27 09 2006

September 13th, 2006

Vital Weekly (from the lovely city of Nijmegen, Netherlands) wins the race for first review of the forthcoming JUKEBOX BUDDHA compilation on Staubgold.

Jukebox Buddha


“Once one Brian Eno discovered the Buddha Machine by FM3 there was no holding back. The Buddha Machine is a small sound box, working on batteries and storing a bunch of lo-fi loops. It was commercially produced by Christiaan Virant (who lives in Beijing for more than twenty years) and Zhang Jhian, both also known as FM3. Once Eno had one, everyone needed one: Blixa Bargeld, Adrian Sherwood, Sunn O))), Sun City Girls and Gundrun Gut. You could fare less well with such a cast of remixers (sadly Eno is not at home here) plus the more usual suspects as Thomas Fehlmann, Robert Henke, Mapstation, Kammerflimmer Kollektief and Alog.

In various way the loops stored on the machine are used. Some use purely the loops, while others add other music, such as Sherwood and Doug Wimbish adding rhythm and voices, and on a totally different level Gut does the same. Henke and Es stay with the loops, but adds electronics, to create a finely cluster of drones. Sunn O))) piece sounds similar but highly unlikely their recent barrage of sound. Bargeld produces a bunch of bird calls, oddly enough (and by far the shortest piece here). The other pieces make less clear of statement, but they all sound pretty nice. The limitations of the machine are well expanded by this rather unusual bunch of remixers. And my suggestion to FM3: put that ‘BuddhamachineCommercial’ by Jelinek/Pekler/Leic




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