for a singing percussionist and soundtracks
composed in 2007
Crash is part of the Suicidal Self Portraits, next to Going to Hell, Screaming my Simian Line, All of Yesterady's Parties and LipsEarsAssNoseBoobs. All these pieces are exploring fetishizations of media that result in some sort of re-start of a person's life, be it through revelations of inner truths and secrets or indulgences in obsessions. The reference to 'suicide' in the title is therefore not to be understood as a termination of someone's life but rather as the reinvention of a person.
The individual pieces are bridged with short video interludes that function as commercial spots.
Crash for a singing percussionist, was composed for Arnold Marinissen. "Crash" for a singing percussionist takes the moment of a car-crash as a point of departure. Imagining the car as a fetish for technology and manlyhood, the piece maneuvers through an emotional palette of violence, eroticism, destruction and poetics, metaphorically elevating the victims of the crash to martyr of a technological deity. "Crash" was inspired by J.G. Ballards novel "Crash" and Michel Serre's thoughts on technology expressed in his book "Statues".