For those of you who don’t already know about the FM3 Buddha Machine, here’s the scoop:
The Buddha Machine is a small plastic box that plays meditative music composed by Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian. (source: fm3buddhamachine.com/)
The device is inspired by electronic prayer boxes, popular in China, that play back looped recordings of Buddhist prayers. Instead of prayers, the Buddha Machine plays back various ambient music loops. The duo behind FM3 have even enlisted artists to contribute material for special editions, as in the Gristleism, developed by the industrial group, Throbbing Gristle, securing the device’s status as an alternative distribution format.
I documented and posted my modification to enable the Buddha Machine I to not only run from solar, but to charge NiMH AA batteries. It’s super simple! Check out my Solar Buddha Machine post on Voltaic System’s blog.
Please show your support by voting for my portfolio in 3rd Ward’s Solo Show Competition by clicking HERE. You can vote once a day. The works are selected images from the DCP Series and are created using various circuit bent Kodak DC series cameras.
Get ready! If you’re interested in learning how to make your own electronic musical instruments (and live in New York), I’m going to be offering my DIY Synthesizer class at 3rd Ward. This will be a 4-class session taught on Tuesdays September 13, 20, 27, October 4 in the evenings from 7p to 10p.
We’ll start with the basics of electronics and move quickly into building very simple sound circuits. In addition to learning basic electronics concepts, how to identify components, what those components do, and how to read and write schematics you’ll take home your own self-built synthesizer based on circuits and applications taught during the course. For more details and course signup, click here.
This course has been offered at Harvestworks twice before. Here is some video of really incredible student work done during the course: