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Cities Of Earth is an audio-visual project of Denver-based multi-instrumentalist Michael David King. The first COE recordings were composed in 2002 in a sweltering Denver attic without the aid of computers, and the project has since evolved to a cluttered studio littered with piles of analog and digital equipment, ephemeral sound-making devices, pedals, and plenty of wires. When performed live, the music is accompanied by a synchronized video program constructed specifically for each track.

From as early as 2013, much of COE’s music was stolen and presented as someone else’s work. More about that can be found here.

In 2018, Cities of Earth releases it’s first vinyl offering ‘Tangra’ on Multidim Records.

ARTIST: Cities Of Earth
ALBUM: Tangra
GENRE: Electronic / Pastfutrism / Soundtrack / Indie
RELEASED: January 2018


Culled from the ‘Arctica Andromeda’ recording sessions, ‘Tangra’ collects a handful of tracks that begged to be properly finished and presented. Continuing the spooky, pastfuturist themes of ‘Arctica Andromeda’, ‘Tangra’ offers a hotter and smokier take on VHS anthems, haunted string machines, searing leads, and tumbling rhythms.

In 2018, ‘Tangra’ will get a vinyl release on Multidim Records.

ARTIST: Cities Of Earth
ALBUM: Arctica Andromeda
GENRE: Electronic / Pastfutrism / Soundtrack / Indie
RELEASED: January 2015


Sonically, ‘Arctic Andromeda’ draws much inspiration from 1970s & 80s science fiction soundtracks, as well as the early years of electronic music pioneered by artists like Bruce Haack and Delia Derbyshire. Rejecting EDM trends, ‘Arctica Andromeda’ aims more for a soundtrack approach: the VHS fantasy anthem ‘Glass Castles;’ the Hauntological ‘Oracle;’ or the John Carpenter-meets-ClockDVA ‘Voyeur.’

Like that of these progenitors, the music of ‘Arctica Andromeda’ is punctuated with moments of unexpected melody and beauty amid swirling analog synths, amped rhythms, industrial sentiments, and layers of textured sound assembly. Composed on both modern and vintage instruments, the album was several years in the making and, when performed live, is accompanied by a synchronized video composition reflecting the album’s pastfuturist themes.


Bathymetry: recorded 2003 (out of print)

Radiometry: released 2006 (out of print)

Dewline: released 2009




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