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Star Trek Movies I-X Discuss the first ten big screen outings in this forum!

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Old January 8 2014, 02:15 PM   #1
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"Blaster beam" used by Horner in The Search for Spock?

At the very end of the "How can you have a yellow alert in Spacedock?" scene in Star Trek III, there's a single bent note played on what sounds a lot like the "blaster beam" used by Jerry Goldsmith for some of the V'ger music in TMP. But it could just be some sort of electric guitar. Does anyone know for sure?
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Old January 8 2014, 03:24 PM   #2
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Re: "Blaster beam" used by Horner in The Search for Spock?

I think he did use the blaster beam instrument. Also in the Mutara Nebula battle in TWOK in some parts.
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Old January 8 2014, 03:26 PM   #3
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Re: "Blaster beam" used by Horner in The Search for Spock?

Cool. It's a good sound. Yeah, I think I remember that in the Mutara.
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Old January 8 2014, 04:36 PM   #4
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Re: "Blaster beam" used by Horner in The Search for Spock?

It was also used during Khan's first attack on the Enterprise.
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Old January 8 2014, 09:06 PM   #5
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Re: "Blaster beam" used by Horner in The Search for Spock?

This is a remarkable instrument, I was obsessed with building one for a while. Here's a video of Michael Stearns, who used it in the soundtrack for Ron Fricke's "Chronos", describing it in detail:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h8o-1IQ5G0

Instantly makes you think of the start of TMP!
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Old January 8 2014, 09:59 PM   #6
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Re: "Blaster beam" used by Horner in The Search for Spock?

I'm pleased to hear there's more than one Blaster Beam in existence.
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Old January 9 2014, 12:54 AM   #7
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Re: "Blaster beam" used by Horner in The Search for Spock?

It is the blaster beam. I had the multi-track on Trek III when we did that album and sometimes I'd just listen to it isolated.

And yes, it's in Trek II as well.
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Old January 9 2014, 02:40 PM   #8
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Re: "Blaster beam" used by Horner in The Search for Spock?

I might have to check the liner notes, but I guess the blaster beam was also used by Goldsmith for the First Contact score, wasn't it?
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Old January 11 2014, 03:05 PM   #9
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Re: "Blaster beam" used by Horner in The Search for Spock?

Are you talking about the scene on the ENT-E hull? Interesting, I'd always thought that was just a synth sound, maybe a sample, would be curious to know.
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Old January 12 2014, 12:22 AM   #10
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Re: "Blaster beam" used by Horner in The Search for Spock?

Goldsmith only used the beam in Star Trek - The Motion Picture. First Contact used synth.
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