The composer of Telling Lies has revealed that she did not see footage from the game when composing the score.
In a new video from Annapurna Interactive, musician Nainita Desai said that she composed the soundtrack for Telling Lies by analysing detailed character notes and a draft of the script. Desai notes that director Sam Barlow is “incredibly thorough” with his notes.
Each of the game’s four characters has their own theme, which Desai claims must have a “duplicitous quality about it,” revealing the true motives of the characters as the story unfolds.
“I’ve had to step into each character’s shoes and totally inhabit their personalities,” Desai said.
After the main tracks had been recorded, the musicians experimented with some improvisation, trying different techniques to introduce “chaos” to the score.
The game’s soundtrack ultimately used fifteen string instruments, some woodwind instruments, a flute, clarinet, piano, and a harp.
Barlow unveiled the first information about the political thriller in July 2017, and revealed the game’s cast in January 2019. The game, a spiritual successor to Barlow’s previous title Her Story, was released for iOS, macOS, and PC on August 23, 2019.