What is it?
The Buddha Machine is a small plastic box that plays meditative music composed by Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian.
Since its introduction in 2005, the Buddha Machine has won global praise for its novel approach to music enjoyment and has been used in hundreds of recording and performance projects from a wide range of artists.
The original Buddha Machine was released in 2005. It features nine tracks and comes in 7 colours.
Buddha Machine 2.0 was released in November 2008. It offers an additional 9 pieces of hypnotic music and adds a pitch-control, which allows you to change the speed of the music to suit your mood.
Buddha 3, dubbed Chan Fang 禅房, was released in winter 2010. It boasts higher audio quality and four long loops of Chinese classical music composed and recorded on the ancient Gu Qin.
Here is what a few other people say about the machine:
“It’s bliss” (The Washington Post)
“Beautifully useless” (New York Times)
“Addictive, spellbinding, hypnotic” (Santa Fe Reporter)
“Defiantly rough” (Wall Street Journal)
“Mesmerizing” (Pop Matters)
“I can’t stop playing with it” (Pitchfork)