Grand Angle Productions

And there was music

Music is everywhere : in bars, churches, shops, ritual ceremonies, our smartphones' headphones, in both public 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 can we 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, an estimated  40,000 years old a bone flute. We will then explore other traces of music in prehistory : archaeological remains that we consider 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 shows how music is ultimately inseparable from our humanity.

Data sheet

Poster of And there was music

Director : Pascal Goblot

Producers : Grand Angle Productions

Co-producers : ARTE

Format : HD

Year of production : 2020

Duration : 53'