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The Power of Sound, 1st Edition

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
Cost: $25

[Note: There are no longer new copies of this first edition available. Used copies may be found online.]

“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

Music for The Power of Sound
CD Track Listing and Page Reference

Music for The Power of Sound is performed by The Arcangelos Chamber Ensemble. Specially orchestrated classical music, coproduced by the author, has been selected from The Sound Health Series.

Our basic survival depends upon legs for running, fingers for gathering, and sexual organs for reproducing, along with that most amazing computer which coordinates millions of messages every second of every day—the brain.

In addition, four sensory organs, the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears, inform the brain of surrounding conditions. The seven orifices of the head sample different octaves of frequency—light, aroma, taste, and sound. With this information, the brain adjusts physiological mechanisms to function optimally. “Am I safe?” asks the reptilian brain. With the primary question of survival addressed, this ancient brain relaxes like a lazy lizard in the sun, allowing us to focus on secondary aesthetic considerations: Does this light feel good? Do I prefer these smells? Yum … got any more chocolate? Turn up that music!

Table of Contents


Part 1: Sound
1. What is Sound
2. The Physics of Sound
3. The Mechanics of Hearing
4. Resonance and Entrainment
5. Frequency Medicine: The Work of Alfred Tomatis
6. Neurodevelopmental Auditory Training:
The Work of Robert J. Doman, Jr.

Part 2: Sound Awareness
7. A New Awareness of Sound
8. Sonic Safety
9. Music and Sound in Your Life

Part 3: A Guide to Soundwork Techniques and Applications
10. A Matter of Distinctions
11. The Building Blocks of Therapeutic Sound
12. Sonic Neurotechnologies
13. Applied Psychoacoustics for Healthcare Practitioners


A. The Anatomy of Psychoacoustic Music Creation
B. Frontiers of Soundwork
Stress-Induced Auditory Dysfunction:
Robert J. Doman, Jr.
Ron Minson, M.D.
Billie Thompson, Ph.D.
C. Core Principles of Alfred Tomatis
D. Tomatis: Revising the Map of the Musician’s Odyssey
E. The Birth of a Sound Therapy: Alexander Doman
F. Music Therapy



Sound Remedies Catalog

Soundwork Internet Sites of Interest

Soundwork Resources




About the Author

Back cover copy

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.


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