BEAM SPLITTER is a duo for amplified voice, trombone and analog electronics. Utilizing the pure sounds of acoustic and closely amplified sound sources, the duo joins together two individual voices into a distinct dialog that delves beyond the borders of the corporeal elements of extended technique and sound. There is an intimacy and conflict that becomes evident as the two personas intertwine, in moments joining together seamlessly and in the next, being left with the feeling of irrevocable fracture. The two manage between these extremes with a kind of improvised grace that reveals an effort towards a common goal. It is an honest metaphor for a human relationship in process that even in the most serene moments can leave one raw and entirely exposed.
Since beginning their collaboration in 2015, BEAM SPLITTER have been extensively touring the globe, in Europe, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Taiwan and the USA. They have presented their music in a wide variety of spaces, taken part in larger commissioned works at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires and largely conceptualized a theatrical adaptation of MEDEA in front of the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine (for butoh dancers and musicians) produced by the Ukho Agency. They have shared their collaborative projects with artists such as Phil Minton, Bob Ostertag, Valentin Tszin, Flavia Ghisalberti and the Norwegian duo, Streifenjunko, with Eivind Lønning and Espen Reinertsen.
"BEAM SPLITTER’s album is quite something. Meticulously realised trombone scapes combine elegantly with an extraordinary array of virtuosic vocal formant manipulations. Always inventive, often deeply emotive, this is a beautiful duo."
— Chris Abrahams (The Necks)
"Slow in motion, yet quick in phrasing, BEAM SPLITTER swings precariously from trapeze bars, spinning wingless above the ground, taunting Mother Earth to claim gravity’s fugitives."
— Todd Gruel, A closer listen (USA)
"BEAM SPLITTER forges a sonic depiction of urban density, a sea of diverse voices and personalities. During their set, they leapt into action with fierce momentum. Their sound is rich with extended technique, their distinct voices channel breath with precision and a fluid display of volume dynamics. (...) Voice and trombone may have radically different constructions, but each is similarly a tube of air that projects sound when it strikes resistance with a vibrating object.”
— Phillip Wayne Greenlief, Artforum