Ochre

Ochre

Real Name:
Christopher Scott Leary
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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 Shipwrec.
The name "Ochre" was originally adopted as the title for Leary's academic work while studying audio production at Newcastle College, as a variation of "Oaker", being the name of a street in Manchester where Leary spent his early childhood. Leary also holds a Master's degree in music.
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Ochre Discography

Albums

none Ochre Audiomicrodevice(CDr, Album) Not On Label (Ochre Self-released) none UK 2001 Sell This Version
Ochre A Midsummer Nice Dream (Album) Toytronic, Toytronic UK 2004 Sell This Version
PLab021 Ochre Live From Birmingham(File, MP3, 192) Percussion Lab PLab021 US 2005
Ochre Lemodie (Album) Benbecula UK 2006 Sell This Version
Ochre Like Dust Of The Balance (Album) Benbecula UK 2009 Sell This Version
Ochre National Ignition (Album) Aura Materia UK 2013
Ochre Beyond The Outer Loop (Album) Aura Materia UK 2017

Singles & EPs

none Ochre AudioNanoDevice(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Not On Label (Ochre Self-released) none UK 2001 Sell This Version
Ochre Sound System Bangers Volume 01 (Maxi, EP) Repeat Music UK 2003 Sell This Version
Ochre Petl EP (EP) BaseLogic UK 2008 Sell This Version
Ochre Death Of An Aura (EP) Benbecula UK 2008 Sell This Version
Ochre Isolette (EP) Shipwrec UK 2015 Sell This Version

Compilations

Ochre Early Learning (Album, Comp) Not On Label (Ochre Self-released) UK 2011

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teamcowper

teamcowper

January 4, 2015
I have to agree with reviewer ex_penumbrae--Ochre's music does tend to sound more or less the same across his releases. I guess that's what you could call his "style". But try to create any of his sounds with music-production hardware or software and you immediately get a sense of how complex his music really is, and for the patience he must have for constructing it. Call it a narrow sound if you like, but you won't hear anybody else making music like Ochre. My favorites are 'A Midsummer Nice Dream' and 'Lemodie'. Thanks, Ochre!
Lattice

Lattice

September 20, 2010
Warm, lush electronica at it's finest. Ochre's music is intricately orchestrated with beautiful melody, rich layered sounds, and hypnotic percussive beds. A care for sonic integrity is clearly evident, with mixes that seem to achieve an impossible balance of detail and punch. This wonderful unison of energetic melodic play and technical mastery is traceable even back to his earliest releases, but nevertheless improves with each passing effort. Ochre achieves what few others do, he does it consistently, and without hint of effort; he combines a mastery of music structure with an expansive production expertise, the result of which are musical landscapes not easily forgotten.
ex_penumbrae

ex_penumbrae

August 26, 2008
Unfortunately, Ochre hasn't yet proved what he's capable of - at least, not consistently. His range of sounds & timbres remains doggedly narrow, extremely so in fact, & this is a major flaw in music by someone who clearly has an energetically imaginative mind. The structures he uses are interesting, at times unusual, & on occasion he has struck out into some most inventive post-ambient waters. But these are sadly rare excursions in an output that, to date, has fallen short of being truly impressive.
Kowarisuki

Kowarisuki

May 30, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
When you think there are no interesting British composers left you discover another one. Undeservingly passed unnoticed. Ochre’s sound tells you that it is the artist supposed to record at Warp but nope! It seems alternative labels can rival this giant at IDM field. Despite many similarities to Ae and Plaid, Ochre can boast of own distinguishing style and a absolutely crystal sound. On the one hand Chris is very melodic, sometimes he even falls into classical music; on the other his music has a bit of roughness – this mixture is really astonishing. Take any Ochre release, listen to it, and it will make you forget about any other artists for a long time.

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