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Post Show Glow…

Playing live is always a pleasure and last night was particularly awesome. Hozerz and dreamSTATE both played awesome sets and we were also quite pleased with how our own set came out. We played a few old songs, a few “hits”, and we even played a couple of new tracks from our upcoming album, and it all sounded pretty great!

Thanks very much to Dale Camus from Audio Bleed for organizing the event, thanks as well to the Roland Inspiration Centre for being such awesome hosts, and most especially thanks to all of you that made it out to see the show, we truly appreciate your support.

Join us again tomorrow and we’ll tell you about recording our fourth album…

Audio Bleed is Tonight…

Just a short post to remind you that we have a gig this evening at the Roland Inspiration Centre! Join us as we celebrate #10yearsofKalte with a live show alongside our friends dreamSTATE and Hozerz as part of the Audio Bleed series.

The Roland Inspiration Centre is located at Suite 1 – 1179 King Street West in Toronto, and we hope that you’ll be able to join us as we celebrate a decade of making mysterious abstract music!

Visit the Facebook event to find out more…

Playing Live

kalte_live_18aug09Following the release of “Glaciations” we were ready to do some shows, and given that they had been the inspiration for our working together in the first place, it seemed only natural that our first gig should be at The AMBiENT PiNG. We got in touch with Scott and Jamie about booking something and they offered us a spot as part of their 10th anniversary in August 2009, along with their own project dreamSTATE, and our friend Wally Jericho.

Having mapped out what we were doing with “Glaciations” we were ready to play the new material but we hadn’t been using the mapping technique during the recording of “The Lanthanide Series”, so we had to go back and figure out how to play everything from that album in a live setting. It was an interesting process, and required us to take apart the album and study each of its component parts individually, which gave us a new appreciation for what we were doing and some ideas about how we could develop and even further improve upon our processes, which would benefit the recording of our third release “Fissures” (more about that one later).

Once we had mapped all of the earlier songs out, we had to come up with a set list of what we wanted to play, and while we had no illusions that we had a beloved back-catalog of hits that we needed to roll out for the fans, we did want to make sure that we touched on highlights from both albums that we thought were relevant in terms of who we are as Kalte, and we also wanted to play some stuff that would sound good live, because you always want to sound good live. We opted to start with “Shallow Approach” because it’s the first song from “The Lanthanide Series”, and it seemed like a nice way to build up a set and create a tone for the performance. From there things started to fall into place nicely and pretty soon we had come up with about 40 minutes covering both albums that was properly mapped and ready for live performance.

Of course, mapping and choosing a set list, while still an integral part of the live process, is not the only thing you need to get ready for a gig. You also need to rehearse and practice and make sure that you know what to do. You have to identify any cues and you have to know where there are any sweet spots to stay in and any rough spots to be careful with. And even though our mapping technique allowed us to recreate our music live, we also had to work in space to be spontaneous and improvise as well, because when you’re feeling in the groove you really want to be able to keep groovin’, right?

Ultimately you have to know pretty much everything about your set to get the job done, and that takes a lot of planning out. One decision we made early on was to play a continuous set with no breaks rather than individual songs, as it would create a more consistent mood and it would also save us from any potential disasters as we loaded different songs. Even in those early days we were thinking ahead! We also had to figure out what to wear, and we cannot express how very important wardrobe is when you’re playing live. For the record, at our first show we both went with black jeans, white shirts and black ties. We looked great.

kalte_live_21aug09To make things even more interesting while we prepared for our first show, we were also offered a gig with the Akin Collective for three days after our spot at The AMBiENT PiNG. Neither of us are the kind of person to turn away an opportunity to play a show, so we said “Of course we’ll do it!” and we set about preparing for a second show while we were getting ready for our first. And you might think that would be easy, we could just play the same set and everything would be fine, right? Not quite. We decided that it would be more fun to come up with a completely new and different set for the second show. And it was fun, but it was also a bit of a scramble too. In the end we were able to get everything done in time for both sets, but we did have to make fast decisions about wardrobe for the second show. We opted for hoodies and sneakers, and we looked great at that show too.

You’ll be happy to know that both shows were well received and came off with no technical issues. We played some music, people enjoyed it, and we had fun doing it, which is pretty much the goal for any live show. They were both great experiences that pushed us a little bit further ahead in terms of what we were doing with Kalte, and they inspired us to do more shows in the future.

Which we did…

For the entire month of October while we celebrate #10yearsofKalte, if you buy a copy of “The Lanthanide Series” through Bandcamp you can send us your email at info@kaltemusic.com and we’ll send you a free copy of our latest release, “Covalencies“!


pinglogoPrior to working together on Kalte, we had both been playing music around Toronto for a number of years. Circling around the same Goth/Industrial and Electronic scenes in the mid 90s and early 2000s we were both aware of what each other was doing but we hadn’t actually met in person. Deane was performing as Akumu at the time, having already released a number of abstract electronic albums and performed at Montreal’s esteemed Mutek event, and Rik was making melodic ambient as mara’s torment, doing shows and releasing albums. But despite any similarities in our styles, for whatever reason our paths hadn’t ever crossed until a chance meeting outside of Queen Video in early 2001, when our mutual friend Chris Alexander finally introduced us. Immediately recognizing some shared interests, we soon booked an Akumu/mara’s torment show at The AMBiENT PiNG for later in the summer, and that was pretty much the beginning of us working together.

For those of you who aren’t already familiar with The AMBiENT PiNG, we’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about Toronto’s long running ambient showcase, because it really is a pretty amazing event. The PiNG began as a regular weekly concert series in the Kensington Market area of Toronto bringing together performers in a variety of different styles and disciplines that were focused primarily on Ambient, Electronic, Drone, and Abstract genres among others. Hosted by Scott M2 and Jamie Todd of dreamSTATE, the PiNG continues as a regular event to this day and during the length of its history they’ve presented countless local and international artists who have come through Toronto, including Aidan Baker, Zoe Keating, Falling You, Robert Rich, and more.

Just the act of maintaining an event like this for so long is impressive in itself, but even more impressive is the community that Scott and Jamie have nurtured around the PiNG, a group of artists and listeners who have supported each other in a balanced synergy for years now, and has also directly inspired collaboration between artists that’s resulted in some pretty amazing stuff. Aidan Baker’s project ARC began one night at the PiNG when audience member Rich Baker just walked up on stage and sat in on drums. Frequent attendee Heiki Sillaste has been working regularly with dreamSTATE for a few years now. And Kalte is another project that also sprung from the PiNG community. That first show we booked together in 2001 led us to book another Akumu/mara’s torment show in 2002, and a third in 2003, and pretty soon it became an annual event for us to play together at the Ping. And following the success of those shows, we eventually asked ourselves, “Hey, we’re well matched on stage, why don’t we try making some music together too?” And that was the starting point that would eventually become Kalte.

Join us again tomorrow as we discuss the themes that would define our work as Kalte…

For the entire month of October while we celebrate #10yearsofKalte, anybody that buys a copy of “The Lanthanide Series” through Bandcamp can send their email to info@kaltemusic.com and we’ll send them a free copy of our latest release “Covalencies“!

Audio Bleed Oct 25We’re very pleased to announce that Kalte will be performing at the Roland Inspiration Centre in Toronto along with our good friends dreamSTATE and Hozerz as part of the latest installment of Audio Bleed on Thursday, October 25th.

We’re particularly excited about this performance as October marks the Tenth Anniversary of our first release “The Lanthanide Series“, so we’ll be diving deep into the Kalte songbook to mark the occasion.

We hope that you’ll be able to join us as we celebrate a decade of making mysterious abstract music.

RSVP to the Facebook event to keep updated about the show…


Kalte at National Drone Day 2018

Drone DayWe’re very pleased to share that Kalte will be performing at the Roland Inspiration Centre in Toronto on Saturday May 26th as part of Weird Canada‘s National Drone Day 2018 event.

Our friends dreamSTATE and DJ LP will also be performing, and it promises to be a very Drone-y evening filled with sustained tones and rumbly sounds and long lost radio transmissions. We may also bring popsicles…

Please RSVP to the Facebook event to let us know you’re coming!


Thank you for coming out!

Thanks very much to everyone who made it out to our show at the Ambient Ping! We had a wonderful time playing with our friends dreamSTATE, and the light show by General Chaos Visuals was quite striking. Thank you also to all of you that tuned into the Livestream broadcast of the night, we were very happy to be able to perform for some of our friends that live a little farther away from Toronto. If you didn’t have a chance to watch last night, an archived copy of the show is posted at http://www.livestream.com/theambientping so you can enjoy it at your leisure.

If you have any pictures or video of the show that you’d like to share with us, please be sure to let us know because we’d love to see them!

Over the next few weeks we’ll be focusing our energies on SubZeroArts‘ presentation of LIGHTSOUNDPLAY! at Nuit Blanche Ottawa in September (visit http://www.subzeroarts.com/ to find out more!), and we’ll have some more events to announce in the months to come. We’ll keep you updated on everything as it gets confirmed!

Thanks again, we’ll be seeing you soon!

Rik and Deane

The Ambient Ping, August 14th

We are very pleased to announce that Kalte will be returning from a particularly deep hibernation cycle to perform an appropriately dark and mysterious set to mark the Ambient Ping’s 13th anniversary on Tuesday August 14th at the Supermarket in Toronto.

We’ll be playing two sets, the first in collaboration with our good friends dreamSTATE as part of their year long drone cycle project, and a second set of Kalte-y goodness ranging in style from delicate Icelandic lullabies to crushing avalanches of Antarctic sound. We promise a performance that will entertain and delight the coldest of hearts and the most isolated of souls, and we may have cookies too.

We’d be delighted to see you there, and you can find out more at http://www.theambientping.com/

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