The Buddha Machine is a small plastic box that plays meditative music loops composed by Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian.
Released 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.
Wikipedia has a long entry about the Buddha Machine.
and here is what a few other people say:
“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)
The original Buddha Machine was released in 2005. It features nine tracks and comes in 7 colours.
Buddha Machine 2 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.
Buddha 4 comes in 4 vibrant neon colours and was released in 2012.
Our 10-year-anniversary Buddha Machine 5 came out Winter 2014 in classic Black and White.
Most recently, we collaborated with American composer Philip Glass on a special Buddha Machine released to commemorate his 80th birthday on 31 January 2017.