Cio D´Or

Soundarchitect - Music creator - Composer - DJ

Cio D´Or moves

Her music arise from an idea, which she develops and threads through her own sounds: Emotional, extravagant, charismatic, cinematic, sometimes poetic. Her music strives towards "infinity" between origin and development. Here, timeless possibilities sounding out from the zeitgeist.

Her dj sets and mixes filtering to track down deep and authentic musical developments amongst the mass of music and records without forgetting the gems of the past. With the participation of musical sources, Cio D´Or mirrors the new in the old andvice versa, immersed in the deep grammar of music - leaving this again and allow the sound to live, to resonate now and on through times. She is a dramatic advisor in her style techno and electronica.

Cio started 2001 as a resident dj in Munich´s former cult club Ultraschall. Later she established herself consistently on national and international floor´s with her emotive, almost magical sets. She doesn´t play music, she lives it.

Cio D´Or - the little multiplication table.

Already in childhood, Cio D´Or felt the sounds and tonality of many different instruments. At the age of 17, she was playing in a 7 man-strong Jazz band; at 21, she founded her own dance duo with self-developed choreography, which she first off compiled with classical music (i.e. Bartok, Strawinsky, Bach). With this work, she discovered her first access into electronic music, through Brian Eno and David Byrne.

During the Eighties, Cio D´Or lived in Berlin, where she completed her training in Contemporary Dance and Ballet; learning, among other things, the discipline of keeping time that her works portrays.

Engagements in art, theatre and film followed.

Artistic vita Cio Dorbandt, stage name: Cio D´Or


Studied Modern Dance, Ballet & Choreography: Etage, Berlin


Cio D´Or learns how to mix with vinyl on her first Technic SL1210's and studies electronic music, composition, visual media as an autodidact.


Cio D´Or played in Richard Bartz's "Kurbeltour". She was a resident in the legendary techno club, "Ultraschall" in Munich, and was also listed in Electric Indigo's Female Pressure databank.

National and international touring: EU, Japan, Ukraine, Russia, US, Israel, Colombia and more with more than 400 dramaturgical hybrid DJ performances (including Berghain, Detroit Festival, Dekmantel, Dommune TV Tokyo, St. Petersburg, and many more.

2002 - 2003

Moving forward, and always on the lookout for interesting samples and unusual sounds, she travels a number of times to Sinai, Egypt, with a Minidisc and Akai MPC 2000 and works on her first track ideas.

During this time, Cio D´Or begins her auto-didactic study of sound creation and techniques - a life-long course - which will be completed with no final grade.

2003 - 2004

Cio D´Or initiated her own bi-monthly event series "Nachtwind" in "Woandersclub" and "Harry Klein".

With her first mobile studio, she creates and produces her first tracks on Formentera island.

Her debut, "Hokus Pokus" was released in 2004 on the label Treibstoff, and landed straight in the Groove charts.

National and international gigs followed.

2005 - 2009

Cio D´Or releases more EP's on labels such as: Kurbel, Treibstoff, Karmarouge, Motoguzzi, Broque and Time To Express.

In 2006 she moves from Munich to Cologne.

From 2006 to 2009 she works on co-productions with artists she has a close musical and personal affinity with:Donato Dozzy, Gabriel Ananda and Paul Britschitsch.

She takes on her first remix.

Autumn 2009

Digital debut album "The Faser" appears with two EP releases featuring remixes from Donato Dozzy and Sleeparchive on Prologue.


"Die Faser EP Part III" appears, including remixes from Milton Bradley, Pendle Coven, digital from Claudio PRC and Samuli Kemppi.


Cio D´Or is placed in Resident Advisor's Top 100 DJs and ooked for many selected national and international engagements.

After the Prologue Night in Berghain in October 2011, Cio D´Or sought more rest and silence.


It was time. Not only for more Dub by Cio D´Or, but especially for more time. Her clock ticks differently - in Dub - and with the first ambient dub techno 10 inch "Ur & Uhr" released on the label Telrae.

Cio D´Or is also expanding her "life study" of sound creations and techniques: well-tempered classical, symphonic, but also dissonant bodies of sound and on top of that, techno rhythms and sounds, attempting to give them that "D´Or-esque" spirit and soul.

Cio D´Or always remains a seeker.


The time of silence is over: Cio D´Or plays national and international gigs again from April and is working on her first musical theatre pieces and new techno tracks,


Cio D´Or canceled all upcoming gigs and creating own music for the second album, a dub record and a remix.

She is working for the dramaturgy with her music for for the premiere PULSA:RE in cooperation with the composer Brigitta Muntendorf– and the ensemble Garage for Kammermusiksaal Deutschlandfunk and a choreography for modern dance from Claudia Lichtblau, performed by Matthias Hartmann.

Also she starts creating own photos and videos for her music.

2015 - 2016

Cio D´Ors second album „all in all“ is released on Semantica, the 10" „OFF AND ON“ is released Telrae and another remix arrives on Hypnus.

Since march 2015 she is playing dj gigs again and creates film music for some parts for the documentary „Man on Mars“ (Director: Thomas Dahm) and soundtrack for the 2016 multi-award-winning animated short film "Ataraxya".

Cio D´Or is instructor at Loop – A Summit for Music Makers (Ableton).

Music from „all in all“ is taken for Haute couture Fall-Winter 2015/2016 - Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld.




Cio D´Or is coming back.


Gema acceptance as composer.

2020 - 2022

Cio D´Or receives scholarships from Musikfonds, Gema and Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft, NRW (2).

2004 - today
  • 14 EPs
  • 2 Albums
  • 4 Remixes
  • Numerous mixes
  • Music for theatre and contemporary dance
    • Theatre Music TOF Salzburg
    • Dave Festival Music Dance Performance
  • Publicly funded projects
    • PULSA:RE with Brigitta Muntendorf
  • Film music and soundtracks
    • Man on Mars
    • Ataraxya (1st prize International Digital Animation - Nagoya,Japan)
  • Own videos
  • Deutschlandfunk activities cultural education Doz. Landesmusikrat NRW
  • Instructor "LOOP" - Ableton
  • Goethe-Institut
  • No. 64 Resident Advisor Top 100 DJ worldwide
  • Groove
  • and many more