Ochre is the work of Newcastle, UK-based artist, Christopher S. Leary. He has been crafting utopian, melancholic music since 2001, and has released albums on Toytronic, Benbecula Records, and Village Green.
Stylistically, his music is often highly melodic, described by NME as being “full of shimmering electronics, crunchy, crispy beats and sweeping melancholic melodies that recall classic electronic stars such as Boards Of Canada,” with “analogue tones and glitchy beats — snatches of classical orchestration are peppered throughout, helping to create rich cinematic soundscapes.” His latest album, ‘National Ignition’, was self-released on Aura Materia, and made Netlabelism Magazine’s ‘Best of 2013’ list.
Christopher initially came to prominence while freely distributing his demos on black CDRs within various online music communities. He further raised his profile by winning a remix contest in 2002 for then Rephlex artist Global Goon, as well as winning another remix competition hosted by Nintendo the following year, for his Zelda remix.
Although primarily a studio musician, Ochre has performed live across the UK and Europe, playing at festivals such as Glade and Bloc. He has collaborated with artists such as Benet Walsh (The Collectors, Plaid, Leila) and David Sheppard (State River Widening, Ellis Island Sound).
Ochre has had his music licensed for use in computer games, such as Sony’s LittleBigPlanet 2, Psyonix’s Whizzle, and Euclidean Crisis. Christopher has also composed music for film and television, providing the score for the award-winning animated documentary, ‘Centrefold’, and has produced music for commercial projects by Google, Skoda, and Orange.
Outside of his own musical ventures, Christopher has operated his independent mastering service, Melograf Mastering, since 2009.