Pedals like this are why I hoard modulation and delay processors---they just take you to new places (new images, new worlds, new textures, new ideas). I actually took a long hiatus from music around the tail end of 2002, until about 2010. In 2002, if you didn't have $250-500 to spend on Zvex or Lovetone pedals (which were closing their doors then), then there weren't a lot of options. The nearest Big Briar (Moog) dealer was 135 miles away. EHX was kind of quirky (but I already had the Micro Synth, 70s Memory Man and a big box Polychorus). ---I just wasn't particularly inspired by guitar effects then, and analog synths? ---Ha. Stuff like the Minilogue was still 14 years away. I had an E-Mu Vintage Keys keyboard for imitating 70s strings and miscellaneous retro synth engines. (a cool unit, but I was just burnt out in general and had no real energy for trying to bang out new songs)
Anyway....I'm really happy to be living in this golden era of effects. The world may be a bit of a litter box, but at least there's innovative and dynamic gear to enjoy, while we witness the species devour itself.