Associate Lecturer: Popular Music and Experience Design
Ryan is a lecturer, researcher, and musician who currently teaches across a range of courses in both the Music and Experience Design subject areas. Prior to joining Falmouth, he taught in a number of UK-based Further and Higher Education institutions. As a musician, he has toured, played at major festivals, received national and international airplay, and has organised a number of releases and events in collaboration with DIY and independent labels. In 2021, Ryan submitted his PhD to the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University (Denmark), which explored the specificity of music as a globalised form of cultural production.
He is an active researcher with a growing number of publications in internationally recognised journals and academic presses. Recent publications include ‘The Contemporaneity of Class Relations’ (2021) for Sociological Review, ‘Lac Bugs, Petrocapitalism, and Data: Musicology Without Music’ in the Journal of Media Art, Theory and Study (2020). Ryan is an affiliated researcher with the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image at London South Bank University, the Contemporary Aesthetics and Technology group at Aarhus University, and the Theory Study Group of the British Sociological Association.
Current teaching and research interests include the use of big data and analytics in cultural production (and its criticism), music's political ecology, as well as a range of ongoing projects in the fields of critical and cultural theory.