Embodied Sounds

Joshua Sam Miller

Founder, Executive Producer

Joshua leads the Sounds of the Ocean team as a conscious entrepreneur, sound and visual artist, music producer and ocean conservationist.  He strives to reduce stress in people’s lives by building connection back to the natural world through sound.  He grew up playing clarinet, but really wanted to play drums, so now he does both and mixes ambient percussion with melody to transport listeners to a deep state of rest.  Joshua has shared his experience with sound as a mindful practice at music festivals, conferences, retreat centers and wellness events in Australia, Bali, North and Central America, the Middle East and across Europe.

In 2020, Joshua’s work was accepted as part of the International Year of Sound as mobilized by the International Commission for Acoustics.  In 2021, he presented his work at the United Nations Climate Conference COP 26 and has appeared at the NAMM Show, PBS Television, Agape Zoe Festival and has participated in over 100 workshops at iconic venues such as UCLA, Grace Cathedral and Burning Man.  He is driven by passion to raise environmental awareness by curating immersive sound and visual experiences in support of ocean conservation work around the world.

My Inspiration

“I grew up feeling very connected to the ocean as a child.  I always remember that special feeling of being totally at peace underwater.  After a decade of wanderlust, I saw first hand that our oceans are suffering from many kinds of pollution on an unprecedented scale.  Simultaneously, I realized that we as human beings are experiencing a mental health crisis, with society only getting more fast-paced and disconnected from the natural world. 

On January 1, 2019, I was sitting on the coast of California looking at breaking waves and realized I must do more to protect the sea.  The next month during a yoga workshop in Santa Cruz, California, I met Dr. John Ryan from the Monterey Bay Aquatic Research Institute and first heard recordings of humpback whales.  In that moment, I realized that more people must hear these recordings and Sounds of the Ocean was born.”

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