The Crystal Ark Plays Music Hall of Williamsburg

May 29th, 2012

Gavin Russom knows the music industry inside and out. After playing in noise bands as a teen and studying music composition and theory in college, he began making experimental music in New York City in the mid-’90s. But it wasn’t enough to explore the sounds he created—he also wanted to explore how he made them. So Russom started building custom analog synthesizers. Two musicians who bought his work, James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy, signed him to their label, DFA Records. Since then, Russom has collaborated with Delia Gonzalez, played synths and percussion with Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem and relocated to Berlin before moving back here a few years ago. More recently he began making music heavily influenced by Latin rhythms and psychedelic rave under the name the Crystal Ark (above, the video for “The City That Never Sleeps”), and the Crystal Ark plays Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night.