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Into The Maelstr​ö​m, Vol. 3: The Surge. LIVE: January 13, 2013

by Har

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Brian Bourassa Jeez! How did I do this? Somehow I managed to let this artist slip by undetected for so long.

Har presents us with a synth-less environment with nothing but processed and looped 8-string guitar. Don't let the apparent simplicity turn you away until you've listened to the amazing lush sound that easily defies gravity. It takes you to a place called BLISS, and who doesn't want to go there?


"Into The Maelström, Vol. 3: The Surge. LIVE: January 13, 2013" is the sixth solo release from Pennsylvania-based ambient guitarist/bassist/Chapman Stickist Har.

"Into The Maelström" is an ongoing series of long form, live-in-the-studio solo dark ambient improv sets, originally performed during Har’s weekly online dark-ambient radio show "Nightscaping Radio" on Stillstream.

"Vol. 3: The Surge" was recorded and broadcast live to listeners world-wide on Sunday, January 13, 2013 in Har's studio "Ice Station Zebra".

It was performed entirely on his 8-string electric guitar, an extended-range instrument with two additional bass-range strings along with the other typical six guitar strings. No synths were used.
The resulting sounds are highly processed and looped in real-time using an arsenal of hardware effects and pedals. As with all such live improvised performances, it is fraught with hazard and contains the occasional kind of "warts and all" artifacts that is sometimes the nature of the beast. :)

The result is a fifty minute journey on sweeping waves, through a wide sonic landscape that alternates between warm pastoral regions and dark, eerie, foreboding territories - and gradually builds to a majestic ending.

Har's music has been played on such well-known ambient/space-music radio shows as NPR's Hearts of Space and Stars End, as well as online stations such as SomaFM, Progzilla Radio, Radio Spiral, and Stillstream for which he is also the former host of the weekly online dark-ambient radio show "Nightscaping Radio"

For more information about Har, please visit: www.ambientguitarist.com

Listen to Darwin Grosse's 2015 interview with Har on the "Art + Music + Technology" Podcast 008:


released April 15, 2013

Har: processed 8-string guitar.

Performed, recorded, and broadcast live in the studio "Ice Station Zebra" with no overdubs, to listeners world-wide on the weekly online radio show “Nightscaping” on Stillstream.Com, January 13, 2013.

All music © 2013 Har. All artwork © 2013 Har.

Artwork/design: Har.




Har Pennsylvania

Har is an American solo atmospheric/heavy-shoegaze/metalgaze/prog artist (as Har and Failover), as well as guitarist/bassist/Chapman Stickist for the electronic/prog band Christus and The Cosmonaughts (with Scot Solida), guitarist for the German synth-pop band Elmodic, and former member of the atmospheric band Mirror of Dreams.
For more info, visit Har's website: www.ambientguitarist.com
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