Karl Pestka

Reykjavik, Greater Reykjavik, Iceland

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  • 22 References 11
  • Fluent in English, Icelandic; learning Spanish
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • musician
  • B.M. in music composition, B.M. in electronic music perfo...
  • From East Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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About Me


To start an art-rock-orchestra-video band to enhance the consciousness of ourselves and others through music


i like icelandic, lucid dreaming, baking, dumpster diving, shostakovich's 11th symphony, noise, yoga, skyr, choir, breakcore, unix, street art, nonviolence, thomas merton, beatboxing, freeform radio, recording, my sister, everything cyberpunk, koyaanisquatsi.


avert the subdominant paradigm

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I love people. I don't have a flat with surfroom anymore, and I miss it. However I still like to help build community here whenever I can. Can give advice on learning Icelandic, understanding Icelandic manners/humor as a foreigner, and finding the hidden gems of Reykjavík.


frisbee, science fiction, electronic music production/composition, artsy films, cooking/baking, violin, making soap, freeform radio, hacking, Cthulhu, Indian food, bookbinding.

favorite pastime: standing between two rooms in a dance club playing different beats, and rocking out to the synchronicities.

Music, Movies, and Books

recent music: health, my brightest diamond, stilluppsteypa, danger, dj spooky, chrome sparks, jon hopkins, beck, chemical brothers, steve reich

movies seen recently: wall.E (sweet), tideland (dark), quantum of solace in german (funny), lock stock and smoking barrel (life-altering).

current books: h.p. lovecraft anthology, orchestration by forsyth, the girl with the dragon tattoo in icelandic (very slow-going), getting things done by david allen.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

swam 1 km in the icelandic sea to the island north of reykjavík.

Teach, Learn, Share

Can share what I know about making soap, dumpster diving, unix and emacs, music collage-DJing, violin, baking chocolate chip cookies that are actually good for you, smoothie-blending, yoga.

Want to learn: German, twerking and/or SALSA DANCING, baking/cooking, your favorite obscure music, turntablism, rad films and books, ridiculous conspiracy theories, I want to hear all about it!

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Åland Islands

Countries I’ve Lived In

Iceland, United States

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