Here's Fripp demonstrating his Frippertronics. This footage is probably 25 years old (at least). It's only from hanging around in here that I learned that Fripp is a huge devotee of Gurdjieff. All I know is that he's out there.
I saw Fripp do this shit in 1981 in a club in NYC. I was on three hits of green barrel acid. I thought the acid had to be shit because it was green barrel; so I ate three. It turned out to be really pure. You never fucking know. All that shit was made in some trailer park.
But Fripp blew my young mind.
I've always thought that Fripp must've been a Syd Barrett fan too. Fripp was a youngster in all of those Ennnnnnnglish clubs when Syd was eating whole sheets of acid, smearing his head with Bryll cream and crushed up Qualudes, detuning his guitar while he rolled ball bearings up and down the neck and don't forget to put the whole mess through an EchoRec. Let the bass and drums hang on for dear life.
I've always thought that Fripp was influenced by Syd Barrett. Fripp does something like what's above but in a 100% controlled manner. Plus, Fripp doesn't do drugs. He would never dream of smearing his head with Bryll cream and crushed up Qualudes. The guy performs wearing a suit and tie.
But Fripp is friggin' out there.