(Sounds True, 2009)
This collection of classical music selections has been scientifically arranged to lead listeners into a deeply relaxed state. For the latest in the series Dr. Andrew Weil’s Music for Self-Healing, Andrew Weil, MD, has teamed up with Joshua Leeds. Leeds is an expert in the study of psychoacoustics, an area of research devoted to exploring the connection between how the human ear perceives sound on an individual basis, and how that sound affects us on an emotional or psychological level. Compositions include pieces by Mozart, Debussy, and Brahms, which have been arranged to draw the listener progressively into a deeper state of tranquility. Performed by the Apollo Chamber Ensemble, each composition includes additional arrangement that incorporates sound healing techniques. I listened to all 12 tracks while working on deadline for a project that was creating a huge amount of personal stress, and found it to be very calming. I can’t be certain, but there’s a good chance it may have even prevented me from tossing my keyboard out the window.