Saturday, June 05, 2010


Laurie Anderson, groundbreaking performance artist and Lou Reed's better half, has put on a concert in Australia for dogs:
Anderson — who often plays music for her rat terrier Lollabelle — said the idea originated during a chat with cellist Yo-Yo Ma while the two were waiting backstage at a graduation ceremony.

"We thought, 'Wouldn't it be great if you're playing a concert and you look out and everyone's a dog?'" Anderson said. "So I thought if I ever get a chance to do that, I'm gonna do it. And today was it. So this is like a highlight of my life."

The music had varying effects on the pooches, with a series of high-pitched whale sounds working several into a frenzy. Many wagged their tails and barked in apparent encouragement, while others stared at the stage with glazed eyes.

Her original plan was to only play in the high octaves beyond human hearing but fine for communicating with dogs. The final decision was to give the owners some fun as well, coming down two octaves. One anecdotal result:
April Robinson giggled as her small dog Spot swiveled his head toward the stage, ears perked high.

"He loves it!" she squealed while Spot stared wide-eyed at Anderson.

My guess is that the dogs had some difficulty applauding afterwards.

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