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Buddha Machines

During our on-going pre-workshop brainstorming for the maker challenge, one of us came up the idea of building an “automated slogan player BOMB,” a small low-cost unit that would produce text randomly throughout the day. This triggered the idea to use Buddha prayer boxes for this, which then reminded me of the Buddha Machine by FM3.

The Buddha Machine is a small plastic box that plays meditative music composed by Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian, the founders of FM3.

[from FM3 photos]

Since its introduction in 2005, the Buddha Machine has won global praise for its novel approach to music enjoyment and has been used in hundreds of recording and performance projects from a wide range of artists. The original Buddha Machine was released in 2005. It features nine tracks and comes in 7 colours. Buddha Machine 2.0 was released in November 2008. It offers an additional 9 pieces of hypnotic music and adds a pitch-control, which allows you to change the speed of the music to suit your mood. [from the FM3 website]

Founded in 1999 by Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian, two active members of the Beijing music scene, FM3 are considered pioneers of electronic music in China. Known for dedicating prime space for “live” aspects within their work, FM3 produces mysterious, meditative and minimalist soundscapes, while subtly adding elements of Chinese folk tradition into a universe abundant in micro-sounds and synthetic glitches [from wexarts]