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Star Trek: Picard brings back this classic effect from The Motion Picture

Jean Luc Picard and The Motion Picture

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Jean Luc Picard and The Motion Picture

Say what you will aboutStar Trek: The Movie‘ but it’s hard to deny the incredible soundtrack that accompanied the film. Created by Composer Jerry Goldsmith, the score contained five different motifs that accompanied specific characters and situations. And the opening fanfare for the film, known as “The Enterprise,” was loved by Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. According to movie tracksthe Great Bird of the Galaxy, ensured this new Trek theme was coupled with Alexander Courage’s original Trek music for his new show, Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Some may quote the beautiful music known as “Iliad theme‘, which helped deepen the subtle romance between Commander Decker (Stephen Collins) and Ilia (Persis Khabatta) as the best of the film. Others may argue that it was music that Goldsmith was created for the klingons or the haunting music to “The cloud.” But the undeniable fact is that Goldsmith somehow captured the wonder and emptiness of space through his music.

Part of how Goldsmith achieved that dark sound — the deep, empty, electrical noise — was actually created by someone else on his team. This person, inventor, actor and musician, it is Craig Huxley. He created the musical instrument that produced these galactic sounds for The Motion Picture.


The Blaster Beam

The instrument is known as “The Blaster Beam”. To on Huxley’s website, the 18-foot instrument “is strung with numerous taut wires under which magnetic and piezoelectric pickups are attached. Sounders can be moved to change the sounds produced. The instrument is played by striking, rubbing, slamming and plucking the strings with fingers, sticks, whistles and even large bullet casings.”

Huxley’s appearance in “The Motion Picture” led to more work for the Blaster Beam, including “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” Huxley’s instrument is featured in the JJ Abrams film 10 Cloverfield Lane and in the Stephen King horror film Dr. Sleeping.” The Blaster Beam can also be heard in episodes of Seth McFarlane’s homage to “Star Trek” – “The Orville”. He also contributed to “Star Trek II” and “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” for the synths contributed that were heard during the Genesis Effect animation.


Huxley at the 4K launch of The Motion Picture.

Although he invented and patented the Blaster Beam in 1984, Huxley is a versatile musician. He played the piano on theET” film music for the legendary composer John Williams. He played the synthesizer in Michael Jackson’s “ET” Storybook Album. Huxley also performed on Jackson’s albums Bad and Thriller.

A well-trained ear can hear Huxley on James Ingram’s ’80s hit “Yah Mo B There.” Michael McDonald.

It turns out that Huxley’s story with Star Trek extends beyond The Motion Picture. As a child, he also appeared in the episodes “The Original Series”, “Operation: Annihilate” and “And The Children Shall Lead”. According to Memory AlphaHe is referred to by his first name, Craig Hundley, in these episodes.


“Picard: Season 3”


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Most “Star Trek” fans know by now that Patrick Stewart et al the main actors from “The Next Generation” return for “Picard: Season 3.” Judging by his public comments and tweetsHis showrunner, Terry Matalas, is doing his best to ensure that the final season of “Picard” will be unforgettable.

That means Huxley and his incredible Blaster Beam will be part of the soundtrack. Thanks to a post on Huxley’s websitehe will join the show’s composer Stephen Barton to put the music together.

If the Blaster Beam returns, does that mean fans will see V’Ger too? It would certainly be a fun addition to Picard: Season 3. Though Huxley’s sound is closely tied to the robot character, fans didn’t see it V’Ger since the end of The Motion Picture.

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Brian Ashcraft

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