album release info

Shadow Biosphere - Parallel EvolutionParallel Evolution, the transcendent debut album by cosmic-ambient duo Shadow Biosphere was released on Nine Gates Records in digital download and CD digipack in Autumn 2014. 

Sonically drawing on dark ambient, bio-acoustic, primeval, abyssal and imagined sound worlds, ‘Parallel Evolution’ evokes the hidden life within and beyond our known realms. Richly textured ambient soundscapes are infused with found sounds and the organic pulses of natural forces, to summon immersive new perspectives on subatomic and multiversal dimensions.

From the powerful opening title track, ‘Parallel Evolution’ is a compelling exploration of unseen biospheres and hidden lifeforms. Inspired by astrobiology, quantum theory, eastern travels, William Blake, Alan Watts, improbability, the interplay of science and art, the multiverse and ‘a world in a grain of sand’, Shadow Biosphere’s atmospheric conceptual soundscapes connect the eerie whirl of planetary forcefields in the solar system’s outer reaches with dark deep terrestrial worlds and the lifeforms that inhabit earth’s uninhabitable places.

‘Parallel Evolution’, the title track, explores the concept of a possible world of non-carbon-based life that is so different to what we think of as ‘life on earth’ that it is imperceptible to us. An invisible simultaneous biology in the midst of our own: the bacterial life that inhabits uninhabitable environments on earth – and beyond – points to this probability. Shadow Biosphere brings together extremophile organisms in sub-arctic ice, sentient mycelium networks, the microverse and interstellar microbial flows in an exploration of imagined shadow life on earth and elsewhere.

Two tracks have been previously released on compilation albums to support worthwhile causes. ‘Bylakupee’ featured on ‘Hands from Shadows’ via Sombre Soniks Studios to raise money for victims of flooding in Serbia in early 2014, while ‘Parallel Evolution’ appeared on ‘No Red Seas II’, supporting the ocean conservation organisation The Black Fish – the second in a series of albums for marine wildlife causes initiated by Shadow Biosphere.

Order CDs (limited edition of 100) or download in high-quality MP3, FLAC and more from shadowbiosphere.bandcamp.com

our backing vocalists

The universe is teeming with planetary music…

Although space is a virtual vacuum, this does not mean there is no sound in space. Sounds still exists in the form of electromagnetic vibrations.

These amazing ambient space sounds come from electronic vibrations of the planets, moons and rings, electromagnetic fields of the planets and moons, planetary magnetosphere, trapped radio waves bouncing between the planet and the inner surface of its atmosphere, charged particle interactions of the planet, its moons and the solar wind, and from charged particle emissions from the rings of certain planets.

We used the eerie sounds of Jupiter’s magnetsosphere on the track Magnetnospheric and Saturn’s radio emissions on Interstellar Endoliths.  


forthcoming live dates

We have some gigs coming up in the UK and Europe

JULY 16 | London, UK – Cafe OTO
18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston. London E8 3DL
with Nicolas Melmann, Richard Crow, Jose Macabra + Artur Vidal
facebook event page | tickets via ticketmaster only £4.40

AUG 11 | London, UK – Sonic Imperfections
Montague Arms, 289 Queens Road, Peckham, London SE15 2PA
event page and tickets to come | free (£5 suggested donation)

AUG 28 | Lithuania – Menuo Juodaragis Festival
a wonderful festival on Zarasai Island dedicated this year to bees!
facebook event page | festival website | tickets

OCT 24 | London UK – Oxjam benefit 
The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE
event page and tickets to come

NOV 9 | XIV Wroclaw Industrial Festival, Poland 
with Merzbow, Sol Invictus, Job Karma, Test Department and much more 

facebook event page | festival website | tickets online soon

gigs wanted

Copy of Shadow Biosphere live promo.docxAfter playing to a near-capacity crowd in a freezing church at the wonderful Darkland Fire Festival in Northern Estonia, we’re now looking for more live dates – in the UK, Europe or beyond. We’re especially open to venues or events with a science/nature/cosmic theme – art galleries, libraries, museums, caves, forests, temples, observatories, the International Space Station etc. Above-zero ambient temperature appreciated. Our tech requirements are few and simple so do get in touch if you know any promoters or venues who might be interested in putting us on, or events our music would fit with.

Also, Shadow Biosphere *live* in your living room? Just maybe…

album launch

If you’re in London, or fancy a visit, we’re having a launch event to celebrate the release of Parallel Evolution on the evening of Friday 7th November.

We’re collaborating with the newly-opened Mercer Chance Gallery in Hoxton to host an audio-visual feast, featuring the cosmic landscape art of Michael Chance with the interplanetary soundscapes and visualisations of Shadow Biosphere. We’ve produced a full length video to accompany the album which will be shown for the first time, and artwork and CDs will be available for purchase. Turn up any time from 7pm.

The exhibition will run until November 16th.

Mercer Chance Gallery, 253 Hoxton Road, London N1 5LG. Here’s the location.



how to order Parallel Evolution

The CD is a limited edition of 100 copies – a few copies remain.

If you’re in the UK or Europe, order CDs from shadowbiosphere.bandcamp.com for just £10 plus postage.

If you’re in the US, order from Nine Gates Records via bandcamp for $9 plus postage.

All CD orders will also receive an immediate free high-quality mp3 or FLAC download.

Alternatively download in a digital format of your choice from bandcamp for a mere £5.