It’s easy to ignore the qualities of the spaces we inhabit and travel through on a daily basis. It takes patience and sensitivity to appreciate their attributes. That is why the debut album from composer Wildes Kind’s, A Quiet Space Between Places, is exceptional. Wildes Kind’s music gives expression to the sound of ordinary space.
Familiar sounds of an urban commute are woven into the compositions of A Quiet Space Between Places. For example, the album begins with a montage of found environmental recordings that include muted conversation, audio from a passing car, and footsteps. “Not Really Spring” melts into a hum of locomotive white noise. The intro to “Carta Opus no.09” sounds like a passing sidewalk cafe full of chattery conversations. The familiarity of each recording cleverly blurs the boundary between the audio and the listener’s environment.
The instrumentals intensify the interstitial quality of the found audio. At first hypnotic patterns of piano and strings encourage the listener to lose consciousness. Eventually, the character of the sound shifts. Texture and tempo change as if designed to move the listener in and out of consciousness. The music’s variation begins subtly, consisting of mostly reductive and hypnotic piano pieces. Later, as the listener becomes more attuned to the music, additional instruments are introduced and the shifts become more opaque. By the end, even the most subtle qualities of sound feel emboldened.
Congratulations on your debut album. I’ve found myself gravitating towards it over the past few weeks. Perhaps it’s the perpetual quiet of self-isolation that’s made your album concept resonate with me. I really enjoy the way found sounds are incorporated into the instrumentals. Can you tell me a little about your process of curating the found audio?
The imagery of your album cover and some of the visuals on your socials seem to express distance and isolation. Where do you think that interest comes from?
How have you been coping during the Coronavirus Pandemic? Do you think it will have an influence on your future work?
A Quiet Space Between Places was conceived much earlier than the Coronavirus Pandemic. However, it’s release, just prior to the Pandemic, feels somehow appropriate. Wild Kind’s music embraces social distance and solitude as a form of art appreciation. His compositions remind us that there are some qualities of art, music, and space that can only be witnessed under more attentive circumstances free of distraction.
Thank you to the first responders and front line workers who do not have the privilege of social distancing. For those who are able to shelter in place, I encourage you to use these circumstances to enjoy the music of Wildes Kind safely from your “Quiet Space Between Places.”