Carbon Based Lifeforms (CBL) are Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Vadestrid (né Segerstad), 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.
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.