This remarkably obscure group from Wellington, New Zealand met as teens in the late '80s and worked on the band throughout the early '90s, producing a scattered discography over the next few years. Meshing the whispery, inward-looking pop of other New Zealand indie outfits of their day, like the Chills or the Bats with far more caustic, noisy freakouts, the band arrived at a unique sound that could be either delicate or demonic by turns.
In 1999, Stephen Vitiello was given a residency on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center. Gazing at the lights of New York City, he decided he wanted to translate sights into sound. To do so, he used a photocell to record the luminosity of various points around him and through the windows, while a computer assigned sound parameters to the collected data. This process could have generated arid music if applied to the letter, but Vitiello treated the "Light Readings" as sound sources, and sculpted them into beautiful sound art pieces.