Thank you to everyone that came to our fundraising event on the 30th of November. It went really well and so far we have raised enough money to do two and a bit If Wets in the village hall in 2014. We are also very grateful to everyone that has donated items and supported us in various ways - including those that have provided items for our fundraising raffle and auction (see below). Our hope is to make enough from the auction to cover a third If Wet in the hall in 2014 and then see whether we can secure match funding to support our second season.

AUCTION.

We have had some wonderful donations to our fundraising auction from Kathy Hinde, Richard Windley, Tim Cranmore, Helen White, Graham Dunning and RHP. Individual item details are provided in the Ebay auction itself but we wanted to provide a page for all the items and further information where possible. Enjoy!

Note: other donations from WIRE Magazine, Capsule, Stephan Work, THSH Birmingham, Moshi Moshi Records, Flatpack Festival and Supernormal Festival were raffled at our fundraising event, raising about £150 - thanks!

Auction Item #1
MUSIC BOX MIGRATION // KATHY HINDE

A beautiful hand-made music box from Kathy's Music Box Migration series. Simply feed in a card and turn the handle to hear the composition. Comes with a number of pre-printed and punched migration compositions and an envelope with a message from Kathy offering the new owner a personalised composition based on a migration of their choice.



The only way to get an authentic music box sound is using a music box and this is a lovely one. You can also punch your own compositions and play them. A wonderful present for someone.



Whilst this is simple to use, there are instructions for use printed inside the lid of the box.

For a sample of this music box in action, listen to the piece Kathy contributed to our fundraising compilation. There is a clean recording of it at the start and then processed versions thereafter.



For more information on the project and some video of it in action: kathyhinde.co.uk/music-box-migration

For more information on Kathy: http://kathyhinde.co.uk

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Auction Item #2
THEREMIN // RICHARD WINDLEY

First up of this pair of items donated by master craftsman Richard Windley we have his wonderful take on the classic sci-fi instrument the Theremin. As ever with Richard's pieces it is beautifully made and would provide a distinctive element to any live performance - or even just as a nice piece to have next to the lava lamp over the fire ;)



Here is a video of it in action (please note - audio glitches a little but this is a video encoding issue):



A great fun instrument, a classic sound and a really unique piece.

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Auction Item #3
VOLTAGE DIVIDER NOISE BOX // RICHARD WINDLEY

The second piece in our auction from Richard Windley is this voltage divider noise box, which makes some truly wonderful noises and is finished to his usual high standards.



Here is a video of it in action (please note - audio glitches a little but this is a video encoding issue):



As noise box synths go this is really playable and musical...even without that huge chain of effects we know you are going to put it through.

For more information on Richard: richardwindley.co.uk/

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Auction Item #4
MUSIC BY THE METRE // GRAHAM DUNNING

When Graham visited If Wet to present his Music by the Metre project he took some Polaroid photographs of the finished setup before chopping up the tape of the recoding made into 9m lengths. For the auction he donated two frames, each containing two of the Polaroid images and some lengths of tape, each with a photocopy of his initial Music by the Metre setup diagram.

On auction are the framed photos with a length of tape. These provide a unique capturing of this moment in time both visually and sonically.



As you can see from the image above the Polaroid stock used was very out of date, which created some really interesting artefacts in the images. Graham embraces such occurrences in his work.

For more information on Graham: grahamdunning.com

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Auction Item #5
SOLARGRAPH ETCHING // HELEN WHITE

Helen wins the prize for hardest item to photograph but this is a really beautiful item. Helen's solargraphs are explained here and this one uses data from the solar wind experienced on the date of the inaugural If Wet (contained in a hand-written message on the rear).

It's effectively a mirror tile that has been machine etched with the data of the solar wind on the 28th April 2013.



This would look lovely in a frame and still functions as a mirror if you are someone who likes to look at themselves. The beauty of this piece is that whilst it is subtle when the light catches it correctly it reveals something really beautiful.



Approximately 375mm x 375mm. Would make a lovely present for yourself or someone else.

For more information on Helen: helenwhitedesign.com

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Auction Item #6
FULL RHP BACK CATALOGUE // RYAN HUGHES

The wonderful Ryan Hughes of RHP has donated a full back catalogoue of releases to our fundraising auction. This includes every release on RHP - apart from RHP 008 which has sold out so is not included - in the usual delightful hand-finished packaging.



For more information on RHP: rhpcdrs.wordpress.com

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Auction Item #7
FLUTE // TIM CRANMORE

Tim is a wonderful recorder maker (and instrument maker for the London Vegetable Orchestra) and has donated this beautiful replica early flute to our auction.



The flute comes with the soft case pictured.



As you can see this is a really beautifully crafted instrument, which is yearning to be played. There are further technical details about this flute included on the Ebay page (link below).

For more information on Tim: fippleflute.co.uk

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All items will be suitably packed for shipping and will be sent in time to arrive for Christmas - Post Office permitting.

Oh and if you miss out on these please remember you can still donate by buying the If Wet fundraising compilation, featuring 19 wonderful contribtions: mortonunderwood.bandcamp.com/album/if-wet-in-the-village-hall



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WHY.

If we do say so ourselves, Callow End Village Hall has played host to some amazing instruments, technologies, music and insightful discussion over our first season...

There is photographic evidence and documentary evidence!


Just think for a minute: a rural village hall that normally plays host to WI pudding nights has so far had the following in it as a result of If Wet - Tuba and santoor dub, a sub-bass feedback organ, a Paetzold contrabass recorder and a recorder made from a carrot, gong resonators, Juneau Projects' site-specific sound art pieces, robot heads and live recordings to Edison wax cylinders from Sarah Angliss, clog dance techno, a clavichord recital, a Stroh guitar, mechanical birds from Laura Kriefman, heavy tapping objects from Nikki Pugh, viola da gamba, optical synthersisers, a bass three-holed pipe, Kathy Hinde's Vocal Migrations boxes and much more (this list is too long already!). Not to mention Graham Dunning, Soundhog, Helen White and Ian Rawes of London Sounds to look forward to in September / October!

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Photos by Pete Ashton. View on Flickr