Friday, August 04, 2006

Buddha Machine

Buddha Machine sounds like the name of some crappy late 90's band or other, but is in fact the greatest thing Socialism has been introduced to all year, a portable Chinese-made noise art box, the kind of thing that every home should have. Whilst looking like some cheap approximation of an iPod that you might give to a three year old ("they'll never know the difference..."), if switched on, the speaker on the front groans to life with a constant, revolving drone tone, like something from Jason Pierce's wet dreams. Flick the black switch on the side and the drone changes. There are ten in total. They only stop when you switch it off or the batterys run flat. Until then, it just loops and loops and loops, a catatonic pulse to work to, to read to, to drift off on drugs to... on and on forever. We bought ours in the Rough Trade shop, where they told us Brian Eno bought about 20 the other week. It figures, it's genius. Can't recommend this thing highly enough.
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