White Out is a sound terrorist collective of two arising from the freedom charged excitement that is NY improv. Armed with an arsenal of live analogue electronics, and infinite percussion: Tom Surgal and Lin Culbertson have conspired to create a new music of the moment.
White Out emerged in the fall of 1995, a time when spontaneous composition was starting to gain an audience the likes of which it had not enjoyed since the golden era of the 1970s Jazz loft scene. White Out quickly established it's reputation as formidable exponents of the art of improvisation, employing a unique instrumentation consisting of vintage synthesizers, treated voice, electric autoharp, flute, trap drums, metal and miscellaneous percussion; the band immediately forged an original sound.
White Out has recently been experimenting with expanding its normal line-up to include guest artists. The participants to date have included Mike Watt, Nels Cline, Elliott Sharp, Kevin Drumm and Thurston Moore. (The latter a long time collaborator of Surgal's with whom he has joined forces with on a series of recordings and has performed with at a number of international festivals including Victoriaville, Carnegie Melon, Vels, and Taklos to date.) White Out's first album Red Shift, on Moore's Ecstatic Peace label, drew critical acclaim upon its release. Dubbed "son-of-a-Bitches Brew" by Alternative Press, it exists as a live sonic legacy of one band, one night, and one sterling engineer in Brent McLachlan (Bailterspace, The Gordons). It has been favorably compared to everything from Sun Ra to AMM to Kluster to the entire ESP-disk catalog. The second release Drunken Little Mass, also on Ecstatic Peace, features Jim O'Rourke on guitar and powerbook. XL8R calls the release "an improvised intergalactic escapade into the nether regions of the universe... a universe of chaos, tension and beauty."