Buddha Machine 2: All-in-One $25 Ambient Box Gets a Sequel

  In the midst of the US election, I missed an important announcement: the smash hit Buddha Machine, a mysterious little $25 gadget that generates its own ambient music, has a sequel. You might think of Buddha Machine 2 as Buddha Machine Pro. New features: A bigger sonic palette, with nine loops Pitch bend (which the creators describe as being “like a whammy bar for your buddha box”) Three colors (well, it is a consumer product of sorts!) Expanding the sonic capabilities will be a welcome change. The packaging is wonderful, with a symbolically-appropriate lotus flower and a round hole …

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