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rec.music.gdead FAQ, pt. 1 of 2 (downloaded may 2 1995)

11) What is that weird thing that Mickey plays during Space? -------------------------------------------------------- It is called "The Beam", a long aluminum I-beam with twelve piano strings streched along its length; the vibration of the strings is sensed by a very large magnetic pickup. The sound is amplified through Myers speakers and sub-woofers, whose loudness can be varied with a foot-pedal allowing a controlled degree of acoustic feedback. The best example of the Beam is on the Rythm Devil's "The Apocalypse Now Sessions". The Beam is used heavily, but most notably on the track, "Napalm for Breakfast". Pittsburgh 06/26/88, Shoreline 06/16/90, and Buffalo 06/06/92 are good examples of the Beam in concert.


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