CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS
Carbon Based Lifeforms (CBL) are Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad (né Ringström), both born in 1976 and based in Göteborg, southwest Sweden. They met when both 15 and are still, amazingly, working happily together, over 25 years later. CBL itself was formed in 1996, as an offshoot from other projects, but it soon became their focal point, culminating in their first release on ‘mp3.com’ in 1998. Even before this, 1996’s “The Path” is their unreleased and highly sought after demo that any listeners fortunate to hear the contents will immediately recognise as the genesis of the group’s unique sound.
The duo signed with the celebrated Lyon based ‘Ultimae’ label in 2002 and have since released five official, full length albums: ‘Hydroponic Garden’ in 2003, ‘World of Sleepers’ in 2006, ‘Interloper’ in 2009, ‘Twentythree’ in 2012 and ‘Derelicts’ in 2018. Derelicts made it to no12 on Billboards Dance/Electronic albums chart. Their music has been extraordinarily well received by connoisseurs within the ambient scene and clearly beyond, since in 2012 they were also commissioned to write the soundtrack to the independently produced movie ‘The Mansion’ and the theme to ‘ Green Land’ by Wanderword in 2018. In addition to their own work, they have actively participated in successful collaborations with several other artists, including Magnus Birgersson of Solar Fields in a project to compose the music for the Swedish dancer Olof Persson’s ‘Fusion’ performance in 1999.
Johannes and Daniel aim to combine earth and space in their music. Using the combination of nature and technology as the main inspiration for their work, they like to represent both the positive and negative effects that this collaboration can lead to, including the negative impact that incorrect technology can have on the environment. Johannes often creates the building blocks of sounds and harmonies and could happily tweak sounds forever, whereas Daniel develops the rhythms and sculpts the ideas into tracks. It remains unclear which of them derives the greatest pleasure from manipulating the distinctive, squelching sounds of the Roland TB-303.
CBL are frequently present among the headliners of the biggest Psytrance festivals across Europe and have done many shows in Russia and even USA and Australia. In 2009 they performed at ‘Cosmonova’, the Planetarium within Stockholm’s Museum of Natural History, with a backdrop of nature inspired imagery from across the world and then beyond too, with the International Space Station taking an impromptu tour of the Solar System. The gig sold out way in advance, so they scheduled another night, which also sold out. Those who attended will readily attest to an unforgettable experience. They did another four sold out shows in 2014. In 2018 they did a show in the Moscow Planetarium. The tickets was sold out in less than 14 hours.