Venetian Snares

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Venetian Snares
Venetian Snares - Ilosaarirock 2008.jpg
Ilosaarirock in 2008
Background information
Birth name Aaron Funk
Born (1975-01-11) January 11, 1975 (age 40)
Origin Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Genres Breakcore, modern classical, IDM, glitch, raggacore
Instruments Drum machine, Renoise, synthesizer, sampler, softsynth
Years active 1992–present
Labels Planet Mu, Sublight Records, Hymen Records
Associated acts Speed Dealer Moms, Poemss, Stunt Rock, Speedranch, Fanny, Bong-Ra, Cex, Doormouse

Venetian Snares is the main performing alias of Canadian electronic musician Aaron Funk. He is known for making electronic music often in odd numbered time signatures (mostly 7/4). Up until 2007 Funk was prolific, releasing as many as eight recordings a year, for labels including: History of the Future, Isolate/DySLeXiC ResPonSe, Addict, Zod, Distort, Sublight, Low-Res, Planet Mu and Hymen.

Funk debuted on a record label in 1999 with the EP Greg Hates Car Culture. A musical cover of his song The Big Dream was recorded as the opening track on the second studio album by the American film director and musician David Lynch under the same name, released on July 10, 2013. Prior to these, he self-released material on cassette tapes as early as 1992.[1]


Aside from limited self-released material, Funk's first release was the EP Greg Hates Car Culture released on History of the Future, followed by Salt on Zhark International 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), was released in early 2001, followed in short order by five more releases, all before the end of 2002. Funk continued producing for a variety of labels, including Hymen Records, Peace Off Records, Addict Records, and Sublight Records. He has also produced albums under the names Last Step and Vsnares, produced singles under the names Last Step, Snares Man! and Snares, appeared on compilations under the names Ventriloquist Snakes, Last Step, Puff, and Senetian Vnares, and did a split with Fanny under the name BeeSnares.[2]

His style has been critically acclaimed, notably by the late British radio disc jockey John Peel.[3] Venetian Snares is said to have reinvented breakcore[4] and set the stage for many other artists such as UndaCova, Xanopticon, Enduser and Datach'i.

Venetian Snares composes much of his music with trackers. Before he began to release his music commercially, he worked primarily with OctaMED on an Amiga 500.[1] At some point prior to 2000 he began using a PC and the Windows port of OctaMED, MED Soundstudio.[5] During 2003 and 2005 he also used Cubase in addition to MED. Venetian Snares currently uses Renoise and has uploaded a video of his track "Vache" (from Cavalcade of Glee and Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom Poms) playing in Renoise on YouTube.[6]

In a February 2003 interview, Funk was asked a question regarding the diverse mix of genres he draws upon in his music, a property which the interviewer labelled "eclecticism". Funk replied: "I prefer to call it Surrealism."[7]

In other interviews he discusses how his early experiments in sound influenced his aesthetics and use of samples: "When I was a kid I'd use a bunch of ghetto blasters playing all at once to play different sounds I'd recorded with some other shitty ghetto blasters. A turning point was when I somehow came across this looping delay pedal that held a 2 second sample. This pedal coupled with the ghetto blaster experiments really changed my life."[8] In another interview regarding his early musical upbringing he claimed "I did start with traditional instruments, piano when I was very young. Grew up at my grandparent’s home and they had an upright piano I plunked away on since before I can remember. Of course a sampler is a musical instrument as well as a production tool. It allows you control over any sound. You can make music out of a toilet and a Zamfir record with a sampler!" [9]


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As Venetian Snares[edit]


12″s, 7″s, EPs, and mini-releases[edit]

As Snares Man![edit]

  • Clearance Bin/Breakbeat Malaria (2001, History of the Future)

As Vsnares[edit]

As BeeSnares[edit]

  • Leopards Of Mass Destruction (2003, Death$ucker Records, split with Fanny)

As Last Step[edit]


  • Last Step (2007, Planet Mu)
  • 1961 (2008, Planet Mu)
  • Sleep (2012, Planet Mu)

12″s, 7″s, EPs, and mini-releases[edit]

  • You're A Nice Girl (2005, Planet Mu)
  • Bhavani (2006, Project 168)
  • Lost Sleep (2015, self-release)

As Snares[edit]

As Speed Dealer Moms[edit]

As Poemss[edit]

  • Poemss (2014, Planet Mu, collaboration with Joanne Pollock)[14]


  1. ^ a b stevvi. "Venetian Snares interview on c8". Isolate Records. Retrieved 2007-02-24. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Colin Nagy, Flavorpill. June 16, 2008. [1] Access date: July 27, 2008.
  4. ^ Ranta, Alan. "Venetian Snares: Detrimentalist", PopMatters. Retrieved on December 4, 2008.
  5. ^ Sound on Sound, interview with Mike Paradinas and Aaron Funk, May 2002
  6. ^ 'Vache' in Renoise
  7. ^ VENETIAN SNARES Interview, The Milk Factory
  8. ^ Venetian Snares: Deep Cuts, Trebuchet Magazine
  9. ^ Venetian Snares Interview 2012 M3 Event
  10. ^ Planet µ Records
  11. ^ Discography entry for My So-Called Life Planet Mu
  12. ^
  13. ^ "The very first article about Speed Dealer Moms". 
  14. ^ "Planet Mu to issue Poemss album". 

External links[edit]

Media related to Venetian Snares at Wikimedia Commons