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Joseph Tompkins4Round Marc Damoulakis, PercussionJeremy Epp, PercussionJoseph Tompkins, PercussionKevin Watkins, Percussion Recorded by Jamey LamarCommissioned by Strings Music Festival In 2018, four percussionists came to the Tank to perform this masterful work “4Round,” which was created specifically for the Tank and deeply explores the reverberations of its unique space. One challenge that Joseph Tompkins faced in […]

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Ida ToninatoWe Become Giants Montréal-based saxophonist, composer and improviser Ida Toninato has an ear for the unknown and a history of exploring reverberant spaces. She came to the Tank in September, 2018, to make this album, We Become Giants, which was beautifully post-produced at Studio Makina in Montréal by sound artist Blaise Borboën-Léonard. For the title […]

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Scot RayVessel Slide guitarist Scot Ray is a genre bending improviser and composer. Previously a trombonist with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Jason Mraz, Nels Cline, Vinny Golia, and Francisco Aguabella, Scot here applies his lifelong fascination with portamento and the non-fixed pitch to lap steel guitar. Scot recorded Vessel at the Tank in the last […]

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Singing RiverO+ABruce Odland & Sam Auinger Single-stringed river harps, played by the flowing water of the Rhine River, produced these serene melodies, which were recorded and then played back into the Tank’s deep resonance to make harmonious tracks, full of peace, wellness, and the power of nature.  Think of them as Gregorian chant, sung by […]

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Jolle Greenleaf & Hank Heijink TENET Vocal Artists Soprano Jolle Greenleaf and Lutenist Hank Heijink performed in The TANK on September 7, 2019. In a concert entitled Echoes of the Ages, this dynamic duo explored themes and variations for lute and voice, playing music from the Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Reverberation has always inspired awe in human beings, and […]

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Welcome to The TANK CHANNEL

LISTEN NOW If you‘ve been wondering what’s happening at the Tank in this time of global pandemic, wonder no more. The Tank is fine, sitting on its hill above Rangely, Colorado, reverberating even at this moment with the desert wind and rain. Not much can happen to a seven-story Corten steel water tank.  It was there […]

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R. Carlos Nakai& Will Clipman R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman performed these songs in the Tank on September 8, 2018. Nakai is the master of the Native American flute and Clipman is a much-honored percussionist. They proved acutely sensitive to the deep resonance of the Tank, as their evocation of the Native American spirit […]

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2019 in Review

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2018 Season Highlights

In May, the Colorado Children’s Chorale came to The TANK and made this lovely video of their visit. Solstice Festival, June 21, 22, 23 Our Solstice Festival culminated with a concert by the great jazz trumpeter, Ron Miles. In July, Temple Grandin visited The TANK, to advise us on programming for children on the autism […]

From Steam Age to World Music Stage by Heather Zadra

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Another tank – from Henning Bergmeyer

I am so excited about your tank project, even though I might never be able to visit The TANK in real life. It is now about eleven years ago that in a magic moment, a group of 9 acoustically experimentalist like-minded people met by coincidence at the same party in the unprobable city of Bielefeld in […]

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What is The TANK? from Cyndeth Allison

What is The TANK? To the welders who built it and the railroad men who set it in place, it was just a cylinder of steel. To several generations of Rangely high school kids, it was a secret club, a place to do those things kids do behind their parents’ backs. To the musicians who […]

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The Epitaph of Seikilos from Elaine DiFalco

The Epitaph of Seikilos and its Reverberance in The TANK.  Estimated as probably being created in the first century, C.E., the Epitaph of Seikilos is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) complete pieces of notated music ever discovered. Etched on a cylindrical tombstone found in southern Turkey, it is a monophonic melody set with […]

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Here you are! from Max Bernstein

Here you are!  The Flinching Eye Collective, a group of media based performance artists, had the privilege to visit The TANK last year. We were on a mission to both support the development of this burgeoning new art center, as well as attempt to engage with it as an acoustic collaborator. What we discovered was a […]

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WHAT WE’VE DONE SO FAR

Here’s a slideshow of all the work that’s taken place between our 2013 Kickstarter and the end of 2015.   

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We have done it!

The TANK is now Legal as a Public Space. Thank you for your generous support and endless encouragement. After three years of hard work, The TANK Center for Sonic Arts in Rangely, Colorado has a Certificate of Occupancy. We transformed an abandoned water tank that no one could enter legally, into a permitted assembly hall, […]

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Massive Progress: Work Party and Nonprofit Status

It’s been just a little over two years since we decided to SAVE THE TANK.So what’s happened in that time? JUST THE HEADLINES (For busy folk.) FRIENDS OF THE TANK is now a 501c3 not for profit with the IRS. WE HAVE OUR BUILDING PERMIT AND HAVE STARTED TO BUILD! Now for the real story. Lets […]

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Big News: Friends of The TANK Awarded Federal 501c3 Nonprofit Status

Big news we are very happy to announce!  Friends of The TANK has been awarded Federal 501(c)(3) non-profit status by the IRS. This means any contributions after July 31, 2014 are tax deductible!  Our non-profit application team worked really hard on this for weeks – gathering loads of information and filing paperwork. It came through much more quickly […]

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The TANK gets the GREEN LIGHT from Rio Blanco County !!!

What a whirlwind in slow motion…. 13 months after the end of our Kickstarter campaign, The TANK has been approved for what is called a Conditional Use Permit.  Without this important but unforeseen step, we would not be allowed to have anyone in the tank in the future!  We never would have guessed that our […]

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Max Bernstein shares his vision of The TANK

The history of the TANK is populated by many unique experiences, experiments, and educations, which until recently had existed almost exclusively under the radar. While I have only had one occasion to visit the tank, the access I was granted on my visit made it obvious to me exactly how important and influential this space […]

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New Experiments in The TANK – October 2013

With credentials too massive to list, 2-time Grammy winner Tom Wassinger came to the TANK for the first time to record. His gorgeous Weissenborn-style Hawaiian lap-steel guitar created a stunning example of what we knew would happen when such big talent is set free in this echoic chamber. The Ladies: A gathering of six local ladies and […]

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Public Meeting, April 10, 2014, Rio Blanco County

We are in the midst of taking our dream public – turning the TANK, an accidental sonic wonder, into a Center for Sonic Arts. We want you to be part of it.   There will be a public meeting with the Rio Blanco County Planning Commission Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the County Annex […]

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A Tank’d Life – from Mark McCoin

First Encounter During my first Tank trip in the early 1980’s with Bruce Odland, Elton Norwood, and Brian Waters, my previous relationship to the practice of music was fundamentally obliterated.  The Tank’s powerful and responsive, reverberant voice quickly made it clear that making sounds in there was not going to be about me, my ego, […]

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October 2013 progress in Rangely!

In October of 2013, three of the FRIENDS OF THE TANK Executive Committee, Bruce Odland, Mark McCoin, and Lois LaFond, spent several days in Rangely to implement the next steps to the Save the Tank project.  After our wonderfully successful spring Kickstarter campaign to raise the needed funds, a myriad of unexpected issues arose. With […]

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‘In The TANK’ from Lois LaFond

In The TANK: Some kind of total alteration of the sensibilities happens in that space … your hands collect the pulse of what is there, and what has been there. It’s as though the rhythm takes over Full Body and it is hard to discriminate between your own hands, what they are doing, the hands […]

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From David Shoemaker

 …By listening to “Leaving Eden” on good headphones or excellent speakers, all the way through, uninterrupted, you will not hear sounds or music the same way for at least 3 days! It impacts the the ear, the brain and the Soul – deeply!!It transforms you! The TANK and the music created in it can do […]

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From Mark Fuller

Although I’ve worked with a number of Friends of the Tank in musical situations over many years, I’ve only once been to the portal. As it turned out, much of what was recorded over the three or four days I was there — with Michael Stanwood, Bruce Odland, Mark McCoin, and briefly, Bob Drake and […]

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From Barb Rossner

Now, my first actual adventure to the TANK begins with a 5 day raft trip on the Yampa with “the boys” (Bruce, Mho, Bruce’s son Max, Mark, and Steve) and culminated with a full-moon trip to the TANK.   I’d heard stories of this acoustical wonder for over 10 years.  My intention was to play […]

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From Dick LaFond

  I found sitting outside the Tank, for twilight medical celebrations, to be enchanting.

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From Ralph – Hearing Voices (Revisited)

In the fall of 2001, under a harvest moon on the last weekend of September, three weeks after the bombing of the World Trade Center, a group of musicians and artists of various sorts gathered in Rangely, Colorado for an extraordinary event. I drove up from Santa Fe, New Mexico, on the invitation of my […]