Nick Ryan is an award-winning composer and sound designer. In 2004 he received a British Academy Award for The Dark House, a groundbreaking interactive radio drama that was broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 in September 2003 and was the first BAFTA ever to be awarded for radio. Ryan's core interest in composing to picture has resulted in many commissions for film including Film Four short Spin and many TV documentary commissions.
Other projects include the soundtrack for Sony Playstation 2, Odeon Cinema titles, MTV’s M2 idents and World Aids Day. Ryan's portfolio also includes a three-year contract with BBC Imagineering as an Audio Media Research Consultant. At the BBC, he was responsible for the conception of many groundbreaking future applications for sound in media. During this time he co-authored two Government reports, The Future of Music, and The Future of Radio.
Ryan has worked with composer and theoretical physicist John Matthias and the University of Plymouth to compose a symphony for 24-piece string orchestra. The work, entitled Cortical Songs, is based upon theoretical models developed in 1950s, which describe the firing of groups of neurons in the cortex of the brain.
Ryan's awards included the aforementioned BAFTA for The Dark House BBC Interactive Radio Drama, 2004; Edinburgh Festival, Best Short Film for Spin, 2004; Milan Film Festival, Best Short Film for Starched, 2003; Canal Plus Creteil Festival, Best Short Film for Starched, 2003; D&AD Award, Nomination for MTV | M 2 Channel Idents, 2001; Design Week Awards, Best of Show for MTV | M2 Channel Idents, 2001; Promax Award for World Aids Day TV Promo, 1995; and BDA International Award for World Aids Day TV Promo, 1995.