My research involves an investigation of the therapeutic and esoteric properties of sound from three different perspectives – Western scientific, Eastern philosophical, and shamanic societal beliefs – to gain a deeper understanding of how, and to what extent, sound has been used to affect human consciousness. This search has led me to the intersection where art, science and spirituality meet: the wonders of sound!

As an ethnomusicologist my approach entails a social scientific study of sound use in several traditional contexts—religious, spiritual, holistic, and cultural—for various purposes and occasions in entertainment, worship, meditation, and rituals of healing and trance. Consequently, my approach in researching, understanding, experiencing, transmitting, and working with sound has always been based on a multidisciplinary approach.

The material I transmit is based on thorough research over many years: observations I have made during my fieldwork in over 40 countries, scientific studies, personal experiences, and data collected from thousands of people I’ve worked with doing sound therapy. This has led me to a deeper understanding of how sound reveals and unlocks hidden powers we have within us to promote profound inner changes and healing.

I have employed a phenomenological approach to study the effects of sound, using a method that empowers the participants to engage actively with tools that enhance their experience, using the consciousness-altering properties of sound to heighten self-awareness, to connect to the higher self, and to fine-tune self-observation.

photos by Joel Barhamand