INTRODUCING.... GEORGE PLATTS
George Platts kicks off SFF 2018 with his Synchronous Sound Multi-Screen Experience on Sunday 4 March. We caught up with George for a taster of the night ahead and an insight into the man himself
What in a nutshell is the Synchronous Sound Multi-Screen Experience?
The synchronous bit is in your brain. There will be 3 screens showing different, but related, moving images. The three loudspeakers, one next to each screen will occasionally separately project related (to the images) brief sounds BUT the composition of the 6 elements (3 visual + 3 audio) are random so your brain goes to work to synchronise the occasional brief sounds with the moving images in a 3 dimensional space. Coincidences do happen.
How long have you been doing this?
Since 1965, when I ran a music club for fellow teenagers in a smallish Yorkshire town, Bingley.
How did you get into it?
My mother was an artist and writer. My best friend from 1955, Steve, and I liked to listen to the ‘latest’ music. I combined the two at The Turret Club, Bingley, West Yorkshire from 15th January 1965. The club closed in 1972.
I remember last year's launch night featured lots of obscure sci-fi and B-movies. Have you really watched all those films?
I mainly respond to the visual aspect of cinema. Many of the films I repeatedly watch, I watch sections of (sometimes looping them), in no particular order, playing a different sound track each time (usually the latest CD I have bought). Sometimes I become intrigued as to what the original narrative is and re-watch the film ‘properly’. I am always disappointed as the multifarious narratives I had concocted for the film surpass the original B-movie / obscure sci-fi narrative.
What's your favourite film of the last year?
Frantz. I also screened Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at a conference in Germany in July and marveled at the fact that it was a mainstream film of 1969. It was beautiful.
And of all time?
Decasia. Bill Morrison (2002)
...and Der Lauf Der Dinge. Peter Fischl & David Weiss (1987)
What else are you looking forward to at SFF?
Dressing up as an alien.
What's your favourite thing in Stroud?
Springhill Co-housing ... I live there. And Stroud Brewery pizzas.
You walk into the Prince Albert on a cold February evening. What's your first drink?
Makers Mark bourbon (no ice) and a Brewdog IPA. Cheers!
George Platts' Synchronous Sound Multi-Screen Experience is at the Prince Albert, Sunday 4 March, 4pm