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The Earthy Undertones of Carbon Based Lifeforms

We are actually living in paradise but we will not be aware of it until we destroy it. This is exactly what Carbon Based Lifeforms seek to convey through their music. If there is a way to combine technology and nature with music, they have found it. When you listen to it, you will feel like you are in the center of one whole, connected and breathing being- The Earth; and subsequently realize how every living form in nature is connected to an unspeakable, inexplicable force that brings us all together.

Carbon Based Lifeforms - Photosynthesis

Carbon Based Lifeforms -MOS 6581

Carbon Based Lifeforms - Rise To Tomorrow

Carbon Based Lifeforms - Last Breath

Carbon Based Lifeforms - Abiogenesis

Carbon Based Lifeforms

Carbon Based Lifeforms (CBL) are Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad (né Ringström), both born in 1976 and based in Göteborg in south-western Sweden. They met at the age of 15 and are still, amazingly, working happily together, almost 20 years later. CBL itself was formed in 1996, as an offshoot from other projects, but soon became their focal point, culminating in their first release on ‘mp3.com’ in 1998.

It is hard to categorise CBL’s music but the best description might be that of a groundbreaking mixture of acid, techno and house music. The term ‘acid/ambient’ has also been coined; perhaps a respectful nod to the great pioneer Brian Eno?

CBL signed with the celebrated Lyon-based Ultimae Records in 2002 and have since released two full-length albums (‘Hydroponic Garden’ in 2003, and ‘World of Sleepers’ in 2006). Both albums have been extraordinarily well received by connoisseurs within the ambient scene.

Additionally they have actively participated in successful collaborations with several 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 often creates the building blocks of sounds and harmonies and could 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.

Through this synergy of ideas, their aim is to combine earth and space in their music. Daniel and Johannes use 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. The genius of CBL’s music is that it suits any occasion.

Their creativity occasionally spills over into what become ‘new’ projects. The results can be enjoyed by listening to releases from Thermostatic and Digidroid, as well as Daniel’s own SYNC24, which is the result of sudden impulses of inspiration, giving room for his personal reflections.

The music often seems to reflect the natural landscape of its land of inception; indeed if you listen to ‘Photosynthesis’ on the ‘World of Sleepers’ album then you find yourself feeling genuine concern for the forests. Given the source of the quotation in the song, perhaps this is the point. If so, it’s a damned good one and epitomizes the aim of the group in pricking the conscience when it comes to something as critical as the environment.

Transitions with Boards of Canada

You won’t find music like that of Boards of Canada anywhere. It’s haunting yet beautiful, reminding you of the fleeting nature of moments and filling you with nostalgia. Somehow, their songs convey so much that you don’t need the snow to feel the presence of winter if you have Boards of Canada. 

Boards of Canada - Dayvan Cowboy

Boards of Canada - Music Is Math

Boards of Canada - Roygbiv

Boards of Canada - Chromakey Dreamcoat

Boards of Canada - The Left Side Eye Of Night

Boards of Canada - Everything You Do Is A Baloon

Boards of Canada

EdinburghUnited Kingdom (1986 – present)

Boards of Canada are an electronic music duo from Edinburgh, Scotland, composed of brothers Mike Sandison(b. 1 June 1970) and Marcus Eoin (b. 21 July 1971). They have released a number of works, most notably Music Has the Right to Children and Geogaddi, with little advertising and few interviews - like many of their label-mates on the pioneering  music label Warp

Boards of Canada have had an enormous influence on the and  scenes. They have frequently made reference to the warm, scratchy, artificial sounds of 1970s television. Indeed, the Sandison brothers admit to being inspired by the documentary films of the National Film Board of Canada, from which they take their name. The duo have recorded a few minor works under the name Hell Interface. Boards of Canada’s music has been used in several CSI episodes and on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim interlude shorts; small bits of their music have been used on the BBC program Top Gear for transitional music.

The Untapped Potential Of Lojik

When I first heard Lojik, I did not believe his music. It is levitating. Be prepared to get surprised after listening to his tracks, which represent the thin line between Downtempo and Dubstep. Smooth, silky summer vibes- yep, that’s Lojik. Enjoy :)

Lojik - Summertime

Lojik - A World To Forget

Lojik - Connected

Lojik - Get Up

Glen Porter’s Instrumental

Glen Porter’s music is that kind of instrumental that speaks to you without words. It is expressionist, simple and beautiful at the same time. It’s also powerful. Sit back, relax and experience Glen Porter. It will be worth it. 

Glen Porter - And Death Of

Glen Porter - Slowburn

Glen Porter - The Life

Glen Porter - Transient

Glen Porter - Self Destruction

Glen Porter - I Sat Alone

Glen Porter - Something Glue

Glen Porter - Yours

Glen Porter

Glen Porter, of California, United States, started flirting with music as a young boy in the 90’s playing the trombone, piano, and guitar. Then one day with the help of his friends, and dollar crates everywhere he fell in love with producing, but not until he started playing live instruments again did he fall into his own. His debut solo album “Blessed By A Young Death” was released on 15th April 2008.

Presenting H.U.V.A. Network’s timeless Downtempo

Photo via "www.last.fm"

H.U.V.A. Network has been one of my favorites for a long time. Characterized by a beautiful progression that will only surprise you, H.U.V.A network blends powerful sounds to create downtempo that is timeless. Listen to them and get suspended in time. It will be epic. 

H.U.V.A. Network “Rain Geometries Live Version”

H.U.V.A. Network “Something Heavens”

H.U.V.A. Network “Overload Live Version”

H.U.V.A. Network “Symetric Lifes Live Version”

H.U.V.A. Network “Fade Away”