Twenty Thousand Hertz
Twenty Thousand Hertz is a podcast that tells the stories behind the world’s most recognisable and interesting sounds. It is produced by De Facto Sound, a sound design studio in New York.
I am a regular writer and producer for the show.
Since World War One, countries around the world have been broadcasting mysterious numerical messages via shortwave radio. These coded messages are meant for undercover agents operating abroad. And one particular Russian station may have an even more sinister purpose. Featuring computer engineer Andrus Aaslaid, historian Maris Goldmanis, and documentary photographer Lewis Bush.
People with perfect or “absolute” pitch hear every single sound as a precise musical note. Is this extraordinary talent a blessing or a curse? In this episode, we dive into the neuroscience, pluses and pitfalls of absolute pitch. Featuring neuroscientist Daniel Levitin and Grammy-winning musician Jacob Collier.