The Tapeworm presents…



TTW#132 – Gabie Strong – My Body Did This To Me

Cassette only – limited edition of 100 copies
Buy on Bandcamp – shipping 25 September

A1. At Land and Sea
A2. Living in Thee Ende Tymes
B1. Post-exostoses
B2. "The Word for World is Forest"

A1: recorded live at Land And Sea, Oakland, 2019. A2: recorded at the Ende Tymes Festival 9, Silent Barn, Brooklyn, 2018. B1: recorded live at Volume at Coaxial, Los Angeles, 2017. B2: recorded live at Sagehen Creek Field Station, Experimental Forest, SNC MFA/IA Summer Residency, 2018. B2 title appropriated from Ursula Le Guin’s 1972 anti-colonial book of the same name. Gabie Strong: guitar and effects. All tracks recorded and mixed by Gabie Strong except A2: by Bob Bellerue. Mastered by Ian Wellman. Executive producer: Mike Harding. Illustration: Gabie Strong.

Gabie Strong is the founder of Crystalline Morphologies community imprint, dedicated to releasing experimental sound works by historically underserved Los Angeles women, queer and non-binary artists. She has been working in experimental music since the early 90s.

The recordings on this cassette document a series of live performances from 2017-2019 in which the Los Angeles artist Gabie Strong asks, “What does the body sound like when it is making its own music?”

A hard-of-hearing interdisciplinary artist, Strong asks us to consider that hearing is subjective, based on how the brain translates the reception of sound. Each track documents a performative questioning in which Strong suggests that being deaf is not living in silence, but rather it is navigating a highly complex and nuanced soundscape of noise that is audible only to the deaf body. For Strong, deafness comes from her own skull working against her, closing off external sounds and sending scrambled messages back to her consciousness. Captured at Ende Tymes 9 Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation, Land and Sea Oakland, Volume at Coaxial and the Sagehen Creek Field Station Experimental Forest, Strong layers the kinetic sound of contact mics running over her body and through her hair, ambiguous vocal utterances and amplified guitar feedback to create a visceral soundscape of her body.


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