Frequency Theory
Frequency Theory
Hosted by Tom Tenney. Frequency Theory is a show about musical intersections – where jazz meets hip hop, punk and funk converge, turntablism overlaps with soul, folk shares a spliff with its psychedelic brethren, and industrial hits the disco dancefloor.   The nature of all culture, including music, is characterized by a constant melding and morphing of two into one, and that into another.  There is no “pure” – every form and every artifact is a bastard child of bastard parents, a DNA that can only be traced until it cannot. Remix, fusion, mutation and synthesis. Every week at the midway point, the segment “Discover This Cover” explores radical reinterpretations of music you thought you knew. Latest Tracks
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Category: Acid Jazz, Electronic, Experimental, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Music, Soul, World


About Tom Tenney

Tom Tenney is the founder and Director of the annual RE/Mixed Media Festival in NYC. He’s been producing theatrical events since the 1980’s and ran a performance venue called SPACE in the East Village from 2001-2003. His long-running late-night series Grindhouse-A-Go-Go! was the flagship show at Surf Reality’s House of Urban Savages on the Lower East Side from 1998-2002. He’s worked with a diverse group of artists – from Robert Wilson to Seka – and his work as a producer, director, and performer has been seen in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, and several cities throughout Europe. Tom’s sound pieces have been heard on PRX Remix Radio, GMFE Sound Experience in Chicago, Toronto’s 2011 Deep Wireless Festival and Streaming Festival, Sixth Edition. He got his M.A. in Media Studies from the New School in NYC and his B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fun Arts) from Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He has been a guest lecturer at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and currently teaches media theory at Hofstra University. Tom is the host of Frequency Theory on Radio Free Brooklyn, and recently published The DIY Internet Radio Cookbook: A Beginner’s Guide to Starting Your Own Streaming Radio Station.


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  • Frequency Theory 1905 "Wash Your Hands"
    by Frequency Theory on February 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Original Air Date: February 14, 2019 Tonight's show, "Wash Your Hands", celebrates 'Love Sucks Day' with another 2-hour exploration of music eddying at the intersections of funk, jazz, rock and hip-hop - with ear-popping tracks by Fort Knox Five, Dengue Fever, Soopasoul, Geraldo Pino, Cibo Matto and more. Frequency Theory can be heard Live every Thursday at 8pm EDT.Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1904 "Speak Upon It"
    by Frequency Theory on February 13, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Original Air Date: February 7, 2019 Tonight's episode "Speak Upon It" is 2 hours of non-stop funk, jazz, hip-hop and weird experimental mumbo-jumbo. Tracks by Nubiyan Twist, Solillaquists of Sound, Deep Street Soul, Swing Republic, General Elektriks and more. Frequency Theory can be heard Live every Thursday 8-10 pm EDT Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1903 "Jabber Wock"
    by Frequency Theory on January 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Original Air Date: January 24, 2019 Tonight's show "Jabber Wock" is finally embracing the non-sense emanating from the Oval Orifice with a solid 2-hours of jazz, funk, hip-hop and more. Tracks by: The Limp Twins, Zap Mama, Renegades Of Jazz, The Mouse Outfit, DAS EFX, Eddie Harris, Doe Maar, and more! Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday 8-10 pm (EDT) Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1902 "Twigs and Seeds"
    by Frequency Theory on January 16, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Up next on RFB, following Hear and Now with Rachel C., an all-new Frequency Theory is Live from 8-10pm Eastern. Tonight's show, "Twigs and Seeds" (in honor of the NY Cannabis Film Festival coming to Bushwick this weekend) features tracks by Groove Armada, De-Phazz, South froggies, dj faust, mr jukes, and more! Funk, jazz and hip-hop direct to your earholes. Thursday 8-10pm EST. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1901 "Everything I Know is Wrong"
    by Frequency Theory on January 9, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Original Air Date: January 3, 2019 In this week's show, "Everything I Know is Wrong" we kick off a brand new year with a new attitude, new tracks, and even new genres. We don't want to spoil the surprise, but Tom will be spinning tracks by: Blundetto, Barrio Jazz Gang, Koi Child, Slackwax, FLOX, TORPEDO BOYZ, and more. Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday 8-10pm Eastern (US) Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1834 "Fat Mouth"
    by Frequency Theory on January 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Original Air Date: December 27, 2018 Tonight's show, "Fat Mouth," closes out 2018 with equal parts hope and despair, hip-hop and jazz, Chico and the Man, and of course, Discover This Cover at halftime. Join us as we make every attempt to ring out another crappy year with dignity and style. Tracks by: Chico Hamilton, Takeko Minekawa, Hopeton Lewis, Africa, The Procussions, Blockhead and more. PLUS: Discover This Cover at halftime.  NOTE: Technical Difficulties at the top of the show have been edited out, causing the show to be slightly shorter than usual. Frequency Theory can be heard every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern (US)Only on Radio Free Brooklyn Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1833 "How Glad I Am"
    by Frequency Theory on December 28, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Original Air Date: December 20, 2018 In tonight's show, "How Glad I Am," we say goodbye to jazz legend Nancy Wilson, and then assumes the roles of both Didi and Gogo as he waits in the studio for his guests, Rebecca and Izabela. While he waits, the music moves and blends from soulful funk to jazzy hip-hop. Do they finally arrive? Does lively conversation ensue? Listen and find out. Tracks by: Nancy Wilson, Richie Phoe, Organized Konfusion, Basement Jaxx, Ronny Jordan, Mulatu Astatke and more. PLUS: Discover This Cover at halftime. Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern (US) Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1832 "Redacted"
    by Frequency Theory on December 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Original Air Date: December 6, 2018 Tonight's show, "Redacted," features two hours of strange explorations at the crossroads of funk, jazz, and hip-hop. Tracks by: Suprême NTM, Buttering Trio, Bahamadia, Belleruche, Meshell Ndegeocello, Kiki Hitomi and more. Frequency Theory can be heard Live ever Thursday 8-10pm Eastern.Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1831 "Threat of Silence"
    by Frequency Theory on December 4, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Original Air Date: November 29, 2018 If you're feeling lost in a dark vortex of misinformation, lies, double-speak, and terror of what comes next, tonight's episode, "Threat of Silence" will get your head straight with 2 solid hours in a vortex of funk, hip hop, jazz, and funny noises. Tracks by Red Snapper, LIL FREX, El Michels Affair, Kate Tempest, Sly5thAve, Cody Chestnutt, and more. Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1830 "Ladies First / First Ladies (of hip hop)"
    by Frequency Theory on November 20, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Original Air Date: November 15, 2018 In honor of the recent historic win for women and POC in Congress, tonight's show "Ladies First, First Ladies" celebrates the literal *first* ladies of hip hop - those who shaped the music early on, paving the way for strong women in a genre that even today continues to be dominated by men. Tracks by Roxanne Shante, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Yo-Yo, Salt N Pepa, Da Brat, Lil Kim, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and more. Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1829 "Necessary Trouble"
    by Frequency Theory on November 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Original Airdate: November 1, 2018 Tonight's show, "Necessary Trouble," we're getting amped up for Tuesday's elections with 2 hours of energizing jazzhop, hipfunk, and other experiments in splicing musical and cultural DNA. Tracks by: Soul Square, Dafunkis, DJ Yoda, Wax Tailor, William "Bootsy" Collins, 韻踏合組合,一二三屋,妄走族, The Avalanches, and more. Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday 8-10pm Eastern Time Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1828 "Fugue"
    by Frequency Theory on October 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: October 18, 2018 Celebrating 150 broadcasts on Radio Free Brooklyn, tonight's show "Fugue" explores the relationship between hip-hop and classical music in the first half, Discover This Cover at halftime, and unconstrained freeform anarchy in the final half-hour. Tracks by: Dj T-Rock & Squashy Nice, Jorge Quintero, DJ Spooky, 99 Posse, Dzihan & Kamien, Afrikan Boy, Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, Funki Porcini, and more. PLUS: Tom chats with the host of upcoming RFB show "Sitting with Gianluca." Frequency Theory can be heard Live from our studios at 100 Bogart Street every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1827 "History Repeating"
    by Frequency Theory on October 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Tonight's show, "History Repeating," please return your seats to their upright positions for humanity's final descent into everlasting hellfire and damnation. Headphones on, volume up, eyes closed and prepare for impact with 2 full hours of jazzhop, soulfunk, hiphouse, and celticpunk. Tracks by: Propellerheads, The Dining Rooms, Ruckus Roboticus, Jazz Spastiks, CALIBRO 35, Taiwan MC, and more! PLUS: Discover this Cover at halftime AND: Tom chats with Dana, host of the new RFB show 'HORROR VAC' which premieres immediately following Frequency Theory at 10pm. Frequency Theory can be heard live every Thursday 8-10 pm Eastern Only on Radio Free Brooklyn Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1825 "Bop Hop"
    by Frequency Theory on September 18, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Original Air Date: September 13, 2018 Tonight's show, "Bop Hop" jitterbugs to hip-hop, hustles to jazz, moonwalks to funk, and does the robot to remixes of all three. Tracks by Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Toubab Krewe, Rebirth Brass Band, Jazz Against the Machine, Nujabes, Maceo Parker and more! Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10 pm Eastern. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn.&nbs Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1824 "Ears Peeled"
    by Frequency Theory on September 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: August 30, 2018 Tonight's show, "Ears Peeled" (named in honor of John Peel's 79th birthday) once again finds us at the crossroads of hip-hop, jazz, funk, punk, and genres yet to be named. Tracks by: Black Sheep, Sola Rosa, MC Jin, Fort Knox Five, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes, Mostly Other People Do the Killing, and more! PLUS: Discover This Cover at halftime Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday 8-10 pm Eastern. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1823 "Frankenstein Radio Controls"
    by Frequency Theory on August 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: August 23, 2018 Tonight's show, "Frankenstein Radio Controls" (named for the Francis Dec's rant in the cold open) features music at the intersection of jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, punk, reggae, and more. Tracks by Timewarp inc, Cymande, Steinski, Jeremy Steig, DJ Z Trip, Typical Cats and many others. Plus: Discover this Cover at halftime Frequency Theory can be heard live Thursday from 8-10 pm Eastern Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1822 "Kings & Queens"
    by Frequency Theory on August 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: August 16, 2018 Tonight, we say pay tribute to Kings & Queens who have come and gone, with tracks by Aretha Franklin, Joe Strummer, Tim Maia, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Johnny Cash, and way more including Jeru the Damaja, Marlena Shaw, Soul Position, and Haiku D'Etat. PLUS: Discover This Cover at halftime. Frequency Theory can be heard live every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern.Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1821 "Famous Lost Words"
    by Frequency Theory on August 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: August 2, 2018 Tonight's show, "Famous Lost Words" features 2 hours of hipfunk and jazzhop with tracks by URBAN SPECIES, Freak Power, Cookin On 3 Burners, Nechi Nech - 'נצ'י נצ, Nuyorican Soul, Greyboy, and more. PLUS: Discover This Cover at halftime. AND: A chat with the host of the upcoming RFB show, Far Reaches of Dub Frequency Theory can be heard Live every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern.Only on Radio Free Brooklyn Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1820 "Life During Wartime"
    by Frequency Theory on July 31, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Original Air Date: July 26, 2018 Tonight's show, "Life During Wartime" leaps into the wormhole of our current state of disinformation and unreality with two hours of jazz, funk, hip-hop, and dalliances in aural gaslighting. Tracks by Groove Armada, Lou Donaldson, Archie Shepp, Jel, DJ Format, Ernie Hawks, and more.    PLUS: 'Discover This Cover' at halftime. Remember "what you're seeing and reading is not what's happening." but what you're hearing definitely is. Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from  8-10pm Eastern. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1819 "Some Chicken Some Neck"
    by Frequency Theory on July 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: July 12, 2018 Tonight's show, "Some Chicken Some Neck" is a 2-hour joyride on the hip-hop/jazz/funk cloverleaf, with tracks by Flevans, Willie Bobo, Shorty Long, Lack of Afro, MC Paul Barman, Mala Rodriguez and more! PLUS: Special guest Joanna Purpich, host of the upcoming RFB true crime show, "Crime Talk BK." AND: Discover This Cover at halftime. Frequency theory can be heard live every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →