Venetian Snares

Venetian Snares

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Aaron Funk
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Aaron Funk (born January 11, 1975, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), a producer of vastly varying types of electronic music, gained a profile in experimental techno circles with his signing to the Planet Mu label run by Mike Paradinas (aka µ-Ziq).

Often abbreviated to "Vsnares" -- Funk's distinctive style reflects unconventional time signatures and extremely rapid and erratic rhythms. Unpredictable and stimulating, the effect is intense. His style has been critically acclaimed, notably by the late British radio disc jockey John Peel.

Funk's first release was Greg Hates Car Culture, an EP for the History Of The Future Label, followed by Salt for Zhark and Fuck Canada // Fuck America with Stunt Rock for CLFST. When Mike Paradinas heard Greg Hates Car Culture, he immediately signed Funk for Planet Mu. The first Venetian Snares LP on Planet Mu, Making Orange Things (a co-production with Speedranch), dropped in early 2001; following in short order were 5 more releases, all released before the end of 2002. Funk continued recording for a variety of labels, including Hymen, Addict, and Sublight Records, and has also recorded as Snares Man!, BeeSnares, Snares and Senetian Vnares.
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Venetian Snares Discography

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none DJ Fishead / Venetian Snares DJ Fishead / Venetian Snares - Eat Shit And Die(Cass, P/Mixed, C60) Not On Label (DJ Fishead Self-released), Not On Label (Venetian Snares Self-released) none Canada 1998 Sell This Version
none Venetian Snares Subvert!(Cass, C60) Not On Label (Venetian Snares Self-released) none Canada 1998 Sell This Version
none Venetian Snares Spells(Cass, C60) Not On Label (Venetian Snares Self-released) none Canada 1998 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares Vs. Stunt Rock Venetian Snares Vs. Stunt Rock - Fuck Canada // Fuck America CLFST US 1999 Sell This Version
none Venetian Snares Rorschach Stuffocate(Cass, Album, C60) Not On Label (Venetian Snares self-released) none Canada 1999 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares printf<"shiver in eternal darkness/n">; (Album) Isolate US 2000 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares + Speedranch Venetian Snares + Speedranch - Making Orange Things (Album) Planet Mu UK 2001 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares Songs About My Cats (Album) Planet Mu UK 2001 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares Doll Doll Doll (Album) Hymen Records Germany 2001 Sell This Version
Vsnares* 2370894 (Album) Planet Mu UK 2002 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares Higgins Ultra Low Track Glue Funk Hits 1972-2006 (Album) Planet Mu UK 2002 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares Winter In The Belly Of A Snake (Album) Planet Mu UK 2002 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares The Chocolate Wheelchair Album (Album) Planet Mu UK 2003 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares Find Candace (Album) Hymen Records Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding (Album) Planet Mu UK 2004 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares Horse And Goat (MiniAlbum) Sublight Records Canada 2004 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares Rossz Csillag Alatt Született (Album) Planet Mu UK 2005 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares Winnipeg Is A Frozen Shithole (Album, EP) Sublight Records Canada 2005 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares Meathole (Album) Planet Mu UK 2005 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares Hospitality (MiniAlbum, EP) Planet Mu UK 2006 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares Cavalcade Of Glee And Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom Poms (Album) Planet Mu UK 2006 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares My Downfall (Original Soundtrack) (Album) Planet Mu UK 2007 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares Detrimentalist (Album) Planet Mu UK 2008 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares Filth (Album) Planet Mu UK 2009 Sell This Version
Venetian Snares My So-Called Life (Album) Timesig Europe 2010 Sell This Version

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ischivezon

ischivezon

October 25, 2015
probably my favorite artist of all time. period. an absolute genius, he has such a signature style and sound but simultaneously leads a very dynamic and huge discography. you never know what to expect from this man. his passion for music shows in his music, he'd die without this hobby. bless him.
glowworm1

glowworm1

May 22, 2015
absolutely bonkers mentalist gabba speed freak...a lunatic genius and breakcore madman...probably the greatest composer who has EVER lived...this man knows NO bounds...he will be relevant in a thousand years time...never mind fifty or a hundred
bloodhawk1235

bloodhawk1235

March 20, 2015
What can I say about Venetian Snares. His music makes me want to take a nap, I don't know why. It's pretty good, but it makes me doze off y'know. I like the thing he did with dj fishead and his records on Addict are pretty good. But everything else, just makes me so sleepy.

I quite enjoy the time I spend sleeping so that's a pretty huge plus for me. I started listening to Funk's music when I was in my final year of college and I gotta tell you, a lot of my getting familiar with it was sleeping on the bus on the way. His melodies are really easy-listening especially if you're into hard breakcore, like Steve Albini or KC and the Sunshine Band.

I highly recommend checking out print(schiver) or whatever and the skelechairs and moonglow 12"s on Addict. If you're a hipster who is just looking for your fix listen to the ultra-up-it's-own-ass Ross from friends cillit bang or whatever i don't even know what language that it (probably french cause that seems like a french thing to do).
PowderedHammer

PowderedHammer

March 17, 2015
Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding, 2370984, Making Orange Things, Winter in the Belly of a Snake, and Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett are getting exclusive vinyl reissues on Record Store Day 2015. Saturday, April 18th.
PowderedHammer

PowderedHammer

February 18, 2015
As of recent, Aaron has re-released a few of his limited edition records in FLAC format through his Bandcamp.
The re-released EPs in question are:
Moonglow/This Bitter Earth, Badminton, and Clearance Bin (off of his Snares Man! pseudonym).
rib

rib

June 29, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
I was a careful listener of vs' music from the beginning in the 90's.
This guy did something new and fresh in the genre.
In recent years however his work became a loop of copies of copies.
Hopefully someday the man will come up with something new, at least he seems to keep working, from an artist standpoint that's the only thing that matters.

JVW_NE

JVW_NE

September 28, 2013
He turned the snare rush into a gimmick.
peter_peak

peter_peak

February 5, 2013
My ways turned me from electronic "dance" music through soundtracks to classical and of course 20th century classical (meaning "serious orchestral" music, not only classical or neoclassical genres) in searching for best transcendention and intellectual joy thru such abstract art as music. Couple years ago I was in search of what changed in electonic music, trying to find "best and hardest" of all - and I found Venetian Snares - from that time on, every other electronic music is... boring :). With the knowledge of music, practical composing skills and art education, I simply didn't get on any more genuine electronic (I cannot say just "dance") music composer. Autechre, Aphex Twin can have more complex synths sounds for example, but they are trapped within their style and song form-from the beginning you know how the track will be. Aaron Funk is Joker between Batmen, his music serves "classical" rule-to be over the genre-in fact he prooves dominance of rhytm over melody and theme can be made.
I'm listening to Venetian Snares for three years and I stil shake my head of wonder. I don't hesitate to state, that he's the first genius of computer music era, where every manipulation with sound is possible (unlikely of hardware machines generation) and he's capable somehow to manage all attributes of it to totaly balanced result. Visiting genres as jungle, dnb, glitch, hardcore, is like fetish studies on rhytmic passion where sometimes fun and joy (or postmodernism?) is more important than cool-esnes of the track involving brecht's effect of alienation.
But while listening to his synth-aka gothic- violins, I sometimes just wish: Give him a live orchestra. And learn him basics how to write the score-not sampling. That's the only thing Venetian Snares can go even further than he already is- genius of electronic "dance" music.
jiggawhat

jiggawhat

January 30, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
This guy makes - intriguing - music. It's really driving, hard, and abrasive. It's like the death metal of electronic music.

He's got talent, that much cannot be debated. This probably a love-it or hate-it artist. I like some of his stuff and absolutely loathe the rest.
scrump

scrump

March 7, 2011
Aaron Funk makes restless music. It is constantly changing, often abrasive and fully strains the limits of what music is or can be. Really, if anything, Venetian Snares is the sound of music trying to become something else. Melodies interwoven with tonal frequency percussion. Snares blasting and clattering like they are trying to escape from their time signature. Weaponized jazz bursting through musical bars to some greater measure. Pounding dance music becoming a living narrative. It is witchcraft. It is violence. It is radical dissent with the order of the universe - a bitter punishment for the world, and for the listener. I can understand why people wouldn't like it. It is still absolutely genius.

As it's said, "My music's not for all, else it's all for naught."

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