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The Quilcom HYPERBEAM: Have a Blast!!

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The Quilcom HYPERBEAM: Have a Blast!!

Postby Spogg » Thu Nov 17, 2022 4:45 pm

As is often the case someone asked me to have a go at an instrument I’d never heard of before, in this case a “Blaster Beam”.

You can’t buy one for yourself so anyone who wants one has to make it. Craig Huxley’s is built on a 5 meter long girder and has 24 strings all tuned in unison. Electromagnetic pickups and contact mics are the sound source. Other people have made their own variations but the main use is for making deeply pitched and weird sound effects, as heard on Star Trek and other movies.

If you search for Blaster Beam on YouTube you’ll see and hear examples and because there are so many variations and methods of playing and expression I decided this would not be a “SIM”: It’s my personal take on the principle rather than a simulation.

Here’s the download:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/n2uckev45agkt ... 0.zip?dl=0

And here’s the video:

https://youtu.be/1tKCcq4lnLs
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Re: The Quilcom HYPERBEAM: Have a Blast!!

Postby deraudrl » Thu Nov 17, 2022 6:31 pm

Very cool...glad you took me up on this! 8-)
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Re: The Quilcom HYPERBEAM: Have a Blast!!

Postby R&R » Thu Nov 17, 2022 10:26 pm

Spock himself would have approved! and V-ger... ;)

This should be posted on all ST fan sites. Period.
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Re: The Quilcom HYPERBEAM: Have a Blast!!

Postby Spogg » Fri Nov 18, 2022 7:31 am

deraudrl wrote:Very cool...glad you took me up on this! 8-)

Thanks! I honestly couldn't remember who had suggested it :oops:
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Re: The Quilcom HYPERBEAM: Have a Blast!!

Postby martinvicanek » Sun Nov 20, 2022 10:13 am

This is totally insane!! Love it! :D
A while ago I challenged people to create the weirdest sound ever. Well, the Quilcom HYPERBEAM clearly wins the contest.
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Re: The Quilcom HYPERBEAM: Have a Blast!!

Postby k brown » Thu Nov 24, 2022 11:00 am

'The Beam' was also heard on the Apocalypse Now soundtrack - Mickey Hart had one; heard on a couple of his Rhythm Devils and Planet Drum albums too.
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Keen to give this a listen!
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