International Sound Symposium
Joshua Leeds

Joshua Leeds

"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."

Joshua Leeds is a composer, producer, and sound researcher. He is one of few published authorities in the exciting new field of psychoacoustics--the study of the effects of music and sound on the human nervous system. As creative director of Applied Music & Sound, Joshua collaborates with leaders in health, psychology, productivity, and neurodevelopment.

Composer, Producer, and Recording Artist:

Joshua Leeds recordings include "The Listening Program" (8 CD set), "The Sound Health Series" (6 CD set), "Sound Body, Sound Mind: Music for Healing" and "Eight Meditations for Optimum Health" with Andrew Weil, M.D., and "Songs of Affirmation" and "Gift of the Present" with Louise L. Hay. Additional collaborators include The Monroe Institute, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, and brainwave biofeedback expert, Anna Wise. From 1996-2000, Joshua served as co-producer of Arcangelos, the critically-acclaimed psychoacoustic chamber orchestra. Leeds is the author of The Power of Sound (Healing Arts Press, 2001), Sonic Alchemy (InnerSong Press, 1997), and editor of The Listening Program (ABT Press, 1999). Numerous American and European magazine publications include the peer-reviewed American Journal of Acupuncture, Open Ear Journal, New Age Retailer, and Caduceus.

Researcher, Networker, and Author:

Joshua is the author of numerous articles, and two books. In his first book Sonic Alchemy: Conversations with Leading Sound Practitioners, Joshua researched the inner components of sound and the physiology of the ear/brain mechanism. As he delved into the study of sound, he found there was no curriculum. Consequently, he sought out his own teachers; women and men who think, practice, and dwell in the bedrock of vibration and frequency. The wealth of their ideas is presented in a dozen interviews. Additionally, the rudiments of soundwork are explored. These include resonance, entrainment, and sonicneuro technologies. The intention of Sonic Alchemy is to trigger the imagination of the reader, and encourage personal explorations into sound. Leeds believes a quantum leap in the use of subtle energy modalities, including sound, will take place through the advancement and synergy of the methods discussed herein.

The second publication (a booklet and CD set) Sound Body/Sound MInd: Music for Healing with Andrew Weil, MD., was produced by Joshua and his colleague, Richard Lawrence. The Listening Program (TLP) Produced by Joshua Leeds and Richard Lawrence

The Power of Sound: How to Manage Your Own Personal Soundscape for Vital, Productive and Healthy Life, which was published in 2001, 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.

Educator and Lecturer:

Joshua teaches musicians, healthcare and education professionals internationally through lectures and workshops. He is the founder of He resides in Marin County, California.

To learn more about Joshua's work and his collaborations with others in the field of sound healing, see his website at:

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