Music // Sound // Visuals



Lin Culbertson is a composer and musician living in New York City.

My audio work aspires to create otherworldly soundscapes using elements captured from the surrounding environment. I incorporate videotaped screen grabs and still photographs that I transfigure into the sonic realm, using the computer to manipulate and transform them. The new sounds created by this process originate in the natural world, but are far removed from our direct experience or recognition of them. I then employ a wide palette of sonic materials which are assembled into layered compositions that resonate as both familiar and alien. All of my compositions include some element of chance or indeterminacy, either through use of a graphic score, or within the genesis of the source material itself.

Musician and composer Lin Culbertson’s experience as an improvisor greatly informs her sound work. Her compositions are comprised of synthesized sounds, field recordings, and conventional instruments, and incorporate aspects of indeterminacy in their arrangement and performance. The influence of her graphic design background is evident in the use of graphic scores and visual translation software to include non-musical elements in the sound creation process. She is a founding member of the improvisational unit WHITE OUT, and has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including Tom Surgal, Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, Nels Cline, William Winant, Zeena Parkins, Mike Watt, C Spencer Yeh, Carlos Giffoni, Marina Rosenfeld, Andrea Parkins, and David Linton among many others.

Lin earned a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from the University of Wisconsin, where her studies focused on Contemporary Composition, Electronic Music Production, Javanese Gamelan Performance, Ethnomusicology, and Studio Art. Additional studies included photography with Roy DeCarava at Hunter College, and graphic design at The School of Visual Arts SVA and Pratt Institute.

You can also visit for more information on WHITE OUT’s activities.


You can see additional examples of visual design work on these websites:







I would love to collaborate on your next project.

If you have something you would like to discuss, please get in touch.

Lin Culbertson

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