Thorington is a writer, sound composer, and radio producer, whose radio documentary, dramatic work, and sound/music compositions have been aired nationally and internationally for the past eighteen years. She has also created compositions for film and installation that have been premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, the Whitney Biennial, and in the Whitney Museum's annual Performance series.
Her web work includes the turbulence composition for PORT, distributed live by Real Audio to the Internet and to the List Center for the Visual Arts in 1997; narrative works, North Country, Parts 1(1996) and 2 (1997); and Adrift, a networked collaboration with Marek Walzcak and Jesse Gilbert, created for the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria in September 1997 and performed monthly through May 1998. An updated Adrift will be performed for the Walker Art Center in 2000. Thorington is the initiator of the Adrift project. She writes its texts and contributes both voice and pre-recorded sound/music to its soundscore. She has also taken part as a composer in a number of transatlantic webcasts. Solitaire is her most recent "permanent" work.
Thorington is the recipient of a 1995 and 1997 Meet the Composer grant, and Music Commissions (1995 and 1998) from the New York State Council on the Arts. She is a published author and a frequently requested speaker on radio and Internet arts.
Thorington is also the Executive Director of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (aka Ether-Ore), the founder and producer of the national weekly radio series, New American Radio (1989-1998), and founder and producer of the turbulence and somewhere websites. Thorington recently initiated an Online Project to enable arts organizations and artists to produce or participate in the production of online performance events.
"Early in the 20th Century, technology gave us those once familiar tools – the microphone, tape recorder, and magnetic tape. With them it became possible, for the first time in history, to separate sound from its source." -Helen Thorington, March, 1992