Twenty Thousand Hertz

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

Music
Society & Culture
Arts
101
Pew Pew
How legendary Sound Designer Ben Burtt helped transport audiences to a galaxy far, far away.
29 min
102
That's All Folks!
The story of Mel Blanc, Part 2. The accident, recovery, and passing of the torch.
20 min
103
Ehh... What's Up, Doc?
The early life and career of Mel Blanc.
24 min
104
Twenty Parts Per Thousand
The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting smells.
21 min
105
Cremona
The story of a town that stayed quiet to preserve an instrument they love.
23 min
106
Satanic Panic!
Warning: Listening to this episode might entice you to worship the devil.
28 min
107
Noise "R" Us
A nostalgic history of toy sounds.
25 min
108
Good Vibes
We know music can affect our moods, but its influence over us goes even deeper, and has the power to heal, harm, and manipulate us.
25 min
109
4′33″
The story behind one of the most controversial, and influential, pieces of music of the 20th Century.
31 min
110
Seinfeld
A theme song about nothing: how it was created, what makes it so unique, and how it became one of the most iconic theme songs in TV history.
26 min
111
Sonic Wonderland
Take your ears on a mini vacation as we celebrate the sonic wonders of the world.
18 min
112
Historically Speaking
How we shape language to our needs, and how it shapes us in return.
26 min
113
Vroom Vroom
A song of fuel and fire - what’s happening inside your car engine?
26 min
114
Baby Shark
The history and future of one of the biggest viral sensations ever.
36 min
115
Virtual Choir
The story of the internet choir connecting people from around the world to share the joy of singing.
25 min
116
The Price is Right (Yeah, Yeah!)
The story behind one of the most recognizable TV show themes ever.
18 min
117
The Loudness Wars
We take a deep dive into the Loudness War, and look for signs of hope in the modern age.
32 min
118
The [COMPRESSED] History of Mastering
A look at the mystical art of mastering from its analog beginnings to the digital world of today.
27 min
119
You've Got Mail!
The most recognizable 3 words of the early internet age + the birth of a whole new musical instrument.
20 min
120
Speak Easy
How to find your voice.
18 min
121
Hear Here!
The story of how acoustics changed our history, and how we might use it to better our world today.
19 min
122
Stradivarius
The story behind the most valuable violins in the world.
22 min
123
808
The story of the drum machine that (accidentally) changed music forever.
23 min
124
Soundmarks®
How sonic branding shapes a brand.
26 min
125
Deaf Gain
The story of how a revolutionary implant sparked a human rights movement.
22 min