After receiving the Pete Carpenter Fellowship from BMI in 2003, where he studied television music under composer Mike Post, Ryan moved to Los Angeles. He soon became a ghostwriter and library music composer for various television shows including The Apprentice, The Biggest Loser, American Idol, Shark Tank, The Oprah Winfrey Show, America's Got Talent, and Dancing with the Stars, to name but a few. His path would later take him over 5,000 miles away to the edge of the eastern Amazon basin of Bolivia, where his wife Carla’s family resides. It was during this period while living in Santa Cruz, Bolivia that he was first inspired to form his own personal music project which later became the motion picture advertising company ‘City of the Fallen’ in 2009 - a company who's music would go on to be featured in various movie trailers including Marvel's "The Avengers".
In 2011 Ryan was contacted by director Neill Blomkamp to provide music for his dystopian feature film 'Elysium'. The film would lead to a variety of experimentation, including incorporating the calls of colobus monkeys and baboons, the buzzing of mosquitos, and Mongolian throat singing. The hybrid score would also feature the London Philharmonia Orchestra and be recorded at Abbey Road Studios. In 2014, director Michael Mann would reach out to Ryan to compose music for his cyberthriller feature film 'Blackhat', featuring talented musicians from Bratislava, Slovakia.
In addition to feature film work, he has also composed music for FromSoftware's gothic/victorian video game 'Bloodborne', which was recorded at London's AIR Studios, and Ubisoft's franchise video game 'Assassins Creed: Unity". In the fall of 2015, the world premiere suite of his themes from 'Bloodborne' was performed live in concert in Stockholm, Sweden.
Ryan's music and source of creativity is profoundly influenced by his faith in Jesus Christ. His study and love of world music often finds itself weaved into the fabric of his compositions, as does his sonic experimentation and use of traditional instruments in non-traditional ways.