Eccentric electronic composer/lecturer/performance artist Goodiepal (real name Parl Kristian Bjørn Vester) from the Faroe Islands who has been living in London for the past few years doing workshops at his residency in Bethnal Green, is now on the run from Danish Police. Sort of. This morning he booked a series of full page adverts in The Wire, to be published in the July issue, and subsequently phoned me from the Faroe Islands where he managed to get to by boat from Iceland. Goodiepal left the Århus conservatory of music in 2008, when he was fired - as he puts it himself - because, according to the university’s heads, he wasn’t following the teaching plan. He’s since spent his time touring his performances and lectures wordwide, preaching, in his own peculiar fashion, how to reinstate the notion of utopia back into electronic music. Sporting a handlebar moustache and wig - he’s every bit the mad professor – he’s declared war on Århus University and modern computer music and switched name to Gæoudjiparl – The Århus Warrior.
So why is he wanted by the police? It started with
the video "Eventide H 8000 –
Frisk Hacket Musikundervisning" (Eventhide H 8000 - Freshly
Hacked Music Education") , posted on YouTube 30 April. The film was
sent to Århus Conservatory and featured a stolen piece of
equipment, the Eventide H8000. Goodiepal (Baddiepal?) has confessed
to taking the machine from Århus, "in order to repair it and bring
it back", however to Politiken,
a Danish broadsheet newspaper, he claimed it was a gentleman's act
- to steal something from the losing party in a war. Head teacher
at the conservatory, Thomas Winther, has proclaimed to the
newspaper that he's not interested in any war with Goodiepal and
just wants his faculty's machine returned.
Whatever the outcome, a machine is missing, and is in Goodiepal's possession. Once he's taken the boat back to the UK, played a concert at Cargo on the 31 May (with Oneohtrix Point Never) he'll return to Denmark as per the Danish Police's instructions and turn himself in. "I'll probably get 2 weeks. I'm going to jail for my beliefs. It's rock n' roll," he enthused on the phone.