360-page hardback biography with CD, includes 290 sepia photographs CD features rare and electrifying audio recordings of Pentecostal worship services in the mountains of Kentucky and Virginia accompanied by a fiery sermon preached by Brother Claude Ely.
Christiaan Virant, creator of the legendary Buddha Machine, finally escapes his box of loops with this nine-track CD of contemplative, classically-inspired tunes.
Weaving instruments from East and West into a web of pulsing, moody music, Virant delivers a highly-listenable disk that rewards repeated visits to his ambient wonderland. Moving between China and Europe has allowed Virant a continuous access and appreciation of musical developments across the continents.
Whilst still deeply Zen in mood and tone, the tunes here interweave minimal textures through drone and drift. Beats move in soft boom or trippy pulsing glide rather than the rigourous edgy engine of techno.
Classical-trained Virant pays due homage to structure, drama and effect whilst completely understanding that, as Lou Reed once so accurately remarked, "repetition is antiglop".
Devotees of the Buddha Machine will treasure the connects and departures. Steve Barker, BBC radio host and columnist for Wire magazine.
Tracklisting: 1. Title Sequence 2. River Pearl 3. Monkey Mind 4. Fistful Of Buddha 5. Grey Zone 6. Metropolis Waltz 7. Do Better 8. Cricket 9. Yuan Yi
Buddha4. Groovy day-glo colours. Dreamy new loops! The Beijing-based duo of Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian are back with Generation Four of the world's funnest, friendliest pocket loop player!
The new Buddha comes in 4 eye-catching neon colours and sees the duo return to the quiet, kinetic tones which made their original machine an overnight sensation.
Buddha Machine 1, 2 and 3 have won consistent praise in media worldwide, from sources a diverse as Pitchfork, the New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal. In his recent best-selling 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 musicial inspiration, with hundreds of remix works posted on Soundcloud, Bandcamp and other on-line outlets. "An extraordinary piece of sound art." The WIRE
1. Hao 2. Da 3. Lang 4. Gang 5. Zai Gang 6. Hou 7. Guan 8. Yi 9. Mu
One DVD, 55 minute feature film, 40 minutes of bonus footage, 30 minute featurette on Joe’s life, Audio commentary by Joe, Two Country Classics radio shows, 8 page booklet, Clear amaray case.
Directed by Ed Gillan, Desperate Man Blues tells the story of self-proclaimed king of record collectors Joseph E. Bussard, Jr. of Frederick Maryland. Joe has amassed probably the greatest collection of 78 rpm recordings of country, blues, jazz, cajun and gospel music in the world. He has spent most of of his waking hours in pursuit of old 78s. To call it a hobby would be an insult: It’s his life.
“Check out the DVD Desperate Man Blues. Joe’s an eccentric record collector who’s preserved all sorts of magical corners of music – although he says things like ‘There are no good jazz records made after 1927.'” — Elvis Costello
“It’s nice to have a DVD of this great documentary on Joe Bussard, plus another featurette, King of All Record Collectors, and other bonus stuff. Bussard is a stone gas, grooving around his basement amidst one of the finest collections of pre-war 78s ever assembled. A few nice archival shots of Fahey, too. And the stories are hilarious.” — Byron Coley and Thurston Moore, #4 on their Top 80 of 2006