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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 very nature of music, of culture itself, is characterized by a constant melding and morphing of two into one, and that into another.  There is no “pure” in art or music – every form and every artifact is a bastard child of bastard parents -a DNA that can be traced to the beginning of art itself.   Some call it remix, others may call it fusion, but at Frequency Theory we simply call it sound.


Listen LIVE every Thursday at 8:00 pm
Category: Acid Jazz, 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 1740 "Apostle Strut"
    by Frequency Theory on November 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Original Air Date: November 9, 2017 Alternative jazz, experimental hip-hop, and post-funk for your Thursday night, with tracks by Ghetto Brothers, Red Astaire, Robert Glasper, Tom Jones, The Funk Ark and more! PLUS: Discover this Cover AND Tom chats with Ludovico Granvassu, host of the upcoming RFB show, Mondo Jazz. Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern (US) Time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1739 "Backwards in the Middle"
    by Frequency Theory on November 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Original Air Date: November 2, 2017Experimental hip hop, acid funk, and soul house cookies. Weirdo stuff, outside of your comfort zone.Tonight: Medeski, Martin & Wood, Uyama Hiroto, Visioneers, Michael Franti, The Dirtbombs, Dojo Cuts, The Apples, and more.Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday 8-10pm Eastern (US) Time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1738 "Not Normal"
    by Frequency Theory on October 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: October 26, 2017Tonight's show, "Not Normal" features tracks by Kora, Slum Village, Mc Solaar, D-Influence, Squeeze, The Aggrolites, and more!Frequency Theory is Funk, Jazz, Reggae, Hip-Hop. LIVE Thursdays 8-10pm Eastern (US) Time.Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1737 "Sapphire Elm"
    by Frequency Theory on October 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: October 19, 2017 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. Tonight's episode, "Sapphire Elm," features tracks by  Tanika Charles, The Bongolian, The Clash, Ikebe Shakedown, Karl Hector & the Malcouns, The Comet is Coming and more!  Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern (US) Time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn&nbs Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1736 "gonna Leave This World (for a while)"
    by Frequency Theory on October 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Original air date: October 5, 2017 Tonight's show, "gonna Leave This World (for a while)" features tracks by The Hempolics, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Amp Fiddler, Clutchy Hopkins and more. PLUS: a special extended edition of "Discover this Cover" paying tribute to the late Tom Petty with sublime covers of six of his greatest songs. Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10 pm Eastern US Time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1735 "The Internet Research Agency"
    by Frequency Theory on October 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: September 28, 2017 Frequency Theory is experimental hip-hop, felonious funk, psychedelic jazz, crazy sounds and purple clovers. Tonight's show "The Internet Research Agency" featuring tracks by Gasoline, Sporto Kontes, Lee Scratch Perry, Skratch Comando, Francis Bebey, Thievery Corporation, and more! Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10 PM Eastern US time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1734 "Astonished Goodbye"
    by Frequency Theory on September 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Original Air Date: September 21, 2017Frequency Theory is Jazz-Hop, Nu-Hip, Acid-Funk, and Soul-Fusion and more on this week's "show": Astonished Goodbye. Tracks by Brother Ali, Mr. Bungle, Happy Mondays, Stoop Kids, Stereo Total, Serge Gainsbourg and more!Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE Thursday 8-10pm ET. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1733 "Chicken Tingles"
    by Frequency Theory on September 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Original Air Date: September 14, 2017Tonight's show, "Chicken Tingles," is all about experimental jazz, weirdo funk, awkward samples, and incommodious hip-hop from around the world. Tracks by: Emmanuel Jal, Soopasoul, Mr. Lif, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Johnny Jenkins, Dynamo Productions, Buffalo Daughter, and more. Music outside your comfort zone.Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern US Time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1732 "Zombie Dogs"
    by Frequency Theory on September 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Original Air Date: September 9, 2017Hosted by RFB co-founder, Tom Tenney, Frequency Theory is 2 hours of music and sound outside your comfort zone. Tonight's show, "Zombie Dogs", features sounds from the (first) Korean war and tracks by: Ebo Taylor, Annette Peacock, Soul Position, Harlem Yu, Typical Cats, Hugh Masekela and more!Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10 PM Eastern. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1731 "Broadway Junction"
    by Frequency Theory on September 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Original Air Date: August 31, 2017Tonight's episode, "Broadway Junction" features Mayan hip-hop by Balam Apju plus: Cities Aviv, Melissa Aldana, Odd Future, noura mint seymali and more!Experimental jazz, hip-hop, funk, fusion. Music outside your comfort zone.Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday 8-10pm. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1730 "Human Hands Rising Mind"
    by Frequency Theory on August 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Original Air Date: August 24, 2017  Hosted by RFB co-founder Tom Tenney, Frequency Theory is 2 hours of alt-jazz, post-funk, experimental soul, and hip-hop 4.0. Tonight's show, "Human Hands Rising Mind" features tracks by Orgone, The Natural Yogurt Band, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The Suffers, Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, Barrio Jazz Gang, Takuya Kuroda, Heliocentrics, Liricas Analas, MR CHOP, and more! Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10 pm US Eastern Daylight Time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn.&nbs Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1729 "Destruction DNA"
    by Frequency Theory on August 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: August 17, 2017Tonight: "Destruction DNA" hard music for a hard week. jazz echoes and resounds, hip-hop hides itself in a dream, saxophones weep. Tracks by Swamp Dogg, Deep Street Soul, DJ Shadow, Baby Huey, Eric B. and Rakim, The Watts Prophets and more.Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10pm US Eastern Time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1728 "Soul Tiger"
    by Frequency Theory on August 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: August 10, 2017In tonight's show, "Soul Tiger", Tom is preparing for the apocalypse by hunkering down in the Radio Free Bunker, making bodysuits out of cockroaches, and spinning funk, jazz, experimental hip hop, and post-everything tracks from Polar Bear, Die Antwoord, Bushwick Bill, The Shaolin Afronauts, GoGo Penguin, Flying Lotus and more.Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE 8-10pm Eastern Daylight Time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1727 "Dress Like X, Lips Like Y"
    by Frequency Theory on August 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Original air date: August 3, 2017Frequency Theory is dystopian-funk, post-soul, acid jazz, and hip hop au courant - hosted by Tom Tenney. Tonight's show, "Dress Like X, Lips Like Y" features tracks by Skull Snaps, Kashmere Stage Band, Dream Warriors, Milk Kan, Fort Knox Five, Nicole Willis & and Soul Investigators and more!Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10 pm US Eastern time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1726 "RaBe!" with special guest Kate Hiß of Radio Bern (RaBe)
    by Frequency Theory on August 8, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Original Air Date: July 27, 2017In tonight's show, "RaBe!" Tom is joined in the studio by Kate Hiß of Radio RaBe (http://rabe.ch) in Bern, Switzerland and discuss radio, NYC, Switzerland, life and music. Plus tracks by: Oscar Brown Jr., Lizzy Mercier Decloux, Ohmega Watts, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Lee Wilson, Tom Tom Club, Adrian Younge, and more!Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10 PM Eastern Time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1725 "Neon Transplant"
    by Frequency Theory on July 18, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Original Air Date: July 13, 2017 It's too damn hot in NYC to talk, so tonight's show, "Neon Transplant" is mostly back to back hip-hop, funk, and jazz from the likes of Ugly Duckling, Soel, The Crusaders, Monty Alexander, Peanut Butter Wolf, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, The Beginning of the End, and way more to cool your jets, Brooklyn-style! Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10pm US Eastern time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1724 "Made for You and Me"
    by Frequency Theory on July 11, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Original Air Date: July 6, 2017 In tonight's episode, "Made For You and Me", Tom gets all post-fourth introspective about the meaning of freedom and independence. Tracks by: Weldon Irvine, Jean Grae, Ray Charles, Homeboy Sandman, Ozomatli, Chicano Batman, Eva Cassidy and more! Plus, a special Independence day edition of "Discover This Cover" featuring four covers of "This Land is Your Land" you cannot live without! Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1723 "Perverted Accordian"
    by Frequency Theory on July 4, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Original air date: June 29, 2017 Tonight's show, "Perverted Accordian," features tracks by Quasimoto, Miles Davis, The Tao of Groove, Prince Fatty, Eddie Jefferson, Champagne Jerry, The Headhunters and more! Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern Time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1722 "Vinyl Guillotine"
    by Frequency Theory on June 27, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Tonight's show, "Vinyl Guillotine" celebrates summer with tracks by Big Sam's Funky Nation, Flow Tribe, The Coup, Shotgun Jazz Band, Eddie Hazel, C. Spencer Yeh, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and more! Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE Thursday 8-10pm Eastern (5pm PT)Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1721 "100th Episode Extravaganza!"
    by Frequency Theory on June 20, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Tom and a host of friends invade the RFB studios to celebrate the 100th episode of one of Radio Free Brooklyn's very first shows with a three-hour live broadcast. Angelica and Amanda, hosts of Empty Orchestra, and Patrick, Violet and Sara of the Apocal-cast all stop by and play a gamified version of "Discover this Cover," and Tom shows his age by stumping them with covers of bygone classics. You'll have to listen to find out who won, and left the studio with a free RFB t-shirt! Listen →