Ryat

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Ryat
Birth name Christina McGeehan
Born New Jersey[1]
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Electronica,[2] jazz[2]
Occupation(s) Composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist[3]
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, music software
Years active 2006–present
Labels Obvious Bandits, Brainfeeder, Unspeakable Records
Associated acts As Human[4]
Website www.ryat.info

Christina McGeehan,[5] better known for her stage name Ryat (often stylized as RYAT[5] and pronounced "riot"[6]), is an American musician based in Los Angeles, California.[7] She has released music on Obvious Bandits, Brainfeeder, and Unspeakable Records.[8]

Early life[edit]

Christina McGeehan was born in New Jersey.[1] She attended Kutztown University, majoring in music.[9]

Career[edit]

Ryat was created in 2006 when McGeehan moved to Philadelphia. There, she met DJ/producer King Britt who encouraged her to produce her own music. She studied music programming, producing and hosted improvisation sessions.[9] Taylor McFerrin inspired her to create a live producers set up and mentored her in performing her music live.[9] She met Tim Conley at a jam session at his house. After their band As Human split, Ryat asked Conley to join her on tour.[9]

In 2009, Ryat released the debut album, Street Noise Orkestra.[10] Her second album, Avant Gold, was released in 2011.[11] Her live show got the attention of Flying Lotus who later invited her to join his label, Brainfeeder.[12] She relocated to Los Angeles and was inspired by the natural surroundings and mysticism.[10] Her third album, Totem, was released on the label in 2012.[13] In 2015, she released an album, Alt Mode, on Unspeakable Records.[14]

Style and influences[edit]

Ryat is known for her "maximalist production" in her approach,[15] often experimenting in electronics, vocal looping, and lush soundscapes.[16] She has been compared with the artists like Björk.[17] Her music has been described as "beat couture".[18]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Street Noise Orkestra (2009)[19]
  • Avant Gold (2011)
  • Totem (2012)
  • Alt Mode (2015)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Avant Gold Remixed (2011)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • King Britt - "The Intricate Beauty" from The Intricate Beauty (2010)
  • Lushlife - "Progress (Sun Glitters Reprise)" from Plateau Vision (2012)
  • Soil & "Pimp" Sessions - "Kioku No Tabi" from Circles (2013)
  • Botany - "Simple Creatures" from Lava Diviner (2013)
  • Mast - "Until You Are Sound" from Omni (2014)
  • Taylor McFerrin - "Place in My Heart" from Early Riser (2014)
  • Botany - "Monthiversary" from Dimming Awe, the Light Is Raw (2015)
  • Nadastrom - "Phantom Eyes" from Nadastrom (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Murray, Robin (March 7, 2012). "Raiz: Ryat". Clash. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Wiseman, Sam (May 23, 2012). "Ryat - Totem". The Skinny. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ "RA: Ryat". Resident Advisor. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ Baron, Josh (October 1, 2008). "As Human: Kilo". All About Jazz. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "New Brainfeeder signing RYAT announces album". Fact. April 2, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ Robinson, John (August 11, 2012). "This week's new live music". The Guardian. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  7. ^ "RYAT - Owl - Uni of Yorke student - and gifted producer - Ryat's trippy new vid". Dazed Digital. January 22, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Ryat - Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c d Poet, J. (June 2011). "RYAT". Soma Magazine. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Dan, Jen (May 21, 2012). "Interview with RYAT". DOA. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  11. ^ Brown, Marisa. "Avant Gold - RYAT". AllMusic. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Ryat". SXSW. 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  13. ^ Monroe, Jazz (June 7, 2012). "Album Review: Ryay - Totem". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  14. ^ Ryce, Andrew (August 1, 2015). "Ryat reveals new album, Alt Mode". Resident Advisor. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  15. ^ "CD Reviews". Slug Magazine. March 31, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  16. ^ "RYAT – 'Howl'". Fact. April 12, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  17. ^ Sherburne, Philip (June 15, 2012). "Ryat, 'Totem' (Brainfeeder)". Spin. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  18. ^ Stabile, Erik (June 5, 2012). "RYAT – Totem". Potholes in My Blog. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Street Noise Orkestra - RYAT". AllMusic. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 

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