Twenty Thousand Hertz

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

Music
Society & Culture
Arts
126
Phone Tones
The touch tone sounds from our phones might be slowly going extinct.
22 min
127
The Booj
The story of the sounds you always hear in movie trailers, but never noticed... until now.
22 min
128
Dining on Decibels
The story behind how restaurants became so darn loud.
21 min
129
Do Not Disturb
The story of how alarms and alerts came to rule, and endanger, our lives.
24 min
130
Blue! 42!
How headsets revolutionized American football.
23 min
131
Silence
Dallas is locked into an anechoic chamber to experience how our brains process complete silence.
21 min
132
Space Remix
A completely remixed version of our favorite episode, where we explore what other plants sound like.
19 min
133
Boots 'n Cats
The evolution & science of beatboxing.
21 min
134
Being George Clooney
Explore how Hollywood films are adapted for foreign languages.
30 min
135
Xbox Startup Sound
How the designers of the Xbox startup sounds overcame tight parameters to come up with an iconic audio logo.
21 min
136
Theater for the Mind
The stories behind the golden age of sci-fi and horror radio dramas.
29 min
137
The Theremin
The story behind this infamous, spooky-sounding instrument.
25 min
138
Classic Cartoon Sound Effects!
How were old cartoon sounds made, and how did they become so iconic?
27 min
139
Twenty Thousand Hertz
A behind the scenes look at the inspiration and creation of Twenty Thousand Hertz.
31 min
140
Jingles
What is the story behind these unforgettable earworms?
28 min
141
Sonic Branding
The story behind audio logos and what makes them so powerful.
24 min
142
Loop Groups
We go behind the scene with the actors responsible for bringing your TV and film backgrounds to life.
25 min
143
Slot Machines
The sound design and science behind today's slot machines.
16 min
144
Misophonia
The hatred of sound.
16 min
145
THX Deep Note, Part 2
What happened after THX lost its iconic "Deep Note"?
25 min
146
THX Deep Note, Part 1
What was the point of the THX "deep note" and why do we love it so much?
23 min
147
Amen Break
The history of what might be the most sampled piece of music ever.
21 min
148
Ultrasonic Tracking
Your phone might be eavesdropping on you.
21 min
149
ASMR
We explore the autonomous sensory meridian response, a phenomenon where certain sounds can trigger a pleasant physical reaction.
22 min
150
Live Theater
Sound design's critical role in theater and concerts.
20 min