Laurie Anderson preps Concert for Dogs, inaudible to their human companions

June 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

by Jim Cummings

Laurie Anderson just keeps on amazing:  she’s written a 20-minute piece for dogs, to be performed outside the Sydney Opera House this week as part of a music festival she’s curating with long-time partner Lou Reed.  It’s billed as “an interspecies social gathering,” and will be largely inaudible to humans who accompany the audience to the show. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, over the past decade Laurie and Lou have created music for their rat terrier, Lolabelle, who “likes things with a lot of smoothness but with beats in them,” according to Anderson, “‘Things with voices and lots of complicated high-end stuff. Chk-chk-chk-chk-chk … that kind of stuff.”  (I’m sure that any dog who lives with these two has reliably average canine musical taste!)  The concert will be brief, since dogs’ aesthetic attention span is relatively short.  ”Actually, I think a lot of shows for people would be improved if they were 20 minutes,” says Anderson. “Shows are too long – my own included.”

[Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images]

Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images

For more on the show, see the festival’s event announcement and the most in-depth press report, in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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