In Rangely, Colorado, way out on the Western Slope stands an old silo, rusted and empty. According to a small group of artists who have named it THE TANK, it’s an acoustic wonder.
Now they’re trying to save it from weather, vandalism and the booming oil and gas industry.
Bruce Odland, a former Denver band leader who now lives in New York, discovered the 60-foot-tall by 30-foot-wide silo in 1976 and has been recording there ever since.
Odland launched the Kickstarter to save THE TANK on March 6 with a goal of raising $42,000. The tank will be cleaned and preserved, solar power and a recording booth will be installed and workshops for the Rangely schools and community will be organized if the campaign meets its goal.
In addition, THE TANK will be made available as a recording space for musicians.
“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 transform how they hear their music,” the Kickstarter page states.
The campaign has raised more than $35,000 from 3,557 backers so far. All $42,000 must be funded by Sunday, or else organizers will not receive any of the pledged money.
You can visit the Kickstarter page here.
Nic Turiciano is a writer and photographer in Fort Collins who is also an intern at the Denver Post. You can follow him on Twitter at @nic_turishawno or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.