HELEN THORINGTON is a writer and composer, whose interests until recently
have focused on radio as a creative medium. The composer of numerous radio
compositions for national and international distribution, including
commissions for RAI (Italian radio); RNE (Spanish Radio) ; and ORF
(Austrian radio), Thorington has also composed sound scores for
installations and films that have appeared in the Berlin Film Festival and
the Whitney Museum of American Art's Biennial Exhibitions. Recently she has
created text and sound compositions for the new media.These include
North Country, distributed in 1995/96 on radio and CD-ROM and adapted in
1996 for the World Wide Web.
Thorington is the executive producer of New Radio and Performing Arts'
World Wide Web site (http://www.somewhere.org) which launched in February
1996. "somewhere" includes the TURBULENCE site, where one can hear, see
and participate in artists' works created especially for the web. She is
also the originator and executive producer of NEW AMERICAN RADIO, the only
national weekly series of radio works commissioned from artists nationwide
NICK DIDKOVSKY is a guitarist, composer, and computer music programmer. In
1983, Didkovsky founded the avant-garde rock septet Doctor Nerve, which has
released five CD's on Cuneiform Records. His current project, a new
composition for Doctor Nerve and the Sirius String Quartet, was
commissioned by The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and The Jerome
Foundation, and will premiere at the FIMAV Festival in Victoriaville,
Quebec, in May 1997.
Didkovsky is also a member of the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet. He composes
for a variety of other ensembles, including the Bang On A Can All-Stars,
and the Steve Schick/Maya Beiser duo.
Didkovsky presently resides in New York City.
BRENDA NIELSON is a performance artist and writer. Her first feature film,
Out of the Blue, directed by Dennis Hopper, enjoyed world-wide release and
was selected for competition in the Cannes Film Festival. Her screenplay,
Deadly Pursuit is in development, and The Revolting Mistress will be
produced by Triptych Media, Toronto and has been invited for consideration
by the Sundance Feature Film Lab.
Nielson has worn several theatrical hats as writer, director, actor,
choreographer, and songwriter. She has also collaborated with several
music artists as lyricist and librettist, including including John Oswald
of "Plunderphonics" fame. She co-directed diva Shelley Hirsch in her
performance work and toured with her in Northern Europe. Nielson is a
founding member of Manhattan Art Project (M.A.P) developing installation
and performance projects, notably the well-received Corner Office (1994)
in Wall Street.
Nielson currently resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her son, Benjamin.
BROOKS WILLIAMS has worked for the last sixteen years creating music for
film, television, dance and live performance. In 1982, with Charlie
Mendoza and Beo Morales, he formed the performance trio, History of
Unheard Music. For five years they performed in New York and Europe and
released three albums. In 1992, Morales and Williams scored, designed and
mixed the sound for David Blair's award-winning cult film, "Wax, or the
Discovery of Television Among the Bees", the first film to be broadcast
over the Internet.
In 1993 Williams received the "Best Use of Sound" award from the Canadian
International Film Festival for the short film, "Robert Manhole In 1994,
he was nominated for a British Academy Award for Best Sound for the
documentary "Hookers, Hustlers, Pimps and their Johns", directed by Beeban
Kidron. Among Brooks' more recent accomplishments is the music and sound
design for Michel Negroponte's Emmy award winning 1996 documentary