Music

MOD Duo hands-on: Breaking the effects pedal cartel

MOD Duo hands-on: Breaking the effects pedal cartel

Of all the instruments and accessories in a musician's arsenal, the guitar pedal may be the one that most resolutely refuses to get with the electronic times. Musical Operating Devices (MOD) decided there was a better way than daisy-chaining numerous single-effect pedals, and so came up with the MOD Pedal, effectively putting a tiny computer in a box and running open-source effects for far more flexibility. With a MOD Duo Kickstarter launching today, I caught up with MOD's Gianfranco Ceccolini to find out more.

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Surge soda pop is back: thank you internets

Surge soda pop is back: thank you internets

For the first time in 13 years, the soda pop called Surge is back on the market. We have a lot of people to thank for the re-Surgence. First I’d like to thank those at the Surge Movement - without their tireless efforts, none of this would have been possible. Next I’d like to thank YTCracker - without his homage to the drink, we might never have been able to forge through the cold, Surge-less night.

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Diggin’ In the Carts takes a much needed look at game music

Diggin’ In the Carts takes a much needed look at game music

When you pick up a game or read a game review, chances are much of the focus is on the graphics and then on the gameplay (with story following at third, if there is one at all). But video game music can also make or break a game and is, more often than not, overlooked. Red Bull Music Academy is giving VGM, or video game music, a well-deserved and long overdue focus with its Diggin' In The Carts documentary.

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