Velocimane (masc. nn.)
(from Lat. velox, -ocis [speedy], and manus [hand]).
Special locomotive device for children, resembling a
horse, mounted on three or four wheels; also called
At once from life and from the chariot driv’n,
Th’ ambitious boy fell thunder-struck from Heav’n.
The horses started with a sudden bound,
And flung the reins and chariot to the ground:
The studded harness from their necks they broke,
Here fell a wheel, and here a silver spoke,
Here were the beam and axle torn away;
And, scatter’d o’er the Earth, the shining fragments lay.
— Ovid, Metamorphoses
Willingly would I burn to death like Phaeton, were this
the price for reaching the sun and learning its shape,
its size and its substance.
Cristal (Jimmy Anthony, Greg Darden and Bobby Donne)
has been active since a sangria-fuelled encounter in a
Richmond, Virginia kitchen in 2001.
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Left to right: Hess, Sonderberg, Mills
[On] Haptic’s side of the 10" beats, each surrounded by
a ripple of echo, loom like craters; electronic buzzes seem
to come at you from their far-off invisible edge and slam
you against the wall, where a sudden shriek of bowed
metal impales you. Meditate upon this stuff at your peril.
While the trio occupying the other side also achieve an
impressive depth of field and physical presence, their main
element is time. Their serrated electronics build to a
crescendo, then cut it; then do it again, and again, each
time shorter and further away, confronting the listener
with the consequences of familiarity. That shouldn’t stop
you from playing it again.
Bill Meyer in The Wire