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.
A 6 hour Black Metal theory symposium, called "Hideous Gnosis: A gathering dedicated to the mutual blackening of metal and theory", happened 12 December in Brooklyn. Ben Ratliff, who wrote a Primer article on Tropicalia for us – recently reprinted in The Wire Primers book (Verso) – has this summary in New York Times. Meanwhile, Dominic Fox's Cold World, The Aesthetics Of Dejection and The Politics Of Militant Dysphoria, examining, among other things the music of Burzum and Xasthur, has just been released on Zero Books. Burzum's first new release in 11 years will be released in March 2010, called Belus. Varg "The Count" Vikernes, the group's leader, was released from Norwegian jail this summer after serving 16 years for murder. He now lives in rural Telemark, Norway.
There's 20 000 free downloads of their upcoming single "Bye Bye Bayou" available on www.lcdsoundsystem.com on a first come first serve basis. It will be available for purchase in shops on 12" 9 November and digitally for purchase on 24 November. According to the publicist "Bye Bye Bayou" is not going to appear on their new album, which comes out early 2010.
The great composer and installation artist died
yesterday October 22. "A sound artist with a reputation for
overwhelming volume, precise speaker placement, and site-specific
environmental and architectural installations" wrote Alan Licht in
his interview with her in March 1999. A student of Karlheinz
Stockhausen and a collaborator of John Cage, Merce Cunningham,
Alvin Curran and others, she has been dubbed New Music's best kept
Thurston Moore made a fascinating documentary on Amacher called Daytrip Maryanne, clips are available here: http://www.ecstaticpeace.com/daytrip/.
Alan Licht's personal piece on listening to her work Sound Characters (Making The Third Ear) from The Wire issue 181 is now uploaded here http://www.thewire.co.uk/articles/3220/.