This is an extensive article by Malcolm Gay of The Boston Globe that provides a lot of information with not a lot of hyperbole — except in the headline and lead statement:
“The passionate and proudly obscure world of organ building is torn over a revolutionary digital organ created by a Needham company.”
I surely understand and agree with “passionate,” but I’ve never heard organ builders or organ building as “proudly obscure.” Personally, I have never been refused entrance to a shop; nearly always those in the shop are proud to show me and others their work and answer all question. This does not strike me as obscure.
In the photo above, we see a man seated in the aisle of a church in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Doug Marshall wasn’t thrilled with what he heard.
Seated at a makeshift desk at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, the organ maker ascended the keys of a plastic keyboard he’d propped on a pew to his side. A laptop glowed before him. But the real object of his attention stood by the altar: Opus 10, his newly minted digital organ with four keyboards, a gleaming shell of burnished wood, and the full sonic force, filigree, and thunder of 9,000 pipes — all without a pipe to be found.
I am pleased to see an article that presents the quality, the effort and care, and the modern techniques and equipment used in creating an excellent organ sound. It’s so easy to present attention-grabbing performers and overuse the word “revolutionary” because you really can’t think of anything else to write and you won’t take the time to find out the necessary information to create a balanced and informative article. Malcolm Gay did a fine job here.