The TANK Center for Sonic Arts
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The TANK, a 60-foot-tall, 30-foot-across, rusted and abandoned steel water tank, was discovered in Rangely, Colorado by sound artist and sonic thinker Bruce Odland in 1976. An acoustical marvel, with a forty-seconds-long, shifting, swirling reverberation, The TANK was saved, restored, and repurposed by Friends of The TANK, and is now home to The TANK Center for Sonic Arts.

Join us for Season Two at The TANK!

Open Saturdays! Concerts! Recording! Jam Sessions! Open Mics! Community Events! Listening...

CNCC Days at The TANK, May 4th and 5th, 9am - 1:00pm. Colorado Northwestern Community College students, graduates, alumni, families, friends, professors, administration, and staff are invited to experience The TANK. Admission is free. Read more here.

Open Saturdays at The TANK begins on May 6th, 9am - 1:00pm, and continues every Saturday through October. The public is invited to enjoy, explore, and experience a shared sonic environmment. Admission is free. Read more

Help us to keep Open Saturdays at The TANK free to all.
Become a member of The TANK Center for Sonic Arts today!

Sun Dagger at East Four Mile Rock Art near Rangely

2017 Summer Solstice Celebrations at The TANK
June 16th - Sound Circle concert for the community
June 17th — Open Mic at The TANK
     Bring your instrument, your voice, your friends, and perform at The TANK. 

June 18th — Barbecue, concert, and aerial sculptures outside at The TANK
   Concert by singer/songwriter 
Frank Westcott & multi-instrumentalist Kim Deschamps 
     Aerial sculptures by
George Peters and Melanie Walker  

June 18th — "Ring the Bells That Still Can Ring" 
     Bring your bells and join in conducted bell ringing inside The TANK. 

June 21st — Roomful of Teeth Fundraising Concert 
     Seats (and sound!) will be available inside and outside The TANK for this concert! 

Details will be available soon at
Roomful of Teeth, a GRAMMY-winning vocal project, will perform
a fundraising concert at The TANK on the Summer Solstice, June 21st.
Who's recording at The TANK in Season Two?

Sound Circle, Roomful of Teeth, Frank Westcott, Christina Ivanna, Elaine diFalco, Christina Hidebrandt...

You? Email or call 970.368.2657 to inquire about scheduling recording time in The TANK.  

On May 18th, 2017, Colorado Preservation, Inc. will present the inaugural Preservation Edge Award to The TANK Center for Sonic Arts, recognizing the preservation of an historic resource through unique and creative methods. We are pleased and honored to receive this award, and we hope it will encourage others in their journey to preserve the gems of Colorado's past. Go here for information about attending the awards ceremony in Denver.

Thanks to a $15,000 grant from The Boettcher Foundation, Bruce Odland, Mark Fuller, Bill Ballou, Foster Brashear and Jill Brashear will converge on The TANK in late May to do a complete acoustical treatment on the Control Room, and install state-of-the-art recording gear, including two large diaphragm Charter Oak E700 multi-pattern microphones, two DPA 4006 omni microphones, and a Grace 108 mic preamplifier. We already have 12 mic lines, 4 returns, 2 Ethernet lines, and 2 BNC lines for video between The TANK and the container/control room. 

(We'll also get a new-to-us storage shed with a brand new roof in the bargain.)  
Rinde Eckert performed at The TANK during "Rinde's Odyssey" last fall: "...9000 miles. East coast. West coast. Heartland in Between. At each stop he is evolving his performance of My Fools: A Life in Song, performing in friends' living rooms, theaters, museums and universities." Our Programming Committee has invited Rinde to become our first artist-in-residence at The TANK.
Are you interested in recording or performing at The TANK? Would you like to bring friends to The TANK to experience the sounds within? Do you know a musician or sound explorer who'd love to receive the gift of a recording session in The TANK?

Email, or call 970.368.2657 for more information about availability and fees for scheduling time in The TANK.  

Help us to expand and support access to The TANK.
Become a member of The TANK Center for Sonic Arts today!
The Tank Center for Sonic Arts Community and Outreach Committee, chaired by Lois LaFond, is hard at work planning Season Two events with young people, elders, veterans, visiting artists, and neighboring communities. 

Support access to The TANK through our Community & Outreach efforts.
Become a member of The TANK Center for Sonic Arts today!
Mario L. Sullivan, Ph.D., professor in the Marine Sciences Program at Colorado Northwestern Community College, Rangely Campus, and one of his students, Kayce Serafin, during a recent lab about the physics of sound in The TANK.
Get involved with The TANK Center for Sonic Arts.
join our Board of Directors
become a member
learn to be sound engineer in The TANK
bring your class or youth organization

donate (money, time, ideas)
sign up for our newsletters and updates

Email, or call 970.368.2657 to find out how.

We have so many people, companies, and organizations to thank for their support:

• Chevron Corporation, for a $5,000 general operations grant;
• Rio Blanco County, through its Commissioners Shawn Bolton (Chairman), Jeff Rector, and Si Woodruff, awarded us a $5,000 grant for our youth programs, including Days of Sonic Learning, sound engineer training, and our Day at The TANK for Rangely 4th and 5th graders;
• The Boettcher Foundation's grant of $15,000 allows us to create a state-of-the-art recording environment in the container.

Our many supporters: Our donors from around the world, Rangely Recreation Center, Ted and Janette Shonts, Cherise Cardin Photography, Sue Forward, Sodexo Services, The Blue Mountain Inn, James Stinson, Brittny Campos, True Value, Elizabeth Robinson Studio, Home on The Rangely, Sweetbriar, Giovanni's Italian Grill, Urie Trucking, Superintendent Matthew Scoggins, Sam Tolley, Peter Brixius, Joe Livingston, Michelle Sturm, Roomful of Teeth, James Paul, Galen Clarke, and David Brunel. (With apologies to anyone we have inadvertantly forgotten to thank. You know we love you!)

Thanks to all new and founding members of The TANK Center for Sonic Arts.

Our volunteers: Julia Davis & Joe Kirkwood, Lisa & Larry Hatch, Leslie Neilsen, Jim VanWagoner, Beth Wiley, Corina & Frank Cortez, Elaine & Steve Urie, Lily Urbanik, Lou Dean, and Shelby Lindsay.

Our Rangely staff: Heather Zadra and Samantha Wade.

And our Board of Directors: Bruce Odland, Lisa Hatch, Jeremiah Moore, and Mark McCoin (Executive Committee), Tom Wasinger (TANK Time), and Lois LaFond (Community and Outreach).  

• a cubby/shoe rack for loose shoes (see above)

• AED (Automated External Defibrillator) 

• a heavy-duty first aid kit 

• solar dark-sky lighting for the parking areas 

• a barbecue grill

• air miles 

• a working Mac Powerbook 

If you have any of these things, our would like to purchase them for The TANK, please contact

Copyright ©2017 Friends of The TANK, All rights reserved.

The TANK Center for Sonic Arts is located at 233 County Road 46, in Rangely, Colorado 81648

Our mailing address is:
Friends of the Tank
PO Box 20764
Boulder, CO 80308-3764

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