When Stereogum got our Buddha Machine a few months ago, we didn’t quite know what to make of it. The iPod-looking device, brainchild of electronica artists FM3, has got a volume control, headphone jack, and a switch that allows you to choose between nine ambient loops (available as MP3s on FM3’s site). The packaging, and even the batteries, are in Chinese, so we were compelled to just turn it on and play with it. Which is the point. Is it art? A toy? A bizarre novelty for sure. But we never predicted how this drone box would take off.
Pitchfork was so enamored it rated Buddha Machine an 8.2! And now comes word that Amoeba is consistently selling out of the curiosity, along with rumors that Urban Outfitters has their eyes on distributing it. Brian Eno bought eight. There are even official t-shirts.
Stereogum’s teamed up with the exclusive Buddha Machine retailer Forced Exposure to give away five of these babies. They come in multiple colors, so we can’t tell you which you’ll get if you win, but if this zen gizmo does what it’s supposed to after you turn it on, your eyes will be closed anyway.
Enter here. Contest is over.