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There is No Death, There Are No Dead

In 1970, while at the Eastman School of Music, I chanced upon a notice on the composition department's bulletin board. The note asked for any composer interested in doing the music for a student film at the Rochester Institute of Technology across town.
The note stayed up there for two weeks. I asked the department head about it and he said that I was the first person to inquire.
I contacted the person involved, one Robert 'Bob' Kiger. He was working on a documentary film on the religion of American Spiritualism. We talked and, with my religious background, he decided I would do the music for the film.
I credited this one choice in my two years at Eastman as setting the direction of my life from that point on. I also met Bernie Laramie who, along with his family, would later become a great friend and employer. Together we shot the film over the summer of 1970 in New York and Pennsylvania. I recorded the music before shooting began, giving us a mood to shoot with.

Not only did I write the music for the film, but I also carried all sound on the film and dabbled in some editing.

The film, There Is No Death, There Are No Dead, is listed in the Library of Congress as the definitive film on the subject of Spiritualism.
Myself, Kiger, and Laramie all moved out to Los Angeles in 1971 and 1972. We established The Videography Company, one of the first videotape production and post-production studios. We helped establish videotape methods and guidelines that are still applied today. And we pioneered the technique of shooting on film, transferring the film to videotape for editing in the tape format.
Each of us have since scattered to other areas of the Industry or have dropped out of it completely.

Richard Audd

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