Laurie Anderson’s Music For Dogs

Experimental electronic music: The Sydney Opera House Forecourt will present the world premiere of Laurie Anderson’s Music For Dogs on June 5th.

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, the event will treat our canine friends to “a glorious cacophony of sound”.

All people will be able to hear hear is the lapping of the water on the harbour. It’s a free event.

Anybody think she’s just messing with people?

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9 thoughts on “Laurie Anderson’s Music For Dogs

  1. I've never been impressed with Ms. Anderson's . 'Music for Dogs' doesn't improve my opinion.

    Dogs can hear up to 60 kHz and most speaker systems top out at 20 kHz, so a special system must be used.

    In composting, Ms. Anderson may have pitched the tones to an audible range.

  2. "Music For Dogs" was a surreal hash of slide whistles, synthesiser, strings and saxophone which — while inaudible to humans — sent its four-legged patrons into a frenzy.

    The 20-minute concert kicked off with a mellow set featuring whale calls and soothing white noise, before moving through a rhythm and beat section to a discordant crescendo almost drowned out by hundreds of barks and howls.

    "We've got some singing dogs down here in the mosh pit!" joked Anderson, who led the four-piece band with a variety of instruments including slide whistle, violin and synthesiser.
    Almost 1,000 dog-lovers packed onto the Opera House steps and forecourt to treat their pets to the free outdoor event, part of the Vivid LIVE arts festival curated by Anderson and rock legend partner Lou Reed.

    Anderson and her band used high-frequency sounds inaudible to humans to appeal to the dogs' super-sensitive ears, eliciting excited leaping from some creatures and a cacophony of yelps and yowls.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeq

  3. "Music For Dogs" was a surreal hash of slide whistles, synthesiser, strings and saxophone which — while inaudible to humans — sent its four-legged patrons into a frenzy.

    The 20-minute concert kicked off with a mellow set featuring whale calls and soothing white noise, before moving through a rhythm and beat section to a discordant crescendo almost drowned out by hundreds of barks and howls.

    "We've got some singing dogs down here in the mosh pit!" joked Anderson, who led the four-piece band with a variety of instruments including slide whistle, violin and synthesiser.
    Almost 1,000 dog-lovers packed onto the Opera House steps and forecourt to treat their pets to the free outdoor event, part of the Vivid LIVE arts festival curated by Anderson and rock legend partner Lou Reed.

    Anderson and her band used high-frequency sounds inaudible to humans to appeal to the dogs' super-sensitive ears, eliciting excited leaping from some creatures and a cacophony of yelps and yowls.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeq

  4. ha. gonna take my dog out to get it's tail cut and it's ear's trimmed. grab a latte at starbucks and hit up the laurie anderson music for dogs concert.

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