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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 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 1804 "Treasonous"
    by Frequency Theory on February 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Original Air Date: February 8, 2018 On tonight's show, "Treasonous" astounds with an eclectic mix of hip-hop, nu jazz, funk, punk and more - mixed, matched, mashed, crossed-over and amalgamated. Featuring tracks by: Fatback Band, Cut Chemist, Tom Browne, Eclectic Method, Loser's Lounge, The Clash, ArtOfficial, Marta Kubisova, and many more surprises.  PLUS: Discover This Cover!  Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern Only on Radio Free Brooklyn Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1803 "Soldiers of Sound"
    by Frequency Theory on January 31, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Original Air Date: January 25, 2018 On tonight's show, "Soldiers of Sound," Tom is back live in the studio after a week off and paying tribute to three soldiers of sound we've lost this month: Hugh Masekela, Joe Frank, and Mark E. Smith (The Fall). Also, tracks by alive artists Kamasi Washington, Souls Of Mischief, Amanda Palmer, Cut Chemist, Richard In Your Mind and more. Aaaand then a few more dead ones. PLUS: Discover this Cover! Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday 8-10pm. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1801 "Colder Than Mars"
    by Frequency Theory on January 9, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Original Air Date: January 4, 2018 Since you're staying in tonight, grab a hot toddy and enjoy 2 hours of nu jazz, hip hop, funk and other junque on an all-new Frequency Theory. Tonight's show, "Colder Than Mars" features tracks by Ninjoi, The Bamboos, Prince Fatty, Flowering Inferno, Eddie Hazel, DJ Hurricane, Junior Parker, and more! PLUS: an ultra-supercharged "Discover This Cover" at the halfway mark. Join us! Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern (US) time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1744 "Radio Show"
    by Frequency Theory on January 2, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Original Air Date: December 28, 2017 On this week's show, "Radio Show" (with a nod to Repo Man), Tom is back in town and back on the mic, closing out the year with funk, jazz and hip-hop from James Pants, The Hi-Fly Orchestra, D/troit, Hannah Williams, Bajka, Floyd Lawson, Dr. Rubberfunk and more! Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern (US) Time.  Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1743 "Sex Coffee"
    by Frequency Theory on December 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    This week's show, "Sex Coffee" features 2 hours of funk, hip-hop, jazz and other experimental weirdness with tracks by John Handy, Femi Kuti, Banana Erectors, Ron Miles, Alice Russell, Max Sedgly, Chris Joss, Speedometer, DJ Format and more. PLUS: A special edition of "Discover This Cover" honoring the life and music of David Cassidy. Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE Thursday 8-10pm Eastern (US) Time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1742 "Soft Robotics"
    by Frequency Theory on December 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Tonight's show, "Soft Robotics," features funk-soul-jazz-hiphop with tracks by Fatlip, Keller Williams, Roots Manuva, Third Coast Kings, Leftfield, Escort, William Onyeabor and more! PLUS: A special-super long edition of "Discover This Cover" Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday 8-10 PM Eastern (US) time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn Listen →

  • Frequency Theory 1741 "Snakefoot"
    by Frequency Theory on November 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Original Air Date: November 16, 2017 Frequency theory is funk, jazz, hip-hop, and jelly donuts shaken from policemen's hands by naked mole rats decked out in paisley swimshorts.Tonight's episode, "Snakefoot," features tracks by Ramsey Lewis, Kutiman, The Cactus Channel, Chet Faker, Jovanotti, Patti Drew, Pharoahe Monch, Alphonse Mouzon and more! Plus: Discover this Cover, BONUS: Tom chats with Grace McCreight, host of the new RFB show "Discotheqno."Frequency Theory can be heard LIVE every Thursday from 8-10pm Eastern (US) Time. Only on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 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, 2017 Frequency 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, 2017 Tonight'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, 2017 Hosted 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, 2017 Tonight'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, 2017 Tonight: "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, 2017 In 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 →

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