Buddha Machine II
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Blurring the line between music box and musical instrument, the Buddha Machine 2.0 is an interactive album that lets users customize the listening experience. Drop the pitch and the music ebbs in a low ambient drone. Boost the speed and suddenly it's alive with melody. Add a few more machines, set them at different speeds and you have an evolving audio perfume. Plug it into a mixer, add some beats or vocals or guitar... FM3 won't mind. In fact, they encourage people to use the Buddha Machine as inspiration. Since its release in 2005, the original Buddha Machine has sold more than 50,000 units worldwide and has won praise from artists as diverse as Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Low, Monolake, Sunn O))), Blixa Bargeld and Mike Patton. Legendary producer Brian Eno was the first customer for the original Buddha Machine and nearly 3 years later told FM3 he still "cherishes" his purchase! Similar in shape and design to the original Buddha Machine, but boasting more robust construction and improved sound quality.
For those who haven't experienced the pleasure of the original, the Buddha Machine is essentially a small plastic box that plays ambient loops. The loops repeat endlessly until the "track" is switched or the two AA batteries (not included) run out. The machine has its own built-in speaker and there is also a headphone jack for a more personal experience. But the charm of the device isn't nearly as specific: the Buddha Machine has a calming presence in today's fast-paced world. Its charm mixes with FM3s innovative music to provide the owner with an experience that is hard to define. Essentially, it's a box with a life, a tool for living, and to many, it's a friend. Founded in 1999 by Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian, FM3 are considered pioneers of electronic music in China. Inspired by Buddhist prayer boxes found at temples around Asia, the duo released the original Buddha Machine in April 2005, winning acclaim in publications including BoingBoing.net, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, XLR8R, and basically everywhere else.Reviews:
"I think that the multi-stability of the Buddha Machine can and should inform our listening practices ... the Buddha Machine presents a whole new field of exploration: the deconstruction of perceptual conventions." ~ Tiny Mix Tapes
"The new selection is noticeably more diverse than those of its predecessor - a welcome change." ~ Social Median
"Most of the new sound loops (nine of them) are a pleasure to manipulate, whether they're wildly vibrating strings or eerie drones that faintly arise, vanish, and then reemerge. This critic's favorite uses: tucking the Machine underneath a bed during naps, and startling house cats." ~ XLR8R
"...you choose the pitch and general orientation of your loop, based on nine different settings. Plug in a pair of headphones and two hours will disappear in the blink of an eye." ~ Creativeloafing Atlanta