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Ruben

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I am originally from Portugal and I have been living in the U.K. since 2014.

I studied medicine and worked as a doctor before moving to Cambridge, where I did a PhD in neuroscience. While my science and music careers are somewhat parallel, I believe they are both driven by a curiosity about myself and about others, which I try to comprehend via these two complementary angles.

I started my formal music education at the age of 9. I studied music theory and guitar for 8 years and have since learned a few other instruments.  Nevertheless, I see myself more as a composer and a producer than an instrumentalist. In 2015 I started composing and recording music under the alias Swoop and Cross, and in 2018 I released my first solo album 'Stories of Disintegration', with Time Released Sound.

My music is very much inspired by cinema and literature. In particular my upcoming album draws a lot from Tarr, Tarkovsky, Angelopoulos, Krasznahorkai, Plath, Dostoevsky and Saramago.