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!

Ben Leinbach

Ocean Filmmaker

Writer & Poet

Activist & Author

Recording Engineer


Sound Healer & Coach



Jesse Perlstein

Electronic Musician


Faith Levine

Lead Dancer

Nadia Surtees

Design Strategist


Drone Pilot & Filmmaker


David Abramson

Website Developer



Tony Ly

Branding & Design


Yolande Harris

PhD Researcher & Artist


Daniela Huson

Events Coordinator

Marketing Advisor


Michael J Downey

Live Sound Engineer

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Gyongyi Ridenour

Sound Healer

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Abigail Hinds

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Meredith Rom

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Kane Wolf

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Amber Herzog Lyman

Michael Stocker

Joshua SaM Miller

Co-Creator, Composer, Executive Producer

Joshua leads the Sounds of the Ocean team as a  Costa Rican based environmental conservationist, multi-instrumentalist and wellness producer.  He believes that in our fast-paced modern world, it is critical to slow our minds down and drop into our hearts to create authentic connection and live our true purpose.  Joshua has shared his experience with sound as a meditative tool in the United States, Australia, Bali, Portugal, Indonesia, Poland and India. 


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 FestDisclosure Fest and has participated in over 200 workshops at iconic venues such as UCLAGrace Cathedral and Burning Man.  Joshua strives to reduce stress in people's lives by building connection back to the natural world through sound.  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.

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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.

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