The Buddha Machine

January 12, 2012

I always thought that the graphic that they created to market this product was very clever.

The Buddha Machine was a product that came out a few years ago. It was a small music loop player, the size of a pack of cigarettes that held a microchip containing 9 digitally-encoded drones that ranged in length from 5 to 40 seconds.

The Machine is a generative music device and the idea of layering loops of ambient sound can be credited back to Brian Eno who did similar work for his own installations, using tape machines. Eno was an early supporter of the Buddha Machine as a domestic technology.


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