fascinating!!

I love this podcast! It is so fascinating to learn how sound is produced and what a difference it makes. I keep telling my college-age son he should quit what he is studying and go into sound design because this podcast makes that field sound so interesting!!

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