Music for Dogs ~ Sydney Opera House
The World Premiere of a unique concert experience on the Northern Boardwalk at Sydney Opera House, for you… and your dog! 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 harbour. The morning will be an inter-species social gathering on a scale never seen before in Australia. Breakfast can be purchased onsite 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! ALL DOGS MUST BE ON LEADS. ALL HUMANS MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE OTHER ENDS OF SAID LEADS. Venue: Outdoors, Northern Boardwalk Thanks to Dr Geoff Golovsky of Vet HQ for assistance on the event. Head to the Vivid LIVE Festival Bar – the nerve centre, artistic hub and home base for your Vivid LIVE experience! ~ Opera House takes a walkies on the wild side. WILL they play Bach? Or Offenbach? What about something by
the Pet Shop Boys? New Yorkers Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed will outdo Spencer Tunick’s naked photo shoot by staging one of the strangest events to be seen at the Opera House as part of their Vivid Live festival next month. Music for Dogs – a high-frequency concert that aims to captivate canines while being inaudible to their owners – takes over the northern boardwalk on June 5. It has been inspired by the music that Anderson, a legendary performance artist who is curating the festival with her rock legend husband, has been playing to her beloved rat terrier, Lollabelle, for 11 years. “She likes things with a lot of smoothness but with beats in them,” Anderson said from her Manhattan loft. ”Things with voices and lots of complicated high-end stuff. Chk-chk-chk-chk-chk … that kind of stuff.” The free morning concert will be as short as, well, a chihuahua. “Dogs don’t have a giant concentration span – 20 minutes tops,” Anderson said. ”Actually, I think a lot of shows for people would be improved if they were 20 minutes. Shows are too long – my own included. I dream
of making something that’s a perfect half hour and then it just goes on and on.” How will humans know if anything is being played? “You can just about hear it sometimes,” Anderson said. “And you look at it on the meters and you see what it’s doing. And your dog’s ears will be twitching.” Anderson doesn’t anticipate any canine crowd problems. “We won’t be playing any sudden noises,” she said. “We don’t want them to get super-excited. But it’s OK with me if they run in circles. ”They can express themselves and make a little mosh pit if they feel like it. Maybe we’ll have a buffet later as a reward for coming to the show.” A 20-minute show and free food? Performers might like to consider that approach for human audiences. “Yes!” Anderson laughed. “That would be perfect, wouldn’t it?” Music For Dogs adds to the avant-garde nature of a festival that includes improvised soundscapes by Reed’s Metal Machine Trio, the Tuvan throat-singers Chirgilchin and tai chi classes, as well as more conventional acts such as the Rickie Lee Jones. sources: sydneyoperahouse.com – smh.com.au
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