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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, 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 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 →

  • Frequency Theory 1818 "Not In Our Stars"
    by Frequency Theory on July 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: July 5, 2018 Tonight's show, "Not in Our Stars", celebrates the downfall of the kleptocrat EPA director with 2 hours at the intersection of jazz, funk, r&b, and hip-hop. Tracks by: Club des Belugas, Galactic, Cornelius, Monophonicos, Pete Rock, Breakestra, Har Mar Superstar, Luscious Jackson and way more! PLUS: Discover This Cover at half time. Frequency Theory can be heard live every Thursday 8-10pm Eastern Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1817 "Nothing's Gonna Be Alright"
    by Frequency Theory on June 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: June 21, 2018 Tonight's show, "Nothing's Gonna Be Alright" tries to make sense of our country's official nadir with 2 hours of discordant jazz and conflicted funk colliding with belligerent hip-hop and various experimental sounds of despair. Join the fun with tracks by: Mose Allison, The Coup, Up Bustle & Out, Hungry March Band, Ghost Funk Orchestra, DJ KRUSH, Eclectic Method, 6ix Toys and more. Frequency Theory can be heard live every Thursday 8-10pm EasternOnly on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1816 "Rain Getting Colder"
    by Frequency Theory on June 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: June 14, 2018 Tonight's show, "Rain Getting Colder" kicks off with a goodbye to an American icon, and then kicks in to 2 hours of funk, jazz, and hip-hop with tracks by Shintaro Sakamoto, DJ Logic, Funky Destination, Basement Freaks, Ghost-Note, The Polyphonic Spree, Bro. Valentino The Man and the Music, Pitch & Scratch and more. Frequency Theory can be heard Live every Thursday 8-10pm Eastern. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1815 "Every Penny You Still Don't Have"
    by Frequency Theory on June 13, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Original Air Date: June 7, 2018 Tonight's show, "Every Penny You Still Don't Have", is 2 hours of funky, jazzy, hip-hoppy eclectic whirled music with tracks by Jorge Ben Jor, Antibalas, The Killer Meters, Jacqueline Taïeb, Petra Haden, Clipse and more. Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE Thursday 8-10pm Eastern Only on Radio Free Brooklyn (radiofreebrooklyn.org) Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1814 "Invisible"
    by Frequency Theory on May 29, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Original Air Date: May 24, 2018 Tonight's show, "Invisible" is 2 hours of jazz/funk, hip-hop, turntablism, and tests of your auricular fortitude. Tracks by: Afrologic, TOO MANY ZOOZ, Cornershop, Onyx Collective, KING AYISOBA, Cornershop and more. Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10 pm Eastern Time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1813 "Quartz Contentment"
    by Frequency Theory on May 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: May 17, 2018 Tonight's show, "Quartz Contentment," features 2 hours of funk, jazz, hip-hop and experimental oddities. Tracks by Oliver Nelson, Rob Paravonian, J-Zone, Garaj Mahal, Spanner Jazz Punks, GoGo Penguin, Andrew Bird, and way more. PLUS (as always): Discover this Cover at the halfway mark.  Frequency Theory can be heard Live Thursday 8-10 Eastern Only on Radio Free Brooklyn Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1812 "Herculean"
    by Frequency Theory on May 8, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Original Air Date: May 3, 2018 Tonight's show, "Herculean" is 2 hours of funk, jazz, hip hop, and far out experimental weirdo shit. Tracks by Bonzo Doo Dah Band, Ezra Furman, Sons Of Kemet, Smokepurpp, Stanley Turrentine, Girl Talk, Deerhoof and more. Frequency Theory can be heard live every Thursday 8-10 PM Eastern Only on Radio Free Brooklyn Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1811 "As It's Bean"
    by Frequency Theory on April 25, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Original Air Date: April 19, 2018 In tonight's show, "As It's Bean", Tom is back in the studio after an extended absence, and will be paying tribute to a recently departed friend with few words, but much music, including: Melodysheep, Songhoy Blues, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jimmy Smith, Savoy Motel, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Stereo MCs and more. Frequency Theory can be heard live every Thursday 8-10pm Eastern. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1810 "Enough'
    by Frequency Theory on April 4, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Tonight's show, "Enough" features funk, jazz, and hip-hop inspired by last week's "March for our Lives" Tracks by: Leslie Hutchinson, The Funky Lowlives, DJ Muggs, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dzihan & Kamien, The Budos Band and more. Frequency Theory can be heard live every Thursday 8-10pm Eastern Only on Radio Free Brooklyn Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1809 "Listen to the Radio"
    by Frequency Theory on March 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Original Air Date: March 22, 2018 Tonight's show, "Listen to the Radio," is all up in ya face with a multifarious mix of funk, jazz, hip-hop, and other oddball finds featuring SHINEHEAD, Louis Prima, The Tape-beatles, Terry Callier, Scratch Bandits Crew, Thunderbitch, Chinese Man and more! PLUS: Discover this Cover at the midway point! Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday 8-10pm Eastern.Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

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