I love the Buddha Machine, a little plastic ambient music generator that looks like a transitor radio — put two or three in a room together and play them at the same time and you get something haunting, bent and hypnotic. Now there's a new version, with more loops, colors, and sound-tweaking options.
The Buddha Box 2 features nine new ambient sound loops. The new selection is noticeably more diverse than those of its predecessor–a welcome change. One of my biggest issues with the first incarnation of the box was its relatively limited aural palate. The selections on number 2 should fit a wider range of ambient-suitable scenarios. For further variation, the box also includes a wheel that bends the loops' pitch, to help you tailor the sound perfectly to its surroundings.