Daniel Levitin

Daniel Levitin



Daniel Levitin is a neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, professor, writer, musician, songwriter, record producer and recording engineer.  He has written four consecutive #1 best-selling books, ‘This Is Your Brain On Music’, ‘The World In Six Songs’, and 'The Organized Mind’.  He has published more than 100 scientific articles and over 300 articles for the general public in publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Billboard, Grammy and Mix Magazine.

His TED talk has been viewed 16 million times, and he is the founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI in San Fransisco.  He is also a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and James McGill Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience and Music and McGill University.

An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar and sax, Daniel has performed with Sting, Victor Wooten, David Byrne, Bobby McFerrin, Neil Young and Rodney Crowell.

As a record producer and engineer his credits include Santana, The Grateful Dead, Steely Dan and many others.  Albums to which he has contributed have sold in excess of 30 million copies.

As a consultant for Warner Bros. Records he planned the marketing campaigns for albums such as Eric Clapton’s Unplugged (1992) and K.D. Lang’s Ingenue (1992).  He was a music consultant on feature films such as Good Will Hunting (1997).

As an engineer he assisted in the design of the first commercial satellite and subwoofer speaker systems, an early version of which were used by Steely Dan for mixing their album Pretzel Logic (1974).

I met Daniel at Rodney Crowell’s ‘Adventures In Song’ Camp in 2018.  He is a great guy and a deep well of knowledge and insight about music.  One of the coolest things about Daniel is he really is a ‘musician first’.  All his books are spectacular and I highly recommend checking them out.

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Photo Duncan Davidson / TED2

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