For the Abridged sound track I decided to revisit my early days playing in live bands. The Abridged generally has a dark moody gothic feel to it, something I was very familiar with at the start of my career in music. I lifted the guitar, the bass and synths to create an atmospheric mood with edge. Synths are desaturated running through a tape echo & the guitar and bass are raw recorded on mic’d amps. This combination I hope will set the right mood for reading the Abridged content.



Ryan Vail blends the worlds of electronica, folk and classical, always experimenting combining classical instruments with unique methods of recording and composition.

“A minimalistic, electronic dream” -Nylon

“Vail Combines modern classical music and electronic sonics for a sound all of his own” – Stereogum

“Daring and emotionally affecting work and deserves your full attention” – The Independent

His most recent album ‘Borders’ was a collaborative project with Elma Orkestra which won the 2019 ‘Album Of The Year’ category at the Northern Irish Music Prize. A symphony of electronic and analogue components combine and enhance the live ‘Borders’ show beyond its natural boundary. Cinematic drone footage of the Irish border and countryside is accompanied by string players, classical composition and vocal appearances from Moya Brennan and Stephen James Smith for a full on assault of the senses which has taken them from deepest Mexico to the Berlin Wall. Ryan has had radio play or performed live Sessions with BBC Introducing, Other Voices, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamauq, Annie Mac, Tom Ravenscroft, Across The Line, Tom Robinson, Phillip Taggart and Zane Lowe. Ryan has supported many international live acts such as Nils Frahm, Jamie XX, Jon Hopkins, Tycho, David Kitt, Todd Terje, Phil Kieran, Luke Vibert and Orbital. Radio support includes BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, KEXP & RTE to name but a few.