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If Wet #22 – documentation

Our second If Wet of the season saw us hosting a special event in our home village hall. In fact, for various reasons, it is the only event we have planned to take place in our village hall this year.

Late last year, John Doran of The Quietus got in touch to ask about us hosting him for an event as part of his tour, to launch his new book Jolly Lad. We weren’t entirely sure how this fitted with a standard If Wet but we thought we’d go for it; in part to just keep bringing exciting stuff to Callow End.

As John intended to perform readings from his book, accompanied by music from Arabrot, we decided the emphasis would be more on performance than usual at an If Wet. We also decided to try and find a selection of artists for whom storytelling was central to their work. The wonderful Sarah Angliss immediately sprang to mind but we wanted to have two further artists to accompany John and Arabrot. David and I chatted and he reminded me of Josephine Dickinson, who we had met when running If Wet at Bardsea Malt Kiln last year. I got in touch with her, and her enthusiasm to be involved was palpable…so that was our line-up sorted!

Tickets sold well and we were delighted to have a great turnout on the day as well; The hall was as full as it has ever been for an If Wet. We started by setting the scene and briefly demonstrating the headset for our latest project Amplification, before handing over to Josephine for her delightful talk, which covered studying under the tutelage of Michael Finnissy and going mushroom picking with John Cage.


Setting up.


Sarah testing. Sam helping. David supervising.


Josephine prepares.


Sarah prepares.


John and Arabrot prepare.


Sam with Amplification headset.


Josephine speaks.


Josephine speaks.


Josephine speaks.


Josephine speaks, to a full house.


Josephine soaks up the generous applause.

Next up we had Sarah Angliss, who was a delight to behold, as ever.


Sarah and Hugo.


Sarah speaks.


Sarah speaks.


Sarah plays her recorder.

Lastly it was over to John Doran and Arabrot. John read from his book; Arabrot created ambient soundscapes in accompaniment. Wonderful stuff!


John reads.


Arabrot performs.


John and Arabrot.


Arabrot tweaks.


John and Arabrot.


John reads.


John takes questions.



Thank you to our artists and to all who attended for making this such a wonderful experience! Callow End Village Hall has never witnessed anything quite like that…

Many thanks to George Benson for the wonderful photographs!

If Wet #21 – documentation

Our first event of the year took place at Maker Faire, where we were invited to programme a stage for the two days of the festival. Our plan was to have an artist on each day who would talk about their work in a slot in the morning and then perform in the afternoon. As it worked out, we just ran the whole of each day as a drop-in session, for people to come and ask questions etc…with a performance in the afternoon.

For this If Wet we invited the wonderful Graham Dunning back with his Mechanical Techno set-up and Paul Granjon with his musical robots. They both went down a storm.

Thank you to our artists, all who attended and to Maker Faire for being such wonderful hosts!


We are the Music Makers


Setting up…


Paul trying out the prototype of our latest piece Amplification

Day One featured Graham Dunning. It was wet and cold, and we were outdoors…but the show still went on!


Graham Dunning with onlookers


Graham Dunning with record


Graham Dunning adding to the stack


Graham Dunning tweaking


Graham Dunning putting a donk (cymbal) on it


Graham Dunning manipulating light-dependent synth


Graham Dunning with full stack


Graham Dunning smiling

Day Two was Paul’s day, and the sun had come out. He played his wonky dance music to an appreciative crowd.


Paul Granjon with audience


Paul Granjon with tail and ears


Paul Granjon with tail and ears


Paul Granjon readying Mofo


Paul Granjon with Mofo


Paul Granjon dancing with Mofo

Once again, huge thanks to our wonderful artists, audience and to Maker Faire!

If Wet #20 – documentation

As our Season #2 finale, If Wet #20 was never going to run totally smoothly. Last year’s finale event was delayed by a bouncy castle, so we had form. For this event, our main presenting artist, Rosanne Robertson, was severely delayed so we had to busk it somewhat.

Luckily, we had invited all of the artists from our second season to come along as our guests and some of them turned up with stuff to present. We also had a couple of great Run What Ya Brung presentations so we were kept very busy until Rosanne arrived.

After Rosanne’s wonderful presentation/performance we had a section where we read out or played back responses to If Wet from all the artists who presented in 2014. This was lovely, so we have documented that below too.

Thank you to everyone for your support this year. We have some [Kickstarter] plans for next season and we are running a radio show (starting on 28th December, 2-4pm) in the meantime. It has been a really lovely year for us.

Thank you for coming down to the hall! X


The Dynamic Duo, introducing our last If Wet of Season #2


Alan Stephen demonstrating no-input mixing (RWYB)


Richard Windley demonstrating his latest noisy units (RWYB)


Richard Windley’s latest noisy units


Paul Gittins setting up his latest addition to his Oak Apple Orchestra


Paul Gittins setting up his latest addition to his Oak Apple Orchestra


Tim Cranmore inspecting Paul’s Oak Apple Orchestra tin can instrument


Ray Lee demonstrating an Ethometric instrument


Stavroula Kounadea discussing the Ethometric Museum


Joining hands to activate the Ethometric instrument


Rosanne Roberts reading from her book of found conversation


Rosanne Roberts making noise


Rosanne Roberts making noise


Rosanne Roberts making noise


Rosanne Roberts’ instruments


As mentioned we asked all Season #2 artists to attend or send us a response of some kind regarding their experience of If Wet. Here they are:

Sebastian Hegarty
I had a great day with If Wet at the Flatpack Festival, Birmingham. Got to hear the water instrument and the wet acoustics of Trevor Cox with his wave organs, dripping stalactites and subterranean oil reservoir: Lovely people, fascinating ideas and spoiled ears. Thank you very much Sam and David.

Distant Voices: Still Raining is a short damp apology for not being there (If Wet #20). The sound includes the remains of rainfall as it drip-drops through guttering and a short soliloquy in a fragment of voice taken from a telephone conversation with my lovely mam. The piece concludes with the song, I Get the Blues, filched from Terence Davies wonderful film, Distant Voices/Still Lives.

Trevor Cox
I can think of nothing more appropriate for If Wet then to send a sound effect for everyone to enjoy.

It is from a trip to an Oslo train station. This is me chatting in the space so people can hear the effect and it describes what is going on:

And here is a balloon burst, that brings out the warble:

The secret behind the warble is that this is space made from two half-cylinders of different radius connected together.

Ryan Jordan
Enclosed his press release: “these practitioners practice dark hypnosis in psychoactive hyperventilation clubs”

Sarah Kenchington
sorry not to reply sooner , I have been a bit gobbled up by my new job working in a chocolate factory.
If wet was great super friendly and interesting. Sorry I won’t be able to make it to Callow End, sounds spooky.
A few weeks before if wet I had been to a car boot sale, and found a rather amazing pedal powered fret saw, I did my usual thing, instead of rehearsing I built a new instrument, I converted the fret saw into a machine to bow my violin. The first gig we did in front of maniac children it didn’t work and then at the If Wet gig it worked like a dream and I pretended I was a virtuoso violin player. Everyone believed me. I also included a bath tub for the first time in my orchestra. Since then I have been using the bath full of water. Getting right into watery trumpet sounds Perhaps you could play the thing I did on the Isle of Eigg. I thought it would be appropriate for an If Wet event .Wet as anything it is.

Graham Dunning
In the spirit of If Wet me and Leslie decided to make an instrument and make some sounds with it. I had a wooden box with a lid knocking about and we bought some other bits and bobs from the local 98p Store. We recorded the whole process of making and experimenting as we went, with a nod to Robert Morris’ Box With The Sound of Its Own Making – the intention was to edit that down to a short piece for you to play.

Sompting Village Hall
Leslie Deere
See above w/ Graham Dunning.


Sarah Angliss

Fitzhead Tythe Barn
Jules Bushell
“It was great fun and fascinating to meet other makers and sonic explorers at ‘If Wet’. An opportunity to meet other likeminded individuals, and a relief to realise there are people out there with similar interests. You are not alone! A chance to share ideas and take contraptions out of the workshop, even if they are still works in progress. Thanks guys, have fun, sorry not to join you there!”

Hacker Farm
Here ya go – this is what 6.00am in my house sounded like this morning.

And a separate message from KEK
“Hey. Thanks for the 2014 village-hall invite, IF-WETTERS; really enjoyed scrrra-a-a-a-aping the HTML from your website and turning it into MIDI-file music. Never played a musical web-page before. Digging those Tuh-tuh-text squirts, man; it’s the New Serialism”

Bardsea Malt Kiln
Hugs Bison

Lee Patterson (1st)
As always, I’m on the last minute, in fact it’s a wonder I made it to either of the If Wet events that I contributed to this year – Bardsea and Callow End… Anyhow, both events reminded me that, despite the isolated way in which we may consume and produce music, music always has a social element – whether implied or actual and opportunities to share with like minds are increasingly rare. So, Sam, David – keep up the good work at Callow End and elsewhere!
Right, got to rush to catch a train to Huddersfield!

Callow End Village Hall
Paddy Steer

Callow End Village Hall
Lee Patterson (2nd)
See above.

Worcester Music Festival
Paul Gittins

Ray Lee and Stav

Callow End Village Hall
Sarah Nicolls
I loved being at If Wet: an intelligent, friendly and totally engaged audience. It was a really useful and genuinely fun and encouraging experience.

Callow End Village Hall
Pete Ashton

Ben Gwilliam
If wet? not as much as it would be where I live, callow end hall dry n all.
Thanks very much for the opportunity to try out elements of current works, that although they are incomplete, at if wet I can test the metal of the idea and importantly the way it sounds.
As much as I try out sound as music, you gave me an opportunity to test visual work that confirms for me the direction that making stuff like this does: always in the opposite of what everything else is!

So I wish you all the best for this last one of the season, I do hope that season three makes it round swiftly next year. Every town should have a collective space for discussion, presentation & banter on artists work that is as informal & invaluable as if wet. Doing these activities keep the arts real. So continue to keep it real.


If Wet #19 – photo documentation

Here are a few pictures from If Wet #19, which featured two visiting artists. We were delighted to welcome Pete Ashton and Ben Gwilliam to present their latest work.

Our next event is our last of this season, featuring Rosanne Robertson! We aren’t having a big end-of-year event this year but we are planning to head to the pub to celebrate another season afterwards! JOIN US. Oh and, we have scribbled some notes on the back of a blog post regarding our plans for next year.


The odd speaker pods of our light-responsive Sonic Graffiti pieces


Starting up our light-responsive Sonic Graffiti pieces


Pete demonstrating slit-scanning


Pete demonstrating his selfie project


Pete demonstrating his Live Sonification of Photography, using images taken at If Wet

Naturally, Pete blogged his time at If Wet.


Ben demonstrating an early prototype of his latest piece


Ben’s long-form video and sound piece

Very rarely we had no Run What Ya Brung contributions this month, and ran to time!

Thank you to our guest and to all that made it down. Thanks to Team Joory for the wonderful catering and to Francis for the great cakes. Oh and St. George’s for the cracking beer. AND cheers to George Benson for taking these pictures – except those of Ben, which Our David took. Who did we miss!?

If Wet #18 – photo documentation

Here are a few pictures from If Wet #18, which took place back in our home of Callow End Village Hall with the wonderful Sarah Nicolls talking about her Inside-Out Piano, and another great contribution from our regular Run What Ya Brunger, Richard Windley.

Our next event is our penultimate of this season, featuring Ben Gwilliam and Pete Ashton! JOIN US.


Sam demonstrating the spacial aspects of our Futuro Mantra sound art boxes


David and Sam, chuckling


Futuro Mantra box


Futuro Mantra boxes


Futuro Mantra box


Sarah Nicolls introducing the background to her Inside-Out Piano


Sarah Nicolls helping us all experience what leaning inside a grand piano is like


Sarah Nicolls presenting her Inside-Out Piano


Sarah Nicolls providing a unique insight into her latest show


Sarah Nicolls providing a unique insight into her latest show


Sarah Nicolls providing a unique insight into her latest show


Richard Windley presenting his LED light and sound display, as a RWYB.

Cheers to George Benson for taking these pictures – except that of Richard Windley, which Sam took on his phone because George needed to dash…

If Wet #16 – photo documentation

Here are a few pictures from If Wet #16. Wonderful stuff once again from Lee Patterson, all in front of a typically enthusiastic and engaged audience…thank you!

Here is a preview of our next event, featuring Ray Lee and Stavroula Kounadea, and Paul Gittins – as part of Worcester Music Festival on the 31st August. JOIN US.


Descent - in use

Lee Patterson

Lee Patterson - feet

Lee Patterson - springs

Lee Patterson - salts

Lee Patterson - peanuts

Many thanks to George Benson for the photographs.

If Wet 2014 Tour – Weekend #2

Here are a few pictures from the second weekend of our If Wet 2014 Tour. Wonderful presentations by wonderful artists [thank you!], to an enthusiastic and engaged audience…

It was a wonderful experience and great to resolve the tour in our home of Callow End Village Hall, for the first of our 2014 regular monthly events. Now back on the last Sunday of the month in our hall [except August, which will take place as part of Worcester Music Festival]! Here is a preview of our next event, featuring the wonderful Lee Patterson. JOIN US.

Hugs Bison at Bardsea Malt Kiln

Hugs Bison at Bardsea Malt Kiln

Lee Patterson at Bardsea Malt Kiln

Lee Patterson at Bardsea Malt Kiln

Run What Ya Brung #1 at Bardsea Malt Kiln

Run What Ya Brung #1 at Bardsea Malt Kiln

Run What Ya Brung #2 at Bardsea Malt Kiln

Run What Ya Brung #2 at Bardsea Malt Kiln

Stuff set up at Callow End Village Hall

Stage set at Callow End Village Hall

MortonUnderwood Giant Feedback Organ at Callow End Village Hall

MortonUnderwood Giant Feedback Organ at Callow End Village Hall

Paddy Steer at Callow End Village Hall

Paddy Steer at Callow End Village Hall

Paddy Steer at Callow End Village Hall

Paddy Steer at Callow End Village Hall

Run What Ya Brung #1 at Callow End Village Hall

Run What Ya Brung #1 at Callow End Village Hall

Run What Ya Brung #2 at Callow End Village Hall

Run What Ya Brung #2 at Callow End Village Hall

Audience at Callow End Village Hall

Audience at Callow End Village Hall

Many thanks to George Benson for the photographs of our Callow End Village Hall event.
All other photographs by David Morton.

If Wet 2014 Tour – Weekend #1

Here are a few pictures from the first weekend of our If Wet 2014 Tour. Wonderful presentations by wonderful artists [thank you!], to an enthusiastic and engaged audience…

The last two events of our tour are this weekend. Preview: Saturday / Sunday. JOIN US.

Leslie Deere

Leslie Deere at Sompting Village Hall

Sarah Angliss and Hugo

Sarah Angliss and Hugo at Sompting Village Hall

Fitzhead Tythe Barn

Fitzhead Tythe Barn

Jules Bushell

Jules Bushell at Fitzhead Tythe Barn

Hacker Farm

Hacker Farm at Fitzhead Tythe Barn

If Wet 2014 Tour – Preview

On the 21st of June we head off around the country, for four events on consecutive weekends. Here is a full list of artists and tour dates. Please save the dates and get your tickets soon, as they are selling and village halls aren’t huge…

It’s hard to overstate quite how delighted we are to be able to bring the following artists to a village hall (nowhere) near you.

Saturday, June 21st, 2-4pm
Leslie Deere / Sarah Angliss

Sompting Village Hall, West Sussex – map

Sunday, June 22nd, 2-4pm
Hacker Farm / Jules Bushell

Fitzhead Tythe Barn, Somerset – map
[NOTE: map position updated – was in wrong place before – sorry!]

Saturday, June 28th, 2-4pm
Lee Patterson / Hugs Bison

Bardsea Malt Kiln, Cumbria – map

Sunday, June 29th, 2-4pm
Paddy Steer

Callow End Village Hall, Worcestershire – map


Thank you to Sound and Music for their support with this.

If Wet 2014 Tour - poster

I’m no yardstick – 2014 Tour t-shirts

I'm no yardstick - t-shirt

With a little help from our friends [Sound and Music] we will be taking some t-shirts on our tour…

These were designed by the wonderful Julian James [New Sugar] and are based on a phrase David is often heard uttering to Sam, whenever he expresses a view about a matter of taste: You’re no yardstick. One day we realised that this probably applies to most people we know and to the majority of people inclined to attend an If Wet.

Remembering that you are no yardstick is important when assessing the world around you. In case you should ever forget, you will have it written on your t-shirt. Maybe we can proudly reject the yardstick together?

On the road, these will be on sale for £10 [Heavy Gildan t-shirt] and will come with a little tag saying you bought them on our 2014 Tour of village halls. If you can’t make it to a tour date, these can be purchased for £13 (inc. P&P). The first run will be of 100 t-shirts, of various sizes.

Please email us if you are interested in ordering one, stating your preferred size.
All proceeds towards funding future If Wets. We have three more to fund this season alone

I'm no yardstick - t-shirt