Gristleism: a different take on the Buddha Machine concept

I have written before about the Buddha Machine. It is like a mystical modern-day music box. I’m a big fan. The original was described by some as the anti-iPod. It looks like the sort of iPod knock-off that you might get free in a cereal packet. Instead of loading it with several gigabytes of your […]

Buddha Machine II

A few years ago I wrote about the Buddha Machine, a charming little plastic box that emits ethereal music. It is an interesting object, mostly because the nine loops that it can play are so other-worldly and, despite their brevity, infinitely fascinating. Which is just as well, because they will repeat endlessly. Well, until you […]

Music of 2006 — #20–#11: All right I suppose

Over the next four days I’m going to do what every other bore worth his salt does at this time of year, and that’s writing a big list showing off all the records I bought this year. I list them in reverse order of preference. Or I just put them all in a hat and […]

FM3 & Dou Wei — Hou Guan Yin

Last year’s release of the Buddha Machine and the subsequent hype surrounding it brought to light the previously almost unheard-of Chinese electronic music scene. If FM3 are anything to go by, it’s surely one that more people need to keep an eye on. Hou Guan Yin demonstrates that FM3 can hold it together without a […]

Robert Henke — Layering Buddha

The world’s fascination with the cult music geek fetish object, the Buddha Machine by FM3, hasn’t quite gone away yet. The cheaply produced, but irresistibly quaint electronic music box is the source of the material used in the new album from Robert Henke (AKA Monolake), Layering Buddha. The concept perhaps seems a bit like Henke […]

Buddha Machine on Radio Scotland

Just a quick post to say for those of you who can’t wait to hear my voice that I’m going to be on Radio Scotland’s Newsdrive programme tonight (sometime between 4 and 6) talking about the Buddha Machine. You can hear me forgetting all the witty things I had prepared to say in crystal-clear FM. […]

FM3’s Buddha Machine: Cheap but awesome!

I first heard about the Buddha Machine from this post at Boing Boing. It certainly grabbed my attention, but at the time it was not so easy to get hold of. Then Boomkat began to sell them and their article was a highly interesting read, and I decided to get one. If you’ve not heard […]