Ryan Woods

Ryan Woods


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Music

Personal profile


PhD Research Title: Communal Explorations of Manchester's Acoustic and Cultural Ecologies through Soundscape Composition

Supervisors: Prof David Berezan & Prof Caroline Bithell

My practice-led research into soundscape composition combines electroacoustic composition with ethnographic fieldwork in order to facilitate collective learning spaces through community engagement with Manchester’s acoustic ecologies. Situated in the practice of Soundscape composition I look to methadologies found in decolonial efforts of anthropology to widen participation and diversity in the field. I run wokshops for communities to engage with their local soundscapes and offer the technology and skills to create their own narratives around these places. Through this my research touches on interdisciplinary themes of identity, wellbeing, ecology, memory, place and the more-than-human-world.

Research interests

  • Soundscape Composition
  • Acoustic Ecology
  • Acoustemology
  • Anthropology of Sound
  • Deep/Quantum Listening
  • The More-Than-Human World
  • Human-Tree relations
  • Migration and Memory, especially in a Zimbabwean context


Education/Academic qualification

Master of Music, Electroacoustic Composition, The University of Manchester

Sept 2019Aug 2021

Award Date: 3 Aug 2021

Bachelor of Music, The University of Manchester

Sept 2015Jul 2018

Award Date: 11 Jul 2018

External positions

Facilitator & Cofounder, The Manchester Ear

2018 → …


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