Scenes at Nightfall is an audio composition in the tradition of reassembling. It is composed from bits of recordings made over the years with musicians such as Pamela Z, Joseph Celli, Jesse Gilbert, Diedre Murray and others. It also draws on natural sounds from the composer’s large archive of recorded material, including the melting of an Alaskan iceberg and the cries of wolves. All the sounds, including the instrumental sounds, were digitally manipulated and processed.
The work was begun in late 2010 when Thorington began culling through her archive to select materials for a series of short — but related — sound compositions. In Scenes of Nightfall, she should be thought of as a re-assembler, and the work as a reclaiming of old territory. The title refers both to the coming of night as we generally think of it, and to old age or aging.
Helen Thorington is a writer and sound composer whose radio and sound/music compositions have been aired nationally and internationally for the past thirty years. Producer of one of the first audio art works to be broadcast on National Public Radio (US, 1978), Thorington subsequently received commissions for radio work from RAI (Italy), RNE (Spain) and ORF (Austria), among others. Her “Parrot Talk” won First Prize in Macrophon ’91, the First International Festival of Radio Art, Wroclaw, Poland. Thorington has also created compositions for film and installation that have been premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, the Whitney Biennial and the Whitney Museum Performance Series. She has produced three narrative works for the web, and from 1998-2001 played a principal artistic role in the cutting-edge multi-location performance work, “Adrift.” Thorington has also composed for the Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company. She is the founder and co-director of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.; the national weekly radio series, New American Radio (1987-1998); the Turbulence.org and Somewhere.org websites; two internationally acclaimed blogs, Networked_Performance and Networked_Music_Review; and Networked a [networked_book] about [networked_art].