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Venetian Snares

Aaron Funk, a producer of hardcore drum'n'bass noise, gained a profile in experimental techno circles with his signing to the Planet Mu label run by Mike Paradinas (aka µ-Ziq). It's a tribute to his production prowess that his base of Winnipeg, Manitoba, hasn't prevented IDM enthusiasts around the world from investigating his recordings. Venetian Snares' meticulously constructed works generally feature obtuse time signatures (often 7/4, although he frequently contorts his rhythms even further) sequenced at impossibly fast speeds, along with complex melodies that are as likely to be gorgeous and crystalline as they are unsettling. Likewise, he injects his music with a biting, sometimes shocking sense of absurdist humor, reflected in his song titles as well as samples and his own exaggerated vocals. On the other hand, his work can be devastatingly bleak and dejected, as demonstrated by releases such as My Downfall. His music incorporates influences ranging from ecstasy-munching rave and jungle to grindcore to contemporary classical, and while he's most commonly associated with the breakcore and IDM genres, his works have received acclaim from outside of the experimental electronic music sphere, most notably for 2005's Rossz Csillag Alatt Született.

After self-releasing a series of cassettes during the '90s, as well as a split cassette/CD-R with B-movie enthusiast Stunt Rock, Funk's first vinyl release was 1999's Greg Hates Car Culture on History of the Future. EPs on Zhark International (Salt), Low Res (7 Sevens.med), and Dyslexic Response (the particularly caustic Shitfuckers!!!) followed in 2000, along with his first full-length, printf("shiver in eternal darkness/n");, a CD for the Isolate label. Paradinas came across Greg Hates Car Culture in a Minneapolis record shop and immediately hired Funk for Planet Mu, resulting in three early 2001 releases for the label: the "Defluxion" 7", Making Orange Things (a noisy co-production with Speedranch), and Songs About My Cats. In addition, a child abuse-themed full-length titled Doll Doll Doll appeared on Hymen Records that year, as well as a split 12" with Cex on Klangkrieg and a ragga-jungle 7" under the name Snares Man! on History of the Future.

The year 2002 saw no less than three full-lengths on Planet Mu: the stellar Higgins Ultra Low Track Glue Funk Hits 1972-2006, the odds-and-ends collection 2370894, and the darker Winter in the Belly of a Snake. Hymen Records also released A Giant Alien Force More Violent & Sick Than Anything You Can Imagine, an epic 15-minute track on a 3" CD packaged in a jewelry-style box. The year 2003 brought Find Candace (a sequel to Doll Doll Doll) on Hymen, as well as the more eclectic, humorous Chocolate Wheelchair Album on Planet Mu, a split 7" with Fanny on the Death$ucker label, and the jazzy "Badminton" 7" on Doormouse's Addict Records. Snares' groundbreaking remix of Doormouse's "Skelechairs" had become a cult classic, and was subsequently released by Addict on a 12" with the original in 2004. "Moonglow," another jazzy 7" on Addict, appeared the same year, as well as the Infolepsy EP on Coredump, the Horse and Goat EP on Sublight, and the full-length Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding on Planet Mu.

The year 2005 began with Sublight's release of Winnipeg Is a Frozen Shithole, Venetian Snares' speedcore tribute to his hometown. Rossz Csillag Alatt Született, a modern classical-leaning album inspired by a revelatory trip to Hungary, followed on Planet Mu soon after, and was easily Funk's most well-received work, often being hailed by fans and critics as his masterpiece. Meathole also appeared on Planet Mu that year, along with You're a Nice Girl, the debut EP under Funk's acid-leaning Last Step pseudonym. He continued his prolific run in 2006 with the absurdly named Cavalcade of Glee and Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom Poms album and the Hospitality EP, both on Planet Mu. The year 2007 saw the release of the Pink + Green EP on Sublight as well as the Rossz Csillag-styled My Downfall (Original Soundtrack) and Last Step's self-titled full-length debut, both on Planet Mu, as well as Sabbath Dubs, a 10" of dubstep-style Black Sabbath covers, on Kriss Records. The second Last Step LP 1961 followed in 2008, along with Snares' jungle-heavy Detrimentalist album and more classical-inspired "Miss Balaton" single, all on Planet Mu. The aptly titled Filth arrived in 2009, along with the more vocal-driven Horsey Noises EP, both on Planet Mu.

Aaron Funk's output had slowed down somewhat by the early 2010s, with more EPs and releases by side projects than proper Venetian Snares albums. The year 2010 saw the release of Snares' My So-Called Life album (the first release on his Timesig imprint), as well as a 12" by Speed Dealer Moms, his acid-techno collaboration with Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. Venetian Snares' sole release in 2011 was the Cubist Reggae EP on Planet Mu. The self-released digital EP Affectionate appeared in 2012, as well as the Fool the Detector EP on Timesig and Last Step's Sleep album (reportedly created by Funk in his sleep) on Planet Mu. After an uncharacteristically silent 2013, 2014 brought My Love Is a Bulldozer, Venetian Snares' first full-length in four years, as well as the self-titled debut by Poemss, Funk's collaboration with Toronto-based singer Joanne Pollock. Snares' Your Face EP surfaced on Planet Mu in 2015. Following its release, Funk announced that he was going through financial troubles; his fans responded ecstatically by purchasing downloads of his albums, and he offered his gratitude with a free digital album, Thank You for Your Consideration. The following year, Funk revived his Timesig imprint with his next proper full-length, Traditional Synthesizer Music, which was recorded entirely on a modular synthesizer system. ~ John Bush & Paul Simpson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Your Face

1. Your Face When I Finally

2. Former Eagle

3. Red Orange 2

4. Become Magic Dolphins

5. Stockpiles Of Sentiment

6. Misericordial

7. Your Face When I Finally (Glass Version)

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Track List: My Love Is A Bulldozer

1. 10th Circle Of Winnipeg

2. Deleted Poems

3. 1000 Years

4. Your Smiling Face

5. Amazon

6. My Love Is A Bulldozer

7. She Runs

8. 8am Union Station

9. Shaky Sometimes

10. Too Far Across

11. Dear Poet

12. Your Blanket

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Track List: My So-Called Life

1. Posers And Camera Phones

2. Cadaverous

3. Aaron2

4. Who Wants Cake?

5. Welfare Wednesday

6. Ultraviolent Junglist

7. Goodbye9/Hello10

8. Sound Burglar

9. Hajnal2

10. My So-Called Life

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Track List: Horsey Noises

1. Horsey Noises

2. Horsey Vag Island

3. Pig Dync

4. Horsey Noisers

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Track List: Filth

1. Deep Dicking

2. Crashing The Yogurt Truck

3. Labia

4. Mongoloid Alien

5. Chainsaw Fellatio

6. Kimberly Clark

7. Calvin Kleining

8. Kakarookee Hates Me

9. Splooj Guzzlers

10. P**sy Skull

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Track List: Detrimentalist

1. Gentleman

2. Koonut-Kaliffee

3. Sajtban

4. Kyokushin

5. Eurocore Mvp

6. Poo Yourself Jason

7. Circle Pit

8. Flash Forward

9. Bebikukorica Nigiri

10. Miss Balaton

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Track List: My Downfall

1. Colorless

2. The Hopeless Pursuit Of Remission

3. Hollo Utca 2

4. Room 379

5. Integraation

6. Hollo Utca 5

7. Hollo Utca 3

8. My Half

9. Hollo Utca 4

10. My Crutch

11. I'm Sorry I Failed You

12. Picturesque Pit

13. If I Could Say I Love You

14. Mentioning It

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Track List: Pink + Green

1. Pink And Green

2. Nutimik

3. Husikam Rave Dojo

4. Pink + Green Vip

5. Sporto F**king Sellout Cocksuckerface

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Track List: Hospitality

1. Frictional Nevada

2. Beverly's Potatoe Orchestra

3. Shoot Myself

4. Duffy

5. Cabbage

6. Hospitality

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Track List: Cavalcade Of Glee And Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom Poms

1. Donut

2. Swindon

3. Pwntendo

4. XIII's Dub

5. Vache

6. Plunging Hornets

7. Twirl

8. Tache

9. P

10. Cancel

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Track List: Meathole

1. Aanguish

2. Choprite

3. Contain

4. Aamelotasis

5. Des Plaines

6. Sinthasomphone

7. Aaperture

8. Szycag

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Track List: Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett

1. Sikertelenseg

2. Szerencsetlen

3. Ongyilkos Vasarnap

4. Felbomlaszt Mentokocsi

5. Hajnal

6. Galamb Egyedul

7. Masodik Galamb

8. Szamar Madar

9. Hiszekeny

10. Ketsarku Mozgalom

11. Senki Dala

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Track List: Winnipeg Is A Frozen Shithole

1. Winnipeg Is A Frozen Shithole

2. Winnipeg Is A Dogshit Dildo

3. Winnipeg Is F**king Over

5. Die Winnipeg Die Die Die F**kers Die

6. Winnipeg As Mandatory Scat Feed

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Track List: Songs About My Cats

1. Chinaski

2. Katzesorge Part 1

3. Nepetalactone

4. Poor Kakarookee

5. For Bertha Rand

6. Breakfast Time For Baboons

7. Fluff Master

8. Bobo

9. Katzesorge Part 2

10. Pouncelciot

11. Kakenrooken Stivlobits

12. Lioness

13. Cleaning Each Other

14. Look

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Track List: Chocolate Wheelchair Album

1. Abomination Street

2. Too Young

3. Einstein-Rosen Bridge

4. Ghetto Body Buddy

5. Sky Painted On Car

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Track List: Higgins Ultra Low Track Glue Funk Hits 1972-2006

1. Dance Like You're Selling Nails

2. Banana Seat Girl

3. Deadman DJ

4. Walmer Side

5. Dismantling Five Years

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Track List: Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding

1. Vida

2. Li2co3

3. Ion Divvy

4. Destroy Glass Castles

5. Aaron

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Track List: Traditional Synthesizer Music

1. Dreamt Person V3

2. Everything About You Is Special

3. Slightly Bent Fork Tong V2

4. Magnificent Stumble V2

5. Decembers

6. Can't Vote For Yourself V1

7. You And Shayna V1

8. Goose And Gary V2

9. Anxattack Boss Level19 V3

10. She Married A Chess Computer In The End

11. Health Card10

12. Paganism Ratchets

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Track List: Vsnares 2370894

1. Underground Circus Jesus

2. Ornamental Grape Bone

3. Happy Morning Condom Factory

4. Twisted Ligneous

5. F**k Toronto Jungle

6. We Are Cesspools

7. Sybian Rock

8. Nobody Really Understands Anybody

9. Stamina - Instrumental

10. 2 Dollars

11. British Idm Preset Fanfare (The Hawaiian Hockey Song)

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You kids need to read up on breakcore
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Worst song I've ever had to hear
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Venetian snares reminds me of the wacky east bay punk band "Schlong"
Hellas yup
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This is just a barrage of sounds put together to create a specific soundscape. It feels Tekken-ish. I'm tired of every Tekken sound being dubstep. More breakbeat-is h type sounds are welcome.
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tabris06
One definitely sees a change in Aaron's music over time. Go back as far as Winnipeg is a Frozen Shithole and you'll notice a more aggressive, drum-focused sound that seemingly intends to scare the listener, especially on albums like Meathole. Come back to more recent albums and it's much more melodic and theme-driven . Great music!
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This kind of makes me think about how music is defined. You take some sounds and put them together, and you call it music. The way it's arranged somehow pleases you, but other combinations of sounds you don't like. If you actually sit down and think about it for a while, it seems strange.
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Beautifully haunting. ....
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WTF IS THIS MUSIC IT SCARES THE LIVING S**T OUT OF ME
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Another crap bio for an amazing artist. For a while every IDM act was, at best, ok but still not Aphex Twin. Now I judge every new bit of laptop chaos by the standards of Venetian Snares and Otto Von Schirach.
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About time this beautiful sound is getting recognition.
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Where's his latest? Fool the Detector is f**king amazing.
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hourcat
The music can make my head hurt... I like it though, good for horror writing.
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there they are. only appear after I post a comment on it. how convenient
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Why am I of all people first to comment? Or are the comments invisible?
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V Snares f**king rules. He's constantly pushing the limits of expression and creativity with his music. People who denounce it as noise or the sounds of children playing with kitchen utensils just aren't ready to step out of their stagnant s**t pool of pop radio and bubblegum rap.
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Odd coincidence, my newspaper delivery guy's name is Aaron Funk. I don't live in Canada, though...
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Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett~!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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msdenola
WTF with the cover of this cd?????????? ? ? ? dude, fricken nasty!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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It's OK if someone doesn't like Venetian Snares or any IDM for that manner...

Its their loss that they never took the time to actually listen to the beauty in the musical development throughout each and every song; They're too impatient to give it the listen it actually deserves, and I feel sorry for them, but I don't resent the fact that they dislike it. Some people just have single-minde d music tastes and can't step away from their norm.
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Why is Venetian Snares one of the only breakcore artists on Pandora? C'mon Pandora, get with the times! This s**t is primed to attack, help stoke the fire!
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Amazing. :D
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herp a derp a hafhlhlasfha love v snares
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Crack™
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......godlin e s s .
/cry
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Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett is the album of the eon. No fooling.
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way too disorderly for my taste
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Funny. I took an immediate liking to Venetian Snares after only my first exposure - "Twirl."
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nukedoom
At first I thought that he merely played random notes, but there's a method to his madness and I can say I enjoy the complexity of his music.
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Not liking Venetian Snares is a failing point of any individual.
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Please finish the album discography. Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding is my favorite album. Where's the rest of it?
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Tommy likey.
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lee.brett
HAHAHA! These comments are HILARIOUS!

The aural compilation of sounds that is the artwork of Alex Funk (aka Venetian Snares) is an acquired taste. Like a fine wine or a good scotch, there are layers of subtleties that add elements to the overall experience which to the uninitiated can seem rather harsh at first.
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feesnow
I wanna block it! It keeps popping up and how the heck do i block it?
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feesnow
Distracting, obnoxious, disruptive.. . . Maybe if one was in the mood to hear a child play with pots and pans, this would be appropriate. For most, this can hardly be considered music. Aaack! Now it sounds like a kid playing a gameboy in front of a drunken marching band! I guess everything has its fans.=>
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damn, never heard of this or seen it anywhere, look at all the catching up i've got to do!!!
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not sure what jezzys reffering to by "underground beats", imo, venetian snares has brought it to the next level more then most anyone else i've heard when it comes to electronic music.
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jrwood84
Underground beats like this have been around for 15 years or more. You would think someone could bring it to the next level???
Very boring to listen to.
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mmm, spooky!
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aaron "sparkling water" funk for god
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sic

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