Sunday, 11 July 2010

What is the Buddha Machine ?

This addictive and intriguing gadget is a small musical player which plays ambient musical loops. The name and idea for this prodcut comes originally from a popular and cheap electronic Chinese music box that intones repeating loops of Buddhist monks chanting.

It can play repeatedly one of 9 ambient sound loops ranging in duration from 5 to 40 seconds. The device for the FM3 varaint has been hugely popular and has sold more than 50,000 units.

The FM3 Buddha Machine looks like a small old-fashioned 1960s transistor radio, and has a resolutely retro volume control that also acts as an on/off switch; a headphone jack; it can be run off a mains transformer with a 4.5V AC adapter jack; and finally a switch which can select the any one of 9 ambient 'chanting' loops.

Latest vesrion of the Buddha Machine released in 2008 comes in three colours (burgundy, chocolate and grey), and has updated the original nine loops with a completely new set of nine new ones.There is also a new feauture which allows the user to vary the pitch of the sound.

Some major artsis that have used the machine for their music have included Robert Henke who released an album in 2006 called Layering Buddha and has 10 tracks that made by "filtering, pitching and layering either the original loops, or new loops which were re-assembled out of parts of the originals."

This is part of the Buddha's Face 101 Project

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