Inspired by the infinity of the cosmos, the indeterminacy of the subatomic, and the complexity of life, Ryan Maguire explores the boundaries between the natural world, human experience, and the technologies that act as intermediaries between the two. His work is equal parts technical virtuosity and folk humanism, blurring lines between composition & improvisation, sound & video, acoustic & electric, deterministic & stochastic, fabricated & hand-crafted, analog & digital, lo-fi & high tech, and ultimately between poetry & science. He plays stringed instruments and programs computers, molds materials and builds circuits, writes essays and sings songs. Currently a Ph.D. student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia, Ryan earned his B.A. in Physics and taught math before completing postgraduate degrees at the New England Conservatory of Music and Dartmouth College in Composition and Digital Musics, respectively.


Ryan Maguire listens/writes to/for people/computers. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia Center for Computer Music (VCCM). After completing an undergraduate degree in Physics and briefly freelancing in Milwaukee, Ryan earned postgraduate degrees at Dartmouth College and the New England Conservatory in Digital Musics and Composition, respectively.

He has studied with John Luther Adams, Larry Polansky, Michael Gandolfi, Robert Cogan, John King, Tara Rodgers, David Dunn, and David Cope, in addition to the faculty at the University of Virginia. His original works have been performed internationally by soloists and groups such as So Percussion, Calithumpian Consort, TILT Brass, and Ekmeles. He has presented music and research at SEAMUS, Subtropics, SICPP, Studio 300, NSEME, Park City Film Festival, USF New Music Festival, and elsewhere. His writing has been published by the International Conference on Information Science, Signal Processing, and their Applications, and his masters thesis is available through Dartmouth College.

A dedicated teacher, Ryan has been an instructor and teaching assistant at the University of Virginia, Dartmouth College, and New England Conservatory, and a tutor at the Boston Arts Academy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Beloit College. He has worked as a production assistant for the recording of John Luther Adams' Inuksuit on Cantaloupe Records, a composition assistant to Jon Appleton for A ultima vez, an archivist at the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, manager for the Junior Repertory Orchestra at the New England Conservatory Preperatory School, and as Assistant Recording Engineer at the Engine Room Studios in Milwaukee.

An active performer, Ryan plays the pedal steel, live electronics, hardware sequencer, fretted strings, and also sings. He programs in Python, Java, LISP, MATLAB, and in the music environments Pure Data, Max/MSP, ChucK, and Open Music. He uses both Finale and LilyPond to create scores, Logic and Pro Tools to make records, and a soldering iron to build gizmos. His music and writing can be found online at ryanmaguiremusic.com. Off the clock, you can usually find Ryan enjoying vegan food somewhere or hiking/biking/playing outside.




After completing his undergraduate degree in Physics, Ryan Maguire decided to pursue music as his career following a deeply moving experience of Phillip Glass's Einstein on the Beach:

"My love for you is higher than the heavens, deeper than Hades, and broader than the earth. It has no limits, no bounds. Everything must have an ending except my love for you."