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Buddha Machines by FM3.

 

www.fm3buddhamachine.com/

www.boomkat.com/article.cfm?id=3

 

Blue one is mine, the red one for my Darwin-Son Tormaigh's 1st birthday.

 

Buddha Machines by FM3.

 

www.fm3buddhamachine.com/

www.boomkat.com/article.cfm?id=3

 

Blue one is mine, the red one for my Darwin-Son Tormaigh's 1st birthday.

Our new Buddha Machine is great. You should get one for yourself.

The Kozy Shack, Seattle, WA.

4.6.08

Moog Little Phatty Analog Synthesizer and a pair of FM3's Buddha Machines

On the way home from the Buddha Machine Gathering.

Badged red edition

 

GRISTLEISM is part industrial sound machine, part noise instrument.

Featuring a mix of signature Throbbing Gristle experimental noise, industrial drone, and classic melodies and rhythms.

A self-portrait in stuff.

This is a still of a Chinese Buddha box - one that plays actual Buddhist chants instead of the ambient music my other ones play. I really should make a video of it! Especially since it has a swirling light-up Buddha on the front...

 

My first Buddha Machine (the green one) has broken twice now because of a faulty assembly job (one of the body screws sliced through the wire that runs to the speaker). Rather than trying to fix it again, I did the sensible thing and bought a couple more.

 

The orange one in the middle is also an original. The only difference in this one is the sound selection is a two-way switch instead of a button. The grey one on the right is a Buddha Machine II which has different loops and a pitch adjustment wheel. The construction also feels a bit sturdier than the originals.

 

These are gonna sound good played into the Tele and through the pedalboard!

"The Buddha Machine is a small musical loop player created by the Chinese ambient duo FM3 (Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian). It continuously plays one of 9 ambient sound loops that range in length from 5 to 40 seconds. It is often described as a small piece of installation art.

 

Resembling a small transistor radio, the Buddha Machine has a volume control that doubles as an on/off switch; a headphone jack; a 4.5V AC adapter jack; and a switch that, when moved, selects the next of 9 ambient loops. Unlike an MP3 player, the user cannot upload or download content to the machine." - from Wikipedia

...called buddha machine II by fm3.

i ordered this online 30 seconds after i saw it at a friend's place. this little plastic box contains several lo fi sound loops which you can also pitch shift. there is something magical and energizing about it. it has a very hypnotizing and balancing effect.

the idea derived from the popular chinese buddha chanting player.

 

it has been used for performances, buddha boxing, and there's even plug ins to put this machine digitally on mobile phones, but this simple lo fi plastic device, that you can take wherever you go and listen to in whatever situation, comes without the countless opportunities to upgrade and upgrade and upgrade - how cool.

 

read the whole story here:

www.fm3buddhamachine.com

 

Buddha Machines by FM3.

 

www.fm3buddhamachine.com/

www.boomkat.com/article.cfm?id=3

 

Blue one is mine, the red one for my Darwin-Son Tormaigh's 1st birthday.

 

Buddha Machines by FM3.

 

www.fm3buddhamachine.com/

www.boomkat.com/article.cfm?id=3

 

Blue one is mine, the red one for my Darwin-Son Tormaigh's 1st birthday.

This is the video I made today with my Buddha Machines and a selection of my favourite things!

I took this shot while experimenting with my camera and some common household lighting since I have yet to buy a flash.

 

I used a 22" x 28" poster-sized sheet of white paper for the background and two regular 13 Watt CFL lights for lighting. This photo is straight from the camera with no post-processing; I used a 77mm Expodisc to create a custom white balance before taking the shot.

Buddha Machines by FM3.

 

www.fm3buddhamachine.com/

www.boomkat.com/article.cfm?id=3

 

Blue one is mine, the red one for my Darwin-Son Tormaigh's 1st birthday.

 

Buddha Machines by FM3.

 

www.fm3buddhamachine.com/

www.boomkat.com/article.cfm?id=3

 

Blue one is mine, the red one for my Darwin-Son Tormaigh's 1st birthday.

i was updating my blog and i wanted to post the link to boomkat's interview with the buddha machine makers, and then i realised that they've put my own buddha photo (it was only on flickr). they've added the link to all the photos with "buddha machine" tag, but they've named that link "budda machine group at flicker".

there was no attribution + they're using it not exactly for commercial, but as a promotional tool. (they're a mailorder webstore).

so..i do like boomkat, their newsletter, and i wanted to promote their editorial, but how come they don't care about creative commons?

Three generations of Buddha Machines. When I get all these going at once, I write some curious shit.

A video featuring two Buddha Machines, a talking pen & two enthralled cats. I got my Buddha Machines out tonight to see if I could bear to give one of them away. Answer: no. They are way too cool & the more of them you have the more fun you can have. Each one can be set to different loops & speeds. I am going to have to think of more Buddha Machine videos! The green one is a Buddha Machine II by FM3, the red one is a Gristleism machine by Throbbing Gristle & half of FM3, and the Barack Obama talking pen was an inspired gift from my brother who lives in the epicenter of Obamamania, AKA Chicago.

AMBiENT PiNG Buddha Machine gathering, march 25 2007,

Allen Gardens, Toronto

a very cool gift from toby.

Buddha Machine in Matsuyama,Japan

The selector switch cycles through the nine loops of sound that are loaded onto the machine.

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