Twenty Thousand Hertz+

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

Design
Arts
Music Commentary
76
Sonic Bubbles
Self-control through sound control.
24 min
77
Domestic Symphony
What happens when dryers and dishwashers get the sound design treatment?
22 min
78
The Windsor Hum
Cracking the case of a sonic mystery.
13 min
79
The Buzzer
Tuning in to spy radio.
31 min
80
Stay Tuned
The new voices of the Looney Tunes.
25 min
81
Prop 'til You Drop
The secret tools of Foley Artists.
21 min
82
Foley Artists
The secrets behind the subtle art of Foley.
20 min
83
The Leaky Pipeline
A story within a story about pioneering women in audio.
25 min
84
Auditory Icons
Why are some device sounds pleasing, while others stress us out?
16 min
85
Progression Obsession
From Pachelbel's Canon, to the Ice Cream Changes, to the Four Chords, we examine the most-used chord changes in pop music.
25 min
86
SM7
How the Shure SM7 became one of the most game-changing vocal microphones of all time.
22 min
87
Minecraft
Crafting the music and sounds of Minecraft.
24 min
88
20th Century Fox
The history and future of the 20th Century Fox fanfare.
24 min
89
The Deterrent Tone
What happens when you get hit with a “sound cannon?”
20 min
90
I'm Lovin' It
Ba da ba ba ba.
23 min
91
Sound 101 with Bill Nye
Listen up! It’s time to go back to basics on the physics of sound.
22 min
92
Synesthesia
What’s it like to see sounds and taste names?
25 min
93
Sing Gently
How an internet choir connects singers around the world at a time when they can't sing together.
33 min
94
Sounds Worth Saving
Legendary music archivist Alan Lomax made it his life's work to preserve and promote the sounds of local culture.
24 min
95
Conlang
From Klingon to Elvish, what makes a good constructed language?
26 min
96
Space Audity
The mind-boggling technology behind space communication.
21 min
97
Sonic Utopia
What can we expect the future to sound like, and how can we build a sonic utopia?
25 min
98
Sound and Silence
The way we each experience sound depends on so many unique factors, from tiny receptors in our ears to the way we were taught to communicate.
48 min
99
Dies Irae
How a four-note melody from the 13th century became a movie soundtrack superstar.
26 min
100
Perfect Pitch
What's it like when every sound you hear—from the whir of the coffee grinder to the beep of the microwave—all sound like musical notes?
27 min