For two months each Winter, residents of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard experience a phenomenon known as the Polar Night, a period of constant darkness without natural light...
Inspired by the isolation and emptiness inherent in the Polar Night, the Toronto-based electronic duo Kalte has released "Glaciations", a series of five sound environments made up of cold elements and deep darkness. Drawing from a range of organic sound sources which have been altered and reassembled, "Glaciations" immerses the listener in a space that evokes the feeling of solitude and glacial winds, where dark tones drift through the soundscape, shifting in subtle ways.
With their work in zero-bpm, music concréte and deep ambient, Deane Hughes and Rik MacLean produce eerie and expansive soundscapes by combining natural and electronic elements. "Glaciations" is the duo's latest release, building and expanding on ideas explored on their debut, “The Lanthanide Series” (Stasisfield, 2008). Hughes and MacLean are currently working on their debut full-length CD.