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The Power of Sound


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Preface: 2010 and Moving Forward--The Decade of Sound!


Part One

1 What Is Sound?

2 The Physics of Sound

3 The Mechanics of Hearing

4 Resonance, Entrainment, and Pattern Identification

5 Frequency Medicine: The Work of Alfred Tomatis

Part Two
Sound Awareness

6 A New Awareness of Sound

7 Sonic Safety

8 Neuroscience and Music

9 Music and Sound in Your Life

10 Progressive Sound Health for the Hospital Environment

11 Animals and Sound

12 Current Sonic Media

Part Three
A Guide to Soundwork Techniques and Applications

13 A Matter of Distinctions

14 The Building Blocks of Therapeutic Sound

15 Sonic Neurotechnologies

16 Applied Psychoacoustics for Health Care Practitioners

17 Advanced Sound Tools and Techniques

18 The Anatomy of Psychoacoustic Music Creation

19 The Sound and Music Alliance (SAMA)



Sound Remedies Catalog

Music for The Power of Sound

CD Track Listing



About the Author


About the Author

Joshua Leeds is a sound researcher, teacher and music producer of 40 hours of specialised soundtracks used in clinics, classrooms and animal care facilities worldwide. He specialises in the field of psychoacoustics, the study of the effect of music and sound on the human nervous system and bioacoustics, how human sound affects other living beings.


"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 businesspeople. 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 o *
"Used for basic understanding, either for personal or professional use, The Power of Sound is a powerful tool at its best. Leeds, through his thorough research, is giving us a glimpse into another world of music. (By-the-way, the 75-minute CD of psychoacoustically designed classical music is awesome!)" * Irene Watson, Reader Views, October 2010 *
"In this deep guidebook to everything sonic, Mr. Leeds caters to the layperson and the professional alike. The content is exceptionally well researched and organized. He proceeds in sections that contain the history, theory and also references on the Internet that show the research for readers who want a deeper knowledge." * Jennifer Hoskins, New Dawn Magazine, February 2011 *

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