Major Seven Studio, Amarillo, Texas.    Photo by Randall Derrick ©2015

Writing the Soundtrack for Perjury of Time

by Matt Lemburg

          When Randall asked me to compose the soundtrack for Perjury of Time I was initially skeptical that I would be able to create a worthy backdrop for such a diverse and interesting film. But I took as inspiration the line from the beginning of the narration which says, "The Llano Estacado can be one hell of a miserable place...." The story is dramatic and heart-breaking. I hope you will find the music of Perjury of Time to be equally fitting. This is a desolate place but there is much beauty to behold in the landscape, the people who call it home and the stories we tell about surviving here. My only hope is that the music of this film transports you into a realm which allows you to connect with the past; to feel something of what it meant for our ancestors to live and breathe and that by doing so you may feel deeply the weight of the precious gift of life wherever you may be.

The Importance of Soundtrack in Perjury of Time
by Randall Derrick

          The first thing that comes to mind when I think of this project and the sound is how important the soundtrack was for the success of the project. A low budget filmmaker like myself doesn’t always have a lot of options during production so I was incredibly lucky to get Matt Lemburg to compose and perform the soundtrack for the film Perjury of Time.

I think it was George Lucas that once said audio in a movie is about 70% of the film and using that one rule I didn’t hesitate to accept Matt's agreement to work with me on this project. I read a lot and discovered a few articles by master editors like Walter Murch and only then did I discover the real essence of a soundtrack for film. Suddenly the term “original motion picture soundtrack” took on this special meaning. The tools, the technology, the methods and their complexities created a completely new world.

Early on I chose a few songs from the desert noir band Calexico that I thought would enhance the mood of the story. Calexico’s Gypsy’s Curse presented an eloquent low “A” style-tone that captured the serious nature of the storyline and other songs like All the Pretty Horses and Two Silver Trees put a bass rhythm that authenticated the underlying theme of impending disaster.

I think Matt was also influenced by the unused U2 motion picture soundtrack Passengers. Another influential soundtrack was the Peter Gabriel soundtrack from the film The Last Temptation of Christ. If you’ve heard either one of those you’ll understand the level of quality typical in most motion picture audio. After I took the first delivery of a few songs I mixed Matts songs with U2’s in a playlist. When I played The Chase and The Chase: Aftermath I could not tell the difference. I honestly had to take a look at the playlist to tell whose song was playing. At that point I knew I would get a high quality result.

In the end, the quality of the narrative, the visuals and the storyline were organically elevated by the soundtrack to a level that really made the film complete. There is no question in my mind the original motion picture soundtrack for the film Perjury of Time by Matt Lemburg is, sincerely, as good as it gets. Thank you Matt.

Produced by the Genius Coalition