The glittering sails of the Sydney Opera House went to the dogs today as hundreds of pugs,poodles and pooches converged on the iconic landmark for a world-first concert for canines.
Brainchild of New York performance artist Laurie Anderson,”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.
She credited the exuberant canines for the dazzling sunshine that bathed Sydney for the morning’s festivities the first reprieve in almost three weeks from torrential rain.
“I think the dogs brought on this weather. They don’t want to sit freezing in the rain,they want to have a little sun on their fur,” she laughed.