The four members of Cyclopean have worked together previously: Friedman and Liebezeit’s Secret Rhythms IV was released in 2011 on Friedman´s label Nonplace and is the most recent of their releases together which began in 2002; Podmore and Schmidt’s collaborations have included two albums released as Schmidt & Kumo as well as more recent work on The Lost Tapes and Podmore has also worked with Liebezeit in the past.

After Can disbanded Liebezeit and Schmidt stayed close and continued to work together, notably on Schmidt’s opera Gormenghast, which Podmore also worked closely on.

Cyclopean is the first time that Friedman, Liebezeit, Podmore and Schmidt have worked together.