Ochre is the work of Christopher Leary, originally from England, currently based in The Hague, Netherlands. He has been crafting intricately melodic music since 2001, and has released on Toytronic, Benbecula Records, Village Green, Tramworks, Shipwrec and Lapsus, in addition to his own Aura Materia imprint.
Stylistically, his music is often highly melodic, described by the 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.”1
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), David Sheppard (State River Widening, Ellis Island Sound) as part of Snow Palms, and has produced music under the ‘Vellyn’ pseudonym.
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. In 2012 he completed a practice-led PhD in music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.