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Twenty Thousand Hertz

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May 16, 2017

We hear disembodied voices all the time, in everything from cartoons and anime to commercials and trailers. It seems easy, but it's actually an intricate craft involving a great amount of training. What does it take to create multiple, unique personalities using only a voice? Featuring voice actors Christopher Sabat (Dragonball Z, One Piece) and Cissy Jones (Firewatch, The Walking Dead).

MUSIC FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE

Coding - Steven Gutheinz
Crutch - Instrumental - John Steen
Blame The Weather - Instrumental - Clubhouse
Better and Better Instrumental - Andrew Judah
Japan (no-oohs-ahhs) - Watermark High
Washedway by Evolv

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May 2, 2017

Our ears are sensitive, but we often don’t treat them that way. We are born with the ability to hear up to 20,000 Hz. As we age, our hearing range diminishes. On top of that, the more exposure we have to loud sounds, the greater the impact it has on our ability to hear. Find out what happens once we start to lose our hearing. Featuring Lindsay Prusick and Shaheem Sanchez (Instagram).

MUSIC FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE

On the Mountain by The Sea by Utah
In Slow Motion by Utah
SFSG by Utah
0212 by Utah
One Million by Utah
Breaking the Bank Instrumental by Reagan James
Washedway by Evolv

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Apr 18, 2017

Some sounds are like rug burn for your ears, while others are pleasant and soothing. We explore these sounds and get to the bottom of why we might interpret them as “good” or “bad”. Featuring Tommy Edison and David Poeppel

MUSIC FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE

Gimme that Good Stuff by Kaleigh Baker
Far by Steven Gutheinz
Eroica Symphony by Beethoven 
Directions by Steven Gutheinz
Purple7 by Tangerine
Ineffable Act IV by Dexter Britain 
Hello Honey by Ivory Hours
Washedway by evlov (Theme Music)

Head over to Musicbed to find your perfect track. Be sure to use the promo code “20K” for 20% off any one purchase. Check out our playlist at music.20k.org.

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Apr 4, 2017

When you listen to a movie, everything the actor touches sounds crisp and clean. However, none of it was recorded on the movie set. Go behind the scenes with some of the unsung heroes of our movie experience. Featuring Fred Newman and Skywalker Sound’s Foley Team, John Roesch, Shelley Roden, and Scott Curtis.

MUSIC FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE

A Great Mess by Watermark High
This Place by Watermark High
Brighter by Roary
A Fresh Start by Wildwood
Something Beautiful by Tim Halperin
Merry Folk by Generdyn
Flower Upon Dirt by Wilhelm
Washedway by Evlov (Theme Music)

Head over to Musicbed to find your perfect track. Be sure to use the promo code “20K” for 20% off any one purchase. Check out our playlist at music.20k.org.

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Mar 21, 2017

When we think about sound, our only reference is what it’s like here on Earth. What happens when we leave this thin blanket of atmosphere, and what do other planets sound like? Featuring Dr. Lori Glaze, Dr. Keith Noll, Dr. Scott Guzewich from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

MUSIC FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE

The Way Home by Tony Anderson
Unseen Entity by Convolv
Sirens by Jordan Critz
Our Sky by One Hundred Years
Survive by Watermark High
The Traveller by Matthew D Morgan
Washedway by Evlov (Theme Music)

Head over to Musicbed to find your perfect track. Be sure to use the promo code “20K” for 20% off any one purchase.

Defacto Sound makes television, film, and games sound insanely cool.

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Mar 7, 2017

Talking dolls have been around for over a century, but the fascination with making inanimate objects seem human reaches back into our early history. What is it about creating a companion that can interact with us, especially for a child, that fascinates us so? And what will that look like as our technology continues to advance? Featuring Carlene Stephens, Curator for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Claire Gartland of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

MUSIC FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE

Washedway by evolv
Simple Things by Dexter Britain
Summer Time by Night Fevers
Garden Graves by Nikolaus Meyer
Crossing by Nikolaus Meyer
Burning Man by SOLIS
Lethal Shot by Generdyn
The Time to Run: Finale by Dexter Britain
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Feb 21, 2017

Some car sounds are more obvious like the horn or engine... but what about the not-obvious-until-you-point-them-out sounds like the hollow thud of a trunk or the click of a latch? The sounds a car makes are so closely associated with quality, so how, exactly, do car makers handle this aspect of the driving experience? Featuring Car Enthusiast & Sound Mixer Brian Garfield, David Zenlea from Road & Track, and Tom Teknos from Ford.

MUSIC FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE

"A Million Years" by Awake or Sleeping
"Boy with a Kite" by Joe Moralez
"Reach" by  Roary
"Way Out - Instrumental" by  Could Ever
"Take me Home" by  The Analog Affair

Music in this episode was from our friends at Musicbed. Also, check out our Musicbed Playlist.

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Feb 7, 2017

Did you know there might be a track of audio on your favorite movies and television shows that describe all of the actions on screen? This technology was designed for the visually impaired, but it could be used for the masses. It’s still not as widely provided as some would hope. Meet the consumers and activists fighting for a better-described tomorrow. Featuring Tommy Edison, Robert Kingett, and Colleen Connor.

MUSIC FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE

Washedway by Evolv
Unspoken by Am Architect
Joining Hands by Evolv
Clear Blake by Ewing
You Are Not What You Think You Are Evolv

Check out music from this episode and past episodes on our Musicbed Playlist.

Please take 20 seconds and complete our Listener Poll.

Check out the new Defacto Sound website by Mast & Pocketknife, and be sure to tell your friends in the TV, Film, & Game industries all about it.

Follow us on Twitter & Facebook. Our website is 20k.org.

Finally, please take a moment to text a friend or spread the word on social. It makes a world of difference.

Consider supporting the show at donate.20k.org.

Jan 24, 2017

When you think of a movie soundtrack, you probably think music. And sure, that’s one of the many, many things going on there. What else goes into making a scene sound “natural”? It isn’t what you’d think. Meet a major motion picture sound designer who unpacks all the layers of sound that go into your favorite movies and a woman who gets tigers to sing... on tape. Featuring Sound Designers, Chris Aud and Ann Kroeber.

Music featured in this episode:

Washedway by Evolv
Spark by Eric Kinny
Take Me Home by The Analog Affair
Sommer by Longlake
Man on Wire by Steven Gutheinz
Eyes Wide Open by Tony Anderson

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Jan 10, 2017

Did we lose anything when we transitioned from analog to digital? Learn about the Jedi skills old radio DJs had to have to spin vinyl on the radio, and meet a man who’s found himself trapped in a digital world and learn what he does to escape. Featuring Rick Adams and Craig Crane.

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Dec 27, 2016

When was the last time you heard a dial-up modem? A dot matrix printer? A CD dropping into its plastic tray? Did you know it would be the last time? We talk to Rick Adams, a British reporter, about the impact of Big Ben being silenced for repairs next year and Madeline Ashby, a futurist, who has some pretty wild ideas of what sounds we’re about to lose... and have already lost but haven’t realized it yet. For more information and show notes, visit 20k.org.

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Dec 13, 2016

There's this place right at the border between Detroit, MI, and Windsor, ON where there's this hum… It rattles dishes, makes people sick, it's even making people move away. And the government does not want you to know what's making it. Explore the mystery of the Windsor Hum with the man who is working to get to the bottom of this strange government secret. Featuring documentarian Adam Makarenko.

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Nov 29, 2016

Primitive, yet iconic, 8-bit audio defined a generation through video game sounds and music. Discover the history and innovation behind those audio marvels that still fascinate today. Featuring Microsoft Sound Designer, Zachary Quarles, and David Murray, The 8-Bit Guy.

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Nov 15, 2016

NBC’s three little chimes didn’t just define a television network, they defined a generation. Where did they come from and what is the surprising impact they have had on current and future media? Featuring the last person to play the NBC chimes on the NBC radio network, broadcaster Rick Greenhut, and radio historian, John Schneider.

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Nov 1, 2016

When Siri launched in 2011, she permanently changed the way people interacted with their technology. What was it like to be the voice behind that voice? And how did they make that voice come to life? Featuring the original voice of Siri, voice actor Susan Bennett, and Director of Speech to Text Technology for Nuance, Dr. Andrew Breen.

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Oct 31, 2016

Twenty Thousand Hertz: Stories about the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds. Presented by Defacto Sound.

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