The Power of Sound: How to Manage Your Personal Soundscape for a Vital, Productive, and Healthy Life

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By Joshua Leeds

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Joshua Leeds

Joshua Leeds
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 collaborat More...



Discover firsthand in this book/CD set the powerful effects sound has on you and learn to customize your own soundscape for a better quality of life.

• Sound pioneer Joshua Leeds shows how to use music to reduce stress, enhance learning, improve performance, and address conditions as diverse as dyslexia and depression.

• Includes accompanying CD featuring musical examples designed to induce specific mental states such as relaxation, receptivity, concentration, and creativity.

• Includes detailed guides for musicians and healthcare professionals

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 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 he 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.

". . . written in a clear, easy-to-read style so that the lay person will have no difficulty understanding the concepts."
James D'Angelo, Caduceus, Issue 60

"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. It should be read by anyone interested in the true nature of music's potential as a healing modality. Bravo, Mr. Leeds!"
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 the psychoacoustic techniques he has developed and utilized to great effect. In combining music and science, Leeds has achieved a dramatic advance in the use of music and sound for empowerment and change."
Joe Harnell, Grammy Award-winning composer, pianist, and author of Counterpoint: The Journey of a Music Man

"Anyone with a sense of hearing will want to read this book. . . . hard to put down."
Donna Blohowiak, New Age Retailer, September 2001

"In this fascinating book, Joshua Leeds discusses the work done by Tomatis and Doman to stimulate the ear and, hence, the body."
Anabeth Cox and Ted Cox, New Age Retailer, May/June 2002

"Readers will find that The Power of Sound gives them all the information and techniques they need to use their own marvelous ears and sound to enhance their lives."
Midwest Book Review, May 2002