A new sound installation planted in the tropical splendour of the Sunderland Winter Gardens. The Buddha Machine is ambient music’s answer to the ipod; a small battery-powered electronic music player that produces continuous enchanting sound loops. Partly inspired by a popular Chinese gadget that intones Buddhist prayers, the machine was created by the electronic music duo FM3. Influential British musician Simon Fisher Turner will install over 50 Buddha Machines in the Winter Gardens, using the 12 sound loops offered by each of the machines to create a hypnotic new remix.
Simon Fisher Turner is an English musician, songwriter, composer, producer and actor. He has released many albums as a recording artist under the names Simon Fisher Turner and as The King of Luxembourg. However he is most well known for his film soundtrack compositions, most notably for Derek Jarman films including Caravaggio, The Last of England and The Garden. In 2010 he composed the music for The Great White Silence a film by Herbert Ponting, restored by the British Film Institute.
Commissioned by AV Festival 10, in partnership with Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, part of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. World Premiere.