Press Quotes


“haunting musical experiments with the sounds that get stripped out of MP3’s…” – NPR


“It sounds beautiful, and ambient, and strange, and echoey, and ghostly” – Kenneth Goldsmith, on NPR


“(created) a great new genre of ambient ghost music” – Death and Taxes Magazine


“…stunning and ghostly music compositions…” – Public Radio Exchange


“finds musical inspiration in sounds that are lost” – CBC, Spark with Nora Young,


“It’s what the environment of our mind is missing: an endangered species of data.” – Neural Magazine, review of Ghost in the MP3


“sound that is lost from music when it’s digitized…retrieved these ghosts and (gave) them back some life!” – Broadcasting House, BBC Radio 4


“Ryan Maguire, a composer and sound artist, has made efforts to trace what he calls the “ghosts” of mp3 files to see what all is cut out when songs are converted to the digital format. The result is mindblowing…and could foreshadow future innovations in music production” –


“elegiac and spooky”, “shapeshifting pixels” – Gawker


“The lingering remnants of digital compression… mere traces, incomplete and distorted…” – POST Matter


“(a) cool piece of experimental music” – The Daily Dot


“The musical clairvoyant who finds ghosts in your MP3’S” – NOISEY (Vice)


“an interesting look into what exactly is lost in compression” – The Kernel


“Oval wished they thought of this back in the 90s” – FACT Mag


“…melding and separating, ebbing and flowing, shaping and shifting, expanding like a whirling galaxy out through the room and inviting the audience to exist in the newly created sonic space” – C Ville


“Tuned gongs and bowls appear in quiet gestures as though waves of sound, and indeed, the piece feels oceanic and expansive. There are many great textures and colors– and many overall keen and serendipitous moments…” SEAMUS Review of “arpemonex”


““Heard, for solo piano” by Ryan Maguire is about the discrepancies between how people perceive sound and how computers hear via machine listening techniques. All of the musical material is derived from a field recording of a herd of cows (and their cowbells) during a summer thunderstorm. An eighteen minute performance, quite a few passages are played with the fingers placed directly on the strings of the piano, creating interesting and sometimes eerie effects. Very slow and spatial, it’s a fascinating piece!” – Mainly Piano, review of Wisconsin Soundscapes CD


“During the past few years, Maguire can be found just as readily performing alongside a set of instantaneous composers in Blood Moon — a troupe being revamped and expanded as Null Set — playing in what he refers to as a prog-inflected rock outfit, Sweet Tooth, or gigging what might be singer-songwriter fair, if it weren’t all run through a laptop setup.” – Pulse


“It sounds so cool.” – Jim James, from My Morning Jacket, on Ghost in the MP3




Selected Ghost in the MP3 Press:



WIRED Germany


Death and Taxes


Boing Boing

Fact Mag

The Daily Dot

The Kernel

The Verge

Vicious Magazine

Kotaku (Japan)

AV Club (DC)


Gizmodo France

Mental Floss

Ask Audio Mag



Popular Mechanics

Das Filter

Future Zone



Overgrown Path Blog

WTJU Radio Interview

UVA Today

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Bavarian Public Radio

Spectral Affect

Heard at a Supermarket


UVA Today




The Conversation


Other Press:



UVA Today on Sleepwalking: Vol. 1

9th Wonder Residency, & another

Nailgun Media

Literary Review of Canada

2nd Street Gallery

Wisconsin Alliance for Composers

Mainly Piano

Ravello Records

PARMA Records

University of South Florida


The Dartmouth Newspaper

Program from Dartmouth

Studio 300 Festival

Carlos Andres Botero Blog

NEC Alumni Website

C-ville Magazine

Daily Progress

Dusty Stacks of Mom

NEC Tuesday Night New Music

ElectroNEC Concert

Summer Institute for Comporary Performance Practice, 2011

NEC, Tuesday Night New Music

Contemporary Music Lab Review


Publication Links

Temporal Dynamics of Soundscapes

Distort Them As You Please

Ghost in the MP3 (ICMC/SMC Publication)

Blood Moon

Contemporary Music Lab

Wisconsin Soundscapes

The Ghost in the MP3


Selected Citations

Nick Collins, Live and Non-Real-Time Source Separation Effects for Electroacoustic Music

Kenneth Goldsmith, Wasting Time on the Internet

Cécile Chevalier, Remembering to Remember

Rebecca Lemov, Database of Dreams

JJ Burred, Factorsynth