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About Ryan Leach

As an 8 year old growing up in South Australia, Ryan Leach started studying guitar so that he could play Beatles songs, which marked the beginning of a lifelong passion for music. Now an award winning composer for Film, TV and video games, his music has been heard on every major network and clients include MTV and Disney.

His most recent feature film is Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs, directed by Academy Award winning creature designer Tom Woodruff Jr. Other recent projects include Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future by Albert Chan, for which he won an honorable mention for Best Original Score, animated feature film The Dancing Pumpkin, and Rudy Dobrev’s short film The Emissary, starring Emmy award winning actress Margo Martindale, Law & Order: SVU’s Diane Neel, and edited by Richard Marizy (Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winning film La Vie en Rose).

Before branching out as a freelance composer, Ryan earned a degree in Film Scoring from the prestigious Berklee College of Music and worked as assistant to veteran composer Michael A. Levine at Remote Control ProductionsHans Zimmer’s facility in Santa Monica. He has scored over a dozen feature films including Pastor Shepherd starring Danny Trejo (Robert Rodriguez’s Machete), Serbian film Skinning co-starring Bojana Novakovic (M. Night Shyamalan’s Devil), and Anacapa by writer/director Nicholas Tolkien.

He is currently composer for The Flipside, a narrative series for Rainn Wilson’s (The Office, Juno) SoulPancake directed by Ben Shelton. Guest stars on the series have included Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day, Heroes), Steven Weber (Wings), and John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory).

In 2010 Ryan won Best Original Score from the Maverick Movie Awards for his score to Devils Racecourse. Previous winners include Philip Glass and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.

Other credits include writing additional music for Jerry Bruckheimer’s hit shows Cold Case and Close to Home, technical score assistance on Bee Movie (score by Rupert Gregson-Williams), The Simpsons Movie, and The Dark Knight (scores by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard), and original music and arrangements for the Disney Princess homepage.

When he’s not writing music, you can find Ryan around the web:

Ryan currently lives in Los Angeles and can be contacted here.

“Working with Ryan on the score was a thrilling, highly creative, and ultimately very enjoyable experience from beginning to end.”
-Stevan Filipovic, Director of Skinning

“This has been by far the best experience I’ve had working with a composer!
I’m very pleased and excited about the score, thanks for doing such great work and for being so easy to work with.”
-Greg Cahill, Director/Writer of Two Shadows

“Ryan Leach is a consumate professional and a real joy in collaboration. He masterfully tackled our needs for our “demon noir thriller” – no easy task – maintaining a steady temperament and constant communication. Ryan was able to intuit our needs and deliver on-time and on-budget. We would, and plan to, work with Ryan on all our future projects.”
-Brian Lubocki and Michael Hayes, Writer/Producers of Fire City and King of Miseries

Featured Projects

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Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs
The Emissary
The Dancing Pumpkin and The Ogre's Plot
Project Arbiter
SoulPancake's The FlipSide
The Current
Disney Princess Homepage
Two Shadows
King of Miseries
The Commitment
Morning Calm
Devils Racecourse
Pastor Shepherd
Dead System

“Start by being fully aware of what you think you are.
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–Aldous Huxley


pianovertStudying music is a lifelong pursuit and one of the best ways to learn is under the guidance of an interested teacher. I have helped students from all backgrounds develop their composition skills, knowledge of music theory and overall musicianship.

I begin by assessing the students current levels and develop a lesson plan according to their individual interests and needs.

Topics covered include:

  • Composition (Creating and developing motives, building phrases, periods/double periods, expansions of double periods, simple ternary forms, advanced concepts in form, etc.)
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