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On the debut album Lumbar Fist, Richard van Kruysdijk’s solo project Cut Worms playfully builds compositions from scratch without any prefab beats or loops, exploring the intersection of noise, dissonance and melody. Cut Worms’s long, dark chords are dragged through gravel while sounds are reversed, mangled, chopped, and regenerated into new musical entities, fostering a stillness in harmony that slowly evolves through interacting layers of sound. The result is highly atmospheric, cinematic, intuitive drone music. Cut Worms is clearly not another ambient laptop act, but distinguishes itself by utilising only live generated and processed sounds, both acoustic and electronic. During concerts, the musical performance is underlined by sparse, atmospheric black & white imagery projected on a video installation. Musical references: Stephan Mathieu, Tim Hecker, Oren Ambarchi, Glenn Branca, Will Guthrie, Jim O’Rourke. Since his first solo release in 1993, Richard van Kruysdijk (NL) has released many albums with group-projects as well as solo-projects. Most notable are his works with German eclectic industrial band Phallus Dei, “trip noir” duo Sonar Lodge and downtempo trio Strange Attractor. These bands and other musical projects brought him on many stages throughout Europe playing drums and electronics, and in studios with many famous musicians from different musical realms: Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson (Coil, Psychic TV), Edward Ka-Spel & Niels van Hoorn (The Legendary Pink Dots), Graham Lewis (Wire), Jarboe (Swans), Gitane Demone, Daniel Johnston, Blaine L. Reininger & Winston Tong (Tuxedomoon), Richard Sinclair (Hatfield & The North), David J. (Bauhaus), Markus Stockhausen and many more. He is a founding member of Daisy Bell, an indietronics group with Dyane Donck and Evelien van den Broek. Since 2010, Richard also creates music for modern dance pieces, working intensively and internationally with choreographers Jens van Daele and Itamar Serussi. In 2000, Richard co-founded the record label Music for Speakers. Since then, Music for Speakers has reached a cult status amongst lovers of adventurous electronic music with a hint of melancholy and lust for genre defying experiment. Cut Worms previewed in the Netherlands at the World Minimal Music Festival in Muziekgebouw a/h IJ, Amsterdam and premiered at November Music festival, ‘s-Hertogenbosch.