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Derek Walmsley

Book Extract

Deconstructing Violence In Grime

October 2015

If you can’t mess with time don’t do grime, writes Wire Editor Derek Walmsley in Seismographic Sound: Visions Of A New World, a book recently published by Norient

The Portal

Archive Portal: Steve Mackay

October 2015

The fourth of our series of posts shining a light into the darker recesses of The Wire's online archive of back issues. Derek Walmsley recommends Edwin Pouncey's article from December 2006 on the late saxophonist Steve Mackay.

On Air

Adventures In Sound And Music 24 September 2015

September 2015

Hosted by Derek with special guest Simon Reynell of Another Timbre label – talking about improvised music, contemporary composition and the blooming connections and cross-talk between the two. Sounds from Jürg Frey, Derek Bailey, Linda Catlin Smith, Magnus Granberg, Marc Sabat and more

On Air

Adventures In Sound And Music 23 July 2015

July 2015

Listen again to last night's show on Resonance FM, hosted by Derek Walmsley. Tracks by Louise Landes Levi, Paul Metzger, Natural Information Society And Bitchin Bajas, Fountainsun, Tilth, Bert Jansch and more

On Air

Adventures In Sound And Music 4 June 2015

June 2015

Listen again to last night's broadcast on Resonance FM, hosted by Derek Walmsley. Tracks by A Taut Line, German Army, Earthly, Mark Fell & Errorsmith, Hilde Marie Holsen, Jim O'Rourke, Norberto Lobo & Joao Lobo, Joshua Abrams and more

On Air

Adventures In Sound And Music 16 April 2015

April 2015

Derek Walmsley hosts the most recent instalment of our regular Thursday evening broadcasts on London's Resonance FM. Tracks by Container, Wiley, Strategy, Sauce & Cop, Nochexxx, High Wolf, Black Zone Myth Chant and more

On Air

Adventures In Sound And Music 19 March 2015

March 2015

Listen again to last Thursday's broadcast of our regular Resonance FM show. This week's host, Derek Walmsley, goes deep into the sounds of 1990s computer music from DJ Guy, Ben Zimmerman, Soichi Terada and μ-Ziq, alongside what sounds like 1990s computer music, from Legowelt, Wolfgang Voigt, Peder Mannerfelt, and many more

The Portal

Archive Portal: Kodwo Eshun's columns

February 2015

Derek Walmsley picks six columns from our archives by Kodwo Eshun in which the future Turner Prize nominee forged a new style of writing about dance music and club culture


Derek Walmsley: Jazz Searches For The New Land

October 2014

From newly independent nations of Africa to locations in the Far East and remote cosmos, jazz from the mid-1950s onwards imagined liberation through distant places and spaces. In a new series, Derek Walmsley journeys through the sketches of these new worlds. First call: Lee Morgan's "Search For The New Land"

On Air

Adventures In Sound And Music 9 October 2014

October 2014

Our weekly Thursday evening programme on Resonance FM. Derek Walmsley hosts, joined by the globetrotting selector, compiler, writer and South East Asian music specialist Chris Menist of the Paradise Bangkok club, label and now group. With records culled from family stores, record fairs and antiques markets from across the rim of the Indian Ocean.


Derek Walmsley: The Field Recordist As Obsessive

August 2014

"Some recordists are like hoarders, bringing home whatever they find outside with little discrimination as to what's worth preserving and what’s not." Derek Walmsley sorts through The Wire's post bag in search of the person behind the mic.

On Air

Adventures In Sound And Music 29 May 2014

May 2014

Our Thursday evening radio programme on Resonance FM, this week hosted by Derek Walmsley. With tracks by Wolves In The Throne Room, Ian Middleton, Bremen, Dalhous, Ensemble Economique and more.

On Air

Adventures In Sound And Music 20 March 2014

March 2014

This week's show on Resonance FM sees Derek Walmsley go deep into new modern composition. Works and performances by Peter Ablinger, Klaus Lang, Antoine Beuger & Michael Pisaro, Martin Iddon, Helmut Lachenmann and more.

On Air

Adventures In Sound And Music 6 February 2014

February 2014

Derek Walmsley hosts this edition of The Wire's weekly broadcast on Resonance FM, playing all new music currently rocking The Wire office. Tracks from Gnod, Russell Haswell, Sculpture, Killing Sound, Cyclobe, Actress, Matthew Philip Hopkins, Tom James Scott & Andrew Chalk and more.

On Air

Adventures In Sound And Music 28 June 2012

July 2012

Hosted by Derek Walmsley, with wedding music from Ethiopia (traditional songs arranged by Getachew Degefu) and Syria, Tamil, India, gnawa trance music from Morroco, the Big Band music of Cairo's Salah Ragab, plus music from improvisors the world over in aid of Japanese charities following the Fukushima disaster.

On Air

In Search Of Scott Walker

May 2012

Derek Walmsley and Rob Young go in search of Scotty Engel, also known as Noel Scott Engel, or the man who now goes by the stage name he adopted almost 50 years ago, Scott Walker. This show coincides with the publication of No Regrets: Writings On Scott Walker, a collection of essays put together by The Wire in conjunction with Orion Books. Originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4FM, 22 May 2012.

On Air

Adventures In Sound And Music 12 January 2012

January 2012

The Wire's Thursday evening broadcast on Resonance FM returns in the new year with a new name: Adventures In Sound And Music. Hosted by Derek Walmsley, with tracks by André Vida, Ferran Fages, new Korean electroacoustic improvs, White Out, Microkingdom and more.

On Air

Adventures In Modern Music 29 September 2011

October 2011

Hosted by Derek Walmsley, spinning music from artists rolling through Newcastle's Tusk festival in October, including Vincent Epplay and Samon Takahashi, Pulse Emitter, Hype Williams and Hiss Golden Messenger. Plus 1940s era Sun Ra from the depths of Michael D Anderson's Sun Ra archive, recordings which are forthcoming on The Eternal Myth Revealed box set.

On Air from Issue 331

Adventures In Modern Music 01 September 2011

September 2011

Adventures In Modern Music this week goes crate digging through Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen with writer, compiler and musician Chris Menist (Soundway, Dust To Digital, Finders Keepers), with 7"s from Waipod Petchsuphan, Kwanjit Siphajan, Raja Ali, Van Vi and more. Chris Menist will be spinning records at Dancing Time With Soundway in London 10 September. For more DJ dates, check here.

On Air

Adventures In Modern Music 25 August 2011

August 2011

Host Derek Walmsley presents a special episode on Bill Kouligas's Pan label, with music from Kouhei Matsunaga/NHKyx, Heatsick, Eli Keszler, Ben Vida, Andre Vida, Bill Kouligas, and Marginal Consort (their last performance from 2008).

On Air

Adventures In Modern Music 4 November 2010

November 2010

Presented this week by Derek Walmsley. To celebrate the forthcoming launch of his new label, we have two exclusive new tracks from former Skull Disco man Shackleton. Now based in Berlin, Shackleton's organic, ethnically tinged style of dubstep was one of the most original strains of electronic music to emerge from London in the late 2000s. His new label, entirely dedicated to his own work, is named Woe To The Septic Heart, and we'll be airing its debut 12" release.

On Air

Adventures In Modern Music 16 September 2010

September 2010

Listen to brand new and unheard music as host Derek Walmsley flicks through Autumn 2010 releases, with fresh releases from Joe Colley, Mark McGuire, Ahleuchatistas, Francisco Meirona & Dave Phillips, Bjørn Fongaard and many more, all culled from the ever-bulging shelves of The Wire’s office.

On Air

Adventures In Modern Music 04 February 2010

February 2010

Presented live from Berlin on Resonance 104.4 FM and Herbstradio by Chris Bohn and Derek Walmsley at the Club Transmediale festival, with special guests Wolfgang Müller of Die Tödliche Doris and Bill Kouligas of Family Battle Snake