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2021 Solstice Festival

Todd Barton

Modular Synth legend Todd Barton will be improvising with his Buchla at the TANK as part of the Solstice Festival, Saturday, June 19th, 8pm. Todd is a composer, sound designer, multimedia performer, and analog synthesist, specializing in Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments, the iconic synthesizers that have defined experimental music since the early ‘70s.

The combination of Todd’s electronic wizardry and the deep, all-encompassing reverb of the Tank will make a peak sonic experience. And you’ll hear it under the starry Colorado sky.

Tickets for Todd Barton are $20.
On sale here.

Slow Beethoven

The Festival continues on Sunday, June 20, with Slow Beethoven, a walk-through installation of a slowed down and electronically-stretched movement from a late Beethoven string quartet. Slowing it down will allow each of those lush, Ludwiggy chords to ring out and fade in the Tank, where sounds may sustain for up to 40 seconds.

Played by Lara St. John (Violin 1), Miranda Cuckson (Violin 2), Milan Milisavljevic (Viola), and Jeffrey Zeigler (Cello) at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York, then recorded at the Tank via remote signal, this project will be a prominent experiment in a year of Beethoven festivities for his 250th birthday.  Slow Beethoven is a collaboration between the Tank and National Sawdust, made possible by a grant from the Gil Schwartz Foundation.

Purchase tickets for Slow Beethoven here.

The Solstice Festival will also include activities on Sunday, June 20, aimed to focus and enhance your sense of being on the planet on this longest day of the year:

Dawn Celebration (5:45am)

Bell ringing at culmination–when the sun is highest in the sky (1:17pm)

Evening celebrations, building the moment of Solstice itself (9:32pm)

Bring your ears to the party!

Tickets for Todd Barton are $20.

Tickets for Slow Beethoven are $20.

One-ticket weekend pass for the Festival is $35.

Buy them here.

The Tank and the West
Bill Frisell and Bill Morrison

On August 28, at 8pm the Tank will present its much-anticipated and delayed event with the guitarist/composer Bill Frisell and the filmmaker Bill Morrison, with digitally-mapped projections on the Tank and the landscape by Future Lighting of Los Angeles.  The event will celebrate the town of Rangely and the region and depict the Tank itself as an emblem of the American West.  Purchase tickets for this event here.

Other Activities

The TANK Center for Sonic Arts is returning to a normal schedule for its 2021 season, starting May 1. Last year, while the Tank’s activities were disrupted by the pandemic, the organization put an emphasis on bringing the sonic experience of the Tank to audiences online. We’ll continue these programs in 2021, too. 

Open Saturdays

Free public visiting hours from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays until Oct. 31.

Put Your Head in the Tank

Put Your Head in the Tank is a new program, using binaural head microphones and a 360-degree video camera, that allows a listener anywhere to be immersed in the Tank, through a Facebook link. 

The Tank Masters Series

The Tank Masters Series, concerts by artists who have proven most skilled at playing the instrument that is the seven-story water tank, will present new music via the Tank’s website, tanksounds.org. 

Tank Mind

New installments of the sonic meditation program called Tank Mind, designed to calm and ease the listener, will again be broadcast, also via the web.

Book the Tank

The Tank’s program of recording sessions will also return, as will the regular booking of non-recording visits. For more on reserving the Tank for your session or group, click here.