With his brother, Hays, Ryan Holladay creates site-specific sound installations, interactive concerts and GPS-based compositions for sites across the United States.

Why you should listen

TED Fellow, Ryan Holladay works with his brother as musicians and music producer, particularly focusing on projects where art and technology intersect. They've produced many site-specific audio-visual installations, engineered interactive concerts -- and most recently have become interested in creating location-aware music.

To date, they have composed pieces activated by the National Mall in Washington DC, Central Park in New York City and they're currently working on a piece inspired by Route One in California. 

Ryan is also an artist-in-residence at Stanford University’s Experimental Media Art Lab and the new media curator at the Artisphere in Arlington, Va.

What others say

“Approach that crazy-looking thing while listening to “The National Mall,” and you’ll hear a keyboard weep. Get closer and digital cellos begin to trace a regal melody. Closer. There’s percussion. Keep going. The volume creeps up. The drums push toward anarchy. Walk right up to the monument, press your hand against the cool, smooth stone and listen, as if the obelisk were a giant radio needle receiving some riotous transmission from deep space. It’s truly magical. ” — Washington Post

Ryan Holladay’s TED talk

Ryan Holladay on the TED Blog

News

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