Carbon Based Lifeforms
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Carbon Based Lifeforms
|Genres||Ambient, downtempo, psybient, chill out|
|Labels||Blood Music (CD and vinyl)|
Leftfield Records (Digital releasing)
Ultimae Records (Audio mastering)
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. 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.
Their early releases were made on MP3.com 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".
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 (http://www.lftfld.se/#/releases)
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.
- The Path (As Notch, 1998)
- Hydroponic Garden (2003)
- World of Sleepers (2006)
- Interloper (2010)
- Twentythree (2011)
- Derelicts (2017)
- 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)
- Irdial (2008)
- VLA (2011) - An hour long track
- Mos 6581 Remixes (2016)
- Photosynthesis Remixes (2016
- 20 Minutes (2021)
Appearances on other releases
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|
Here are regrouped compilations of other artists made by CBL.
- Carbon Based Lifeforms official site
- Carbon Based Lifeforms interview at psybient.org
- Carbon Based Lifeforms discography at MusicBrainz
- Carbon Based Lifeforms´ discography on Discogs
- Ultimae Records Website
- Carbon Based Lifeforms at last.fm
- Article on divedivedive.org