One of my favorite objects in the world is the fantastic Buddha Machine, I had a pink one that I loved, and I gave it away, with much love too.
First time I saw this mystic toy I got it right away, that was in JZ years ago, then I went to the home of some friends from Mauritius that had a jazz band playing here at the time, I showed them my new toy, they connected to the speakers, grabbed their instruments (bass, guitar, drums, keyboard), and magic happened. We spent the rest of the afternoon, and the night, playing with my new pink Buddha Machine, totally hypnotized with the possibilities.
When I got it I didn’t imagine the things that the sounds stored in it could create, though there are just few loops in the box, they do have a secret ingredient that stimulates creativity, and somehow turns the experience with the machine in a positive edition of Pandora’s box.
I feel my encounter with the Buddha Machine was pretty magical, as it’s the object itself. Basically, I love the Buddha Machine. So you can imagine how happy I was when I learned that its creators, Zhang Jian and Christiaan Virant, have just released a new album with the Buddha Machine. The album contains fifteen remixes created with the Buddha Machine, plus a bunch of additional collector’s sweets: stickers, cards, etc. The edition is limited to two thousand copies only, so if you want one you should hurry to get one.
The album HeXieFu is a collection of delicatessen, created by artists specially invited to produce them, among them are musicians we specially love, like B6, Sulumi, and Top Floor Circus. Christiaan Virant highlights also Wan Xiaoli’s, which he describes as simple, elegant, and beautiful.
Besides this album, the Buddha Machine creators have been receiving hundreds of remixes produced with the mystic box, these remixes are being released weekly on their Soundcloud page starting since the first week of 2012. Christiaan says “I’m happy for anyone to send me their remix and I’ll check it out… if its good, I’ll add it to our remix of the week”, then if you are a Buddha Machine lover, give it a try.
Find the new weekly remixes of the Buddha Machine page on Soundcloud.
Find more information about the lovely Buddha Machine on its official blog by FM3.
And you can buy the Buddha Machine on the links mentioned on its blog… and dear sweet loving readers… it will be Chinese New Year soon, I still haven’t replaced the pink one I gave away, so I’d be very very happy to get a new one.