Hemphill_headshot_editedRyan M. Hemphill is a Canadian composer based in Edmonton, Alberta, and is a member of the Victoria Composer Collective and New Music Edmonton. He has studied at the University of Alberta (BMus) and the University of Victoria (British Columbia, MMus). His music explores the mechanical nature of musical instruments, the incidental musicality of machines, and the contemplation of contemporary soundscapes; combining live musicians, algorithmic composition, and electromechanical devices in order to push audiences to ask themselves if his art is created by living artists or machines— and more so, “should one applaud?”

Hemphill works as a sound technician for several arts organizations, including New Music Edmonton and Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC. He is also the business manager for Da Camera Singers.