The Power of Sound: How to Be Healthy and Productive Using Music and Sound

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Customize your sound environment for a better quality of life • Shows how to use music and sound to reduce stress, enhance learning, and improve performance • Provides detailed guidelines for musicians and health care professionals • Includes a 75-minute CD of psychoacoustically designed classical music What we hear, and how we process it, has a far greater impact on o Customize your sound environment for a better quality of life • Shows how to use music and sound to reduce stress, enhance learning, and improve performance • Provides detailed guidelines for musicians and health care professionals • Includes a 75-minute CD of psychoacoustically designed classical music 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 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--a pioneer in the application of music for health, learning, and productivity--explains how sound can be a powerful ally. He explores chronic sensory overload and how auditory dysfunction often results in difficulties with learning and social interactions. He offers innovative techniques designed to invigorate auditory skills and provide balanced sonic environments. In this revised and updated edition of The Power of Sound, Leeds includes current research, extensive resources, analysis of the maturing field of soundwork and a look at the effect of sound on animals. He also provides a 75-minute CD of psycho­acoustically designed classical music for a direct experience of the effect of simplified sound on the nervous system. With new information on how to use music and sound for enhanced health and productivity, The Power of Sound provides readers with practical solutions for vital and sustained well-being. ...more

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Comments

Matthew Lederman

A great introduction to concepts of “sound work” and therapeutic uses of music and sound.


Diane

Joshua Leeds is a musician and composer. He brings all his knowledge to this delightful book, which explores the ‘how’ behind music’s effects on us. He discusses psychoacoustics, neuroscience and therapeutic sound. As a composer, he has fiddled and explored various sound combinations, which he then shares with us. He is also following the development of these rising fields, giving glimpses into different areas of science, which affect our work not only as musicians but also as human beings. Leed Joshua Leeds is a musician and composer. He brings all his knowledge to this delightful book, which explores the ‘how’ behind music’s effects on us. He discusses psychoacoustics, neuroscience and therapeutic sound. As a composer, he has fiddled and explored various sound combinations, which he then shares with us. He is also following the development of these rising fields, giving glimpses into different areas of science, which affect our work not only as musicians but also as human beings. Leeds begins by taking us through the physics of hearing and the anatomy of the ear. Starting us at these basics, which have only recently been understood, is good. So much more needs to be learned about hearing, and actually hearing loss, which is endemic. I am glad that he also delves into this realm, giving us information on decibel levels for common items as well as discussing the different types of hearing devices and their consequences– from ear phones to ear buds. In addition to the noises we subject ourselves to by choice, there are those we are subjected to just by being in certain places – honking horns and jack hammers, crying babies and barking dogs come to mind. There is so much sound these days, and it affects us so very deeply, yet few seem to think about that any more. Leeds is one who does and I appreciate that. I know several young people who are interested in physics and music, so I was glad to read of the many studies now going in this area. I will be sure to recommend it to them. Perhaps they will change their career direction and pursue one of the new scientific fields presented here.


Ginger Leigh

I really enjoyed this book as an introduction to the vast arena of sound research. It covered the recent history (since soundwork is a relatively new practice) and discussed many applications in which sound can be used. I enjoyed the first 1/3 of the book the best, because it flowed well and was very informative. The middle and end chapters started to seem like he was repeating ideas he had just gone over, and it was not as well organized as the earlier chapters. The second half of the book was I really enjoyed this book as an introduction to the vast arena of sound research. It covered the recent history (since soundwork is a relatively new practice) and discussed many applications in which sound can be used. I enjoyed the first 1/3 of the book the best, because it flowed well and was very informative. The middle and end chapters started to seem like he was repeating ideas he had just gone over, and it was not as well organized as the earlier chapters. The second half of the book was a good summary of different studies, which would also be good to read about separately. This book was a great comprehensive gateway into soundwork.

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