Missing 'Serial'? We've Got Some Music for You

Mark Henry Phillips
Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival 

Mark Henry Phillips at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at Tribeca Film Festival Press Lounge on April 18, 2014 in New York City. 

On Thursday morning (Dec. 18), the final episode of Serial -- that's NPR's zeigeist-capturing true-crime podcast -- released the final episode of its first season.

Already in withdrawal? While a second season of the show, focusing on a whole new story, is forthcoming, in the meantime, you can listen to all the music from the show below. Available on iTunes now, Mark Henry Phillips' 20-track project scored the majority of the show. (Nick Thorburn is responsible for the theme song and much of the music in the first two episodes.) Phillips is also responsible for all the sound mixing for the podcast. 

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"When we were first discussing working together, I told them I wanted to approach it more like a film than a podcast," Phillips said in a release. "Often that means having simpler music that creeps in and doesn't really announce itself to the listener. There's an adage that the best score is one that doesn't get noticed at all, and I really aimed for that."

Phillips notes that just as host Sarah Keonig was working down to the wire for each episode, so was he. "Sometimes I only had 20 minutes to get a piece sounding good," Phillips explained in a release. "But in a way it was liberating. You can't really get caught up in the small stuff like how the bass sounds. I was forced to focus on the bigger picture: how can the music help the story?" 


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