Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson Plan High Frequency Concert for Dogs


Lou Reed will be taking a dog walk on the wild side later this week, as the singer and his composer wife, Laurie Anderson, will be holding a high frequency recital for dogs and their human companions at the Sydney Opera House.

(Lou Reed; Credit: Danny Norton)

The ad for the show reads:

"Laurie Anderson has composed a 20 minute work especially for the

hearing range of dogs – who can hear frequencies far outside the human

audio spectrum. Taking the idea of the apparently inaudible dog whistle

to new artistic heights, our canine friends will be treated to a

glorious cacophony of sound, while all we will hear is the lapping of

the water on the harbor.

The morning will be an inter-species social gathering on a scale

never seen before in Australia. Breakfast can be purchased on site

including freshly brewed coffee and egg & bacon rolls, while you

watch dog demonstrations and be surprised by some very special guests. 

This is an event that you’ll be yapping about for years to come, an

absolute must for any dog and their two legged friends!"

Both Anderson and Reed have indicated that they enjoy making such music for their own rat terrier named Lollabelle.

Anderson told the Sydney Morning Herald, "She likes things with a lot of smoothness but with beats in them."

The prolific composer continued that she was inspired to create such a show after she attended a performance at the Vivid Live festival in Sydney.

"Wouldn't it be great, if you were playing a concert and you look out and you see all dogs?"

BBC News indicated that Reed is helping to stage the 20-minute show. 

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