City Of Dawn

About Me

City of Dawn is a ambient project of Damien Duque from McAllen, TX.

He creates Immersive, atmospheric, drone soundscapes.

Aside from his mind-opening message about the effects of Ambient Music, his art also advocates for people within the Autism Spectrum.

For Damien, his music is a way of dealing with occasional Anxiety attacks, Depression, and Insomnia. Through it he shares his experience as a person with Asperger's Syndrome (High Functioning Autism)

Any City Of Dawn Album from Damien Duque will invite you into a meditational estate that is self-exploring. which he can lead toward healing. Healing from our often cluttered mind, which is like the noise that surround us, disorganized and arbitrary, and help us align, whence discover meaning and what he calls 'Stillness". Quietness, Silence, and Tranquility.

His Mission is to spread awareness & acceptance of autism which is set on the following goal; that people under the Autism Spectrum can do unique things and that Autism doesn't define, each individual define Autism and themselves. Because it's not a disability, but rather a different ability. His Music is a testimony that Autism doesn't stop him reaching his success and also it bring a listening experience that is transcendent. He loves to bring people (Listeners) together to meditate and experience the sounds.

 He has collaborated with artists around the globe including Australia, U.K, Venezuela, Dennmark etc.

 

His music can be heard in global airplay and in rotation on the SXM Spa channel. 

Press Photos

Houston TX House Show (November 2019)

Houston TX House Show (November 2019)

Luna Coffee House (McAllen TX)

Luna Coffee House (McAllen TX)

Los Angeles, CA (Collaborating with MatthewDavid)

Bedroom studio

Bedroom studio

With Muse EEG headset, Making Neurofeedback generative music

With Muse EEG headset, Making Neurofeedback generative music

Music

Anoesis

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Anoesis is the state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content. In psychology, a theoretical condition in which there is feeling without understanding. Dedicated & inspired by my conditions living on the autism spectrum and the existential nature itself.

On “Amorphous” by the McAllen, Texas based ambient
Anoesis is the state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content. In psychology, a theoretical condition in which there is feeling without understanding. Dedicated & inspired by my conditions living on the autism spectrum and the existential nature itself.

On “Amorphous” by the McAllen, Texas based ambient artist, City of Dawn focuses their attention to clean guitar lines fluttering through the glorious haze of a deep ambient backbone. The theme that City of Dawn explores on “Amorphous” is the constant change and flux of life and the impossibility of being one person forever. Everything coming into contact changes us and we change it. We can never step in the same river twice. These are concepts that City of Dawn offers a broad canvas for us to explore with this beautiful ambient-drone composition.

- Tome of the Weather Machine
https://tometotheweathermachine.com/blog/city-of-dawn-amorphous

(Album Show on OneWorldMusicRadio)
https://www.mixcloud.com/OWM/the-album-show-ft-city-of-dawn-and-anoesis/


The definition of Anoesis is this: “The state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content. In psychology, a theoretical condition in which there is feeling without understanding.” The album is also inspired by Damien Duque’s experience of “conditions living on the autism spectrum and the existential nature itself.” Using heavily effected guitar lines, City Of Dawn builds halls of existential noise; cavernous sound walls that pull the listener in to explore unexplained feelings and unplug from the noise of the world.

Over the course of 12 slow-moving songs, City Of Dawn pulls you into their world. Songs like “Amorphous”, “Landforms”, and “Meadows and the Sea” build slowly in front of the listener, sharing a kind of sonic warmth that invites one to come inside and sit awhile. Artists like Future Museums, Shortwave Broadcaster, and Jonas Munk are each doing their share to bring ambient/new age music in the forefront of moderin electronic music, and City Of Dawn is doing their part as well.

You can tell this is a very personal musical journey for Damien Duque. Though the songs seem to become whatever the listener needs the work here has a deep meaning to City Of Dawn. Songs like “Whispers Aross The Sea”, “A Soft Lament”, or the album closer “For My Parents” all emanate emotional heft and a connectivity that goes beyond improvisatonal electronics. It all means something. It may mean something different to the creator as it does to the listener, but it pulls from life experience. And that matters.

City Of Dawn’s Anoesis continues Damien Duque’s musical journey in a significant and meaningful way. It’s sonic healing for heavy times.

- J. Hubner (Complex Distractions)
https://complexdistractions.blog/2022/02/05/city-of-dawn-anoesis/
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Where The World Quietly Sing Their Song

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A latest collection of meditative, lustrous compositions with haunting gloomy strings to express tragic, melancholy and well-being. Where the world quietly sing their song is about existential drift and silence in which was made in reverence to that space. As COVID-19 has taken many lives including some family members and friends. The sense of
A latest collection of meditative, lustrous compositions with haunting gloomy strings to express tragic, melancholy and well-being. Where the world quietly sing their song is about existential drift and silence in which was made in reverence to that space. As COVID-19 has taken many lives including some family members and friends. The sense of purposelessness that pervades the existence is however can be replaced by a sense of connection and love, which can emerges from interactions with one another. As we cope with losses, different drifts, grief and however finding ourselves. This album is inspired by the movie “Lost in Translation”
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Tacenda

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From Damien :

Written in late 2019 through 2020

The meaning of Tacenda definition had stated; It’s best to leave this unsaid instead within words but with sounds.

Be in the stillness, to be in depth within yourself. One of the personal album that Damien have written during reflective moments. The quietness of human nature together from within
From Damien :

Written in late 2019 through 2020

The meaning of Tacenda definition had stated; It’s best to leave this unsaid instead within words but with sounds.

Be in the stillness, to be in depth within yourself. One of the personal album that Damien have written during reflective moments. The quietness of human nature together from within recentered. Center of a possible life-world through sonic materialism using tape machines, field recordings, samples quote from a movie, tape loops, orchestral elements, and billow guitar drones. This record is to provide calmness.
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Where The World Quietly Sing Their Song

City Of Dawn

A latest collection of meditative, lustrous compositions with haunting gloomy strings to express tragic, melancholy and well-being. Where the world quietly sing their song is about existential drift and silence in which was made in reverence to that space. As COVID-19 has taken many lives including some family members and friends. The sense of
A latest collection of meditative, lustrous compositions with haunting gloomy strings to express tragic, melancholy and well-being. Where the world quietly sing their song is about existential drift and silence in which was made in reverence to that space. As COVID-19 has taken many lives including some family members and friends. The sense of purposelessness that pervades the existence is however can be replaced by a sense of connection and love, which can emerges from interactions with one another. As we cope with losses, different drifts, grief and however finding ourselves. This album is inspired by the movie “Lost in Translation”
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Sample Track

Sample Video

Podcast Interviews

News coverage (2017)