Carbon Based Lifeforms

Carbon Based Lifeforms

Downtempo/ambient/acid electronic project based in Göteborg, Sweden.
CBL itself was formed in 1996, as an offshoot from other projects, but it soon became their focal point.

Both members were born in 1976, they met at age 15 and over 20 years later are still working happily together.
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.
Their popularity has increased over the years thanks to regular attendance of festivals such as Ozora Festival in Hungary, plus what appears now to an annual performance at Camden Town's "Inspiral Lounge" in London.
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Carbon Based Lifeforms Discography Tracks


15409 / 15697 CBL* The Phat #000001 / The Phat #000002(2xCDr, Album, Enh, DAM) 15409 / 15697 US 1999 Sell This Version
Carbon Based Lifeforms Hydroponic Garden (Album) Ultimae Records France 2003 Sell This Version
Carbon Based Lifeforms World Of Sleepers (Album) Ultimae Records, Ultimae Records France 2006 Sell This Version
Carbon Based Lifeforms Interloper (Album) Ultimae Records, Ultimae Records France 2010 Sell This Version
Carbon Based Lifeforms VLA (Album) Ultimae Records France 2011 Sell This Version
Carbon Based Lifeforms Twentythree (Album) Ultimae Records France 2011 Sell This Version
Carbon Based Lifeforms Refuge - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Album) Leftfield Records Sweden 2013
Carbon Based Lifeforms ALT:​01 (Album) Leftfield Records Sweden 2016
Carbon Based Lifeforms Derelicts (Album) Blood Music (2) Finland 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Carbon Based Lifeforms Irdial (EP) Soundmute Recordings Croatia 2008
Carbon Based Lifeforms Photosynthesis Remixes (Single) Leftfield Records Sweden 2016
Carbon Based Lifeforms MOS 6581 Remixes (Single) Leftfield Records Sweden 2016


RMG 3513-MP3, TRMP30027 Various / Carbon Based Lifeforms / Sync24 Various / Carbon Based Lifeforms / Sync24 - Chillout. Afterparty(CD-ROM, Comp, P/Mixed, MP3) RMG Records, Tranceport Licensing, Sensorica Music RMG 3513-MP3, TRMP30027 Russia 2008 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

23 Carbon Based Lifeforms Isolatedmix 23(File, MP3, Mixed, VBR) A Strangely Isolated Place 23 UK 2011

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August 9, 2017
This group originated back in 1996 as Notch ... listed on this site as Notch (2) ... they made one album during that time called The Path, which is really good, you all should check that out.


July 20, 2017

I just stumbled across this supposed album "Endospore" on youtube, and it sounds like CBL, but I can't find any info out there about it:

Does anyone know anything about this?



June 1, 2017
edited 6 months ago
these guys are in the electronic/ambient top 3 with B.O.C and TYCHO.
New album out of Blood Music soon, get ready to be blown away.


May 30, 2016
A once great group who produced three amazing albums on Ultimae. Now it seems that they've headed in a very different direction, one that's not nearly as interesting. Their recent albums are more atmospheric ambient - not bad, but they don't stand out either, and they don't possess the uniqueness and magic found in their earlier work.

Perhaps CBL suffered from too much fame? I see them posting on Facebook a lot these days. It sounds like they're about to "reissue" their first three albums... with remixed tracks. I can't imagine that they'll sound any better than they originally did, given their recent output. And it comes across as a move to capitalize off of their earlier output and popularity rather than to invest in making something even better.

Now, I'm not too hopefully that these guys will be producing more great music. I'm prepared for a string of mediocre albums until they give up. But maybe they'll surprise us and resurrect the magic.

Either way, we will remember them for the three great albums they gave us.


July 11, 2014
If I could get a score written about my life from birth to death this guys would be the one and only choice, if the universe had a sound this would be it! Thank you for the beautiful music :)


June 12, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
Put simply, creators of perhaps the best music I ever heard in my life, all genres aside. Their tunes are just so beautiful, so epic, and oh yes, so wonderfully acidic. Seriously, I could listen to these guys all day, though I would probably want to intersperse it with some Solar Fields, Zymosis, E-Mantra, and Harax, just because I love their material nearly as much.

The epic pads, the atmospheric 303s, and the lush/haunting/uplifting melodies; CBL are just UNREAL! In particular, they do the uplifting brand of psy-chill INCREDIBLY well, and honestly, when I listen to their tracks, it makes me proud to be a human being -- or indeed, to be a Carbon-Based Lifeform!

So, please: check out the glorious, beautiful, and awe-inspiring sonic landscapes of CBL; you will be better for it.


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