Buddha Machine 5 - White. 2015: a decade of drone. In 2005 the Beijing-based duo of Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian released their first Buddha Machine loop box, a quirky pocket soundsystem that propelled sound art into the consumer mainstream. In 2015, the duo present the fifth-generation Buddha Machine in classic black and white and featuring a special five-layer silicon coating to give the machine a warm and fuzzy handfeel. The nine loops in Buddha 5 are taken from the songs on FM3's 2014 CD Ting Shuo and focus heavily on deep, orchestral tones, a Steinway Grand piano, and the ambient washes of a vintage monosynth. The previous four Buddha Machines have won consistent praise in media worldwide, from sources a diverse as Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal. In his 2012 bestselling book How Music Works, David Byrne cites the Buddha Machine as an early glimpse into the future of music. And fans around the world continue to enjoy the device as a source of tranquil tunes and musical inspiration, with hundreds of remix works posted on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and other online outlets. Requires two AA batteries (not included).