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or Rich Aucoin, scoring a movie and writing an album are two acts that are completely interchangeable. For all three of his albums, including his most recent Ephemeral, Aucoin has used films to guide his way through the creation of records. By attempting to “soundtrack” films, the creative process is focused from the inception of the record. “It’s a great way to lay out the architectural groundwork for making the record itself,” says. “Before I start writing the song I know the song lengths. Those are the things that are nice, in the creative layout.” His debut EP, Personal Publication, Aucoin used How The Grinch Stole Christmas to lay out the tone and plot of his first album. However, after a cease and desist notice from the Dr. Seuss estate, he decided to only sync his albums with public domain films. For his debut album We’re All Dying To Live, he took a little more creative control over the film he decided should be “soundtracked.” “When I couldn’t find one source that fit as well as the first one, I took all the 100 films I watched and cut them into a narrow film that thematically pulled together what I planned to make a record about.” For the newest addition to his discography, Aucoin has used the 1979 claymation film The Little Prince as inspiration. “It works as a film to sync up with. It’s my favourite book with a lot of great ideas in it that I felt I could write songs about.”

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The Gateway: Volume 105, Issue 6  

The September 10, 2014 issue of The Gateway.

The Gateway: Volume 105, Issue 6  

The September 10, 2014 issue of The Gateway.

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