Tuesday, September 19, 2006

MUSIC: FM3 Buddha Machine

Never really posted on an actual product here on macktronic before, but I thought I'd pass this along since it falls under the category of music and art. The FM3 Buddha Machine is a totally cool, amazingly designed project between a designer and a musician. The picture above is of mine. Here's the product description:

A unique 'Soundbox' from China, which is causing senstation worldwide. A totally dazzling item which causes jaw-dropping delight everywhere -- Alan Bishop bought twenty-four of these on sight, Brian Eno bought eight (how's that for apocalyptical math?). FM3 are a duo of Christiaan Virant and Chinese keyboardist and computer musician Zhang Jian -- based in Beijing. The Buddha Machine is a hardware loop player, built kind of like a little AM radio (available in 6 different colors, shipped randomly), but without all the nonsense -- total genius from out of nowhere. Comes with 2 x AA batteries. "The Buddha Machine is a small soundbox made in China which comes with an integrated speaker, a volume control, mini jack-out and a switch to choose between nine different loops which are stored on a small chip and can be directly played by this mini soundsystem."

The loops are really intoxicating. You can buy your own imported Buddha Machine for only $25. (Remember that the colors are shipped randomly, which is kind of fun).