Today on Broken Music: Frenchbloke & Son: Societe De Radiodiffusion De L'homme Et Du Fils Francais - Bruit Dans L'interet De Musique. I'll be playing the first two sides of this great late-2010 double cassette out on Seed Records on WXYC from 2 to 3PM. Tune in.
Tonight on the Thursday Night Feature on WXYC: Get into the lotus position and center in on three hours of FM3 and the Buddha Machine, the duo of Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian who combine electronica and Chinese classical into meditative loops that can be shaped and layered second by second into personal soundtracks to coalesce with your state of mind. Hosted by Jake Bromberg, 9 pm to midnight.
Tune in to tonight's Thursday Night Feature on WXYC.org for some deep listening with Buddha Machines.
Buddha Machines are the product of Chinese music duo FM3. The Machines are simple electronic boxes roughly the size of a cigarette pack, each holding about ten loops that play indefinitely. In an age of MP3 abundance, people often call Buddha Machines the anti-iPod.
Buddha Machines themselves are inspired from "singing Buddha machines," similar devices often found in Buddhist monasteries that play back the repetitive chants of monks. FM3 hijacks these hypnotic devices with sounds of their own.