Ryan Fogal is a composer and cellist specializing in music for media and currently resides in LA. Beginning his passion for cello at the age of ten, he chose to play the instrument for the very best reasons a ten year old could have: it looked cool and you could play the theme from Jaws on it. Several years later, he discovered GarageBand on an iPad and became obsessed with composition and has continued writing ever since.
1 Ryan spent much of his middle school and high school years composing for school ensembles and playing in as many ensembles as he could: symphony orchestras, jazz bands, musical theater pits, marching bands, wind ensembles, and string quartets. He later went on to study at Berklee College of Music where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Scoring with a Minor in Video Game Scoring. Throughout his time there, he continued working on independent and student films and established himself as a go to cellist for sessions and musicals. Prior to graduating, Ryan was hired to work as a writing assistant to Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) and currently works as an assistant for James Newton Howard. With every project taken on, his approach is to be a dedicated member of the creative team fully invested in bringing projects to the highest level that they can achieve.
qq As a composer, Ryan primarily draws from an orchestral landscape and often infuses modern electronic production techniques into his music. He is insatiably curious and constantly experimenting in different styles and techniques such as sampling potatoes to create music and creating sound design with acoustic and electric cellos. Ryan is also inspired by music such as that of the Legend of Zelda series, the works of Ravel and Debussy, and modern artists like Tennyson and The Decemberists. Ryan’s overall goal with his music is to create works that are unique to his voice and that ultimately leave the world a better place in whatever small ways that they can.
Outside of music, Ryan is an avid photographer and videographer, fervent admirer of red pandas, and loves to cook for family and friends.
Sparked by the idea to create music out of the most ridiculous thing possible, this track is entirely composed using only the sounds of potatoes. Using a variety of production techniques, samples of potatoes are completely transformed into music that is dark and gritty. The lead line features a tower of hollowed out potatoes played with a French horn mouthpiece that was then sampled and turned into a Kontakt instrument. The instrument is then ran through a series of distortion, EQ, reverb, and a bit crusher to create an aggressive lead. The bass line is the same sample with an octaver and a high shelf cut. Pads are created from samples of a potato that had been carved into a whistle. Arpeggios in the higher range are potatoes being slapped with a phaser and chopper set on top of it. Additionally, The percussion is potatoes being chopped and chips being crunched.
From the 2021 Miami Film Festival selected short, "Aburo", about two feuding brothers in Cuba
Sweet and relaxed music for small eclectic ensembles
From the film "Zorpo" which pays homage to the classic Sci-Fi 'B'-movies of the 40s and 50s
Compositions for full symphony orchestra
Blends between traditional orchestral scoring and modern synths and production
MIDI Sequencing, Sound Design, and Cue Conforming