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May 19, 2010 6:35 PM   Subscribe

"You can just about hear [the music] sometimes," Anderson said. "And you look at it on the meters and you see what it's doing. And your dog's ears will be twitching." Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson take a walkies on the wild side.
posted by flapjax at midnite (37 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
O Superdog?
posted by blucevalo at 6:41 PM on May 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


Who's ass I gotta sniff to get tickets for that show?
posted by chococat at 6:43 PM on May 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


Canine Says
posted by gwint at 6:46 PM on May 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


They're starting to look like hip grandparents, but goddamnit, I bet their week still beats my year.
posted by gwint at 6:48 PM on May 19, 2010 [5 favorites]


And a new Laurie album on June 15? Huzzah!
posted by hippybear at 6:50 PM on May 19, 2010


Metal Muttchine Music
posted by porn in the woods at 6:51 PM on May 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


Knowing that someone is doing a dog concert makes my day. That it's Anderson and Reed only makes it better.
posted by immlass at 7:03 PM on May 19, 2010


I sat directly behind Laurie Anderson at an Antony & the Johnsons concert in NYC a half-decade or so ago. I wondered why her date was wearing a wrinkled brown paper bag over his head until I realized that it was just Lou Reed and there was no bag.

They were very, very nice and I'm kind of a jerk I think.
posted by item at 7:11 PM on May 19, 2010 [5 favorites]


oooh, I hope she does Walk The Dog :)
posted by puny human at 7:13 PM on May 19, 2010


New Yorkie (?)
posted by edgeways at 7:36 PM on May 19, 2010


I'm Waiting for My Manchester Terrier
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:39 PM on May 19, 2010


I'll download it and put it on my dog's iPod.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:42 PM on May 19, 2010


O Doberman, O Pug, O Mom and Dad...
posted by puny human at 7:43 PM on May 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


....FYI, Lou and Laurie are also going to be the grand marshalls of this year's Mermaid Parade on Coney Island. Now I'm kind of hoping they'll have their dog along.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:00 PM on May 19, 2010


I love both Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, and yet the rubbernecker in me really wants them to accidentally trigger some sort of Cujo response in the thousands of puppy listeners.

Horrible of me, I know, but think of the art. The carnage could rival a Dethklok concert.
posted by rokusan at 8:10 PM on May 19, 2010


"I say Whippet!"
"Whippet good."
posted by shockingbluamp at 8:19 PM on May 19, 2010 [3 favorites]


Dog Heroin.
posted by drjimmy11 at 8:21 PM on May 19, 2010


Walk on the woof! side.

(Some years back Anderson was NASA's artist-in-residence. How cool is that?)
posted by octobersurprise at 8:44 PM on May 19, 2010


Is this something I would have to have a dog to understand?
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:54 PM on May 19, 2010


Anderson was NASA's first and last artist-in-residence.
posted by hortense at 9:56 PM on May 19, 2010


now i wanna be your dog
posted by pyramid termite at 10:08 PM on May 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


My dog, Midge, has some sort of feelings about Bjork. I don't know if they're positive, negative, or something else entirely.

If Bjork comes on while we're in the car with her, she sort of yodels along. If we're not in the car, she doesn't yodel, but she pricks up her ears and faces the speaker until the song is over. It's kind of puzzling, actually. The attentive ear-prick is something she does when she's interested in something in a favorable way: the promise of treats and certain other dogs get the ear-prick. The yodeling, on the other hand, is something she's more likely to do when she's vaguely dissatisfied-- like when she's sick of being on the couch but can't quite figure out how to get down, or when she's bored and wants someone to come over and pay attention to her.

If recordings of this concert become available, I'll be very curious to see what Midge makes of them.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 10:25 PM on May 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Given that Lou & Laurie are clearly aliens, I'm assuming that they are simply downloading instructions to our canine "friends" and that this heralds the beginning of the dogpocalypse. Australia seems like as good a place as any to start: no rabies, plenty of kangaroo meat...
posted by Lukenlogs at 11:03 PM on May 19, 2010


beaten to it by bluecevalo

for those who don't know it :oh superman

i have this on vinyl!!
posted by marienbad at 4:27 AM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Item: "I wondered why her date was wearing a wrinkled brown paper bag over his head until I realized that it was just Lou Reed and there was no bag."

"I've never made any bones about the fact that I take amphetamines. Any sane person would every chance they get." - Lou Reed, quoted in Lester Bangs' "How to Succeed in Torture Without Really Trying, or, Louie Come Home, All Is Forgiven" (1976)
posted by Joe Beese at 5:36 AM on May 20, 2010


Anderson was NASA's first and last artist-in-residence.
$20,000 for two years seems like a total bargain! I nominate her for MetaFilter artist in residence. I pledge $2.00, $3.00 if she folds hubby Lou in for half price.
posted by HappyHippo at 6:15 AM on May 20, 2010


Anybody have any good speculation about how this music is actually made? My guess is since dogs have an upper range effectively double that of humans (the absolute upper limit of human hearing is around 22kHz, while dogs can hear up to about 45-46kHz), you could take a piece of music with a bunch of high-frequency tones and somehow double the frequency of every sound's wave. Or, you could compose a song within the range of human hearing, but extremely slow/long, and increase the frequency of the whole waveform until it's all above 22kHz.

I really don't know a whole lot about the physics of audio (I have a vague grasp of the Nyquist theorem and that's about it), so I don't know if this is completely dumb or what. If anyone who knows more has any ideas, I'd like to hear them.
posted by DecemberBoy at 6:21 AM on May 20, 2010


Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed are doing a cover of the Law and Order theme?
posted by Lou Stuells at 7:11 AM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Do you know how many times I had to read this until I realized it wasn't Louie Anderson? Do you know how disappointed I am now?

Do you?
posted by motorcycles are jets at 7:11 AM on May 20, 2010


Just a perfect day
toss frisbees in the park
And then later, when it gets dark, we'll go home

Oh it's such a perfect day
I'm glad I spent it with you
Oh such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on etc
posted by Hammond Rye at 7:18 AM on May 20, 2010


It's creepy how much Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed look alike. They haven't been together that long, have they?

A friend of mine at college once did an Edible Sculpture for Dogs, about 500 pounds of rough butchery. It was a fun event, sort of an art installation for dogs instead of people. All the students brought their dogs. They were scared shitless, uncomfortable and upset by all the raw meat hanging there.
posted by Nelson at 7:34 AM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Standin' on the corner
Milkbone in my hand...
posted by tommasz at 9:09 AM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


This Guardian article was written (but the substance not originally reported) by a Metafilter user. That is, er, me!
posted by Marquis at 9:58 AM on May 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


This seems kind of cruel. The dogs will be all waggly-tailed and excited about getting to hear "Sweet Jane" and "O Superman", and then all they get is some thrown-together 45 kHz wankery. Maybe they'll at least do "All Tomorrow's Pawties".
posted by Crane Shot at 10:06 PM on June 1, 2010


DecemberBoy: "Anybody have any good speculation about how this music is actually made? My guess is since dogs have an upper range effectively double that of humans (the absolute upper limit of human hearing is around 22kHz, while dogs can hear up to about 45-46kHz), you could take a piece of music with a bunch of high-frequency tones and somehow double the frequency of every sound's wave. Or, you could compose a song within the range of human hearing, but extremely slow/long, and increase the frequency of the whole waveform until it's all above 22kHz."

Doubling the frequency of the sound waves is called transposing up an octave.

Jangling your keys makes sounds well into the hundreds of thousands of kilohertz. There is no difficulty in making sounds higher than a human can hear, the issue is recording them digitally (you need a very high sampling rate for that, of course). With a synthesizer it could just be as simple as composing the music in the upper end of the human hearing range and then transposing it up by an octave and a half upward (20 khz is the nominal upper frequency heard by humans, 60khz is the nominal upper range for a dog). Removing sound below 20khz (or any other frequency) is simple. It is called filtering (in this case a high pass filter) and is a technology as old as electronic amplification (though our new filters are much better of course).
posted by idiopath at 1:00 AM on June 2, 2010


idiopath: "hundreds of thousands of kilohertz"

err, make that hundreds of khz, aka hundreds of thousands of hz (though jangling keys may go that much further, I have no idea what the upper limit is really - just that they go very very high).
posted by idiopath at 1:16 AM on June 2, 2010


You ever go to a concert and sit next to people who brought their kids? Maybe it was a "family" concert, maybe not. But it's obvious through the whole thing that the parents wanted their kids to like it so much more than it would have been possible for the kids to like it. And the parents seem to be having a good time, but they spend too much of it trying to demonstrate to their kids what a good time they're having.

This will be like that, but with dogs.
posted by roll truck roll at 11:54 AM on June 2, 2010


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