A Quiet Space Between Places by Wildes Kind is a gradient of musical experience enriched by the sounds of familiar spaces.

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?

I just had a baby and I was working 40 hours a week so I didn't have much time to compose or create music. I also moved out of the city so I was doing a lot of commuting. In the end, my free time was in the car or on the train. I took those hours commuting to listen to my songs over and over, taking notes mentally and rearranging it in my head. At one point, I felt the background noise of the car or the train was part of the songs and I decided to incorporate it in my music. It was all about that space between places and the noise that lived with it. I recorded a few trips on my iPhone and kept what was meaningful to me.

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?

It's not really a happy album. There is a lot of noise in my life. In a way, I am often happiest when alone spending time by myself with a book or making music. I guess that comes across in the music. We are surrounded by digital noise, social media, and too many distractions. I feel it's impossible to create and always be social. When the day is done and the kid is asleep, I enjoy my bubble of solitude.

How have you been coping during the Coronavirus Pandemic? Do you think it will have an influence on your future work?

It's been hard on everyone. For me, it's another layer of anxiety and more thoughts about the fragility of life and how I need to hurry up to create and maybe leave something behind. I also know that the minute we are free to leave our house, I will want to spend time with my friends and family and be able to be outside in the sun. Finding that balance between connection with loved ones and creation.

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.”

Music, mixing and mastering by Wildes Kind

Album Artwork by Daniel Julien

Photography by Karen Mackie