My singing practice takes inspiration from Tuvan and Mongolian overtone singing, Inuit throat singing, sound poetry and an ongoing exploration of extra-normal vocal technique.
I also take influence from industrial musick, trance, and drone; insight meditation practice, urban/industrial shamanism and chaos magick; feminist, queer and trans praxis; and Discordianism.
As a researcher, I have interests in feminist, queer and trans politics, intersectionality and ethical engagements with postmodern culture(s), with a focus on writing against normative narratives. A critical engagement with the ethics of performance, cultural appropriation and privilege form the core of my praxis. I use the moniker Sage Pbbbt for vocal performance work and my name Sage J Harlow for writing.
I recently complete my PhD entitled ‘Giving voice to the extra-normal self with the extra-normal voice: Improvised exploration through the realms of shamanic chaos magick, insight meditation and gender performance.’ You can read it here if you like.
Sometimes I play the drums. Sometimes I write pieces of musick.
I recognise the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of this country. I recognise the the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation as the traditional custodians of the land where I live (Perth, Western Australia).
As a band we are:
Experimental, avant garde, free improvisation, black metal, chaos magick, ritual, drone, shamanic black metal, discordian, silly, sound poetry...
Voice, drums, bass, samples.
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This documentary about overtone singing was published in 2010. Now for the 10 years anniversary it is available in full length here. ENJOY!
Harmonic Singing (also known as overtone singing) has the power to move us deeply. It is an ancient form of…