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

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#95 | Makin' Whoopee!

#95 | Makin' Whoopee!

2020-05-2731:49

Farts have been funny to humans for thousands of years. This basic bodily function has countless nicknames around the world, but our fascination with farts is probably best illustrated by the simple whoopee cushion. In this episode from the podcast Brought to You By, Charlie Herman reports on the history of the whoopee cushion and why we can't help but laugh when we hear that sound. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound and hosted by Dallas Taylor.  Follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, & Reddit. Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.  If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.  Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Check out SONOS at sonos.com. Subscribe to Brought to You By wherever you get your podcasts. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/makinwhoopee
#94 | Pew Pew

#94 | Pew Pew

2020-05-1338:126

When you think about Star Wars, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Lightsabers? Spaceships? Alien creatures? What about all of the sounds that go with those things? How were those sounds made, and what makes them so good? In this episode, we explore how legendary Sound Designer Ben Burtt created the sonic universe of Star Wars from scratch, one sound at a time. Featuring Marshall McGhee. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound and hosted by Dallas Taylor.  Follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, & Reddit. Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.  If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.  Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Check out SONOS at sonos.com. Check out Marshall’s Youtube channel Waveform.  Buy Comply Foam’s AirPods Pro foam tips at complyfoam.com. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/pewpew
#93 | That's All Folks!

#93 | That's All Folks!

2020-04-2925:117

Mel Blanc is a legendary voice actor who voiced more than 400 distinct characters. But in 1961, Mel was involved in a potentially fatal car accident. In this episode, we discover the unlikely source that saved him and hear how Mel spent his later years. Plus, we explore what it takes to pass the torch. Featuring interviews with Mel’s son, Noel Blanc, and voice actor Bob Bergen. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound and hosted by Dallas Taylor.  Follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, & Reddit. Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.  If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.  We’re nominated for two Webbys! Vote for us at vote.20k.org and voteagain.20k.org! Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Discover Bob’s work at bobbergen.com. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/thatsallfolks
Bugs Bunny, Barney Rubble, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, and many more were all voiced by one man, Mel Blanc. Discover the incredible life and talent that helped to elevate the animation industry into big business. Featuring interviews with Mel’s son, Noel Blanc, and voice actors Debi Derryberry and Bob Bergen. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.  Follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, & Reddit. Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.  If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.  Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Get 25% off your first kit at cleancult.com/20k. Check out more of Debi’s work at debiderryberry.com. Discover Bob’s work at bobbergen.com. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/whatsupdoc
The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting smells. Throughout history, humans have gone to great lengths to indulge their sense of smell. We explore the contemporary scent industry to see how modern creatives are utilizing works of olfactory art everywhere from Disney World to high-end museums. Featuring Disney Imagineer Gary Powell and former New York Times scent critic Chandler Burr. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.  Follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, & Reddit. Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.  If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.  Check out Chandler’s exhibits at chandlerburr.com. Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Get 25% off your first kit at cleancult.com/20k. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/twentypartsperthousand
#90 | Cremona

#90 | Cremona

2020-03-1829:543

There’s a town in northern Italy that’s home to the most famous violin makers in history. The museum there holds some of the most unique and prized violins in the world - but we’re in danger of losing their sounds forever. In this episode from the podcast This is Love, Phoebe Judge reports on how a town stayed quiet to preserve an instrument they love. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.  Follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, & Reddit. Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.  If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.  Get free shipping in the US on turntables and speakers at U-Turn Audio with promo code 20K. Get a 14 day free trial of Zapier at zapier.com/20k. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/cremona
#89 | Satanic Panic!

#89 | Satanic Panic!

2020-03-0433:5710

From the sixties to the nineties parents worried messages hidden in rock albums would make their children do drugs and worship the devil. The truth could only be revealed if these records were played backwards. Bryan Gardiner unveils the history behind the backmasking panic and Curiosity Daily’s Ashley Hamer explains why our brains hear hidden messages... even when they’re not there! Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.  Follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, & Reddit. Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.  If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.  Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Try ZipRecruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/20k. Check out Curiosity Daily Podcast wherever you get your podcasts. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/satanicpanic
#88 | Noise "R" Us

#88 | Noise "R" Us

2020-02-1929:515

From See ‘n Say to Speak & Spell, and beyond, toys provide the soundtrack of our childhoods. Huge advancements in computer technology in recent decades mean that today’s toys can make a wider variety of sounds than ever before. In this episode, “The Toy Guy” Chris Byrne takes us on a nostalgic look back at the recent history of recorded sound in toys; then, with Dr. Hamid Djalilian, we consider what all that technological advancement means for young ears in the 21st century.  Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.  Follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, & Reddit. Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.  If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.  Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Get a 14 day free trial of Zapier at zapier.com/20k. Check out Chris Byrne’s podcast The Playground wherever you get your podcasts. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/noiserus
#87 | Good Vibes

#87 | Good Vibes

2020-02-0529:3912

We know that music has the power to affect our moods, but you might be surprised by just how deep the rabbit hole goes. Music can affect our brains and bodies in profound ways. Professor Jessica Grahn tells us how our love for music has shaped us as humans while Nate Sloan unpacks our appreciation of music, and reveals how it can be used to manipulate us, both for bad and for good. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.  Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook.   Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.  If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.  Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Try ZipRecruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/20k. Check out Switched On Pop wherever you get your podcasts. Also, check out Nate Sloan’s new book, Switched on Pop, wherever you get your books. Follow Jessica Grahn’s music and neuroscience research at the Twitter handle @Neurobeats. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/goodvibes
#86 | 4′33″

#86 | 4′33″

2020-01-2235:2610

John Cage was a respected composer when, in 1952, he created his “silent piece”, 4’33’’ - a piece that would have the music world scratching their heads. This episode asks whether 4’33’’ is really “silent”, and we explore the history of a piece musicians still talk about today - and speak to the man who campaigned to get it to the top the British charts in 2010. Featuring composers Kyle Gann and Nahre Sol, and artist Dave Hilliard. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.  Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook.   Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.  If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.  Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Try ZipRecruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/20k. Check out Kyle Gann’s No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33" wherever you get your books. See Nahre’s work at nahresol.com. Find Dave Hilliard on Instragram at davehilliardart.  Listen to more of Martin Zalta Austwick’s music at palebirdmusic.com. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/433
#85 | Seinfeld

#85 | Seinfeld

2020-01-0831:076

No bass for you!! In 1987, TV composer Jonathan Wolff was still trying to make a name for himself in Hollywood. Then one day, he got a call from Jerry Seinfeld, who needed music for his new sitcom. This is the story behind the unforgettable music of Seinfeld, and how Jonathan Wolff’s unique approach helped make Seinfeld a TV classic." Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.  Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook.   Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.  If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.  Check out SONOS at sonos.com. Find Jonathan on Instagram and on Twitter. You can reach Steve at stevelack.com Check out An Arm and a Leg wherever you get your podcasts. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/seinfeld
#84 | Sonic Wonderland

#84 | Sonic Wonderland

2019-12-1621:268

There’s a reason we call tourists “sightseers”. As a society, we’re totally obsessed with the way things look. But our world is full of beautiful, fascinating and bizarre sounds. Join us on a sonic adventure around the world, as we climb up sand dunes, plunge into the Arctic Ocean, and even travel back in time. When we celebrate these treasures, we become better listeners and the world becomes a richer and more exciting place. Featuring Trevor Cox, author of Sonic Wonderland and Now You’re Talking. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.  Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook.   Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.  If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.  Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Check out SONOS at sonos.com. Check out and subscribe to Reveal wherever you get your podcasts. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/sonicwonderland
Language is a uniquely human gift. We have shaped it to our individual and cultural needs, and it has shaped us in return. Professor Lera Boroditsky reveals how the sounds we make with our mouths influence what’s going on inside our brains. And podcaster Helen Zaltzmann shows us how important language can be to our identities, and what happens when those language identities are challenged. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.  Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook.   Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.  If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.  Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Sign up for The Great Courses Plus and get a free month at thegreatcoursesplus.com/20k. Check out SONOS at sonos.com. The Allusionist is on tour! Check dates and locations at theallustionist.org/events. And if you haven’t already, listen and subscribe to The Allusionist wherever you get your podcasts. Check out and subscribe to Risk! wherever you get your podcasts. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/historicallyspeaking
#82 | Vroom Vroom

#82 | Vroom Vroom

2019-11-1830:163

When was the last time you turned off your radio and just listened to your car? What’s really going on under the hood? We chat with our own Nick Spradlin about the simple force at the heart of every gasoline engine and talk with legendary recordist Watson Wu about how the sound of wild and powerful sports cars are captured. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor. Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook. Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate. If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org. Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Get a 14 day free trial of Zapier at zapier.com/20k. Check out SONOS at sonos.com. Check out and subscribe to ZigZag wherever you get your podcasts. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/vroomvroom
#81 I Baby Shark

#81 I Baby Shark

2019-11-0439:227

Baby Shark is a mega viral YouTube video, an unstoppable earworm, a top 40 hit, a Eurodance smash, a decades old campfire song, and the center of an international copyright dispute. In this episode from the podcast Decoder Ring, we explore the strange history of the song, what makes it so catchy, and who it really belongs to today. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor.  Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook.  Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.  If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org.  Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Sign up for The Great Courses Plus and get a free month at thegreatcoursesplus.com/20k. Check out SONOS at sonos.com. Check out and subscribe to Decoder Ring wherever you get your podcasts. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/babyshark
#80 I Virtual Choir

#80 I Virtual Choir

2019-10-2130:1714

Singing with others is a powerful form of expression. That's why the composer Eric Whitacre started the Virtual Choir; an experiment that connects singers from every corner of the globe. In this episode, we hear how a choir can unite people from different backgrounds to achieve a common goal - creating beautiful music. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor. Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook.  Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate. If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org. Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Go to forhims.com/20k for your $5 complete hair kit. Check out SONOS at sonos.com. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/virtualchoir
As a young composer, Edd Kalehoff was looking for his break. In the early 70s he struck gold, writing the theme song and music cues for The Price Is Right. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor. Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook.  Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate. If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org. Check out The Price is Right Drum Cover on Youtube by RTDUMS2121. Sign up for The Great Courses Plus and get a free month at thegreatcoursesplus.com/20k. Check out and subscribe to Just the Beginning wherever you get your podcasts. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/thepriceisright
#78 | The Loudness Wars

#78 | The Loudness Wars

2019-10-0735:507

In part 2 of the story of mastering, we explore the consequences of the Loudness War and call out some of the worst offenders. We’ll also hear about the artists and mastering engineers who have been fighting back, and learn how modern listening habits might finally put an end to this sonic arms race. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound and hosted by Dallas Taylor. Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook.  Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate. If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org. Check out Ian Shepherd’s podcast The Mastering Show. Check out Greg Milner’s book, Perfecting Sound Forever. Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Try ZipRecruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/20k. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/loudnesswars
Join us on a musical journey from the Golden Age of analog mastering to the digital methods of today. We’ll find out why the music industry became obsessed with loudness, and learn how the digital era transformed the way that music sounds. Featuring Greg Milner and Ian Shepherd. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor. Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook.  Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate. If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org. Check out Ian Shepherd’s podcast The Mastering Show. Check out Greg Milner’s book, Perfecting Sound Forever. Consolidate your credit card debt today and get an additional interest rate discount at lightstream.com/20k. Go to forhims.com/20k for your $5 complete hair kit. Check out SONOS at sonos.com. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/historyofmastering
#76 I You've Got Mail!

#76 I You've Got Mail!

2019-09-1624:453

How a simple soundbite on America Online became one of the most recognizable sounds of the internet age, plus the creation of a whole new musical instrument. This episode features Elwood Edwards, the man behind the famous AOL “You’ve Got Mail” soundbite, and Bosco and Maya Kante, inventors of the ElectroSpit. Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor. Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook.  Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate. If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at mystery.20k.org. Sign up for The Great Courses Plus and get a free month at thegreatcoursesplus.com/20k. Get a 14 day free trial of Zapier at zapier.com/20k. Check out and subscribe to Gastropod wherever you get your podcasts. Check out and subscribe to Just the Beginning wherever you get your podcasts. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/youvegotmail
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Comments (46)

Mark Symonds

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Apr 30th
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shane poletti

yh yn bk look

Apr 3rd
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David Morales

Great twist at the end!

Apr 1st
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morbesity

One of my favourite epeosodes you’ve done so far!

Mar 4th
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Michael Sink

I love the show, super entertaining always but the people of Luray will quickly correct you on pronunciation, telling you that it's Loo-ray! 😁

Dec 19th
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Mary Mary

thank you for this beautiful episode! I studied linguistics and anthropology and it hit home :) and thank you for the allusionist, I feel it's my new favourite podcast :)

Dec 11th
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אופיר תירוש

The NASCAR woosh sound would have been a good opportunity to talk about the Doppler effect.

Nov 19th
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Devon Campbell

Dallas's voice SFX >>>>

Nov 18th
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Devon Campbell

Thank you for this episode. I remember being shocked when this latest version emerged and people thought it was this new thing. I grew up 20 years ago singing this song. (Arguably a better version: less monotonous, and it included all the family members and the shark attack). Funny thing is my wife's bff and I knew the same version and we grew up 2000 miles apart. And my wife had never heard of it before. Strange.

Nov 4th
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mike gross

Why?!

Nov 4th
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Erica Champion

We loved this piece featuring @ericwhitacre about the power and pleasure of singing together.

Nov 2nd
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Richard Lynd

Recently got into Edd Kalehoff's other work. Very cool, I love his theme for Classic Concentration and his cue from TPIR called Star-crossed, especially.

Oct 18th
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mike gross

my dad introduced me to Kraftwerk on vinyl in the 80s

Oct 8th
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Shaaheen Shahi

Amazing in the whole meaning of word

Aug 27th
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Bobby Knoblauch

awesome podcast!!

Aug 26th
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Raffaele Di Palma

man... you let me discover chiptune mudic and his subculture at 3.00 am..... #AmbassadorRecommends

Jul 13th
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James Willey

As someone with a mild-moderate hearing loss in both ears, i completely understand not being a part of the the deaf community. I align myself with the hearing community and i get by very well

Jul 2nd
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Raffaele Di Palma

I definitely love this podcast.

Jun 30th
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Shaina Eng

One of my absolute favorite podcasts! Quality production, fascinating episodes, and perfect length for my morning commute. Keep up the excellent work!

May 22nd
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Edoardo Spazzoli

Thanks, 20k. Amazing episode, so inspiring and uplifting

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