The Tonic

by Luke Fraser

Launched in Autumn 2018, The Tonic is an ongoing show on Threads Radio, presented by Luke Fraser and featuring a mix of modern / contemporary instrumental and electronic classical music from the 20th Century up to now. Exploring both classic and lesser-known works and record releases from a range of composers across genders and borders, each show features a mix of music, informal commentary and personal reflection. Currently  ...   ...  Read more

Podcast episodes

  • The Tonic 38 [Latvia, US}

    The Tonic 38 [Latvia, US}

    Psychotropic strings, autonomous snare drums, cave music, the meta-voice and a trombone alone on the beach feature among others in a new episode of The Tonic, broadcasting this Wednesday between 1300-1430 (GMT), with Luke Fraser presenting some of the best new and recently released instrumental and electronic classical music from Latvia and the US. With music by Georgs Pelēcis, Aulejas Sievas (women from Auleja), Maija Einfelde, Pēteris Plakidis, Uģis Prauliņš, Ben Vida, Odeya Nini, Samuel Adams, Noah Jenkins, Austin Wulliman, Yvette Janine Jackson and Andrew McIntosh. The featured image shows 25 Woodworms, Wood, Microphone, Sound System (2009), a video installation by Swiss Artist and composer Zimoun. 

  • The Tonic 37 [2023 Highlights]

    The Tonic 37 [2023 Highlights]

    To mark the end of 2023 Luke Fraser presented a special edition of The Tonic including a personal selection of pieces featured in the show over the past twelve months. Featuring some of the best new and recently released instrumental and electronic classical music from Belgium, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, the UK and USA.

  • The Tonic 36 [Sweden, UK]

    The Tonic 36 [Sweden, UK]

    Sleep deprivation, the sound of reanimation (= creepy), 88 tambura and X Chairman Maos feature among others in a new episode of The Tonic, with Luke Fraser presenting some of the best new and recently released instrumental and electronic classical music from Sweden and the UK.With music by Georgia Rodgers, Anthony Manning, Jack Sheen, Natasha Barrett, John Leely, Leo Chadburn, Lo Kristenson, Adrian Knight, Marcus Fjellström and Catherine Christer Hennix.The featured image shows Koka’s Drone Box No. 1, a music machine built by Oslo-based artist and composer Koka Nikoladze.

  • The Tonic 35 [Italy, Nigeria, US]

    The Tonic 35 [Italy, Nigeria, US]

    Skeletons expunged, the hyper-visuality of Lagos, Boy Meets Girl (broken for you) anda spectral freeze of the scream from Psycho along with 29 spatialised piccolos feature in a new episode of The Tonic, with Luke Fraser presenting some of the best new and recently released instrumental and electronic classical music from Italy, Nigeria and the US.With music by Valentina Magaletti, Marco Baldini, Ibukun Sunday, Emeka Ogboh, Joshua Uzoigwe, Leilehua Lanzilotti, Yaz Lancaster, Derek Tywoniuk, Michael Harrison, David Bird, Carl Stone and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.The featured image shows God and I (1996), a mixed media work by Taiwanese artist Huang Wen-Hao.

  • The Tonic 34 [Canada, Mali, Norway]

    The Tonic 34 [Canada, Mali, Norway]

    Griot classics, hardanger fiddle, tactile transducers and Messiaen in a tiki bar all feature in a new episode of The Tonic, with Luke Fraser presenting some of the best new and recently released instrumental and electronic classical music from Canada, Norway and Mali.With music by Alison Cameron, Fjóla Evans, Emilie Cecilia LeBel, Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Mamadou Diabaté, Rokia Traoré, Øyvind Torvund, Helga Myhr, Thov G. Wetterhus, Dei Kjenslevare and Jon Øivind Ness.The featured image shows Sound Sculpture (2023) from the exhibition Oh Lord, Don‘t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb on Me, by Austrian performance and media artist Valie Export.