FM3 Buddha Machine

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I play mine for two hours at a time.

http://cmj.com/articles/display_article.php?id=6547215

Is it OK to put this on my Pazz And Jop list?

http://cmj.com/images/features/2005/nov/fm3_article.jpg

Whiney G. Weingarten (whineyg), Thursday, 17 November 2005 21:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Also... Best Collector Nerd Fetish Item EVER?!

Whiney G. Weingarten (whineyg), Thursday, 17 November 2005 21:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Tell me about this

Baaderonixx ménage ses forces dans l'attente du Grand Soir (baaderonixx), Thursday, 17 November 2005 22:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Click the link! I haven't been so excited about doing an interview in years.

Whiney G. Weingarten (whineyg), Thursday, 17 November 2005 22:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I just got mine in the mail today [it was deplayed because they sold out of the original and they were making more]. The first thing I did was take it apart, you can see why when you check out their site.

http://www.fm3.com.cn/buddhamachine.htm

I was looking to see if there was actually a little buddha in there [there isn't, jerks]. However, showing this thing off I did win the coolest nerd in my office contest for the day.
Which if you knew the people I work with is a pretty astonishing feat.

Particle Ranger (particle ranger), Friday, 18 November 2005 20:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Mine just got here, I got http://static.flickr.com/31/66318900_2d00d63058_m.jpggreen.

The packaging is really cool, one of the thin cardstock boxes that practically any Chinese toy comes in, with a tracklisting of the nine loops. Batteries are included!

The one thing that I noticed right away is how lo-fi the speaker is; any bass at all makes it buzz and crackle. I wondered if mine had sustained damage in shipping. I plugged in headphones, and the sound was marginally better. I'll have to hook this up to my PAL and see how it sounds that way.

I've accepted the crackliness as part of the package, but I think a hi-fi version of the machine would be great. I know Eno was smacking his head when he saw this thing.

Thanks for the interview Whiney, I was really interested to see where FM3 got the inspiration. I give this device the big thumbs up, crackling ambience as the snow falls is excellent.

Brakhage (brakhage), Thursday, 24 November 2005 00:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oops, screwed up the HTML there.

Brakhage (brakhage), Thursday, 24 November 2005 00:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Another interview: http://www.rarefrequency.com/2005/11/the_ghost_in_th.html#more

Brakhage (brakhage), Thursday, 24 November 2005 00:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

another review: http://www.groovesmag.com/review_item.php?id=00000116

seanp (seanp), Thursday, 24 November 2005 04:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
hmmm

PRKLTR (flezaffe), Friday, 19 January 2007 12:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yes, that's the second preset.

GOD PUNCH TO HAWKWIND (yournullfame), Friday, 19 January 2007 13:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I like the buzzing and distortion - feels like it's part of the object; a clean stream of the audio wouldn't have the same substance.

Anyway, I have JtN to thank for mine; Ava (who is 2) likes a couple of loops (humming along) but hates the clangy ones but Tallulah (who is 11 weeks) is less discerning.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Friday, 19 January 2007 14:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I asked for one of these for Christmas. :(

do i have to draw you a diaphragm (Rock Hardy), Friday, 19 January 2007 14:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

This looks kind of interesting:

http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=23926

braveclub (braveclub), Friday, 19 January 2007 14:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

^ thats the reason i bumped the thread

PRKLTR (flezaffe), Friday, 19 January 2007 14:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i thought it might have been but couldn't be sure... sorry

braveclub (braveclub), Friday, 19 January 2007 14:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oh yes i heard this and it's very good, atypical for imbalance somewhat because there's not as many piercing sharp tones, given the sample base. beats listening to new monolake records too.

Jena (JenaP), Friday, 19 January 2007 15:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i got my girlfriend one for christmas and it was so cool i had to get myself one.

you can get high-quality WAVs of the 9 loops from the FM3 site, and they sound great, but the box itself is such an important part of the experience that i never listen to them

max (maxreax), Friday, 19 January 2007 16:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Mine's red. I keep it in the kitchen. I guess it's not mine, really. Bought it for my GF in the spring of 06. Anyway, it's amazing. I never get tired of it. Very nice for when cooking.

You play it for a while, and think, "God, I've heard this loop a billion times. Why doesn't it have more sounds?" Then you settle in and forget about it. The loop keeps nudging at your mind, at the peripheries of your attention. And then you notice it, and notice how wonderful it sounds. And then you forget. And then you notice again. Over and over and over and cetera. I think it's probably very good for your spiritual regimens. Or chopping vegetables, at least.

And mine does have a little Buddha inside! He's made of crystal and is very smiley. Emits faint pules of light as the loop cycles. Sometimes, he even talks to me. I can't understand what he says of course, 'cuz he's Chinese, but I have the idea that he's probably very wise. Particle Ranger got ripped off.

verbose, bombastic, self-immolating (Pye Poudre), Friday, 19 January 2007 16:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"it's nine loops of cheesy new age keyboard sounds."

"okay. and this is a big deal because...?"

"IT COMES IN A PLASTIC BOX!!!"

GOD PUNCH TO HAWKWIND (yournullfame), Friday, 19 January 2007 16:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i got one for xmas!

...just ran out of batteries last night, though, cuz i plugged it into my stereo and left it on to fall asleep to.

attack all monsters (skowly), Friday, 19 January 2007 16:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Look, what I want is this:

I want something that looks/works exactly like the FM3 Buddha, BUT...

I want it to have a radio reciver and a loop sampler. You set it to a station, and wait for divine guidance. When the hand of God touches you properly, you hit the magic button. The machine then samples a few seconds (random, maybe 5 - 10?) of the broadcast and puts them on infinite repeat.

It has a writable memory stash where you can hold, say, 10 of your best loops.

verbose, bombastic, self-immolating (Pye Poudre), Friday, 19 January 2007 16:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I've just received an email advertising a new Buddha Machine designed by Throbbing Gristle called 'Gristleism'! Anyone got one?

mmmm, Monday, 30 November 2009 18:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm on the fence about that, because the iPhone Buddha machine is so nice (has both v1 and v2 boxes in it).

I think I might have to break down though, I mean it's Throbbing Gristle! In a little diecut fascist box!

Brakhage, Monday, 30 November 2009 19:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm on the fence about that, because the iPhone Buddha machine is so nice (has both v1 and v2 boxes in it).

Duuuh, meant to say I'm hoping the Gristle box comes out as an app

Brakhage, Monday, 30 November 2009 19:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

Pre-shipping quality inspection of Chrome Gristleism units has revealed an unacceptable failure rate due to short-circuits caused by contact between components and the electroplated casing.

To ensure all Gristleism units function as designed, shipments of Chrome machines will be delayed while we re-assemble the units and eliminate the problem.

Therefore fans who purchased the limited-edition Tri-Box or chrome unit from the Throbbing Gristle Greedbag store should be aware that there will be a possible delay of up to a week in shipping.

We will update you as soon as we have more news on exact shipping dates for the Chrome machines.

i ordered the chrome one /:

Sega Genesis P-Orridge (Future_Perfect), Monday, 30 November 2009 19:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

"we guarantee disappointment"

so says surgeon snoball (snoball), Monday, 30 November 2009 19:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think I ordered the chrome one as well, but it was so long ago now it's hard to recall.

anagram, Monday, 30 November 2009 20:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

They forgot to include Pinhead in the chromes, gotta recall and get 'im in there

Brakhage, Monday, 30 November 2009 21:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

I got a black one from Forced Exposure. It's nice enough, I suppose. I was never a TG fan.

neither good nor bad, just a kid like you (unperson), Monday, 30 November 2009 21:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

It's smaller and squarer than the Buddha Machine.

neither good nor bad, just a kid like you (unperson), Monday, 30 November 2009 21:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

How do you like the sound quality and the pitchbend?

Brakhage, Monday, 30 November 2009 21:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

I just googled this on the offchance you were talking about a Buddha machine full of Helios Creed guitar loops. Which I would have had to have had.

Soukesian, Monday, 30 November 2009 21:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

h**p://qotile.net/files/mtaf.mp3

Brakhage, Monday, 30 November 2009 22:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

Play with a wall of 21 v.1 Buddha Machines.

http://www.zendesk.com/external/wall/

Vin Ordinaire (WmC), Wednesday, 2 December 2009 14:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

delay pedal > buddha machine

luol deng (am0n), Wednesday, 2 December 2009 15:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I just got this puppy in the post. The badged limited chrome one. Nice piece of kit.

anagram, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 16:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

Been enjoying the black one, had to order red and chrome also to have them all in various stages of circuit bentness. Also Persuasion karaoke!

Speaking of which, the Buddha Machine 2.0 is ridiculously easy to alter to get the loops to slow down to ridiculous levels. Just need to add one resistor. Altering one of the original machines on the same basis, but once the audio gets down to a certain point it starts getting overwhelming interference.

This is pretty good too: http://www.flingcosound.com/theblackbox.html

Cosmic Ugg (S-), Thursday, 17 December 2009 00:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

Also Persuasion karaoke!

i'm comin over

mississippi butt hurt (haitch), Thursday, 17 December 2009 00:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

I have four of these: two of Version 1.0, one of Version 2.0, and a black Throbbing Gristle one. Better than the Yule Log.

neither good nor bad, just a kid like you (unperson), Thursday, 17 December 2009 00:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

Anyone caught FM3 live over the years? Playing in GZ at the end of the month: http://www.douban.com/event/23678188/

etc, Thursday, 12 March 2015 02:17 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

A friend of mine got me the Philip glass Buddha machine and it's super dope!

Men's Scarehouse - "You're gonna like the way you're shook." (m bison), Sunday, 31 December 2017 01:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink


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