'Telling Lies' - Original Video Game Soundtrack Available Soon
New York, NY (Top40 Charts) The Original Video Game Soundtrack to Annapurna Interactive's 'Telling Lies', with original music by Nainita Desai, is releasing digitally alongside the video game's launch on Friday, August 23 on Annapurna Interactive, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play, Shazam and Tidal. The score, performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra (Phantom Thread, You Were Never Really Here), features an intimate string section, woodwinds, piano and harp, as well as unique extended playing techniques such as 'Spectral Scrubbing', for an airy floaty feel. Additionally, Desai utilized modern classical music techniques, introducing an element of chaos and visceral edginess.
From Sam Barlow, creator of 'Her Story' and 'Silent Hill: Shattered Memories', 'Telling Lies' is an investigative thriller game with deep non-linear narrative storytelling that revolves around a cache of secretly recorded video conversations. Hailing from Hollywood films and TV shows such as X-Men, Halt and Catch Fire and Westworld, the game's stellar cast includes Logan Marshall-Green, Alexandra Shipp, Kerry Bishé and Angela Sarafyan.
"I have always had a love of the spy, thriller, covert intelligence, hacking genres, so for me this was a dream project. Sam Barlow approached me because he wanted someone with experience of cinematic storytelling sensibilities and I believe this hybrid form between film and gaming is the future of entertainment. We kick started the process by creating a musical mood board drawing on a variety of film and musical inspirations such as Francis Ford Copolla's The Conversation, to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to Philip Glass and many other noir and modern classical music references - it really helped us hone down the core of what we were trying to say emotionally. I didn't want to utilize any synthetic electronic elements - this had to be pure and raw where you hear the intimate relationship between the player and their instrument. The intention was to connect the player directly to the emotional core of the story, so as the game was being developed, Sam and I had in depth conversations about the characters, the multiple facets of their personalities and their dramatic arcs. I felt organic textures that had a dark beauty about them would suit the overall vibe of the game. Working purely from the script with no visuals at all was an inspiring challenge. I didn't have a visual mood board or film to watch, so I had to rely on the words on the page to pick up the essence of each character. Distilling each character down to a single piece of music was the big challenge but Sam is extremely collaborative, open minded and gave me great illustrative analogies to work with." - Nainita Desai, composer.
To get an impression of this fascinating medium, please watch the teaser trailer for 'Telling Lies', for which Nainita Desai's title theme won the 2019 Music+Sound Award for Best Original Composition In A Gaming Trailer / Promo:
The composer explains: "The main title is one of my favorite tracks - it was the last piece to be written and having lived with the script for over two years, I felt I could do the game justice by encapsulating the world of the game in a piece that has dissonant, violent, unsettling qualities. I also have a soft spot for the piece Intimacy - it's a dark intoxicating waltz that's seductive and lures you in."
1. Telling Lies - Midnight
6. Telling Lies - Dawn
Working at the forefront of a new wave of artists, Nainita is a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit who has written hundreds of bespoke TV series and film scores for broadcasters ranging from the BBC to HBO and C4 to Netflix. Her most recent projects include For Sama (C4/PBS), directed by Emmy award winners Ed Watts and Waad Al-Kateeab, which has to date won numerous top prizes including Best Documentary at SXSW, HOTDOCS, Sheffield, and Cannes Film Festival 2019, as well as the upcoming feature film The Reason I Jump (BFI | Met Films), directed by award winner Jerry Rothwell.
Desai won a Music+Sound Award in 2016 for "Best Original Music in a Feature Film," and in 2019 for "Best Original Composition in a Gaming Trailer / Promo." She is a GOPO Romania Film Awards Nominee 2019 and NaturVision 2019 Winner for "Best Film Score" for Untamed Romania, and RTS West Award 2019 "Best Music" nominee for BBC NHU series Extraordinary Rituals. Nainita's recent feature releases include, WW2 thriller Enemy Within, and psychological horror Darkness Visible.
Working in a wide range of musical genres, Nainita moves seamlessly between working with orchestras including the London Contemporary Orchestra (Phantom Thread, There Will Be Blood) and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, to ethnic influenced music utilizing her collection of custom made instruments from around the world, incorporating electronics, found sound and experimental sound design. She has also written songs which have led to collaborations with artists including Eivor (The Last Kingdom).
Nainita's musical foundations are rooted in sound design, world music and documentary, where she has forged an enviable reputation working with leading filmmakers on numerous projects that have garnered OSCAR, BAFTA, EMMY, CANNES awards and nominations.