Carbon Based Lifeforms ‎– Hydroponic Garden

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Central Plains 8:07
Tensor 5:43
MOS 6581 (Album Version) 7:10
Silent Running 7:04
Neurotransmitter 7:27
Hydroponic Garden 9:12
Exosphere 5:05
Comsat 7:07
Epicentre (First Movement) 5:57
Artificial Island 5:11
Refraction 1.33 8:18

Versions (10)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
inre 009 Carbon Based Lifeforms Hydroponic Garden(CD, Album, P/Mixed) Ultimae Records inre 009 France 2003 Sell This Version
inre 009 Carbon Based Lifeforms Hydroponic Garden(CD, Album, P/Mixed, RP) Ultimae Records inre 009 France 2008 Sell This Version
SMCD0008, DRCD0159 Carbon Based Lifeforms Hydroponic Garden(CD, Album, P/Mixed) Sensorica Music, Diamond Records (6) SMCD0008, DRCD0159 Russia 2009 Sell This Version
inre009 Carbon Based Lifeforms Hydroponic Garden(CD, Album, P/Mixed, RE) Ultimae Records inre009 France 2011 Sell This Version
LFTFLD10 Carbon Based Lifeforms Hydroponic Garden(11xFile, FLAC, Album, RM, 24-) Leftfield Records LFTFLD10 Sweden 2015
BLOOD149 Carbon Based Lifeforms Hydroponic Garden(2xLP, Album) Blood Music (2) BLOOD149 Finland 2016 Sell This Version
BLOOD149 Carbon Based Lifeforms Hydroponic Garden(2xLP, Album, Cle) Blood Music (2) BLOOD149 Finland 2016 Sell This Version
BLOOD149 Carbon Based Lifeforms Hydroponic Garden(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Spl) Blood Music (2) BLOOD149 Finland 2016 Sell This Version
BLOOD150 Carbon Based Lifeforms Hydroponic Garden(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Dig) Blood Music (2) BLOOD150 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
inre009 Carbon Based Lifeforms Hydroponic Garden(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Ultimae Records inre009 France Unknown

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neurodynamo

neurodynamo

September 23, 2016
edited 1 day ago
referencing Hydroponic Garden, 2xLP, Album, BLOOD149

My black vinyl has slight surface noise throughout the whole of the album and some pops faint clicks

poor vinyl quality again

sending it back

Don't buy them that is 3 albums I'm sending back due to poor quality vinyl
neurodynamo

neurodynamo

September 22, 2016
edited 1 day ago
referencing Hydroponic Garden, CD, Album, P/Mixed, inre 009
The coloured vinyls are very limited and look amazing but mixing with the splattered would give me a headache - not sure how many black vinyl copies are in worldwide circulation - Heard there are some colour problems with the coloured vinyl. If anyone owns both black and coloured I'd be interested to know the difference in audio if there is any - But from personal experience with playing hundreds of coloured vinyls as someone I remember used to say - always bet on black :)

Note .... all my three vinyl albums on Blood Music are poor vinyl quality pops surface noise and clicks. So please be aware before purchase am sending mine back
apedap

apedap

May 23, 2016
referencing Hydroponic Garden, CD, Album, P/Mixed, inre 009
Vinyl release underway! Quoted from Blood Musics facebook-page.

"Carbon Based Lifeforms "Hydroponic Garden" 2xLP

* Vinyl colors:

- Transparent Light Blue with Dark Blue Splatter [65 copies USA/Canada, 135 copies Rest of the World] (LABEL EXCLUSIVE)

- Frosted Clear [65 copies USA/Canada, 135 copies Rest of the World] (LABEL EXCLUSIVE)

- Black [35 copies USA/Canada, 65 copies Rest of the World] (amount of copies available from the label, there will also be black copies in distribution)

PRE-ORDER: First week of June, 2016.
RELEASE: On or around August 26th, 2016.

Specs:

* First-time vinyl press for the debut album by the incredible, trance-inducing Swedish ambient legends - Carbon Based Lifeforms.
* 180-gram+ pressings on virgin vinyl. As collectors argue over whether BLACK or FROSTED CLEAR is the most pure vinyl variation, both are made available.
* Mastered specifically for vinyl from the 24-bit versions, newly-remastered from the original stems.
* Features brand new, high-resolution artwork, created specifically for the release.
* 350gsm heavyweight board gatefold jacket with black flood inner printing.
* Black inner sleeves.
* Amazing music.

-- PLEASE NOTE: Splatter and Frosted Clear variations will come in polybag as normal, with the LPs placed in sleeves behind the jacket. Black copies will be shrinkwrapped (not polybagged) with the LPs placed inside sleeves in the center of the gatefold."
Tennant

Tennant

January 4, 2010
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Hydroponic Garden, CD, Album, P/Mixed, inre 009
Carbon Based Lifeforms surprised everyone in 2003 with this release. CBL quickly rose from relative unknowns to having an ambient cult following; this is definitely one of the very best ambient albums in the past decade.

Central Plains and Tensor conjure up traditional ambient images of walking through peaceful gardens, except with more emphasis on the acid. Both of these tracks are totally beautiful and enough to hook me from the start.

MOS 6581, typically the fan favourite, is one of those tracks which you won't forget. A spooky sample overlaid with some great synth lines make this another wonderful track.

Neurotransmitter makes me feel like a giant, walking in the countryside and taking huge, regular footsteps. This is really the peak of the album before drifting off into an ambient second half.

Most of the second half isn't nearly as exciting as the first; in fact sometimes I feel tempted to start again when I get to Hydroponic Garden, the title track. It's got some wailing voices which tread a very fine line between lush and annoying.

Anyway, Exosphere and Comsat are nice sleepy tracks which begin to pick up again, before Epicentre, which sounds like classical on acid - this is another beautiful track. Artifical Island is sort of haunting and makes you think what an Artifical Island is... does this music create an Artificial Island, for you to enter another realm?

The album ends with Refraction 1.33, a complex and profound ending to a complex and profound album. Like really good ambient albums, this manages to create its own world - the Hydroponic Album, a land of floating trees and untouched beauty.
chischis

chischis

January 21, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
referencing Hydroponic Garden, CD, Album, P/Mixed, inre 009
Not being a fan of current electronic ambient productions (do we really need yet another Pop Ambient, for example?), this album by CBL is a very pleasant surprise. Nothing like the "laptop ambient" so popular amongst some German labels, Hydroponic Garden harks back to the warm, analogue sounds of mid-90s ambient techno such as Higher Intelligence Agency, Mat "Gas 0095" Jarvis, and Global Communication. But with more 303s.

Lots of simple but effective arps and melodies, set to soft breakbeats or 4/4 beats, shuffled hihats and so on (the first 6 tracks especially - but don't miss the 6/8 piece Silent Running, very hypnotic). Later on the beats take a back seat or don't appear at all, and even some vocals slither their way in. The best example of this would have to be on Epicentre (First Movement) - a very powerful, melancholic vocal line in this.

Stunning stuff, overall. Best track = MOS 6581
Reticulum_Flux

Reticulum_Flux

June 13, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Hydroponic Garden, CD, Album, P/Mixed, inre 009
An album that never seems to grow old. The first half of CD has a lot of acid beats over ambient vibes, while the 2nd half seems to lean more towards ambience. I've had this CD for over 2 years now and it still gets weekly play from me usually. 2 tracks have female vocals in them (Hydroponic Garden), but honestly, my favorites are the non-vocal ones (Central Plains!)
yanis

yanis

February 13, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Hydroponic Garden, CD, Album, P/Mixed, inre 009
Pure ambient release. The pattern of most tracks is the classic mid 90s ambient one.
Though there is a track that is really different from the others: 'MOS 6581'. The track has amazing flow and the whole feel is excellent. For me it's like it narrates a story, an exotic one from the past that you view it in a smooth & slow way.
kingwiltsu

kingwiltsu

September 18, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Hydroponic Garden, CD, Album, P/Mixed, inre 009

Album that shows me how beautiful music can really be and although I've been listening to it almost two years now, it still sounds as fresh, when I first discovered it. When spacey, soft melodies start, they stay in the air and let you float with them in perfect harmony, although they sometimes they can sound kinda childish. There isn't a single bad song on this, which is the case with most of the Ultimae Records artist releases. I use this when I'm feeling down and want something to cheer me up or when I just want to relax on my beanbag with a cup of green tea. Wonderful ambient meditation at its best.
robotronic

robotronic

March 7, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Hydroponic Garden, CD, Album, P/Mixed, inre 009

I'm seriously into ambient stuff now, so I spend much time listening to it (esp. while designing some work in AutoCAD) and much time composing in this style and experimenting with the substance of sound. Hydrophonic Garden became an interesting and surprising discovery for me. I realized that popular TB-303 which is widely known for participating in different trance, electro and acid tracks can sound perfectly as well in the most beautiful ambient I've ever heard. Album looks solid and it's too hard to name the "leading" titles. But I think, 'MOS 6581 (Album Version)' is recognized as a truly masterpiece, another favorites here are 'Refraction 1.33' and 'Comsat'.
I want finally thank the CLF for such beautiful work and wish them good luck in producing more hi-q ambient...

Alexander. Saint-Petersburg. Russia.
Bullion

Bullion

March 6, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Hydroponic Garden, CD, Album, P/Mixed, inre 009

This is a solid ambient cd. It took a little while to grow on me, but all these 5/5 ratings are well deserved. Standout tracks for me are the self titled "Hydroponic Garden", I don't think a song can get much more complete than this. Very lush sounding, with soft breaks. Also "Artifical Island" is a wonderful song. Very different, minimal, cool use of sounds and a strange robotic voice repeating "artifial island" several times. It's hard to make out that's what is being said, but you can decipher it after a while.