Andrew Niess

Second Year Graduate Student in Theory
Room 103, Lerner Music Building
Andrew is a Benjamin Franklin doctoral fellow studying music theory at the University of Pennsylvania. His current research interests include: listening and subjectivity under late capitalism, the conflation of acts of listening and acts of consuming, intersections of public policy and noise/commercial music, the music of Morton Feldman, theories of the avant-garde and the popular, and computational musicology. His current and future projects consider: ice cream truck music as violence; the politics and implications of machine learning algorithms used by music streaming services on listeners' desires/tastes, and; telephone hold music and the discomfort of silence.  Andrew is a composer, conductor, and performer whose work can be found at