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You may not think about the sounds you hear every day… but somebody has. The voice in your phone… the effects in your video games… that drum machine in your favorite song. There are people – and stories – behind every one of them. Join your host, Dallas Taylor, on an exploration of the stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.

You may not think about the sounds you hear every day… but somebody has. The voice in your phone… the effects in your video games… that drum machine in your favorite song. There are people – and stories – behind every one of them. Join your host, Dallas Taylor, on an exploration of the stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.
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You may not think about the sounds you hear every day… but somebody has. The voice in your phone… the effects in your video games… that drum machine in your favorite song. There are people – and stories – behind every one of them. Join your host, Dallas Taylor, on an exploration of the stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.

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Episodes

#43 | THX Deep Note

6/11/2018
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Since 1983 one of the most memorable parts of going to the movies has been the THX certification played during the previews. The accompanying sound logo called “The Deep Note” has fascinated, terrified, and mystified audiences for over three decades. What is THX really? How was “The Deep Note” created? And why does it elicit such a reaction from those who hear it? Featuring Andy Moorer, creator of “The Deep Note” and global director of marketing for THX, Rob Cowles. Check out...

Duration:00:26:58

#42 | Amen Break 🥁

5/29/2018
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There’s a sample of music that’s been heard in over 2,000 songs. Odds are you’ve heard it many times and didn’t even realize you were listening to the same breakbeat. The amen break might be the most sampled piece of music in history. Where did it come from? This episode features interviews with artist Nate Harrison and Grammy-winner Richard Louis Spencer. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here. Check out wetransfer.com for all of your file sending needs! Visit...

Duration:00:24:25

#41 | Ultrasonic Tracking 📱

5/14/2018
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Did you know your phone is a really good listener? Apps on your phone might be sending and receiving data over ultrasound. Ultrasonic communication is used for everything from tracking your daily habits to enabling light shows at music festivals. We hear from Yale Privacy Lab’s Sean O’Brien and Michael Kwet, privacy and technology counsel Katie McInnis and LISNR CEO and co-founder Rodney Williams. Go to forhims.com/20k for your $5 trial month. Episode transcript, music, and credits can...

Duration:00:23:44

#40 | ASMR 🤫

4/30/2018
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Do certain sounds give you the head tingles? If yes, this episode is full of ear candy for you! In this episode, we learn all about the phenomenon called autonomous sensory meridian response—or ASMR for short. This soothing episode features researchers Giulia Poerio (University of Sheffield), Craig Richard (ASMRuniversity.com), and ASMR artists Gentle Whispering, Jellybean Green, and Somni Rosae - as well as the team at Defacto Sound! Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.

Duration:00:24:53

#39 | Live Theater 🎭

4/16/2018
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Amazing concerts, Broadway musicals, Cirque du Soliel performances, and other live shows live and die on their sound design. This is the story of how sound design for live performances went from zero to speakers in the seats and where the industry might go next. This episode features interviews with sound design legends Abe Jacob and Jonathan Deans. Get a 4 week trial plus a digital scale at Stamps.com. Type in "20K". Get a 1 month trial for $5 at forhims.com/20k. Check out Business...

Duration:00:23:45

#38 | The Music in Speech 🗣

4/2/2018
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The way you speak has rhythm, timbre, and pitch. It’s more like music than you might think. We chat with The Allusionist host Helen Zaltzman, Martin Zaltz Austwick from Song by Song, Music Psychologist Dr. Ani Patel of Tufts University, and Drum Composer David Dockery on how musical our speech really is. Get $50 off select Casper mattresses at casper.com/20k. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.

Duration:00:18:05

#37 | Seizure Sonification 📈

3/19/2018
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Brant Guichard has heard "The Music" for as long as he can remember. Brant has a particular type of epilepsy where he hears what are called "musical auras" whenever he has a seizure. Brian Foo, aka the Data Driven DJ, introduces a different musical element to Brant's experience of seizure. Get a 4 week trial plus a digital scale at Stamps.com. Just click on the Radio Microphone at the top of the homepage and type in "20K". Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here. Learn...

Duration:00:29:10

#36 | Hamilton ⭐️

3/5/2018
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Broadway’s award-winning, record-breaking, smash hit, Hamilton, is a musical unlike any other. Get the story from people in the room where it happens of how sound helps tell the musical’s story eight times a week. We talk to Nevin Steinberg, Hamilton’s Tony-nominated sound designer, Benny Reiner, Grammy-winning Hamilton percussionist, Anna-Lee Craig, Hamilton on Broadway A2, and Broadway sound design legend Abe Jacob. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here. Learn more...

Duration:00:30:19

#35 | Emergency Alert System

2/19/2018
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When people in Hawaii were falsely alerted of a Ballistic Missile threat, the first thing they heard was the sound of an emergency alert. For decades, this tone has alerted us to local weather emergencies and other important events, but it has never been used for its original purpose. In this episode, we explore the history of the Emergency Alert System and its predecessors. Featuring Kelly Williams, from the National Association of Broadcasters, Frank Lucia former EAS advisor for the FCC,...

Duration:00:27:38

#34 | Muzak

2/5/2018
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“Elevator music” was once the sound of restaurants, offices, and elevators in mid-20th century America. But ironically these bland, string-driven instrumental tracks are never heard in elevators anymore. In this episode, we speak with Joseph Lanza, the author of “Elevator Music,” and Julian Treasure, chairman of The Sound Agency, about the sound of Muzak -- the company that changed the way we think public spaces should sound. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found...

Duration:00:18:56

#33 | Six O'Clock Soundtrack

1/22/2018
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Ever wonder how the music on your favorite news stations is created? Dive in with news music appreciator + journalist Victor Vlam; Composer Matthew Kajcienski, Composer Irad Eshel, Composer Adarsh Thottetodi, Composer David Lowe, Musicologist James Deaville, Film and TV studies Professor Deborah Jaramillo to find out. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:33

#32 | 3149146093

1/8/2018
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A mysterious Tweet from one of the most famous people on Earth: A single phone number, zero context. What does it mean? Why was it posted? Would you call it to find out? For commercial director Duncan Wolfe, this hypothetical became a very real social experiment when his cell phone number was accidentally posted on a very public Twitter account—Former First Lady Michelle Obama! Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:23:16

#31 | The Gift

12/25/2017
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The science behind sound reproduction has been studied for centuries. But what will research uncover in the centuries to come? One man made it his life’s mission to find out, and a gift he made to the world will continue that mission for the foreseeable future. Explore the extraordinary life of Dr. Amar Bose in this special holiday episode of Twenty Thousand Hertz. Featuring Ken Jacob from Bose. Episode transcript, music, and credits can found here. Learn more about your ad choices....

Duration:00:21:38

#30 | The Bleeps, the Sweeps, and the Creeps!

12/11/2017
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There are sounds we interact with every single day and never give a second thought. Our phones, computers, cars, and other devices are constantly communicating with us through user interface sounds and it’s their job to be heard, but not distracting. In this episode, we speak with Will Littlejohn, Facebook’s Director of Sound Design, and Conor O’Sullivan, Sound Design Lead at Google, about the sounds they create that help connect families, friends, and communities. Episode transcript,...

Duration:00:26:14

#29 | Let It Beep

11/27/2017
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For over two decades, every time you turned on a Mac, you were greeted by a familiar sound. It’s appeared as a punchline in The Simpsons, and in movies like WALL•E. It’s a sound some of us tried to hide from our parents as we turned on the computer in the middle of the night. It’s a sound that’s transcended technology; the sound that makes a Mac feel like a Mac. But no longer; the iconic Mac startup chime is going away. But, while we all recognize the sound, we rarely think of who made...

Duration:00:18:00

#28 | Disney Parks

11/13/2017
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Theme parks have a way of transporting us to magical places, and sound is crucial in maintaining the illusion. From the most action-packed attractions to the background music playing between park areas, theme park sound designers have thought of it all. In this episode, we speak to Joe Herrington and Mike Fracassi, two Disney Imagineers who work to maintain the magic for guests of Disney Parks. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here. Learn more about your ad choices....

Duration:00:25:02

#27 | Spooky Sounds

10/30/2017
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We uncover how scary sound effects are created in horror films as well as dissect how sound triggers the fear mechanisms in humans. Featuring Formosa Group Senior Sound Editor/Sound Designer Trevor Gates and Dan Blumstein, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:00

#26 | The Acoustical Umbilical Cord

10/17/2017
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Many animals, humans included, are natural-born criers. It’s the most basic form of communication from right when we come into the world. But us humans are unique: we keep on crying until the day we die. What was born as a survival mechanism, develops a deeper fundamental need as we grow older. In this episode, we discover the hard-wiring in our brains that reach across species, and how our tears into adulthood make us distinctively human. Featuring Dr. Susan Lingle, Behavioral Ecologist...

Duration:00:25:28

#25 | Level Up

10/3/2017
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Video games are a growing industry and every play-controlled experience is defined by its harmony of music, sound effects, and voice acting. In this episode, we reveal how these elements of a video game's soundscape are crafted and come together to tell an interactive story. The most sophisticated sound design in video games allows those without the ability to see a chance to engage with some of our greatest modern entertainment. Featuring Microsoft Sound Designer, Zachary Quarles, and...

Duration:00:22:08

#24 | Watergate

9/19/2017
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Watergate might be the most widely-referenced scandal in our nation’s history. The actual word itself has been appropriated in order to name many later scandals. But for a new generation of Americans, the word Watergate might not mean much. What was it? Who was involved and why was it important? Featuring Luke Nichter, author of The Nixon Tapes, and founder of NixonTapes.org. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:30:26