works

performance

toward the south plains

2019 - present

installation

gestures

2019 | photography

repetition

2019 | photography

photos graphein

2011 | light, objects and sound design
collaboration

studies

portraits

2017 - 2018 | photography

smyer, tx 2016 + ephemera

2019 | generative sketch

music

pieces

ryan todd garza
2016 | digital


headed out

2016 | live studio recording

Ens Ensemble

ENS [ɛnz] noun, abstract being; existence, in the most abstract sense.

Ens Ensemble is a moniker used by Ryan as an outlet to voice creative explorations regardless of the state of proficiency or perfection. The wk (week) collections are an endeavor to perform and release one track per day for nine weeks.


wk01

ens ensemble
2019 | digital

wk02

ens ensemble
2019 | digital



audiovisual media reel

reel

sound & music department



toward the south plains
2019 - present

the mojave desert

the mojave desert

october 12 2019
st andrew's episcopal church
amarillo, tx

[in progress] a collaboration with harlan hodges

(this is a subjective expression of my direct involvement with the work. my perspective is not to be confused with the intentions of the project. please visit towardthesouthplains.com to learn how you can experience the work for yourself)

on february 8, 2016 composer harlan hodges who has been like a brother to me was, let's see what the right word is...inspired; invoked; reduced...to write what would become the beginnings of Toward The South Plains after a phone call in which i would reveal that i was making my way towards the south plains from los angeles after my father had been killed in an act of gun violence the previous afternoon.

over the years the work has widened from focus on this singular circumstance to the all too common occurences of malice of the sort happening every day in our communities.

centered around the cyclical nature of existence, cycles of the moon and of water, stages of grief, the transmigration of the soul, and the constant presence of change in our lives, the work is highly conceptual and multidimensional in scope. In its entirety it contains not only 30 pieces of written music for piano, organ, orchestra, and choir, but field recordings and photographs from across the southwestern united states, sound design,video, and animation. plans for geomapped interactivity are being discussed as well.


animation | the cyclical nature of the moon is central to the theme of this work. over 700 images of the moon were obtained from nasa's scientific visualization studio, animated and driven by max. one lunar cycle is to be projected over the span of the piece but since the timing requirements vary drastically per perfomance, multiple methods of advancement have been programmed at the input level.

max jitter screenshot



photography | over several trips through the southwestern United States, a series of photographs is being curated alongside audio field recordings and gps data. these photographs correlate directly to one of nine major musical movements that outline the literal journey across the landscape. i've employed a 6x6 medium format hasselblad 503cx film camera for the task.

field recordings & sound design | coming soon

composition | the introspectivity of my involvement as a lyricist proved to be personally healing. my self a product of the west texas landscape, i had spent many years trying to just get out. my conclusion has been that without the recognition that the body very much belongs to and is a product of a landscape, the spirit of the land will pull and plague the individual until one discerns in a very visceral way that no matter where one resides, the body we refer to as ourselves is but an aggregate of our past. text has been set throughout the work in both english and latin in order to contrast the subjective and objective scope of this phenomena.

Could it be sacred ground
That we wander
Estranged this soul be bound
Led asunder

A spirit ‘neath is found
Ancient wonder
Possess this sacred ground
We discover

Behold this sacred ground
Tears fall over
Beneath the stones be found
Holy water

Consume us sacred ground
Lest we wander
Eternally resound
Bear within us home
                

“Sacred Ground” © 2019 Harlan Hodges (ASCAP) Lyrics © 2019 Ryan Todd Garza (BMI)

gestures
2019 | photography

dusk at spade ranch | image no. 18015_011 | 18 in x 12 in

may 01 2019 - july 26 2019
first friday art trail
lubbock, tx
struggling to find a subject in a place with such flat terrain and hard edges as west texas, she offered her beauty not in form but in palette and grade. gestures is a series of photographic abstractions depicting the gradients revealed by the landscape of west texas.

a subtler study in découpé, the abstraction of the sequential moments from a larger experience, extracts sections of landscapes from their context and resequences them as if one were to look at one patch of sky, then another, then another, etc. since the extractions still bear all of the content, what degree of content versus context is necessary to retain meaning across iterations?

dusk at spade ranch | image no. DaSR.concept-001v3 | 12 in x 14.4 in

dusk at spade ranch | image no. DaSR.concept-001v5 | 12 in x 14.4 in

dust storm | image no. 19004_037 | 24 in x 18 in

repetition
2019 | photography

may 01 2019 - july 26 2019
first friday art trail
lubbock, tx
enough exhausts what hands made precious...guilty
photos graphein
2011 | light, objects and sound design


under construction
audiovisual media reel
selected works

for all academy sports
  • film mix
  • sound design
the driver hulu
  • film mix - season 1
if house of cooper
  • film mix
carbon tv
  • composer
  • music engineer/mix
  • instrumentalist
uncharted mercedes benz
  • music mix

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