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Joshua Leeds

Soundworker & Activist

Soundwork: positive music and sound  

July 2020


Dear soundworkers and music lovers around the world. We are in an evolutionary time. Here in America, it may also be a revolutionary time.


Now are the seeds of renaissance, where artists and visionaries help guide cultures into newer, greater ways of being. We've entered the time of deep listening and asking, “What is called for and needed?”


As soundworkers, our music, rhythms, frequencies and heartspace are called for and needed.


Everywhere, people are in multi-layered epidemics and music has always served as a primary antidote for social cohesion.


This is a new time for shedding old identities, learning new skillsets, seeking silver linings, being alert and of service.


In 2020–during the age of coronavirus, climate change, systemic racism, income inequity, amoral politicians, and unbridled technologyseven billion sisters and brothers are looking and listening for a new wholeness.


October 18, 2020

Redefining the Role of Music in 2020 –

Community Sonic Activism


1. Globally, we are living in an unparalleled time of multiple and coincident challenges.


2. Forward! There is no going back because collectively we have all shifted, peri-Covid.


3. Isolation has become a psychological by-product of these times.


4. Politicization has undermined the best of science.


5. The arts have an opportunity to play a major role in community healing.


6. Music is historically known for rebuilding social cohesion.


7. A redefining of the healing role of musicians in disrupted culture is called for.


8. Therapeutic/concert/folk musicians and educated soundworkers evolve into sonic activists.


9. The new audience/listener/patient emerges: culture writ large.


10. Renaissance is at hand. Creative, enhanced skillsets produce 21st Century music and sound.


• Soundwork colleagues, please help define and enact this essential emergence of physical, emotional and spiritual sonic activism. Kindly share with your colleagues in this time of need.


Facebook Soundwork 21. Join us.


First Soundwork 21 Zoom Gathering

Nov. 8, 2020, 11:00 am/pst-1:00 pm/pst

Topic:  Our Culture is the Patient - Expanding the Role of Music in the Age of Covid & Climate

Second Soundwork 21 Zoom Gathering

Dec. 13, 2020, 11:00 am/pst-2:00 pm/pst

  Topic:  Fly Me to the Holi Moon - Expanding the Role of Music in the Age of Covid & Climate

Further information


Soundwork on a Hot Rock–

Music & Sound in Times of Change (2021)

The Power of Sound (2010, 2000)

Through a Dog's Ear (2008)

Sonic Alchemy (1997)


Joshua Leeds has created psychoacoustically-based soundtracks since 1986. His studio techniques have advanced the field of soundwork into neurodevelop-mental clinics, classrooms, animal care facilities, offices, and homes. 



Known for dynamic presentations, Joshua's research into music and sound for people and animals is singular. Core participants include musicians, educators, and therapeutic professionals.