THE POWER OF SOUND: How to Manage Your Personal Soundscape for a Vital, Productive & Healthy Life. By Joshua Leeds.
Published March, 2001 by Healing Arts Press.
338 pages. 60 minute CD. ISBN 0-89281-768-2.
"A magnificent addition to the growing body of literature devoted to the newly emerging field of sound therapy by an author who has been instrumental in its development and recognition. Insightful, lucid, and engaging, The Power of Sound is the first important book on sound therapy for the twenty-first century."
- Randall McClellan, Ph.D., author of The Healing Forces of Music.
"An indispensable guidebook to a new awareness of sound, and an exceptional resource for personal and professional use. Educators, therapists, and anyone with ears will find Joshua Leeds's work inspiring and practical as they endeavor to promote learning, performance, and well-being."
- Sheila Smith Allen, MA, OTR, BCP, Codirector of Pediatric Therapeutics.
"Joshua Leeds points to the future for the entire music community - musicians, producers, engineers, composers, and business people. I applaud his generosity in sharing psychoacoustic techniques he has developed and utilized to great effect."
- Joe Harnell, Grammy Award-winning composer, pianist, and author of Counterpoint: The Journey of a Music Man.
The Power of Sound is for everybody with ears. What we hear-and how we process it-has a far greater impact on our daily living than we realize. From the womb to the moment we die we are inescapably surrounded by sound, and what we hear can either energize or deplete our nervous systems. It is no exaggeration to say that what goes into our ears can harm us or heal us.
In The Power of Sound, Joshua Leeds explores music and sound as nutrients for the nervous system, and the importance of healthy auditory function. He investigates how noise- or stress-induced auditory dysfunction may result in difficulties in learning, communication, and social interactions, and explains new techniques designed to invigorate auditory skills.
The accompanying CD of psychoacoustically refined classical music provides immediate examples of the benefits of music explained in the book. Readers can experience the effects of a variety of sounds and begin the life-enhancing design of their own soundscapes.
Joshua Leeds is a sound researcher and pioneer in the production of application-specific audio, with over twenty-five recordings to his credit. He is the cofounder of Applied Music & Sound, specializing in programs for the therapeutic, education, and consumer sectors. He has collaborated with such visionaries in the fields of medicine, psychology, and neurodevelopment as Andrew Weil, Anna Wise, and Robert J. Doman, Jr. Leeds teaches psychoacoustic applications of music and sound to lay people and professionals in the United States and Europe.
The Power of Sound includes detailed guides for musicians and healthcare professionals.