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“” When I was growing up I had a guitar teacher who told me that because I couldn’t play scales picking every note fast, I wasn’t a good guitarist. I think that attitude is wrong. For one thing, I don’t think picking every note sounds very good. I know from chopping up samples that the beginning of a guitar note is the sound of the pick, and it lasts a pretty long time. If you pick every note and play very fast, you hear what people like Yngwie sound like. I love Yngwie’s playing, but it’s not the greatest sound to be picking every note, because you hear more of the pick attack than the sound of the note. Allan Holdsworth doesn’t pick every note, and I consider it a more expressive way to play fast. There’s more tonal variety. There’s more room for expression. In the ’80s, guitarists thought that because somebody played cleanly, or could pick every note fast, or do a lot of fancy tricks, that made them a good guitar player. Guitar playing got lost on that road to a certain degree. It’s not as if being studious and practicing are not advantageous for a guitar player—they are! But the goals are to see the instrument clearly in your mind, produce beautiful music, and express something.“

- John Frusciante in an interview about Enclosure.

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Enclosure, upon its completion, was the record which represented the achievement of all the musical goals I had been aiming at for the previous 5 years.  It was recorded simultaneously with Black Knights’ Medieval Chamber, and as different as the two albums appear to be, they represent one investigative creative thought process. What I learned from one fed directly into the other. Enclosure is presently my last word on the musical statement which began with PBX.

“Enclosure, upon its completion, was the record which represented the achievement of all the musical goals I had been aiming at for the previous 5 years.  It was recorded simultaneously with Black Knights’ Medieval Chamber, and as different as the two albums appear to be, they represent one investigative creative thought process. What I learned from one fed directly into the other. Enclosure is presently my last word on the musical statement which began with PBX.“ - John Frusciante

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DIYs were suggested!

After a quick hunt, a lot seemed to be “build your own rack,” or “build your own rack.” Oh. So I refined my search and found this nifty how-to for ordinary household items (providing you eat eggs and have a drainage flower pot bowl thing and use paper towels). 

Equipment

  • Polystyrene ~ sheets or recycled from packages
  • Tile Grouting ~ I prefer using the powdered grouting and mixing it myself
  • PVA glue
  • Hard as Nails glue or similar ~ for glueing pieces together firmly
  • Cocktail sticks ~ ideal for holding pieces together until glue has dried
  • Assorted water-based, child-friendly/non-toxic paints
  • Sand
  • Assorted kitchen roll tubes, toilet roll tubes, cardboard egg-box lids, flower-pot saucers
  • Grease-proof or Waxed paper
  • Assorted cheap paintbrushes

Tips

1. Standing projects on grease-proof or waxed paper not only protects surfaces from wet grouting and paint but also when standing wet grouted surfaces on it helps provide a nice flat bottom for hides and cliffs as it peels off easily so minimising ‘wobble’.
2. Wearing thin latex or plastic gloves protects hands.
3. When mixing the grout I mix one part PVA to three parts water and then gradually add the grout until it reaches the consistency wanted ~ a runnier mix and several layers is better then just a few thick layers …. slowly build up the thickness’s.
4. When using plastic, roughen all surfaces first using either wirewool or sanding paper before painting with a layer of pva ~ this helps key the surface and prepare it for the grouting mix enabling a better 'fix’.
5. With polystyrene paint all surfaces with pva and allow to dry before starting with the grouting mix.
6. Make sure that all polystyrene or cardboard is completely grouted and covered as crickets and mealworms have been known to hide in any nooks or crannies they want.

Here is the entire DIY page to refer to. If you make any, I’d love to see what you come up with. Have an idea that could refine and improve this DIY? Let me know!

Fanfare
  • Fanfare
  • John Frusciante
  • Enclosure
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As I recall, I listened to the music backwards while playing the solo, then flipped the solo track. To get it to play exactly in time with the music I set the recorder to begin recording automatically at the beginning of a bar, and then stopped it exactly where the last bar ended. Then, I probably reversed that recording and played the forward version into the room, which added extra backwardness because the room sound on that track comes up backwards before the original bacicwards guitar sound on the other track. I probably also sent the original backwards sound into the room to get the room sound to come in after the guitar notes, as well. (John Frusciante, 2014)

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This is the first DIY I’ve ever done and IT LOOKS SO GOOD IM SO PROUD OF MYSELF

DIY crested gecko tub!

It’s a small 27 quart tub, with a screen on the front and holes in the side. I EVEN MADE MY OWN DISH HOLDER! I made the dish holder out of the square plastic piece that came out when I melted a hole for the screen. I figured with all the plants Mochi might have a hard time finding his food if it was just on the ground, so I thought I’d put it up somewhere higher.

This was super easy and cheap and fun to make and I’ll definitely be doing the same thing for my next crested gecko!

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Although the vast majority of our collections are fully catalogued, there is still potential to discover hidden treasures like this manuscript of ‘The Charnwood Opera,’ a performance piece written in 1752 by an unknown author as a protest against enclosure. Up until a few weeks ago we were unaware of it, but thanks to a visitor to the Reading Room we now know a great deal about its significance. It’s the only known surviving copy of ‘The Charnwood Opera’ and is the only contemporary evidence in song of the rural struggle against enclosure.

Discover more about its story at our blog.

Learn more about the collection to which it belongs here.