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.
I write text scores.
Sometimes I play the drums. Sometimes I play the theremin. Sometimes I play bass. (I also write weird, finger-picky, classical-guitary-sounding things for solo acoustic bass guitar.)
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).