Twenty Thousand Hertz+

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

Arts
Design
Music
1
Sul Sul
The secrets of Simlish, the gibberish language of The Sims.
25 min
2
Welcome to Twenty Thousand Hertz
Uncovering the secrets of the sonic world.
2 min
3
Aural Exam
The hosts of Underunderstood go head to head in our annual Mystery Sound game.
37 min
4
HBO 2.0
How HBO reconciled its analog past with its digital future.
25 min
5
It's Not TV. It's HBO.
How HBO crafted two of the most iconic pieces of sonic branding in history.
23 min
6
Zzzzzzzzzzzrr...
If you live with a snorer, it can be tricky to roll out of bed after a night of little sleep.
40 min
7
Creature Speakers
How do you voice over 200 monsters?
26 min
8
Video(less) Games
The ins and outs of gaming without sight.
24 min
9
Blind Sports
Keep your ears on the ball.
21 min
10
Listening to the Movies
Hearing is believing.
27 min
11
Sonic Bubbles
Self-control through sound control.
24 min
12
Domestic Symphony
What happens when dryers and dishwashers get the sound design treatment?
22 min
13
The Windsor Hum
Cracking the case of a sonic mystery.
13 min
14
The Buzzer
Tuning in to spy radio.
31 min
15
Stay Tuned
The new voices of the Looney Tunes.
25 min
16
Prop 'til You Drop
The secret tools of Foley Artists.
21 min
17
Foley Artists
The secrets behind the subtle art of Foley.
20 min
18
The Leaky Pipeline
A story within a story about pioneering women in audio.
25 min
19
Auditory Icons
Why are some device sounds pleasing, while others stress us out?
16 min
20
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
21
SM7
How the Shure SM7 became one of the most game-changing vocal microphones of all time.
22 min
22
Minecraft
Crafting the music and sounds of Minecraft.
24 min
23
20th Century Fox
The history and future of the 20th Century Fox fanfare.
24 min
24
The Deterrent Tone
What happens when you get hit with a “sound cannon?”
20 min
25
I'm Lovin' It
Ba da ba ba ba.
23 min
26
Sound 101 with Bill Nye
Listen up! It’s time to go back to basics on the physics of sound.
22 min
27
Synesthesia
What’s it like to see sounds and taste names?
25 min
28
Sing Gently
How an internet choir connects singers around the world at a time when they can't sing together.
33 min
29
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
30
Conlang
From Klingon to Elvish, what makes a good constructed language?
26 min
31
Space Audity
The mind-boggling technology behind space communication.
21 min
32
Sonic Utopia
What can we expect the future to sound like, and how can we build a sonic utopia?
25 min
33
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
34
Dies Irae
How a four-note melody from the 13th century became a movie soundtrack superstar.
26 min
35
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
36
Tyrannosaurus FX
The sound design wizardry behind the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, and how these sounds compare to what dinos REALLY sounded like.
23 min
37
Napster
The stunning rise and fall of Napster, and how it transformed the music industry in a few short years.
36 min
38
Vocal Discords
A diagnosis of vocal nodes is every singer's worst nightmare. But when nodes develop, is all hope truly lost?
21 min
39
Deepfake Dallas
Is your voice your own? Maybe not anymore.
22 min
40
The City That Never Sleeps
The link between chronic noise and chronic anxiety may be closer than we realize.
23 min
41
Ta-dum! It's Netflix
The never-before-told story behind the iconic Netflix sound.
21 min
42
McElroys, Mysteries and Me
The McElroy brothers, hosts of My Brother, My Brother and Me, compete in a heated and hilarious game of mystery sounds.
41 min
43
Hamilton Remix
How the sound design of Hamilton draws the audience into the story.
28 min
44
Stop... Collaborate & Listen
Theft or inspiration? Part two of a deep dive into the complicated world of copyright, sampling and the ability to own a song.
23 min
45
Copyrights & Wrongs
Theft or inspiration? Part one of a deep dive into the complicated world of Copyright.
24 min
46
Makin' Whoopee!
The history and science behind our favorite fart sound-maker, the whoopee cushion.
26 min
47
Pew Pew
The story behind the sound design of Star Wars: How legendary Sound Designer Ben Burtt helped transport audiences to a galaxy far, far away.
29 min
48
That's All Folks!
The story of Mel Blanc, Part 2. The accident, recovery, and passing of the torch.
20 min
49
Ehh... What's Up, Doc?
The early life and career of Mel Blanc.
24 min
50
Twenty Parts Per Thousand
The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting smells.
21 min
51
Cremona
The story of a town that stayed quiet to preserve an instrument they love.
23 min
52
Satanic Panic!
Warning: Listening to this episode might entice you to worship the devil.
28 min
53
Noise "R" Us
A nostalgic history of toy sounds.
25 min
54
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
55
4′33″
The story behind one of the most controversial, and influential, pieces of music of the 20th Century.
31 min
56
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
57
Sonic Wonderland
Take your ears on a mini vacation as we celebrate the sonic wonders of the world.
18 min
58
Historically Speaking
How we shape language to our needs, and how it shapes us in return.
26 min
59
Vroom Vroom
A song of fuel and fire - what’s happening inside your car engine?
26 min
60
Baby Shark
The history and future of one of the biggest viral sensations ever.
36 min
61
Virtual Choir
The story of the internet choir connecting people from around the world to share the joy of singing.
25 min
62
The Price is Right (Yeah, Yeah!)
The story behind one of the most recognizable TV show themes ever.
18 min
63
The Loudness Wars
We take a deep dive into the Loudness War, and look for signs of hope in the modern age.
32 min
64
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
65
You've Got Mail!
The most recognizable 3 words of the early internet age + the birth of a whole new musical instrument.
20 min
66
Speak Easy
How to find your voice.
18 min
67
Hear Here!
The story of how acoustics changed our history, and how we might use it to better our world today.
19 min
68
Stradivarius
The story behind the most valuable violins in the world.
22 min
69
808
The story of the drum machine that (accidentally) changed music forever.
23 min
70
Soundmarks®
How sonic branding shapes a brand.
26 min
71
Deaf Gain
The story of how a revolutionary implant sparked a human rights movement.
22 min
72
Plants that Sing
For plants and the people who love them.
20 min
73
Sonic Illusions
Our hearing can be deceiving.
20 min
74
Mother of Dragons(ounds)
Hear from the sound designer who gave a voice to the dragons, direwolves, white walkers, and more in Game of Thrones.
19 min
75
Sound Escapes
Sound Tracker Gordon Hempton gives us a masterclass on how to listen.
28 min
76
Voyager Golden Record
The most epic album of all time isn’t even on Earth. It’s over 11 billion miles away.
31 min
77
Birdsong
The story of how birdbrains produce the most complex sounds in the natural world.
24 min
78
Phone Tones
The touch tone sounds from our phones might be slowly going extinct.
22 min
79
The Booj
The story of the sounds you always hear in movie trailers, but never noticed... until now.
22 min
80
Dining on Decibels
The story behind how restaurants became so darn loud.
21 min
81
Do Not Disturb
The story of how alarms and alerts came to rule, and endanger, our lives.
24 min
82
Blue! 42!
How headsets revolutionized American football.
23 min
83
Silence
Dallas is locked into an anechoic chamber to experience how our brains process complete silence.
21 min
84
Space Remix
A completely remixed version of our favorite episode, where we explore what other plants sound like.
19 min
85
Boots 'n Cats
The evolution & science of beatboxing.
21 min
86
Being George Clooney
Explore how Hollywood films are adapted for foreign languages.
30 min
87
Xbox Startup Sound
How the designers of the Xbox startup sounds overcame tight parameters to come up with an iconic audio logo.
21 min
88
Theater for the Mind
The stories behind the golden age of sci-fi and horror radio dramas.
29 min
89
The Theremin
The story behind this infamous, spooky-sounding instrument.
25 min
90
Classic Cartoon Sound Effects!
How were old cartoon sounds made, and how did they become so iconic?
27 min
91
Twenty Thousand Hertz
A behind the scenes look at the inspiration and creation of Twenty Thousand Hertz.
31 min
92
Jingles
What is the story behind these unforgettable earworms?
28 min
93
Sonic Branding
The story behind audio logos and what makes them so powerful.
24 min
94
Loop Groups
We go behind the scene with the actors responsible for bringing your TV and film backgrounds to life.
25 min
95
Slot Machines
The sound design and science behind today's slot machines.
16 min
96
Misophonia
The hatred of sound.
16 min
97
THX Deep Note, Part 2
What happened after THX lost its iconic "Deep Note"?
25 min
98
THX Deep Note, Part 1
What was the point of the THX "deep note" and why do we love it so much?
23 min
99
Amen Break
The history of what might be the most sampled piece of music ever.
21 min
100
Ultrasonic Tracking
Your phone might be eavesdropping on you.
21 min