We are all born blind, but we can hear long before we are born. In the womb we are immersed in a continuous bath of sound - a sonorous continuum - dominated by our mother’s voice and especially by her powerful heartbeat. In Beat it! we go back to our earliest musical memories for six days, as percussion and beats reveal the link between old and new music and between Western and non-European music and dance. Iconic works by Stockhausen and Dufourt, percussion grand masters such as Keiko Abe and Martin Grubinger, and brand-new works by Verstockt and Henderickx are the beating heart of this percussion festival.