In 1979 Crutchfield left DNA to pursue a series of musical projects under the name Dark Day. The first Dark Day single, “Hands In The Dark/Invisible Man” on the Lust/Unlust label, featured Robin’s singing and modified electric piano backed by Nina Canal (of the Gynecologists and more recently, UT) and Nancy Arlen (of Mars).
By the time of Dark Day’s first album, “Exterminating Angel” (Lust/Unlust, 1980), the group consisted of Robin, Phil Kline, Barry Friar and a revolving lineup of artists which included Steven Brown and Peter Principle of Tuxedomoon, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Nina Canal and David Rosenbloom. During this period Dark Day performed at the Mudd Club, CGBG’s and Max’s Kansas City. After a tour of Europe, Robin re-formed Dark Day in 1981 as a synthesizer duo with Bill Sack and released the album “Window” (Plexus, 1982).
Over the next few years Robin resumed his work as a performance artist at such venues as Club 57 and Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre. In 1985 he recreated Dark Day as an acoustic chamber ensemble performing atmospheric music in a medieval vein and released his “Darkest Before Dawn” disc in 1989.
For most of the 1990’s, Robin concentrated on his work in graphic design and performance art while editing the music newsletter “Quirky”. In 1999 Robin utilized the new technology available to musicians and returned to the ambient and techno genres that he helped pioneer, on his disc “Strange Clockwork”.
In August of 2000, Dark Day releases its 5th album of orignial music — “Loon” (‘the mental health project’) featuring 7 short instrumental works to exorcise the demons of the mind.
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