meet our team

contributing members

We are so grateful for all of our contributing artists, designers, technicians, strategists, environmentalists and activists who are committed to protecting our planet and have helped bring this project to life.

Thank You!

Ocean Filmmaker

Writer & Poet

Elise_Lein.jpeg

Dancer & Producer

michael stocker.jpg

Michael Stocker

Activist & Author

ben leinbach.jpg

Ben Leinbach

Recording Engineer

Sound Healer & Coach

Cinematographer

Photographer

Jesse Perlstein

Electronic Musician

faith_edited.jpg

Faith Levine

Lead Dancer

Nadia Surtees

Design Strategist

tate_edited.jpg

Drone Pilot & Filmmaker

david.png

David Abramson

Website Developer

Image-1(1).jpg

Designer

Tony Ly

Branding & Design

yolande.png

Yolande Harris

PhD Researcher & Artist

daniela.jpg

Daniela Huson

Events Coordinator

Marketing Advisor

michael.png

Michael J Downey

Live Sound Engineer

Gyongi Soudbath-0017.jpeg

Gyongyi Ridenour

Sound Healer

abigail.png

Abigail Hinds

Vocalist

lisa denning.jpg
jesse.jpg
amber_edited.jpg
meredith rom.jpg

Meredith Rom

kane.png

Kane Wolf

tony.png
cristian palmer.jpeg

Amber Herzog Lyman

Joshua SaM Miller

Co-Creator, Composer, Executive Producer

Joshua leads the Sounds of the Ocean team as a 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 meditative tool at festivals, yoga studios, healing retreat centers and wellness events in Australia, Bali, North and Central America and Europe.

 

In 2020, Joshua's work was accepted as part of the International Year of Sound as mobilized by the International Commission for Acoustics.  He has appeared at the NAMM ShowBhakti FestAgape Zoe Festival and has participated in over 100 workshops at iconic venues such as UCLAGrace 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.

Learn More 

  • LinkedIn
  • Spotify
  • Instagram

John Ryan

Co-Creator & Biological Oceanographer

John Ryan leads research and public outreach for the Ocean Soundscape project at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), the source of recordings for Sounds of the Ocean.  He received a PhD degree in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island in 1998.  John’s graduate research focused on phytoplankton ecology in the northwestern Atlantic and was supported by a fellowship from the Office of Naval Research.  He began a postdoctoral fellowship at MBARI in fall 1998, during which he was awarded a NASA New Investigator grant.  Now a Senior Research Specialist at MBARI, John is focused on the ecology of oceanic life -- from microscopic plankton to great whales.

 

These recordings reveal the great diversity and activity of ocean life, providing a window to connect.  They also reveal human noise sources, which represent opportunities to recognize and reduce harmful impacts of noise, and to become better stewards of life on Earth.

Learn More