Sunday 5PM Jan. 11: TO HEAR THE MUSIC to air on WGBH, Boston’s PBS station.
January 7, 2015 § 1 Comment
Charles Brenton Fisk worked with Robert Oppenheimer as an 18-yr-old whiz kid on the Manhattan Project, building the A-bomb, before turning from the physics of destruction to music, his first love, and building tracker action pipe organs out of Gloucester Massachusetts. He died in 1983, but his uniquely collaborative shop continues to build “The King of Instruments” in much the same way it was built in the time of Bach. On the surface a film about process, To Hear The Music follows the development of a single instrument, Opus 139, from initial design meetings through every aspect of building and testing, to a celebratory Easter inaugural at Memorial Church, Harvard University, Fisk’s alma mater. But the documentary also speaks about much more – about the creation of a product built to last in a world of disposability; about a model workplace, where every craftsman’s voice is heard; about the marriage of craft and art that the man Fisk valued above all else; and about the music itself, which provides glorious accompaniment as a sum of diverse parts comes to life in To Hear The Music.