Our ancestors have left us with thousands of years of human stories in the form of paintings, sculptures and artifacts. However, there is a part of prehistory that is missing. One that we know very little about.
Because the history of recorded audio is less than two centuries old, the original sounds of the ancient world have long faded away. Still, artifacts and characteristics of antiquity suggest that sound was an important element to our ancestors, and one that is important for us to examine today. Music and song have always been vehicles for memory and identity. This was especially critical to early humans where group cohesion and community support were necessary to survive and flourish.
As we explore the effects on the body that come from exposure to archaeoacoustic sounds, what can we learn, or perhaps rediscover? We are just now becoming aware that these lost sounds can release Dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a chemical that plays a role in how we feel pleasure, as well as how we think and plan. The same area of the brain that processes melody and the arrangement of notes also deals with the spacial visualizing of objects in three dimensions. Is it pure coincidence then, that the major behavioural changes that prehistoric human societies experienced, like notions of monetary value, individual status and power, and of material things emerged rather suddenly in the same period of time as these early monuments?
It seems that we lost something back then and have never looked back. Human existence now faces great challenges ahead. Can awareness help us consciously reprogram our value system and our relationship with nature?
Megaliths, Music and the Mind looks to go deeper into these mysteries than any documentary has delved. The modern tradition of exploring a single site or a single area of specialty is missing the mark by a huge margin. This film takes a very different road of discovery. By sharing scientific research and collecting pieces from an array of disciplines, we can begin to complete a mosaic and see how these pieces enrich each other in this remarkable composite.
The OTS Foundation for Neolithic Studies is spearheading this film because this story demands a fresh approach with those at the forefront of this subject. Perhaps some of mankind’s greatest mysteries are at the cusp of being revealed. Megaliths, Music and the Mind will attempt to be at the center of these new discoveries.
This project is big and it’s bold, and we won’t apologize for that. We understand this won’t be for everyone. In fact, we don’t want to partner with someone that doesn’t understand the magnitude of this film. We only want to partner with someone that thinks big, wants to be a part of something very special, and perhaps, helps all of humanity at the same time.
An introductory 5-minute promotional clip is in production. More details are available on request to qualified parties.