The Oceanographer has been Joshua Babcock’s musical alias since 2007 when he first began assembling tracks for an upcoming LP. This album, “Coral Fixation,” was independently released in the summer of 2009 as a free 15-track online-only entity. Since this release, he has been experimenting with new methods of simultaneously complicating and simplifying his sound. Joshua lists the ambient works of Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, and Boards of Canada as major sources of inspiration, especially for his debut album. Soft, oscillating synths play a large part in The Oceanographer’s sound, and the mood is usually subdued and contemplative.
In mid-2011, The Oceanographer began working with Windsor-based vocalist / multi-instrumentalist Kevin Echlin to create a short EP of folk-rock inspired electronic music. The track “Olive Skin” spawned a collaborative music video with Windsor / Toronto production duo LadyMeta Productions. The Oceanographer’s music can also be heard in the first season of Descending, which is a program about exploring the world’s water bodies. Descending was aired on OLN and the first season is available here.
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