The battery-powered magic of the FM3 Buddha Machine
There's another reason for the name, too. It's not important, but it's not uninteresting: apparently, in some big Asian Buddhist temples they use a little machine that plays loops of actual chanting. This is because: 1) Chanting, and the mental environment that it 'causes' are valued in much of Chinese (and other forms of ) Buddhism. And, 2) It makes it seem to the outside world like you've got a packed house behind your temple gates! . . .Think of it as good-natured viral marketing.
Anyway, this is that machine, just with a little customizing, and it's great. Now, the sounds are 'meditative,' okay, but they're probably not for 'meditation,' as most people might think of it.
What the FM3 Buddha Machine does do for sure is create mood. And it's nice to use. You put the battery in, set the volume, and toggle between and choose one of a few supplied loops, which come out of the little speaker perforated into the plastic case. The sound? Definitely low-fi. It's great! Great to be in bed to, great to sleep to, great for just listening to. Like all sound, it transforms its surroundings.