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Shift Talk: Music and Sound in Disrupted Times — Expanding the Relevance of Soundwork for Cultures in Crisis

Broadcast on June 30, 2022
With Joshua Leeds

Global communities have entered times of massive change and need street-level support. In this Shift Talk, Joshua Leeds teaches us how music can bring powerful and positive solutions to troubled cultures. Soundwork has come of age and there are now many important opportunities for soundworkers.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • $20+million currently invested in soundwork research by National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Arts
  • The culture becomes the patient — therapeutically-trained soundworkers are needed in communities to teach and support
  • Public music (professional and non-professional) returns to its roots for community cohesion and healing
The opinions expressed here are those of the author/presenter and are not representative of Shift Network employees, customers, or other presenters.
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Joshua Leeds

Author, Sound Researcher, Educator, Music Producer

Joshua Leeds is a music producer, sound researcher, and educator. He specializes in psychoacoustics, the study of the effects of music and sound on the human nervous system along with bioacoustics, how human sound affects animals.

He's the author of The Power of Sound... Through a Dog’s Ear... Sonic Alchemy... and the forthcoming Soundwork on a Hot Rock (2023). Joshua’s more than 50 specialized soundtracks are used in clinics, classrooms, homes, and animal care facilities worldwide. 

He has held faculty positions at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and The New York Open Center in Manhattan. Joshua also conducts seminars virtually and internationally.

Joshua Leeds