Carbon Based Lifeforms

Downtempo / ambient / acid electronic project based in Göteborg, Sweden, formed in 1996, as an offshoot from other projects. Both members were born in 1976 and they met at age 15.
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CBL, Cbl


15409 / 15697 Carbon Based Lifeforms - The Path Cover-Design CBL* The Path (Album) 15409 / 15697 US 1999 Diese Version verkaufen
inre 009 Carbon Based Lifeforms - Hydroponic Garden Cover-Design Carbon Based Lifeforms Hydroponic Garden (Album) Ultimae Records inre 009 France 2003 Diese Version verkaufen
inre 021, inre021 Carbon Based Lifeforms - World Of Sleepers Cover-Design Carbon Based Lifeforms World Of Sleepers (Album) Ultimae Records, Ultimae Records inre 021, inre021 France 2006 Diese Version verkaufen
inre 041, inre041 Carbon Based Lifeforms - Interloper Cover-Design Carbon Based Lifeforms Interloper (Album) Ultimae Records, Ultimae Records inre 041, inre041 France 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
inre048 Carbon Based Lifeforms - VLA Cover-Design Carbon Based Lifeforms VLA (Album) Ultimae Records inre048 France 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
inre047 Carbon Based Lifeforms - Twentythree Cover-Design Carbon Based Lifeforms Twentythree (Album) Ultimae Records inre047 France 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
LFTFLD04 Carbon Based Lifeforms - Refuge - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Cover-Design Carbon Based Lifeforms Refuge - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Album) Leftfield Records LFTFLD04 Sweden 2013
BLOOD-183 Carbon Based Lifeforms - Derelicts Cover-Design Carbon Based Lifeforms Derelicts (Album) Blood Music (2) BLOOD-183 Finland 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
LFTFLD24 Carbon Based Lifeforms - Stochastic Cover-Design Carbon Based Lifeforms Stochastic (Album) Leftfield Records LFTFLD24 Sweden 2021 Diese Version verkaufen

Singles & EPs

SMR009 Carbon Based Lifeforms - Irdial Cover-Design Carbon Based Lifeforms Irdial (EP) Soundmute Recordings SMR009 Croatia 2008
LFTFLD16 Carbon Based Lifeforms - Photosynthesis Remixes Cover-Design Carbon Based Lifeforms Photosynthesis Remixes (Single) Leftfield Records LFTFLD16 Sweden 2016
LFTFLD14 Carbon Based Lifeforms - MOS 6581 Remixes Cover-Design Carbon Based Lifeforms MOS 6581 Remixes (Single) Leftfield Records LFTFLD14 Sweden 2016
LFTFLD23 Carbon Based Lifeforms - 20 Minutes Cover-Design Carbon Based Lifeforms 20 Minutes (EP) Leftfield Records LFTFLD23 Sweden 2021 Diese Version verkaufen


LFTFLD13 Carbon Based Lifeforms - ALT:01 Cover-Design Carbon Based Lifeforms ALT:01 (Comp) Leftfield Records LFTFLD13 Sweden 2016
LFTFLD21 Carbon Based Lifeforms - ALT:02 Cover-Design Carbon Based Lifeforms ALT:02 (Comp) Leftfield Records LFTFLD21 Sweden 2020

DJ Mixes

none Carbon Based Lifeforms - Isolatedmix 23 Cover-Design Carbon Based Lifeforms Isolatedmix 23(File, MP3, Mixed, VBR) A Strangely Isolated Place none UK 2011

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15. Januar 2018
Only music group I play. ListeNed to many different type of music growing up and I wish this was always there and the only one. If you haven't already you need to check out sync24 Daniels solo albums. Source is amazing!! Thanks for opening a new permanent door of music for me I will never look back.


16. Dezember 2017
These guys would have to be up there with the best, and definitely in my top artists to listen to. They produce such dreamy, ambient soundscapes, with some acid thrown in.
Its a pity they left Ultimae Records, but, in doing so, I think they have just got better, especially with their latest album "Derelicts", which I recommend wholeheartedly.


9. August 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.


20. Juli 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?



1. Juni 2017
geändert over 5 years 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.


30. Mai 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.


11. Juli 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 :)


12. Juni 2012
geändert over 9 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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