FM3 ‎– Buddha Machine

9 × File, EPROM
All Media, Soundbox


1 Ma 0:35
2 Zheng 0:16
3 Sheng 0:32
4 B1 0:10
5 Yang 0:20
6 Xiao 0:20
7 Zhong 0:07
8 B2 0:40
9 Wu 0:05



The Buddha Machine is a small battery-powered soundbox made in China which comes with an integrated speaker, a volume control, minijack-out and a switch to choose between 9 different ambient loops which are stored on a small chip and can be directly played by this mini soundsystem.
Timings refer to the duration of looped phrase.

Produced in April 2005 with an initial run of 500 machines seven different colors (black, red, blue, pink, white, green and orange), 60.000 units have been sold between 2005 and 2008.
Buddha Machine 2.0 is available since November 3, 2008 in burgundy, grey and brown.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
013.2005 FM3 Buddha Machine(9xFile, EPR + Ltd, Sou) Leerraum [ ] 013.2005 China 2005


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April 16, 2008
I decided to lock myself in a small dark room for 12 hours in which, I could not leave for the duration. All I had with me was a jug of water, a few slices of bread, a bag of almonds and a bucket (You can imagine why). For the first few hours I listened to William Basinski's disintegration loop series and immediately after put on the sixth Buddha Machine loop to play out for the rest of my 12 hours deprivation.

I soon found myself in a hypnotic state of surrealism and ended up leaving the darkened room confused and disoriented.

The next morning I awoke with an overwhelming feeling of calmness and confidence that seemed to linger throughout the week. Not only did I not tire of the loop, my connection with it seemed to flourish. The more these loops get inside you, the better they become. I recommend this experience to anyone who believes they can do it. And I recommend the Buddha Machine to anyone with the means to get it.


December 27, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

A device nearly universally praised as a portable, minimal ambient, trance-inducing personal item. Fun, and I concur, however it bears mentioning the cheap speaker and circuitry cause an unintentional audible buzzing that for me spoils the listening experience. The machine has an output plugin, but noise still exists with headphones.
The Buddha Machine website allows free downloads of the loops for those wishing a quality comparison.
I believe there is now a 2nd edition of the machine- acquire that version.