Carbon Based Lifeforms

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Carbon Based Lifeforms
Daniel Segerstad (left) and Johannes Hedberg (right), forming CBL
Background information
OriginGothenburg, Sweden
GenresAmbient, downtempo, psybient, chill out
Years active1996 - present
LabelsBlood Music (CD and vinyles)
Leftfield Records (Digital releasing)
Ultimae Records (Audio mastering)
Associated actsNotch
MembersJohannes Hedberg
Daniel Segerstad

Carbon Based Lifeforms (also known as CBL) is a Swedish ambient music duo formed in 1996 in Gothenburg, Sweden by Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad ( Ringström).


Carbon Based Lifeforms is a music duo created by Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad when they were both 15. It's one of the most well-known groups of the ambient, psybient or downtempo music scene.

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".[1]

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.


Hedberg and Segerstad initially formed CBL as a side project to the band Notch in 1996. As Notch, they released The Path in 1998. As time went by, CBL became their main focus. The first releases by CBL were made on in 1998.

Carbon Based Lifeforms signed on with Ultimae Records in 2002. They have released nine albums (The Path, Hydroponic Garden, World of Sleepers, Interloper, VLA, Twentythree, Refuge - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, ALT:01, Derelicts) and one EP (Irdial).

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".[1]

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 (

Carbon Based Lifeforms performing at Cosmonova, 2009.


Studio Albums[edit]

Main albums[edit]

These are the main albums of the group according to CBL.

Other albums[edit]

  • The Path (As Notch, 1998)
  • VLA (2011) - An hour long track
  • Refuge OST (2013) - The original motion picture soundtrack of The Mansion/Refuge
  • Alt:01 (2016) - A compilation of live recordings and remastered tracks

Extended Plays[edit]

Unofficial albums[edit]

Appearance in 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.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS, acid ambient artist on Archived March 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "CBL - DJ Mixes".

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