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2AM Vision Within The Mirror

from Obscura by Har

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'I began work on this album with one particular image I wanted to recreate: the still-vivid memory of a "waking dream" I experienced while deep in the throws of a delirium, suffering through a very bad fever late at night; I was perhaps 8 years of age. Laying on my side on my bed, I was staring into the mirror on the wall across from me, dimly lit from light in the hallway outside my bedroom. Only partially conscious, sweating, sick and shaking from chills brought on by the fever - I stared, hypnotized, at what appeared to be an image of a railroad crossing at a country road before a wall of tall trees on an overcast day; several vaguely visible figures were standing near the crossing (the scene appeared to be viewed from a distance of about 100 feet away), one of which was a woman in a long dress, constantly waving both arms up and down while apparently in a conversation with one of the other standing figures. This image literally lasted for hours as I faded in and out of conciousness, and felt like I was watching some kind of long movie.

I made several deliberate attempts to recreate this childhood fever-dream imagery in sonic form over the course of the album project, but was never happy with the results until much later on when I started moving my focus away from software-based guitar processing and into pedal/hardware effects instead.

The final satisfactory version of "2AM Vision Within The Mirror" ultimately was the result of an amalgam of actually two separate experiments with guitar processed through various specialized distortions and delays; quite surprisingly, the resulting "mash-up" of the two completely different tracks somehow seemed to line up perfectly...and in the process did an excellent job of recreating that fever-induced image within the darkened mirror.'

To read all of the underlying stories for each of the songs on "Obscura", please visit: www.har-obscura.com/obscura-song-stories.php


from Obscura, released June 15, 2010
Performed by Har originally as two entirely separate pieces that amazingly seemed to line up perfectly when combined, on his Schecter Tempest Blackjack.




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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