Twenty Thousand Hertz
By Dallas Taylor / 20K
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The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.
||Clean#30 | The Bleeps, the Sweeps, and the Creeps!||We explore user interface sounds.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#29 | Let It Beep||Who was behind the infamous Mac sounds that have become part of your daily routine?||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#28 | Disney Parks||How does sound design shape our theme park experience?||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#27 | Spooky Sounds||How does Hollywood create the terrifying sounds in our favorite scary movies, and why does our brain react to those sounds with fear?||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#26 | The Acoustical Umbilical Cord||Why do we cry? ...and how do our tears in adulthood make us distinctively human?||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#25 | Level Up||Games are often defined by their graphics. How does sound for games work?||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#24 | Watergate||How did an open reel tape recorder secretly planted in the White House basement lead to the demise of the 37th President of the United States?||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23 | Sonic Seasoning||How does our sense of hearing affect our taste buds?||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22 | Fight or Flight||Does flying make you nervous? You’re not alone. Dive into the psychological aspects of how sound can trigger these fears, and find out what all of those sounds really are.||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21 | Sound Firsts||What are the oldest sound recordings in history?||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20 | Noise Pollution||Airplanes, construction, motorcycles - How have these everyday sounds affected our lives and what are the environmental and health repercussions?||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19 | 20,000 dBs Under the Sea||How has increased ocean traffic affected underwater life? ...and what can we do to reverse these effects?||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18 | Evolution of Accents||You may not realize it, but your accent is a window to who you are and where you come from. How do accents evolve?||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17 | Forensic Audio||Deciphering audio has become crucial to solving cases, but how do specialists interpret audio evidence?||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16 | The Wilhelm Scream||A history of the most iconic scream in movie history that you’ve definitely heard, but might not have heard of.||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15 | Voice Acting||Who are the voices behind our favorite cartoon characters and commercials? Take a look behind-the-scenes of voice acting.||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14 | Hearing Loss||As we age our hearing naturally diminishes, but what other factors are causing our hearing to disappear? Plus, take an informal hearing test.||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13 | The Good, the Bad & the Irritating||Ever wonder why certain sounds make us cringe while others are soothing? Find out why we consider some sounds “good” and some “bad”.||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12 | Foley||What is Foley and how does it make our movie listening experience more realistic?||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11 | Space||What do other planets in our solar system sound like to our ears?||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10 | Dolls That Talk... And Some That Listen||Why have humans been so fascinated in re-creating toy versions of ourselves? Talking dolls have been around for over 100 years. Take a look at the evolution of how that came to be… and why they are so creepy.||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9 | Cars||Discover how car companies are enhancing every aspect of your vehicle’s sound to provide the ultimate driving experience.||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8 | Audio Descriptions||Ever wonder how the visually impaired are able to enjoy their favorite movies? Discover how technology has been able to make this possible.||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7 | What Makes up a Movie Soundtrack?||What goes into making a movie soundtrack? Take a look behind the scenes with the sound designers that make your movies sound perfect.||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6 | From Analog to Digital||The transition from analog to digital seemed like a fairly simple and expected process. However, what did we lose when we made the switch and why are so many people reverting back to analog?||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5 | The Sound of Extinction||We've grown accustomed to the everyday sounds we experience; cell phones ringing, cars idling, Facebook messaging. What about the sounds that we've forgotten about, the sounds we’ve lost?||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4 | The Mystery Hum and its Government Coverup||There’s a hum emanating from an island in Detroit that is so loud it disturbs the residents of Windsor, ON. The hum has caused so much discomfort and annoyance that a film crew decided to investigate the cause.||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3 | 8-bit Sounds||8-bit audio defined countless childhoods. How did early sound artists and composers create such iconic sounds using the most primitive game technology?||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2 | The NBC Chimes||The now iconic NBC Chimes were originally created to solve a small problem. Where did these three notes come from?||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1 | The Voice of Siri||Who is the person behind the voice of Siri? ...and how was the world's first virtual personal assistant developed?||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#0 | Trailer||The stories behind the things we hear.||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Entertains and Informs
This podcast answers most of the questions I've had in my head, concerning the "voice of Siri", its history, and how Apple put it together. There is some mildly technical information contained in the podcast, but overall, it is delivered in a way that everyone, regardless of their knowledge of audio, will be informed and highly entertained. Thanks for doing this great 12 minute podcast! The audio quality of this podcast is professional, at the level of an NPR type program. This is no thrown together, poor audio recording, like so many out there. Please keep these coming! I can't wait to hear the story behind those three NBC tones I grew up with.
If you love good storytelling, you’re going to love this podcast! Very thought provoking!
If you don't love this, I think your speakers are dead.
Dallas Taylor and Defacto Sound created an incredibly interesting podcast called Twenty Thousand Hertz that gives an inside look into sound(s). I know...I know. You may be like...Sound? But seriously, it's incredible. If the one minute trailer doesn't hook you and pull you in immediately, I'd check your ears, headphones and speakers - they might not be working. Not only is about sound, but the team behind the podcast create a audible experience through sound design that takes the storytelling to a whole new level. You need to subscribe to this!