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from Obscura by Har



'This was another case of the music inspiring the connected visual imagery after the fact. One evening on an impulse I picked up my Strat, tuned up, plugged in and just started playing without any pre-planning or idea where I would be going with it. The opening notes, an almost explosive thunderclap sound followed by an engine-like drone, generated an immediate mental image for me: an old prop-driven aircraft, flying at night through a thunderstorm, perhaps as seen in an old black-and-white movie. As I continued to play and loop, the track seemed to become more tense and then more quiet and gentle over time, and ultimately ending in a sad, lonely, almost childlike way. Based on this, I gave the track the working title of "Doomed Flight" with the intent to return to it later on.

However, it wasn't until some months later while listening to a rough mix of the track through headphones while sitting on a beach that everything suddenly fell into place...and I realized just who it must've been on that "doomed flight" and how it tragically ended. The small digital camera I had with me at the time also recorded digital audio; grabbing it, I ran to the ocean's edge and recorded the waves crashing onto the sand as I imagined the pilot of a particular tragic flight trying to crawl from the wreckage through the breakers towards shore...and "Amelia" was born.'

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 on two separate looping tracks on his Fender Stratocaster. Ocean recorded on the beach at the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island, Virginia.




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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