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The word on the street is that Brian Eno came up with the idea for the Buddha Machine when he was evacuating a chocolate hostage. He strained so hard that he burst a blood vessel in his brain and his personality suddenly switched from 'ambient genius' to 'passable inventor and Coldplay associate'. The device he (and definitely not FM3) invented are kind of shit but they're also super brilliant. ...

Poster £15.49 BUDDHAMACHINE002

Second version of musical box thingy in various colours **ONE LIME GREEN READY TO SHIP**.

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Buddha Machine Version 2.0! by FM3
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9/10 Brett Staff review, 11 December 2008
The word on the street is that Brian Eno came up with the idea for the Buddha Machine when he was evacuating a chocolate hostage. He strained so hard that he burst a blood vessel in his brain and his personality suddenly switched from 'ambient genius' to 'passable inventor and Coldplay associate'. The device he (and definitely not FM3) invented are kind of shit but they're also super brilliant. This 2.0 version with its nine new loops came out a couple of weeks back but we've only just thought about doing a review for the thing 'cos we're well lazy.. It's not  just that we're desperately trying to do some sort of cynical Christmas present pushing thing, honestly! In case you've never seen the original, this thing is a little plastic box equipped  with several short ambient loops that play back into your head via either the sonically horrific internal speaker or any external sound source of your choice (headphones or anything with an analogue input, pretty much), shattering the foul tyranny of silence at any time and in any place.  It doesn't sound like much and there's no denying that it's a very limited little toy (although the pitch shift dial on the new one is a minor stroke of genius) but there's this indefinable purity and charm about it that's impossible to deny.. Maybe it's because it's so at odds with the world we live in today, with our phones that can create galaxies and ovens that double as night vision goggles? In any case, it's a perfect little gift for that special someone, whether they're the type of person who'd enjoy pumping it through a load of effects pedals for the creation of some kind of self-perpetuating noise installation or just the type who'd listen to it as they drift to sleep on a night. More things of this ilk please!

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