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WCA #284 with Dallas Taylor – Twenty Thousand Hertz Podcast, Crafting stories with Sound, Positioning, Ben Burtt, Challenging Convention, and Burnout Prevention

Dallas Taylor is the host and creator of Twenty Thousand Hertz, a lovingly crafted podcast revealing the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. Dallas is also the Creative Director of Defacto Sound, where he has led thousands of high-profile projects ranging from blockbuster trailers and advertising campaigns to Sundance award-winning films and major television series. Dallas is a sought-after speaker at conferences, a regular contributor to major publications, and a respected thought leader on the narrative power of sound.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The five senses
  • 250-hour podcasts
  • Twenty Thousand Hertz Podcast
  • Thinking about sound
  • Growing up in Arkansas
  • Conducting
  • Pushing the status quo
  • Echo Chambers
  • Sound Design
  • Crafting stories with sound
  • Running a sound business
  • Positioning
  • Ben Burtt and Star Wars
  • Pushing through obstacles
  • Recharging
  • Burnout prevention
  • Challenging convention

Links and Show Notes:


  • Guest: Dallas Taylor
  • Photographer: Stephen Voss
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab