Meet Gristleism, the Bastard Offspring Of The Buddha Machine

gristleism-buddha-machineIndustrial Records Ltd. have announced the birth of GRISTLEISM, the newest member of the Throbbing Gristle family.


Bastard offspring of now-famous ambient loop player the Buddha Machine, GRISTLEISM is part Industrial sound machine, part noise instrument.

Featuring thirteen original and uncompromising loops, GRISTLEISM delivers a mix of signature TG experimental noise, industrial drone, and classic melodies and rhythms.

Available in three colours – Black, Chrome and Red – the palm-sized unit (size: w67mm x h69mm x d35mm) features a built-in speaker, volume control, pitch-shift control and loop selector switch.

GRISTLEISM features more loops and almost twice the frequency range of the Buddha Machine. GRISTLEISM is powered by two AA batteries and is the world’s first and only portable TG aural exciter.

Pricing (UK):

  • Standard Edition: 19.99 GBP
  • Badged Limited-Edition: 24.99 GBP
  • Tri-Colour Limited-Edition box: 99.99 GBP


GRISTLEISM was born from a collaboration between Industrial Records, Throbbing Gristle and Christiaan Virant, the creator of the original FM3 Buddha Machines and comes in two versions – Standard issue and collectible Badged Limited-Edition. Both versions are packaged in a exquisite ‘chinese paper-cut’ wrapping, featuring a repeating TG logo pattern, foil embossing and UV ink.

The Standard version will be available in December 2009 at music retailers worldwide, while the Badged Limited-Edition, featuring an enamel GRISTLEISM badge on the casing and an exclusive card of Gristleism’s, will be available late November exclusively from the Throbbing Gristle webstore. Only 600 of the Badged Limited-Edition will be produced. You will be able to select which colour you want for as long as it remains available, thereafter they will be dispatched randomly.

In addition, a Boxed-Set of all three GRISTLEISM units in the three colours will be available through the Throbbing Gristle webstore. This special 3-unit Tri-Colour Limited-Edition is presented in a bespoke silk covered, logo embroidered, three-compartment box and comes with an exclusive ‘numbered certificate of authentication’, a card of Gristleism’s and a Gristleism enamel pin badge. Only 100 of the Tri-Colour Limited-Edition box will be produced.

The Badged Limited-Edition and Tri-Colour Limited-Edition box may be reserved by pre-order immediately from or

Gristleism Black: IR2009005B – UPC: 718122861217
Gristleism Chrome: IR2009005C – UPC: 718122861316
Gristleism Red: IR2009005R – UPC: 718122861118

UK / EUROPE: Cargo –
USA: Forced Exposure –

01 – Persuasion
02 – Hamburger Lady
03 – Twenty Jazz Funk Greats
04 – Thank You Brian
05 – Maggot Death
06 – Rabbit Snare
07 – Lyre Liar
08 – Wimpy bar
09 – Sex String Theory
10 – Heathen Earth
11 – Industrial Intro
12 – R & D
13 – After After Cease To Exist

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