for three voices, electric violin, percussion, keyboards, live electronics and video
composed in 2014
LipsEarsAssNoseBoobs is part of the Suicidal Self Portraits, next to Crash, Going to Hell, All of Yesterday's Parties and Screaming my Simian Line. 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.
This piece is part of the larger cycle Suicidal Self Portraits. It builds on the urban legend of the song "Gloomy Sunday" by Rezsö Seress from 1933, which supposedly leads listeners to commit suicide.
Instead of the original lyrics, here a text is used in which plastic surgery as a means of constructing one's identity is thematized.
Two videos are shown during the performance of this piece.
Written for Barbara Lüneburg (voice, e-violin), Jonathan Shapiro (voice, percussion) and myself (voice, keyboards, live-electronics)
LipsEarsAssNoseBoobs was commissioned by the Deutschlandfunk, Cologne and premiered at the Forum Neuer Musik in Cologne in April 2014.