A Hoot and a Howl at the Sydney Opera House

A Hoot and a Howl at the Sydney Opera House

Joey is so peeved at me.

We missed artist Laurie Anderson’s Music for Dogs concert June 5 in the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House. The event was part of Sydney’s Vivid Art and Music Festival, which was co-curated by Anderson and her husband, musician Lou Reed.

Billed as “an inter-specieis social gathering on a scale never seen before in Australia,” the 20-minute concert featured high frequency sounds that were largely out of the hearing range of most of the human members of the audience. The music include tyhe cries of whales, white music, high-pitched electronic sounds along with bass guitar, violin and slide whistle.

The idea came to Anderson in 2009 while back stage with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at a graduation ceremony. The two musicians chatted about how wonderful it would be look at on an audience and see just dogs. Up until the June concert, Anderson and Reed had only ever performed music for their rat terrier, Lollabelle.

An estimated 1,000 pets attended.