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About Ryan Leach

Ryan Leach is an award winning composer for Film, TV and video games.

He recently scored Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs, directed by Academy Award winning creature designer Tom Woodruff Jr., 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).

Ryan earned a degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music and was assistant to veteran composer Michael A. Levine at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions. In 2010 Ryan won  the Maverick Movie Awards for Best Original Score for Devils Racecourse. Previous winners include Philip Glass and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.

Other credits include library placements in Pawn Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and The Colbert Report, score assistance on Bee MovieThe Simpsons Movie, and The Dark Knight, and original music and arrangements for Disney.

“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.
It’ll help you to become aware of what you are in fact.”

–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.)
  • Music Theory/Harmony (traditional diatonic theory, romantic harmony and chromaticism, jazz harmony, contemporary techniques such as root movement by thirds, 12-tone rows, chords in 4ths, etc.)
  • Orchestration (Orchestration as separate from composition, contrast, timbre, instrumentation, etc.)
  • Film Scoring (Techniques for Scoring to Picture, Film Score Analysis, Theme Writing, Technical aspects, etc.)
  • Music Production (Logic Pro X, Sibelius, Pro Tools, Synthesis and Sampling, creating custom sample libraries, etc.)


Lessons are $75/hour and can be conducted over Skype or Gmail Video Chat.

If you are interested in lessons, e-mail me at or call (310) 405-1582.

You can also read my tutorials and articles at Audiotuts, ComposerFocus and SCOREcast.

Contact | 310.405.1582

If you have a project that needs music, let’s discuss it! I am always looking for an opportunity to work with filmmakers who appreciate the value of a great score and want their film to make a meaningful connection with their audience. Music that is unique, compelling, and emotionally resonant will set your project apart.

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