Ryan Olivier (b. 1985), who grew up in the southern United States, is a composer and multimedia artist. Over the years he has been fortunate to work with talented performers, such as Blair McMillen, the Relâche Ensemble, the Momenta Quartet, the Cygnus Ensemble, ensemble39, Nonsemble 6, and the New Orleans New Music Ensemble, who have performed his works across the United States. In addition to his concert works, his various interests have led him to work with a wide array of media including electronics, video, and dance. These works have been featured at Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) National and Regional Conferences, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference, the International Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology (WOCMAT) in Taiwan, the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in the United Kingdom, and the Punto y Raya Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Ryan continues to compose for both traditional concert ensembles and fixed media, but his current focus is the real-time incorporation of visualized electronic music with live performers. Often performing with his duet partner, Andrew Litts, as the Philadelphia Electro-Acoustic Duet (PhEAD), Ryan has presented these works in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Indiana. Deb Miller of DCMetroTheaterArts described their evening-length show Imaginary Music as, “a highly intelligent synthesis of the arts with science and technology,…an equally lofty aesthetic of transcendent beauty;…at once cerebral and emotive, intellectual and hypnotic.”
Ryan is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana University South Bend, where he teaches courses in music technology composition, music theory, and directs the electronic ensemble, the Audio-Visual Collective. Previously Ryan taught at Temple University and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Ryan holds a bachelors degree in music composition from Loyola University New Orleans as well as a doctorate from Temple University.