Godzilla S.O.P.

S.O.P. stands for Standard Operating Procedure. The 1954 japanese film Godzilla has a particularity in that, far from abiding to the most basic realism logic, the sound effects bringing the monster alive were the work of music composer Akira Ikufube and experimentation with instruments. Godzilla’s roar and footsteps are otherwordly, poetically gorgeous and completely at odds with how one would imagine a giant lizard-monster to sound.

Godzilla S.O.P.

Video HD (for projection), 2-channels sound. 3’20”. 2015.

The scene is in an empty warehouse, with a lone P.A speaker on the wall that appears to broadcast the famous Godzilla roar. As the video progresses, the camera moves ever closer to the source of the sound in the most pared-down version of the classic nar- rative arc of big monster films such as Godzilla.
While the camera draws closer to the roar seemingly document- ing the scene; the footsteps (the other Godzilla sound effect are treated in an extra diegetic manner and adding a layer of materi- ality to the narrative’s progression.

Watch the video here: https://vimeo.com/153153786