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White Out is a two piece experimental music group from New York that formed in winter 1995, whose aim is to create “an incendiary new music”. The bands core members are Tom Surgal and Lin Culbertson, but they often work with other musicians, most notably renowned producer/musician/filmmaker Jim O’Rourke on two albums.

Soon after they formed, the highly charged “freakout” style of the group’s early live shows quickly established their reputation as ones to watch. Using a uniquely diverse arsenal of instruments (including analog synthesizers, autoharp, flute, drums, gongs, bells, chains, etc. ), they attempted to develop a radically new and fluid sound, and to this end decided on an open-ended invitation to other like minded musicians to join them both live and on record.

The first of their albums, Red Shift, came out in 1998 on Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace! label. Moore has collaborated with the band in the live arena and been a long-time supporter. Red Shift was a collaboration with David Nuss, long time member of experimental New York group No-Neck Blues Band. It was described as “son-of-a-Bitches Brew” in a complimentary review in Alternative Press.

Their second album, Drunken Little Mass, came out in 2000 also on Ecstatic Peace!, and featured another renowned collaborator in the shape of Grammy Award winning rock renaissance man Jim O’Rourke. This time their work was described by XLR8R as “an improvised intergalactic escapade into the nether regions of the universe… a universe of chaos, tension and beauty.”

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