Photo by Temma Hankin for Adult Swim and Subpop

Photo by Temma Hankin for Adult Swim and Subpop


Ryan Elder is a television and film composer known for his diverse, eclectic comedy and sci-fi scores. His music for Adult Swim's Rick and Morty has been recognized for the strange and fantastical worlds it helps create. He also co-composes the music for Harmonquest (VRV) and the Dreamworks animated series Boss Baby: Back in Business (Netflix.) He has contributed music to FOX's The Simpsons and Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place.

Ryan has also composed music for numerous advertising clients (Nike, Toyota, US Bank). In 2010 he won a London International Award for his work on New Balance's campaign "Feet on Head." He has been writing music for Los Angeles's monthly Channel 101 screenings since 2006 where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.



Los Angeles Times - In advance of Adult Swim Festival, 'Rick & Morty' composer Ryan Elder ponders future episodes and reveals 'Rick Dance' origin story

Pitchfork - "Rick and Morty" Composer Ryan Elder on How He Writes Joke Songs

Synchblog - Composer Ryan Elder on Creating the Weird and Wonderful Rick and Morty Soundscape