Carbon Based Lifeforms

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Carbon Based Lifeforms
Carbon Based Lifeforms performing in 2009
Carbon Based Lifeforms performing in 2009
Background information
OriginGothenburg, Sweden
GenresAmbient, downtempo, psybient, chill out
Years active1996–present
LabelsBlood Music (CD and vinyl)
Leftfield Records (Digital releasing)
Ultimae Records (Audio mastering)
Associated actsNotch
MembersJohannes Hedberg
Daniel Segerstad

Carbon Based Lifeforms are a Swedish electronic music duo formed in 1996 in Gothenburg by Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad ( Ringström).


The pair were encouraged to produce their own music by musician and producer Mikael Lindqvist, who had previously worked with them under the name Bassment Studios, followed by a group named Notch. As Notch, they explored electronic dance music and released one track, a remix of "What Would You Think" by Mourning After.[1] Hedberg and Segerstad turned towards ambient music after the former's sister had picked up Orgship (1994) by Solar Quest which quickly became a favourite of theirs and influenced the two to make similar music. After some tracks were put together still under the Notch moniker, the duo wished to explore the genre further with focus towards drones, chill-out, and ambient music elements. This chosen direction led to the formation of Carbon Based Lifeforms in 1996, and the two signed a deal with Ultimae Records in 2002.[1]

Their early releases were made on in 1998.

CBL has always been open for collaboration with other composers and musicians. For instance, they teamed up with Magnus Birgersson (Solar Fields) in 1999 to write the music for the Swedish dancer Olof Persson's performance "Fusion".[2]

On 27 and 28 November 2009, CBL performed live at Cosmonova, the combination ImaxDome/digital planetarium, at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm. Visuals for the concert were produced by Cosmonova's Astronomer/Program Producer, Tom Callen.

CBL has signed with Blood Music and as of early 2015 is releasing some of their past works on vinyl.

CBL is now releasing their music on the label Leftfield Records (

Music style[edit]

The goal of CBL is "to combine earth and space in fine-tuned, but still solid, musical visions, seldom forgetting the irreplaceable TB-303".[2]

Creative process[edit]

Usually, Johannes works on the sounds of the tracks, and Daniel works on the rhythms and creates the tracks from the ideas of the group.


Studio albums[edit]


  • Refuge OST (2013) - The original motion picture soundtrack of The Mansion/Refuge
  • Alt:01 (2016) - A compilation of live recordings and remastered tracks
  • Alt:02 (2020)


Appearances on other releases[edit]

CBL has released a lot of tracks in other compilations. A few remain unpublished by the group itself.

Album name Track name Year Label
Albedo Digital Child 2005 Ultimae Records
Ease Division 3 Endospore 2008 Spiral Trax
Enigmatic Dream Epicentre 2011 RMG Records
Europe Vakna 2015 A Strangely Isolated Place
Fahrenheit Project part 3 Metrosat 4 2002 Ultimae Records
Fahrenheit Project part 4 Epicentre (Second Movement)


Fahrenheit Project part 5 T-Rex Echoes 2005
Future Memories Reaktion 2008 Interchill Records
Visions Carbon Based Lifeforms Vision 2016 Mystic & Quantum

DJ mixes[edit]

Here are regrouped compilations of other artists made by CBL.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Interview with Carbon Based Lifeforms (CBL)". 17 October 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS, acid ambient artist on Archived March 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "CBL - DJ Mixes".

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