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Missing Prototype

from Obscura by Har



'Often music can inspire images not based on any actual memory of a real time, place or event - but instead trigger one based on a mental image inspired by the mood set up the music as you're playing it. In the case of "Missing Prototype", it started out as a simple, gentle guitar pattern that at one point had a somewhat dissonant clash early onto the piece - with this dissonant fragment continued to loop and mutate over time in something more ominous and potentially sinister...

As I was playing, dark sci-fi-ish images ala' "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" or "Night Gallery" started occurring from that "clash" moment forward of some kind of intelligent biological experiment in a secluded laboratory that somehow went wrong - and then breaking free of its confines and escaping into the night, becoming more stronger as it went; an innocently created living, breathing Missing Prototype has breached the perimeter, destination and intentions unknown...'

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
Missing Prototype was actually the very first piece Har started working on after the release of his first solo album "Dream Tower Blueprints", and incorporated some of the looping techniques he used on that album. This time in particular, he was experimenting both with "false harmonics" played on his Fender Stratocaster, and his first attempt at using (poorly, in his humble opinion...) real, hand-played percussion (a tabla) in one of his ambient pieces. The Strat parts that he played continued to build up over time into a powerful, brooding wall of sound.




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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