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The Hill & The Hole

from Obscura by Har



'I've always loved the vintage horror and fantasy stories of Fritz Leiber Jr, in particularly his collection titled "Night's Black Agents" which featured fascinating horror stories often based in urban settings. One story from it, however, - "The Hill and the hole" - had a much more rural setting and was about a surveyor who discovers what visually appears to be a raised hill, but measures instead to be a deep depression in the ground...and his horrific fate when he decides to shrug off local warnings and go closer...

"The Hill & The Hole" was inspired by not only this story but Leiber's wonderfully image-generating writing style in general, and also includes my first attempt at incorporating field recordings into one of my pieces. The track's abrupt ending parallels the fate of the story's protagonist.'

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
Another early track recorded for the album, performed by Har entirely on his 10-string Chapman Stick. The nature sounds also featured in this piece were recorded in his back yard.




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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