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Cool-looking "Buddha Machine"


Buddha Machine home page

I've been hearing about the $25 Buddha Machine for a while (I recall Leo mentioning it once) and was tempted enough to go ahead and order my own today over on Forced Exposure (probably not least because of the amazing exploded drawing they use as a logo).

From the FAQ (which comes from a Pop Matters review):

The Buddha Machine is a little plastic box that plays music.

Specifically, FM3 constructed nine drones, varying from two seconds to 42 seconds, which repeat endlessly in the listener’s ear until the “track” is switched to the next drone (or the two AA batteries run out).

Sean notes that the manufacturers will also let you download uncompressed versions of the 9 included drones for free, so you could presumably emulate some of the functionality on your iPod. Friendly.

Anybody out there got one of these? How you enjoying it?

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The Buddha Machine is great...

The Buddha Machine is great - I bought mine about a year ago. The music is effectively tape-loops and it can be very mesmerising listening to the same loop over and over. Quite beautiful, in its own way. The only problem is they use a dirty little chip and so the sound quality is very poor. I know they say that this is intentional, that they like its low-fi sound. It's quite a cool idea but... unfortunately, I haven't quite grown out of the wish to listen to high quality sound and it grates my ears too much. It would help a great deal if I lived in a spacious, minimalist loft-apartment...




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