While the rest of the music blogging world will spend the next few days reckoning with a terrible publicity stunt staged by an American art-pop band, I’d rather direct your attention to an electronic artist who is asking us to engage in some legitimately interesting commentary about the Internet.
Goodiepal, or as he’s known by his parents Parl Kristian Bjørn Vester, recently released a massive amount of music and disseminating it in the most unusual of ways: through his Wikipedia page. It’s out on Editions Mego, and features a side of music for every letter in the Danish alphabet. (He’s originally from the Faroe Islands.) That is, except for sides E through H, which he has left in the care of the label, encouraging them to upload them somewhere else, according to the introductory track. The tracks are also being shuttled around via YouTube blogger Alex Botten (the source of the video below) and will be available in physical form but only available for sale at Goodiepal’s record shop in Copenhagen. Otherwise, he’s encouraging folks to get the tracks on Spotify and other online music sources on their own.
It’s a little convoluted, but a heck of a lot of fun if you ask me. Reminds me of the cool viral campaign that Boards of Canada engaged in for Record Store Day in 2013. And if you dig around for the tracks outside of the Wikipedia Commons, it’s becomes a cool treasure hunt that asks us to look in some way at how music and media moves across the Internet.
All of the above is simply to encourage you to watch this clip and listen to the music (Side D of this big project), which is a glitchy and engaging bit of techno genius and to explore the works of this singular artist even more.