Portrait of electronic musician Ebauche

Ebauche is the pseudonym for Alex Leonard, an Irish electronic music producer, known for creating a wide array of textured electronic sounds, from serene ambient to chaotic, densely-layered EDM.

Ebauche has been featured by John Kelly on RTE Radio 1’s “Mystery Train”, and has played live shows and festivals alongside notables such as Biosphere, Harald Grosskopf, Frog Pocket, Ambulance, Sunken Foal, Hrvatski, and Lakker.

His most recent album, Adrift, was featured on Ambient Music Guide’s Best Ambient Albums of 2015.

“Ebauche” comes from a French word meaning “to rough hew, sketch”, and is also a term in horology (watch making), meaning “an incomplete watch movement consisting of plates, bridges, wheels, and barrels”. This name ties to Ebauche’s musical output, which frequently consists of ambient compositions which subconsciously play at variants of 60 bpm to calm and relax the listener.

Similarly “rough hew, sketch” hints at Ebauche’s darker electronic side: rough and mangled beats competing with sublime layers of noise, distortion, and subtle melodies.

Ebauche has also collaborated with WASH, worked on experimental theatre and sound design productions, as well as composed music for films, including:

  • Five Day Shelter (feature length),
  • Two Point Five Billion (premiered at Cork Film Festival 2008),
  • The Masterpiece,
  • The Boy with the Ever Open Jaw,
  • Joyriders (Best Short Film at the Galway Film Festival 2006), and
  • The Dropping Well.
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