BEAM started life as a high-tech music weekender at Brunel University in 2011, devised by Artistic Director Sarah Nicolls to explore the potential physicality of electronic music. It was a playground of homemade instruments and sonic installations, to listen to, watch and learn how to create physically living electronic music. The focus on electronic music being created LIVE was explored through a programme of performances, demonstrations, installations and workshops. BEAM brought together a global audience of artists, researchers, DiY electronics builders and enthusiasts, from beginners to veterans.
In 2014, BEAM featured as the curatorial arm of NIME 2014 (New Interfaces for Musical Expression). In 2015 and 2016, BEAM@CHELTENHAM ran as an installation at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.