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The Goodiepal Equation original soundtrack available to trade

Released in late 2017, the documentary follows the Danish “musician, hacker, renaissance man, futurist” and self-proclaimed “man for the new millennium” to ask: what exactly is the Goodiepal equation?

The music to Sami Sänpäkkilä’s documentary on the Danish musician, artist and activist Goodiepal has been released. The near-feature length film The Goodiepal Equation was released at the end of 2017, and takes a closer look into the world of this eccentric performer (born Kristian Parl Bjørn Vester) who rides around on a self-built power generating bicycle, and whose art and activism has become increasingly radical.

“Goodiepal is by nature impenetrable, yet consistent,” says the film's director Sänpäkkilä, also head of the Finnish Fonal record label. “Goodiepal himself forms an essential part of his theories. Indeed, the Goodiepal Equation is as follows: ‘The further a message travels over space and time, the more value it adds to its content.’ One might think that this documentary has been made on the off-chance of Goodiepal later becoming an extremely famous artist and theorist. This, however, is a ready example of the paradox that is Goodiepal.”

Sänpäkkilä continues: “For all his overbearingness, he is not merely a master manipulator; his actions reveal true altruism and empathy. He pays for rooms for the needy to work and live in, he helps refugees and donates large sums of money to charity. The documentary portrays a man who is more than an artist or a theorist. It shows us someone who is battling – in his very personal way – his problems and illnesses.” Goodiepal lives with the inherited degenerative condition Huntington's disease.

Following a host of screening in the US and Europe last year, the soundtrack has now been released as four LPs – but with a catch. Goodiepal won't take money for the release, instead will only exchange them for more music. “I am old and I need new music,” he says. “Yes I need to listen to new music – so the copies that I have, I will only trade!” Full details and trade address can be found via the Facebook post.

Watch a trailer of the documentary below: