Carbon Based Lifeforms
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Carbon Based Lifeforms
Daniel Segerstad (left) and Johannes Hedberg (right), forming CBL
|Genres||Ambient, downtempo, psybient, chill out|
|Years active||1996 - present|
|Labels||Blood Music (CD and vinyles)|
Leftfield Records (Digital releasing)
Ultimae Records (Audio mastering)
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.
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 MP3.com 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".
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)
These are the main albums of the group according to CBL.
- Hydroponic Garden (2003)
- World of Sleepers (2006)
- Interloper (2010)
- Twentythree (2011)
- Derelicts (2017)
- 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
- Endospore (2011) - A fan-made compilation
Appearance in 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 A few remain unpublished by the group itself.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, acid ambient artist on ultimae.com Archived March 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "CBL - DJ Mixes". www.discogs.com/.
- 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