Archive for December, 2006
Spread a little lo-fi Christmas love with this wonderfully odd virtual Buddha Machine designed by our friend Pocket Simon.
During the 60s and 70s, Zhang Jian’s father was one of China’s leading clarinet players. Now retired, he spends his days working out notations for various bits of classical music. He recently sat down with the Buddha Machine and this is what came out:
A few weeks ago, Zhang took this transcription into the studio and recorded the buddha loops with a chamber orchestra. Given that the loops were created on Chinese folk instruments and then manipulated with various digital and analog technolgies, some of the transcriptions are slightly off and need adjusting. When the final version is ready, I’ll post a print-quality jpeg for download.
In the meantime, if you have your own idea of how the loops should be transcribed, send it our way! fm3buddhamachine at gmail.com
Mark Richardson gets lyrical with the FM3 Buddha Machine over at Pitchfork.
Above is an ad for Berlin record store Dense I picked up earlier this summer.
It reminded me that most of the Jukebox Buddha reviews posted so far have been in English.
So I collected a handful of reviews / comments from various corners of the globe.
We start off still in Berlin with a nice series of musings on the Buddha Machine in Taz.
To Belgium for a review in Kinda Muzik.
Veteran Hong Kong music critic Yuan Chi Chung weighs in on Jukebox Buddha in MCB.
And finally, something for the Francophones at Wreck this Mess.
(Dense Ad Photo by Ingo Kniest)