Gayle Young is a Canadian music artist involved in composition and sound installation. As a composer and performer she developed notational systems and designed musical instruments to facilitate explorations in unusual tunings. Her music includes a wide variety of sound sources, from electronic and orchestral instruments to found objects such as stone, wood, and recordings of found sound. She combines her interests in tuning and soundscape by recording the environmental noise of highways, railways, rivers, and ocean shorelines through lengths of tuned tubing.
Young has authored the biography of Hugh Le Caine (1914-1977) the foremost Canadian inventor of electronic instruments, portraying a fertile period of invention in science and the arts from the 1940s to the 1970s. She has written extensively about sound exploration, bringing attention to the exploration and experience of sound, and edited Musicworks Magazine for many years. Her invention and performance on her microtonal instruments, the Amaranth and Columbine, have been mentioned in several publications.
She has worked with R. Murray Schafer, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Snow, Don Wherry of the Newfoundland Sound Symposium, and many other prominent names in contemporary new music. Her “AsTrees Grow” for solo piano with electronics was premiered by Xenia Pestova at Café Oto, London, in February 2017. Following this concert she was visiting artist at the University of Groningen and Den Haag’s Royal Conservatoire.