The Nature of Music, Part 1 - Sources and Sorcery (1988)

Genres - Culture & Society, Music  |   Sub-Genres - Social History  |   Run Time - 48 min.  |  
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Sources & Sorcery is the first installment of a three-part documentary called The Nature of Music. Produced, written, and directed by award-winning musical filmmaker Jeremy Marre, this globe-trotting program unveils the great diversity of music that humanity has created. Highlights include "throat-singing" by Inuit Eskimos in Alaska. The technique involves an imitation of sounds found in nature, which traditionally features women singers facing each other, each using the other's mouth as a resonator. The documentary examines the importance of music to various cultures around the world, and the variations in what is considered music. The other parts of the documentary are titled The Nature of Music, Pt. 2 -- Songs and Symbols and The Nature of Music, Pt. 3 -- Legends and Labels.

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culture [social culture], music, tradition