And there was music

2020 • 53' • French & English

Poster of And there was music

Director(s): Pascal Goblot • Producer(s): Grand Angle Productions • Coproducer(s): ARTE • Format(s): HD

Music is everywhere: in bars, churches, shops, ritual ceremonies, in the headphones of our smartphones, in both public places and private places ...

It adopts an infinite number of different forms, as varied as the forms of the living world. Everything around us happens as if music had proliferated over time, transforming itself through a series of mutations.

How to explain this universality and diversity? Would it be possible to go back to a source? To an origin? Let's try to jump back in time, to the sources of music.

To answer these questions, we will go in search of archaeological traces, trying to reconstruct what the music of our ancestors could have been. We will start with the oldest known instrument: a bone flute whose age is now estimated at more than 40,000 years old! We will then explore other traces of music in prehistory: archaeological remains that we interpret today as instruments, engravings and paintings, and all that we can deduce from the Cro-Magnon’s relationship to music.

Through the story of this journey, through image and sound, this film will seek to show how music, ultimately, is inseparable from our humanity.

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