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From James Hoskins

To get a cello through the ~18″ portal into the Tank, I had to use a Knilling “Portacello” that I’d purchased in Hollywood decades ago to enable me to practice quietly in an apt. there. It’s a skinny, rectangular version of a cello that looks like something Picasso would’ve painted in Cubist fashion. I had […]

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From Sammi Moon

The tank has been in my life since I was a kid. The musicians that would play unusual and magical instruments inside would come over to my grandmother’s, Barbara Wade, and visit with my family and I until night fall when we’d all go crawl through the portal of the tank, and awe at the […]

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From Mho Salim

So, here is a Tank story from the early 90’s. A musician friend wanted to follow his dream in San Francisco, and his wife wanted to continue her life here [in Colorado]. On a Friday night, our two children, my wife, and myself got into the Volvo station wagon (its back setup as a bed […]

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From Sam Auinger

Sound Artist and Sonic Thinker Sam Auinger has been Bruce’s artistic partner in o+a since 1987. In 1991, Sam made his first trip to the TANK.

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How the Tank Was Found

  [vimeo src=”//player.vimeo.com/video/61842760?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0″ width=”100%” height=”300″ /] “The discovery of the TANK: an exciting tale of abduction and two-by-fours.”                                                 – D. Reiffel Back in 1976, during the Colorado BiCentenial, I went with 60 artists on a tent tour of small towns in Colorado to transform these communities with art. I’ve been going back to Rangely, Colorado […]

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From Dexter Payne

The tank taught me a lot about sounds, and not in a book way. Overtones, too. I play only one note at a time. Have always loved stairwells, parking garages, etc. for their resonance, even wooden dance halls that grab the woodwinds and roll the sound around the walls. The tank was like a candy […]

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RANGELY CHRONICLES

Travelogue: Lois & Dick’s trip to Rangely, March 27th 2013

What a scene! Kids crawling and tumbling into The Tank while their Moms and the Mayor and a Councilwoman figure out how the heck to get through that 18” porthole – finally finding the usual individualized techniques. Looking awestruck, each person’s head pointing up to that grand cathedral-like peak, while talking with such excitement, which […]

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Travelogue: Lois & Dick’s trip to Rangely, March 26th 2013

Those of us in Colorado know the route: I-70, the Vails, the spectacular Glenwood Canyon, the iron oxide hills… .. and then the shift: Northwest Colorado. Spacious. Desolate. Barren. Brown this time of year. Beautiful. Rangely. One stoplight. We had dinner at Heather’s house. She wrote a wonderful article for the area newspaper, which has […]

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‘Free Yampa 20 Years’ from Mho Salim

Free Yampa 20 years from Mho Salim on Vimeo. Images from the Yampa river. Brother Massoud took most of these pictures during his first trip down Yampa (May 2006). There are a couple of pictures by Marc McCoin and also a couple by Mho Salim. The background music are two pieces by Bruce Odland. The […]

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From Michael Stanwood (Keeper of the TANK)​

For a long time the Tank has been a friend and teacher to me and to many other musicians who have made the trek out to play in the extraordinary sound chamber. Indeed, there is magic in hearing a note decaying for forty seconds and seeming to go some place. You are in a numinous […]