Goodiepal is Parl Kristian Bjørn Vester, a Danish-Faroese musician, artist and theorist. The most puzzling tales are told of the man; these stories are part of his »performance of life». Goodiepal worked as the head of the department of electronic music at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, until he quit and claimed a »gentleman’s war» against the stupidity of modern computer music and media art – and against his former employer.
The Goodiepal Equation, a film by Sami Sänpäkkilä, is a small and beautiful documentary about an unusual self-made artist and persona. The film, which progresses in the manner of a travelogue, is accompanied by Goodiepal’s music and laughter. But beneath the joyous surface there is a more serious note: rather than just pondering the contents of art and theories, the documentary also depicts a loyal friendship and a person struggling with problems and illness in his own way.
While Goodiepal’s public performances are often carnevalesque and manic, the ambience of the film is direct and peaceful. Sänpäkkilä, who has published Goodiepal’s record through his own label Fonal Records, has made a documentary that succeeds at being funny, touching and inspiring all at once – an advisable equation.
Translation: Henna Raatikainen