Ochre is the work of Newcastle, UK-based artist, Christopher Leary. He has been crafting utopian, melancholic music since 2001, and has released music on Toytronic, Benbecula Records, Village Green and Shipwrec.
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.” Ochre’s latest album, ‘National Ignition’, was self-released on Aura Materia, and made Netlabelism Magazine’s ‘Best of 2013’ list.
He initially came to prominence while freely distributing his demos on black CDRs within various online music communities. Leary 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.
Ochre has performed live across the UK and Europe, playing at festivals such as Mira, Bloc and Glade. He has collaborated with artists such as Benet Walsh (The Collectors, Plaid, Leila) and David Sheppard (State River Widening, Ellis Island Sound). Leary is occasionally commissioned to compose music for film and television, and scored the award-winning animated documentary, ‘Centrefold’, as well as animator Domareen Fox’s award-winning animated short, ‘Dresslocked’.
Outside of his own musical ventures, Leary has operated his independent mastering service, Melograf Mastering, since 2009.