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    Derek Birkett (OLI) debunking Von Trier's lies:

    I have worked with Björk for over 30 years and have never made a single statement or interview regarding our work together. This time is different.
    I have read the lies written by Lars and his producer Peter about Björk – and feel compelled to speak out and put the record straight. Over the last 30 years the Dancer in the Dark project is the one and only time she has fallen out with a collaborator.
    This was a result of the directors ongoing, disrespectful verbal and physical abuse which continued after both Björk and myself demanded that he stop behaving this way. Björk completed the film out of respect for the cast and everyone involved. I feel compelled to publicly speak out in fierce support of Björk in regards to her terrible experiences working with Lars Von Trier, and I back what she has said 110%.
    - Derek Birkett

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    I really appreciate that Björk shared her side of events with that director - and also the way she did it, the way she described it.
    And now Birkett backing her is a good thing to do.
    I hope more male people in the industry will speak up and take an honest stance in this debate.

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    Björk on BBC Radio 3's Wonderful Late Junction (my favourite radio programme!) shortly

    Nick Luscombe with Björk
    Late Junction

    Rock royalty in the house. Idiosyncratic Icelandic icon Björk joins Nick to discuss her recently released new album Utopia, and to reveal the music that has been inspiring her work and outlook lately.

    Björk's groundbreaking career has encompassed child stardom, chart success as a bandleader and solo artist, political activism, award-winning acting, and musical collaborations with Tricky, Thom Yorke, and Timbaland, among many others. Now well into the fifth decade of her public life, she shows no signs of slowing down. Her latest record is a blueprint for utopia inspired by current political upheavals, environmentalism, and the search for love.

    The week-long Russian theme on Late Junction also continues with dark ambient sounds from the late Staruha Mha, and improvised electronic experiments from Sergey Kostyrko and Alexey Borisov.

    Produced by Jack Howson for Reduced Listening.
    Maybe for once, someone will call me "Sir" without adding, "You're making a scene."

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    ^ Thanks, that was a nice (albeit short) interview. She also chose some songs to play - Arca's "Broke Up", serpentwithfeet's "four ethers" and Icelandic traditional piece "Heyr himna smiður" performed by the choir Hamrahlíðarkórinn (which she used to be a part of as a child and which is featured on the new album).

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    Happy Birthday, B!! I look forward to listening to Utopia later this week.
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    Happy Birthday

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    Bjork is doing a Pitchfork InSight interview at Murmrr next Tuesday, November 28. Tickets are available through Ticketfly.

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    I am revisiting an excellent recording of a show I attended a couple of years back and wonder what was wrong with me that night. I didn't connect at all with what was happening on stage, except for a few jaw-dropping notes here and there. Maybe it was the tiring travelling to Paris and subsequent sleep deprivation, but the overall conditions were just very frustrating. Never have I returned home feeling so underwhelmed by a concert. Now that I'm listening back, I can't believe how magnificent her performance was that night. It's really sad I almost passed out during a few songs...

    My lucky stars seem to be leaving me whenever I attend a Björk show. Each time has been a disastrous experience in its own way. Last time I saw her I lined up early because I felt strongly about Vulnicura. Hadn't it been for the technical failures of scanners, subsequent closing of admittance gates and chaotic turmoil in the crowd, I would have been at the very front. Fair enough, you never know with general admission. Still I stood sulking somewhere in the 17th row. She played a total dream set I was almost able to enjoy, that is if I had been able to get past my anger and disappointment of yet another show of hers feeling like a bad joke. Cherry on top: I almost collapsed halfway through the show after having somewhat of an allergic reaction to the smoke bombs used. And once again I returned home after seeing Björk asking myself if it's my fault that every concert experience ends up a mess. And I'm not even a chaos-craving pessimist! Yet I keep coming back. If I get to see her this time around, I'll play it as safe as possible and who knows what'll happen... maybe this time I'll get to enjoy the beautiful music without compromise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hermes View Post
    I am revisiting an excellent recording of a show I attended a couple of years back and wonder what was wrong with me that night. I didn't connect at all with what was happening on stage, except for a few jaw-dropping notes here and there. Maybe it was the tiring travelling to Paris and subsequent sleep deprivation, but the overall conditions were just very frustrating. Never have I returned home feeling so underwhelmed by a concert. Now that I'm listening back, I can't believe how magnificent her performance was that night. It's really sad I almost passed out during a few songs...

    My lucky stars seem to be leaving me whenever I attend a Björk show. Each time has been a disastrous experience in its own way. Last time I saw her I lined up early because I felt strongly about Vulnicura. Hadn't it been for the technical failures of scanners, subsequent closing of admittance gates and chaotic turmoil in the crowd, I would have been at the very front. Fair enough, you never know with general admission. Still I stood sulking somewhere in the 17th row. She played a total dream set I was almost able to enjoy, that is if I had been able to get past my anger and disappointment of yet another show of hers feeling like a bad joke. Cherry on top: I almost collapsed halfway through the show after having somewhat of an allergic reaction to the smoke bombs used. And once again I returned home after seeing Björk asking myself if it's my fault that every concert experience ends up a mess. And I'm not even a chaos-craving pessimist! Yet I keep coming back. If I get to see her this time around, I'll play it as safe as possible and who knows what'll happen... maybe this time I'll get to enjoy the beautiful music without compromise!
    And some of us would just love the chance to see Bjork even once since she rarely tours in the US and certainly not in a lot of cities.
    Fair enough if you thought she gave a bad performance, but it seems to me the things you are complaining about have zero to do with Bjork and are totally outside of her control.
    You can't enjoy a concert unless you are in the very front row? Logic would tell you at a concert that thousands of people attend everyone can't be in the front row. 17th row doesn't sound so bad to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glindathegood View Post
    And some of us would just love the chance to see Bjork even once since she rarely tours in the US and certainly not in a lot of cities.
    Fair enough if you thought she gave a bad performance, but it seems to me the things you are complaining about have zero to do with Bjork and are totally outside of her control.
    You can't enjoy a concert unless you are in the very front row? Logic would tell you at a concert that thousands of people attend everyone can't be in the front row. 17th row doesn't sound so bad to me!
    I don't see how anything I wrote even suggested Björk was responsible for the difficult time I was having at her shows. Didn't I speak favourably of her performances? In fact, I voiced regret over some things that kept me from thoroughly enjoying an otherwise fantastic concert.

    To substantiate the latter part of my initial post: I had been waiting for eight hours as one of the first 20 people during a freaking heatwave in order to get somewhat close to the stage because I knew the outdoor venue she played at sucks because of ridiculously oversized booths placed everywhere and poor acoustics that make you either cry or roll your eyes with annoyance. Both turned out to be case again. Aeroplanes flying across the place drowned out every audible bit of music – and that happened frequently. So, when all the waiting didn't pay off with a decent spot – and 17th row at this show was a shit spot, or a wonderful one if you came for outside noise – I was understandably pissed.

    Honestly, I don't even see the point in further replying to this as clearly you didn't read my post properly and are misconstruing most of it for whatever reason. I don't see what you're taking issue with here unless you are implying that I should shut up because there is nothing to complain as Björk tours territories that are remotely convenient for me to reach whereas she only reluctantly visits the US. If that's the case, then there is only this I can say to you: it sucks that your only chance to see her entails travelling long distances but that has more to do with Björk herself and not so much with me and the perceived underwhelming conditions at the shows I have been to.

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    I don't see how anything I wrote even suggested Björk was responsible for the difficult time I was having at her shows. Didn't I speak favourably of her performances? In fact, I voiced regret over some things that kept me from thoroughly enjoying an otherwise fantastic concert.

    To substantiate the latter part of my initial post: I had been waiting for eight hours as one of the first 20 people during a freaking heatwave in order to get somewhat close to the stage because I knew the outdoor venue she played at sucks because of ridiculously oversized booths placed everywhere and poor acoustics that make you either cry or roll your eyes with annoyance. Both turned out to be case again. Aeroplanes flying across the place drowned out every audible bit of music – and that happened frequently. So, when all the waiting didn't pay off with a decent spot – and 17th row at this show was a shit spot, or a wonderful one if you came for outside noise – I was understandably pissed.

    Honestly, I don't even see the point in further replying to this as clearly you didn't read my post properly and are misconstruing most of it for whatever reason. I don't see what you're taking issue with here unless you are implying that I should shut up because there is nothing to complain as Björk tours territories that are remotely convenient for me to reach whereas she only reluctantly visits the US. If that's the case, then there is only this I can say to you: it sucks that your only chance to see her entails travelling long distances but that has more to do with Björk herself and not so much with me and the perceived underwhelming conditions at the shows I have been to.
    Wow, what a defensive passive aggressive post. I understood exactly what you were saying.
    But those things you complain about could happen at any live concert. Maybe the live concert experience just isn't for you.

    When I go to concert I shut out all those outside extraneous inconvenient annoying things which are part of life, and not the artist's fault.
    I review concerts purely from the viewpoint of whether the artists gave a good performance, gave their all and whether I enjoyed the music.
    The nature of the venue or how close I am is not what is on my mind in going to a live performance. Guess we are just very different.
    In my opinion, when you go to a concert, you need to shut out outside distractions and just focus on the artist.
    Have a nice day, I did not mean to offend in any way. I just found it odd that you were so negative about the experience when so many of us would give anything to see her multiple times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glindathegood View Post
    Wow, what a defensive passive aggressive post. I understood exactly what you were saying.
    But those things you complain about could happen at any live concert. Maybe the live concert experience just isn't for you.

    When I go to concert I shut out all those outside extraneous inconvenient annoying things which are part of life, and not the artist's fault.
    I review concerts purely from the viewpoint of whether the artists gave a good performance, gave their all and whether I enjoyed the music.
    The nature of the venue or how close I am is not what is on my mind in going to a live performance. Guess we are just very different.
    In my opinion, when you go to a concert, you need to shut out outside distractions and just focus on the artist.
    Have a nice day, I did not mean to offend in any way. I just found it odd that you were so negative about the experience when so many of us would give anything to see her multiple times.
    Look, I was replying to a post that to me, too, seemed fairly passive aggressive.
    You can't enjoy a concert unless you are in the very front row? Logic would tell you at a concert that thousands of people attend everyone can't be in the front row. 17th row doesn't sound so bad to me!
    Sounds like pretty passive aggressive polemic to me. What did you expect me to make of that statement other than that my complaint was stupid and exorbitant. Since I highly doubt that you have been to the same show there is no way you would know what I am actually talking about. I go to shows all the time and I am definitely able to concentrate on the main gig, but what am I supposed to do when I can neither hear nor see the artist or their fellow musicians? Bear in mind: I am almost two metres tall, it's almost impossible for me to not see something in further distance. If I had blocked out any of those distractions I would have seen blank blackness and heard total silence. Banners, booths, drowning aeroplane noises – what's there not to be annoyed by? That was my negative experience of a technically awesome show: amazing setlist, fantastic vocals, intricate arrangements and stellar lighting design/special effects. Still, I highly doubt that seeing this very show I am talking about from my point of view would have been desirable for you or anybody else. I am not being negative about it for the sake of it, this is simply the way it was for me that day and I am still very very sad about this evening ending up as more of a struggle than a pleasing musical adventure as it been looking forward to it every much.

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    ^ Just out of curiousity, which gig are you talking about? It kind of sounds awful (I mean, airplanes noises?) so I'd like to know which place to avoid!

    I saw Bjork only once at an outdoor show - which, I must say is not an ideal setting for her music but the audience was polite, the acoustics were were fine and the concert itself was great. My only complaint was that the two big screens on the sides of the stage were constantly showing visuals from the apps (yup, Biophilia era) instead of her and the musicians. I was fairly close to the stage but I'm short-ish (for a man at least), so sometimes a taller guy would block my view for a minute or two and all I could see on the screens were the phases of the moon or viruses multiplying. Other than that it was very good.

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    I am talking about the show at the Spandau Citadel in Berlin two years ago.



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