'Blacklight' 'Blacklight' is the third 'Fauve' project that I have written and produced. There are elements of 'Fauves' and 'Diorama', three songs from these earlier works have been rerecorded and are presented on this release. This project began as an exercise in combining lyrics, musical instruments that I had built or collected, and vintage progressive rock sounds. Some of the songs were built around a 'guitar' framework which was created from a guitar modeling program. Some began with experimentation on percussion instruments. Lyrics formed out of the music and then shaped the arrangements. The ideas for the lyric pieces come from my experiences of Manhattan and the people I have met and worked with there. Slowly I have become comfortable with a city that has both fascinated and frightened me as an indelible but secret side of me. Two of the instrumental pieces, 'Wolf at the Door' and Montauk Highway Rain' are quite loose by design. 'Wolf' developed out of an improvisation on Shakuhachi, 'Rain' an experiment combining tiny Japanese drums, Gamelan instruments I brought from Bali and a piano string instrument I built. Unlike most progressive rock I consciously decided not to use a rock band format to create the songs and steered away from adding a real kit drummer. I felt that would make writing the project too unwieldy and I used acoustic and electronic percussion as an alternative. When I found that I was relying a lot on bass guitar in the arrangements I knew that bringing Chuck on board to reinterpret the lines would broaden the sound considerably. It would also give me a chance to collaborate on future 'Fauvemuseum' concepts that would have a visual element. Chuck's wife, Joy, recommended Penelope for the 'Blacklight' vocals. She was able to deliver the dimension and dramatic quality that would bring the lyrics to life. All the tracks were recorded at Tower Mews or with my remote equipment. I tried a number of different recording techniques with the mellotron- miking it from a loud amplifier, playing direct through a tube pre, splitting the signal and sending one channel through a hammond spring reverb. Rudy's guitar work for 'Skeletons was recorded in his guitar studio in Setauket. I did a lot of editing on train rides and alot of writing in hotel rooms. Little by little it came together.