“It was a moment that transformed my life. I never heard things the same way again.”
— Musician and composer Bruce Odland about his first visit in 1976 to “the tank” in Rangely.
Rangely When musician and composer Bruce Odland first went to Rangely in 1976, it was the last stop of the Chautauqua Tour, a traveling arts festival funded by the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities.
Odland carried sound equipment around town for three days, recording the sounds of pump jacks and big rigs, documenting the never-ceasing life in the oil fields.
However his plans to move on suffered a setback during his last day in Rangely as two burly men in a pickup approached Odland and asked if he was “the guy.”
Assuming that the men meant the guy who records sounds, he said he was.
“Get in,” they said.
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