September 4, 2006

Who made it?

The Buddha Machine was designed by Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian in Beijing, China.

They work together under the band name FM3.

In addition to the Buddha Machine, FM3 creates music for film, television and multi-media art exhibits.

FM3 has been called “the most prominent experimental act in China” by US magazine Grooves. The UK magazine The Wire calls FM3 live sets “meditative,” “soothing” and “engagingly intimate.”

In 2004, FM3 was commissioned by the Louvre museum in Paris to provide a new soundtrack for the 1930s film “La Croisiere Jaune.” The project concluded with three live performances at the Louvre Auditorium.

In 2013, at the invitation of the British Film Institute, FM3 performed a live soundtrack for the 1929 Alfred Hitchcock film “Blackmail” at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

The first-generation FM3 Buddha Machine loop player was named one of the best “boxed sets” of 2005 by the New York Times. In 2011, The Washington Post put the third-generation Buddha Machine at the top of its holiday buying guide for music lovers. “It’s bliss,” the paper said.

Here is what Wikipedia says about the band and the Buddha Machine.