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Jim Ryan was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1974. Son of Irish traditional folk singer and guitarist Tom Ryan of Galway City. Moved to Castlebar, Co.Mayo in 79. Currently living in Lansing, MI, USA, where he is finishing medical school.

Current work involves;

  • composition for dvd, with emphasis on 5.1 surround sound, and complete audio video integration.

  • The animated score project, an animated intuitive graphic notation currently focusing on vocal work, which often includes the audience.

As a musician [guitar, tenor saxophone, clarinet,and electronics] his work focus's on free improvisation, either audio visually with deon foster as the shenanigans.tv, or in the audio focused ensemble, the rattling wall collective in dutch.

sample of artists he has performed with:

  • richard devine
  • juan atkins
  • bruce mcclure
  • otto von schirack
  • aparat
  • venetian snares
  • sabir mateen

selected performances:


  • sync 05: university of michigan's digital media festival; at which jim ryan performed, exhibited, and presented workshops on max/msp and jitter.
  • magic stick; detroit: with richard devine, otto von schirach, aparat, kero, jimmy edgar, 000.


  • ann arbor film festival [42nd annual]
  • digital canvas : ann arbor art center
  • warp, detroit underground tour: detroit artist market
  • sound and vision, metrospace, e.lansing
  • with sabir mateen - detroit art space


  • detroit electronic music festival
  • xenakis bound : dreamland theater, ypsilanti, mi
  • candlestick maker : chicago, il
  • decomposure series : deadtech, chicago, il

contact: jim@smallbrainrecords.com