About this project
Tank Friend Lois LaFond and Rangely Councilwoman Elaine Urie singing "Amazing Grace" in the TANK earlier this week
Huge gratitude and thanks to all our amazing donors who have joined the Tank Team!
But, wait! We're not done Kickstarting!Now it's time to fund our Stretch Goal so we can
- expand outreach to the schools and community;
- hook-up the TANK with state-of-the-art connectivity to the internet;
- have an earlier launch of THE TANK CHANNEL;
- purchase permanent recording equipment for the TANK.
There's still more to do to Save The Tank! We hope you'll continue to support!
THE FUTURE OF THE TANK IS YOU
What would YOU do in the Tank? We posed that question to Alvin Lucier, Laurie Anderson, Annea Lockwood,Sam Auinger, and many other artists.
THE TANK is an acoustical marvel, a spiritually altering experience found nowhere else on earth. A 60’ tall, 30’ across rusted steel water tank – never used – was discovered in Colorado by sound artist and sonic thinker Bruce Odland in 1976. A small group of musicians has been recording there ever since.
THE TANK is a sonic wonder of the world with a shifting, swirling reverberation longer and richer than the Taj Majal or the Great Pyramid. Sitting unnoticed in the dirt hills outside Rangely, Colorado — surrounded by oil pumps and dirt bike trails — the profound acoustic beauty within is balanced by the austerity of its remote location and its simple industrial architecture.
- Michael Stanwood, Mho Salim, and Mark McCoin talk about the TANK in Thought Process Films upcoming documentary.
THE TANK has changed the ears and hearts of everyone who has ever played there or listened to this cathedral of sound. It retunes our music and wakes up our ears to new potential. Sound comes from a mouth or an instrument and soars around the space, expanding its dimensionality, growing and moving and living and shifting until a single tone becomes a whole world of sound. One would be hard pressed to discover a space with greater potential for creative depth or exploration. Enter and THE TANK will totally alter what you think sound and music are.
But, now, THE TANK is in danger of the unthinkable: it could fall silent. No more music, no more sound. No more recording, teaching, collaborating, creativity. Rusting and decaying in the elements; left to dust, weather, vandalism, land speculation, and encroachment from the gas/oil boom — this could be the future for THE TANK.
This is why we have launched a Kickstarter Campaign.
We have come to Kickstarter to ask for your help to SAVE THE TANK! A successfully funded Kickstarter campaign will make OUR version of the future for THE TANK a reality. We will share this experience and open it up to others. We will invite old masters and young musicians to play and record there. We will make TANK music available to all on THE TANK CHANNEL, an internet community of musicians and listeners built around the amazing and transformative acoustics of this musical portal. We will rescue, save and preserve The Tank for the Human Spirit, for Creative Exploration, and for Posterity.
Here's what we plan to do:
• Secure THE TANK, clean it, protect it, preserve it, share it.
• Add solar power, a trailer/control room for recording and performances.
• Outreach to the Rangely schools and community organizations to provide workshops and performances.
• Make THE TANK available and accessible to musicians and sound artists from around the world to make recordings that can be done nowhere else. In the completely unique and special acoustics of THE TANK — a rusty accident that turns out to be a sonic miracle — they will experience a rich, harmonically shifting and three dimensional reverb, that will will transform how they hear their music. Forever.
• Create THE TANK CHANNEL as an open source library to explore all music created at THE TANK — past, present, and future.
- For Rangely's own Sammi Moon (Wade), the TANK "has been in my life since I was a kid." She astounded all when she joined musicians in April, 2012 and let her extraordinary voice soar in the TANK. "Sammi's Song" is the result.
Who Are We?
"Friends of THE TANK" is an eclectic group of artists, sonic explorers and practical minds bound by a common experience — THE TANK — who, one by one, have joined the ranks of the effort to save and develop this magnificent acoustic resource. This growing collective seeks to expand our numbers to include other courageous performers and passionate listeners.
- Max Bernstein - Interdisciplinary Media Artist
- Foster Brashear - Electronics designer, Inventor
- Bob Drake - Musician, Songmaker, Recording Person
- Mark Fuller - Mastering Engineer
- Mary-Ann Greanier - Poet, Playwright, Activist
- James Hoskins - Multi-instrumentalist, Middle-eastern music specialist
- Dick LaFond - Civil Rights Lawyer
- Lois LaFond - Singer/songwriter, Educator
- Mark McCoin - Sound and Multimedia Artist, Educator
- Jeremiah Moore - Sound Designer, Sound Artist
- Ron Miles - Master Trumpeter, Educator
- Bruce Odland - Composer, Sound Artist, Sonic Thinker
- Cheri Perry - Owner, Main Street Coffee House, Rangely, CO
- Barb Rossner - Information Systems Designer and River Runner
- Mho Salim - Computer Scientist and River Runner
- David Shoemaker - Composer and Entrepreneur
- Britney Skelton - Nurse, Music Lover, Community Liason, Rangely, CO
- Michael Stanwood - Musician, Performer, Educator, Keeper of the Tank
- Barbara Wade - Longtime Rangely resident and TANK supporter from the beginning
- Robert Wert - Lawyer, Businessman
The Rewards are listed on the side bar, but here are a few we think you'll love:
Save the TANK T-shirt
Leaving Eden: Bruce Odland's epic journey through love and loss of a beautiful Blue Green Planet.
Bardo Tank: Master Trumpet player Ron Miles explores deep space and reverb with percussionists Marc McCoin and Bruce Odland.
Portal: Michael Stanwood and friends' magical exploration of world instruments and Shamanistic impulses.
(Please listen on your best speakers or headphones so you can hear the full dimension of THE TANK's acoustics. It's worth it.)
Check this page often for updates.
The Save the Tank Team thanks you so very much for your support!!!
Risks and challenges
SAVE THE TANK was conceived by a diverse team of artists, businesspeople, educators, and lawyers committed to saving and preserving this acoustical treasure. The project, once funded, is in an excellent position to achieve its goal. Coalesced around the transforming experience of THE TANK and its music, the core group has been together, in one form or another, for more than twenty years. Spread over the planet — with a concentration in Denver and Rangely itself — we've used new and old technologies to pool our individual strengths and talents to write this Kickstarter campaign, create THE TANK CHANNEL and website, establish a social media presence, and set up a not-for-profit called "Friends of THE TANK".
Our SAVE THE TANK budget and schedule include all the costs of refurbishing THE TANK and setting up THE TANK CHANNEL. Our plan is to open THE TANK to the larger community by Summer 2013.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN COMPLETING THIS PROJECT?
Once the money is raised, we will secure the tank, clean it, protect it, and preserve it. We will add solar power and a control room for recordings. We will set up and formally launch THE TANK CHANNEL.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
The only real risk is that, after raising the money and doing the work, no one is interested in what THE TANK and THE TANK CHANNEL have to offer. However, given the wide interest already expressed by artists and listeners from around the world, we believe that's not much of a risk at all.
A musician friend owns the Tank and land. He will donate both to us when we succeed with the Kickstarter campaign. We are "Friends of the Tank", a Colorado not for profit corporation created and organized to be stewards of this structure.
-add electrical service; install a larger door; build a small control room with an internet connection; clean, paint, refit locks, hatches, and doors to make the building safe for use; put up the TANK CHANNEL on the web to share TANK sounds; establish outreach programs with local schools and organizations; end up with a more developed facility for sustained future use and programs. Kickstarter and Amazon Payments take their cut as do T-Shirts, CD's and mailing.
Fortunately not. It never held oil, or the water it was intended to hold; it was abandoned before being used. With the planned enlarged portal and the top hatch, plenty of fresh air passes through.
We have an ongoing, open conversation with our supporters and interested parties about use and future programs. A process for submitting proposals to play and record in the TANK has yet to be decided. When the nonprofit board makes that decision, we'll publicize to our supporters first. As of now, use and programs are intentionally undefined; we wish to define this within this growing TANK community.
Proposals might include; Artist residency programs, Education, listening exercises, recording sessions, invitations to specific artists to record in the TANK, limited small concert performances, sound art or acoustical explorations, studies of perception cognition, architecture.
We are exploring virtual use of the tank as a remote reverb chamber over the internet and will let you know. There are significant challenges at this remote location.
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