Gayle Young began in the late 1970s to present concerts as a composer/performer, playing microtonal music on two acoustic instruments of her own design. She writes for both orchestral and electronic instruments, and has also been involved in soundscape for many years, using pre-recorded and audio in her work. She has written many articles on her own work and that of other artists, addressing issues related to contemporary sound arts. Young wrote the biography of Hugh Le Caine (1914-1977), an early inventor of electronic music instruments, and is the publisher of Musicworks Magazine. She has collaborated with visual artist Reinhard Retizenstein on several sound installations.