For years, since the 1970’s, dedicated sound explorers, among them New York-based Bruce Odland, converged upon an empty steel tank located in western Colorado to make secret recordings. The TANK, now known as The TANK Center for Sonic Arts, is 40 feet across and 65 feet tall; its insides generate a reverb of up to 40 seconds along with a wide variety of overtone series. In fact, The TANK is the instrument, (rather than the trumpet, accordion, or voices one might play with inside of it), ever-changing with the temperature of the steel. No longer a secret, The TANK is now legit, having received its Certificate of Occupancy, after a few years of renovations to make sure that the facility is up to international code. Now in its second season of programmed concerts at the newly renovated storage tank-turned-assembly hall, The TANK Center for Sonic Arts is now host to sonic explorers; musicians, performers, and other visitors alike.
Composer & sound artist Bruce Odland, also the Chairman of Friends of The Tank, along with composer/writer/performer Rinde Eckert join John Schaefer for this edition of New Sounds to present some of the recordings, both secret, and sanctioned, from The TANK, located in Rangley Colorado. Hear Bruce Odland’s first secret recording from The TANK back in 1976, along with music made in 2016 by Rinde Eckert, once The TANK became a destination venue. A special note, so much sound bounces around that audience members are asked to do finger snaps, a la Beatnik poetry-slam appreciation, when a work is over instead of applause.
PROGRAM #3981, Rinde Eckert, Bruce Odland, & The TANK Center for Sonic Arts (First Aired: 5/12/2017)
ARTIST: Bruce Odland
WORK: Sun Song [13:07]
RECORDING: Recorded in 1976 at The TANK
INFO: bruceodland.net | tanksounds.org
ARTIST: Paola Prestini w/Rinde Eckert
WORK: Harold’s Song [1:39]
RECORDING: The Aging Magician