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Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast

Twenty Thousand Hertz

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

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

 

#151

Breathe

What if you woke up one day, and found that you could no longer do the thing that gave you the most joy in your life? The thing that gave you purpose? The thing that defined your past, and was supposed to define your future? For our 150th episode, Dallas tells the personal story of how he lost something that meant the world to him… and how that loss eventually led him to become the person he is today. This story comes from the podcast [Meditative Story] (https://meditativestory.com/) . Follow the show on [Twitter] (http://twitter.com/20korg) , [Facebook] (http://facebook.com/20korg) , & [Reddit] (https://reddit.com/r/20k) . Subscribe to our Youtube channel [here] (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFu_7pxU3-CByq7bxjVuE4Q) . Become a monthly contributor at [20k.org/donate] (http://20k.org/donate) . If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at [mystery.20k.org] (http://mystery.20k.org/) . Subscribe to [Meditative Story] (https://meditativestory.com/) wherever you get your podcasts. Offset your carbon footprint at [wren.co] (https://wren.co/) . Select "Podcast" at checkout and type “Twenty Thousand Hertz” to get 10 extra trees planted in your name. Hiring? Sign up at [Indeed.com/Hertz] (https://www.indeed.com/hertz) and get a $75 credit to sponsor your first job post for better visibility, more applications, and quicker hiring times. Visit [zocdoc.com/20k] (http://zocdoc.com/20k) to download the Zocdoc app and sign up for free. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: [https://www.20k.org/episodes/breathe] (https://www.20k.org/episodes/breathe) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Jun 2022

37 MINS

37:28

22 Jun 2022


#150

Relearning Boléro

In the same way that optical illusions can trick our eyes, auditory illusions can trick our ears. This raises a serious question: what is hearing, and how much of it is actually made up by our brains? In this story from the [Unexplainable] (https://www.vox.com/unexplainable) podcast, we explore how our brains create the sonic world around us, and what it takes to harness that mysterious power. Featuring psychologist [Diana Deutsch] (https://deutsch.ucsd.edu/psychology/pages.php?i=101) , hearing researcher [Matthew Winn] (http://www.mattwinn.com/Research.html) and author [Mike Chorost] (https://michaelchorost.com) .  Follow the show on [Twitter] (http://twitter.com/20korg) , [Facebook] (http://facebook.com/20korg) , & [Reddit] (https://reddit.com/r/20k) . Subscribe to our Youtube channel [here] (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFu_7pxU3-CByq7bxjVuE4Q) . Become a monthly contributor at [20k.org/donate] (http://20k.org/donate) . If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at [mystery.20k.org] (http://mystery.20k.org/) . Subscribe to [Unexplainable] (https://www.vox.com/unexplainable) wherever you get your podcasts. Visit [sonarworks.com] (https://www.sonarworks.com) to get a free 21 day trial of SoundID Reference. Get 10% off your first month of BetterHelp online therapy at [betterhelp.com/20k] (https://betterhelp.com/20k) . Visit [shopify.com/20k] (https://shopify.com/20k) to get a free 14-day trial with Shopify’s entire suite of features. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: [https://www.20k.org/episodes/relearningbolero] (https://www.20k.org/episodes/relearningbolero) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Jun 2022

42 MINS

42:37

08 Jun 2022


#149

Ghosts in the (Hit) Machine

Many of today’s biggest songs are written and produced by people whose names don’t appear anywhere in the credits. They’re called ghostwriters and ghost producers, and they’re a huge part of the music industry. So what’s it like to watch your song become a hit when you can’t legally talk about it? And how do you get in the mindset of a legendary rap star, in order to write verses for them? Featuring rapper and ghost songwriter [Skyzoo] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyzoo) and producer [Dame Taylor] (https://www.damemonster.com/) . Follow the show on [Twitter] (http://twitter.com/20korg) , [Facebook] (http://facebook.com/20korg) , & [Reddit] (https://reddit.com/r/20k) . Subscribe to our Youtube channel [here] (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFu_7pxU3-CByq7bxjVuE4Q) . Become a monthly contributor at [20k.org/donate] (http://20k.org/donate) . If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at [mystery.20k.org] (http://mystery.20k.org/) . Explore music education classes with [Monster Sessions] (https://www.monstersessions.com/) . Hiring? Sign up at [Indeed.com/Hertz] (https://www.indeed.com/hertz) and get a $75 credit to sponsor your first job post for better visibility, more applications, and quicker hiring times. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: [https://www.20k.org/episodes/ghostsinthehitmachine] (https://www.20k.org/episodes/ghostsinthehitmachine) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

25 May 2022

31 MINS

31:40

25 May 2022


#148

Windows_Logon.wav

Part 2 of our series on the Windows startup sounds picks up when Microsoft made the radical decision to kill the startup sound in Windows 8. In this episode, we explore the forces that led to that decision, unpack how Microsoft channeled the music of language into their new UI sounds, and reveal 2 secret startup sounds that were nearly lost to time. Featuring former Microsoft Lead UI Designer [Jensen Harris] (https://jensenharris.com/) and Sound Designer [Matthew Bennett] (https://soundandsensory.com/) . Apply for the full time Associate Producer position [here] (https://dfcto.typeform.com/to/yC7g8HCs) . The application closes on May 11th. Follow the show on [Twitter] (http://twitter.com/20korg) , [Facebook] (http://facebook.com/20korg) , & [Reddit] (https://reddit.com/r/20k) . Subscribe to our Youtube channel [here] (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFu_7pxU3-CByq7bxjVuE4Q) . Become a monthly contributor at [20k.org/donate] (http://20k.org/donate) . If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at [mystery.20k.org] (http://mystery.20k.org/) . Subscribe to Jensen Harris’ [Youtube channel] (https://www.youtube.com/c/JensenHarris) . Learn about Matthew Bennett’s latest work [here] (https://soundandsensory.com/) . To check out full sets of default Windows sounds, visit [winsounds.com] (https://winsounds.com/category/classic-windows-sounds/) . Offset your carbon footprint at  [wren.co] (https://wren.co/) . Select "Podcast" at checkout and type "Twenty Thousand Hertz" to get 10 extra trees planted in your name. Get 10% off your first month of BetterHelp online therapy at [betterhelp.com/20k] (https://betterhelp.com/20k) . Visit [zocdoc.com/20k] (http://zocdoc.com/20k) to download the Zocdoc app and sign up for free. Visit [shopify.com/20k] (https://shopify.com/20k) to get a free 14-day trial with Shopify’s entire suite of features. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: [https://www.20k.org/episodes/windowslogonwav] (https://www.20k.org/episodes/windowslogonwav) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

11 May 2022

36 MINS

36:33

11 May 2022


#147

Ta-da! It’s Windows

Over the years, Microsoft has made at least ten iconic startup sounds for Windows—from the triumphant “Ta-da!” of Windows 3.1, to the ambient chime that Brian Eno crafted for Windows 95, to the orchestral sweep of Windows XP. In this episode, we explore the creation of the classic Windows startup sounds through Windows 7, and what each one says about Microsoft’s evolving technology. Featuring former Microsoft Lead UI Designer [Jensen Harris] (https://jensenharris.com/) and Sound Designer [Matthew Bennett] (https://soundandsensory.com/) . Apply for the full time Associate Producer position [here] (https://dfcto.typeform.com/to/yC7g8HCs) . The application closes on May 11th. Follow the show on [Twitter] (http://twitter.com/20korg) , [Facebook] (http://facebook.com/20korg) , & [Reddit] (https://reddit.com/r/20k) . Subscribe to our Youtube channel [here] (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFu_7pxU3-CByq7bxjVuE4Q) . Become a monthly contributor at [20k.org/donate] (http://20k.org/donate) . If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at [mystery.20k.org] (http://mystery.20k.org/) . Subscribe to Jensen Harris’ [Youtube channel] (https://www.youtube.com/c/JensenHarris) . Learn about Matthew Bennett’s latest work [here] (https://soundandsensory.com/) . To check out full sets of default Windows sounds, visit [winsounds.com] (https://winsounds.com/category/classic-windows-sounds/) . Sign up for a MEL Science subscription at [melscience.com/sBGX] (https://melscience.com/sBGX/) to get 60% off your first month. This limited offer is available for 1 month only. Hiring? Sign up at [Indeed.com/Hertz] (https://www.indeed.com/hertz) and get a $75 credit to sponsor your first job post for better visibility, more applications, and quicker hiring times. Visit [zocdoc.com/20k] (http://zocdoc.com/20k) to download the Zocdoc app and sign up for free. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: [https://www.20k.org/episodes/tadaitswindows] (https://www.20k.org/episodes/tadaitswindows) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

27 Apr 2022

30 MINS

30:46

27 Apr 2022


#146

Liquid Terror

For nearly half a century, one eerie sound has been showing up again and again in movies and TV shows. It’s typically used when something spooky or mysterious happens—and it can be heard in Poltergeist, The Matrix, Let the Right One In, and countless episodes of Unsolved Mysteries. So where did this strange sound come from, and how did it spread across Hollywood? This story comes from the podcast [Every Little Thing] (https://gimletmedia.com/shows/every-little-thing) . We’ve been nominated for 2 Webby Awards! Vote for Twenty Thousand Hertz in the [Business] (https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2022/podcasts/individual-episodes/business) and [Television & Film] (https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2022/podcasts/individual-episodes/television-film) categories. Follow the show on [Twitter] (http://twitter.com/20korg) , [Facebook] (http://facebook.com/20korg) , & [Reddit] (https://reddit.com/r/20k) . Subscribe to our Youtube channel [here] (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFu_7pxU3-CByq7bxjVuE4Q) . Become a monthly contributor at [20k.org/donate] (http://20k.org/donate) . If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at [mystery.20k.org] (http://mystery.20k.org/) . Click [here] (https://telbee.io/channel/s_uqnue8gbgdyqvg_y3hiq/index.html) to leave us a voice message about your experiences with movie dialogue. Subscribe to [Every Little Thing] (https://open.spotify.com/show/2dY2l2v95zz9HTlYvDSAdA?si=888113e8afcb44e4) in Spotify. Get 10% off your first month of BetterHelp online therapy at [betterhelp.com/20k] (https://betterhelp.com/20k) . Visit [zocdoc.com/20k] (http://zocdoc.com/20k) to download the Zocdoc app and sign up for free. Get one month free of Headspace at [headspace.com/20k] (https://headspace.com/20k) . Find coupon codes on over 30,000 sites with Honey. Sign up for free at [joinhoney.com/20k] (https://joinhoney.com/20k) . Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: [https://www.20k.org/episodes/liquidterror] (https://www.20k.org/episodes/liquidterror) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Apr 2022

28 MINS

28:40

13 Apr 2022


#145

Mind the Gap

The voices of subway and train announcements are deeply ingrained in peoples’ lives. Many of us hear them every day, for years on end. And yet, hardly anyone knows who those voices belong to. In this episode, we uncover the human stories behind two of the most iconic transit systems in the world: the New York City Subway, and the London Tube. Featuring NYC Subway announcer [Charlie Pellett] (https://www.bloombergmedia.com/talent/people/charlie-pellett/) and Tube announcer [Elinor Hamilton] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/elinorhamilton/) . Follow the show on [Twitter] (http://twitter.com/20korg) , [Facebook] (http://facebook.com/20korg) , & [Reddit] (https://reddit.com/r/20k) . Subscribe to our Youtube channel [here] (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFu_7pxU3-CByq7bxjVuE4Q) . Become a monthly contributor at [20k.org/donate] (http://20k.org/donate) . If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at [mystery.20k.org] (http://mystery.20k.org/) . Subscribe to [Tales from the Tannoy] (https://www.talesfromthetannoy.com/) wherever you get your podcasts. Get 10% off your first month of BetterHelp online therapy at [betterhelp.com/20k] (https://betterhelp.com/20k) . Hiring? Sign up at [Indeed.com/Hertz] (https://www.indeed.com/hertz) and get a $75 credit to sponsor your first job post for better visibility, more applications, and quicker hiring times. Get 83% off Surfshark VPN plus an extra 3 months free at [surfshark.deals/20k] (https://surfshark.deals/20k) , or use promo code 20K. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: [https://www.20k.org/episodes/mindthegap] (https://www.20k.org/episodes/mindthegap) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

30 Mar 2022

36 MINS

36:54

30 Mar 2022


#144

Hidden Hitmakers

The names of pop and rock stars are known by millions of people around the world, but the people who actually write their music often stay in the shadows. In this episode, we peel back the curtain on the songwriters behind some of the biggest hits of the last forty years, and find out how this unseen part of the industry really works. Along the way, we’ll get the inside scoop about working with KISS, Bon Jovi, Ricky Martin, Snoop Dogg, Puff Daddy, and more. Featuring songwriter [Desmond Child] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmond_Child) and rapper/songwriter [Gizzle] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gizzle) . Follow the show on [Twitter] (http://twitter.com/20korg) , [Facebook] (http://facebook.com/20korg) , & [Reddit] (https://reddit.com/r/20k) . Subscribe to our Youtube channel [here] (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFu_7pxU3-CByq7bxjVuE4Q) . Become a monthly contributor at [20k.org/donate] (http://20k.org/donate) . If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at [mystery.20k.org] (http://mystery.20k.org/) . Get 10% off your first month of BetterHelp online therapy at [betterhelp.com/20k] (https://betterhelp.com/20k) . Visit [zocdoc.com/20k] (http://zocdoc.com/20k) to download the Zocdoc app and sign up for free. Get one month free of Headspace at [headspace.com/20k] (https://headspace.com/20k) . Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: [https://www.20k.org/episodes/hiddenhitmakers] (https://www.20k.org/episodes/hiddenhitmakers) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Mar 2022

35 MINS

35:12

16 Mar 2022


#143

Happy Little Episode

In the forty years since The Joy of Painting first started airing, Bob Ross has become a cultural icon. His gentle, soothing voice is instantly recognizable, and still gives comfort to millions of people around the world. But despite his unshakably cheery demeanor, Bob’s life wasn’t always easy. This is his story. Featuring [Sarah Strohl] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-strohl-2236731a4/) , Executive Assistant at [Bob Ross Inc.] (https://www.bobross.com/) , and [Kristin Congdon] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristin_Congdon) , author of [Happy Clouds, Happy Trees: The Bob Ross Phenomenon] (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18707782-happy-clouds-happy-trees) . Follow the show on [Twitter] (http://twitter.com/20korg) , [Facebook] (http://facebook.com/20korg) , & [Reddit] (https://reddit.com/r/20k) . Subscribe to our Youtube channel [here] (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFu_7pxU3-CByq7bxjVuE4Q) . Become a monthly contributor at [20k.org/donate] (http://20k.org/donate) . If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at [mystery.20k.org] (http://mystery.20k.org/) . Hiring? Sign up at [Indeed.com/Hertz] (https://www.indeed.com/hertz) and get a $75 credit to sponsor your first job post for better visibility, more applications, and quicker hiring times. Get 10% off your first month of BetterHelp online therapy at [betterhelp.com/20k] (https://betterhelp.com/20k) . Find coupon codes on over 30,000 sites with Honey. Sign up for free at  [joinhoney.com/20k] (https://joinhoney.com/20k) . Get 83% off Surfshark VPN plus an extra 3 months free at [surfshark.deals/20k] (https://surfshark.deals/20k) , or use promo code 20K. Watch  [The Sounds of Space] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeYnV9zp7Dk) , a collaboration between Twenty Thousand Hertz and  [melodysheep] (https://www.melodysheep.com/) . Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: [https://www.20k.org/episodes/happylittleepisode] (https://www.20k.org/episodes/happylittleepisode) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

02 Mar 2022

47 MINS

47:36

02 Mar 2022


#142

Pirate Radio

In the 1960s, the BBC had a vise grip on British radio, and rarely played the pop and rock music that was all the rage. So a group of rebellious radio DJs decided to give the people what they wanted, and started broadcasting popular music from boats stationed in international waters. Soon enough, these young DJs became national superstars… until the British government decided it was time to sink these pirates once and for all. This story comes from the [History This Week] (%20https://apple.co/3uK9NjW) podcast. Follow the show on [Twitter] (http://twitter.com/20korg) , [Facebook] (http://facebook.com/20korg) , & [Reddit] (https://reddit.com/r/20k) . Subscribe to our Youtube channel [here] (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFu_7pxU3-CByq7bxjVuE4Q) . Become a monthly contributor at [20k.org/donate] (http://20k.org/donate) . If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at [mystery.20k.org] (http://mystery.20k.org/) . Get 10% off your first month of BetterHelp at [betterhelp.com/20k] (https://betterhelp.com/20k) . Get 83% off Surfshark VPN plus an extra 3 months free at [surfshark.deals/20k] (https://surfshark.deals/20k) , or use promo code 20K. Get your free business banking account at [banknovo.com/hertz] (https://banknovo.com/hertz) . Listen to Songs That Shook the Planet at [audible.com/songs] (https://audible.com/songs) Subscribe to [History This Week] (%20https://apple.co/3uK9NjW) wherever you get your podcasts. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: [https://www.20k.org/episodes/pirateradio] (https://www.20k.org/episodes/pirateradio) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Feb 2022

37 MINS

37:53

16 Feb 2022


#141

Being Dallas Taylor

Your name is so much more than the sound that people call you by. It’s an entire human identity, distilled into a few syllables. So what do six people who share the exact same name have in common? It turns out, much more than you might expect. Follow Dallas down the rabbit hole as he speaks to name expert [Laura Wattenberg] (https://www.laurawattenberg.com/) and five other people named Dallas Taylor. Follow the show on [Twitter] (http://twitter.com/20korg) , [Facebook] (http://facebook.com/20korg) , & [Reddit] (https://reddit.com/r/20k) . Subscribe to our Youtube channel [here] (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFu_7pxU3-CByq7bxjVuE4Q) . Become a monthly contributor at [20k.org/donate] (http://20k.org/donate) . If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at [mystery.20k.org] (http://mystery.20k.org/) . Get 10% off your first month of BetterHelp at [betterhelp.com/20k] (https://betterhelp.com/20k) . Hiring? Sign up at [Indeed.com/Hertz] (https://www.indeed.com/hertz) and get a $75 credit to sponsor your first job post for better visibility, more applications, and quicker hiring times. Visit [monday.com/podcast] (https://monday.com/podcast) for your free two-week trial. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: [https://www.20k.org/episodes/beingdallastaylor] (https://www.20k.org/episodes/beingdallastaylor) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

02 Feb 2022

44 MINS

44:59

02 Feb 2022