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|Birth name||Aaron Funk|
|Born||January 11, 1975|
|Origin||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Genres||Breakcore, IDM, Glitch|
|Instruments||Drum machine, Renoise, synthesizer, sampler, softsynth|
|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. 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 Biography
- 2 Discography
- 3 References
- 4 External links
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.
His style has been critically acclaimed, notably by the late British radio disc jockey John Peel. Venetian Snares is said to have reinvented breakcore 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. At some point prior to 2000 he began using a PC and the Windows port of OctaMED, MED Soundstudio. 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.
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."
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." 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!" 
As Venetian Snares
- Eat Shit And Die (1998, split with DJ Fishead, self-release)
- Spells (1998, self-release)
- Subvert! (1998, self-release)
- Fuck Canada // Fuck America (1999, CLFST, split with Stunt Rock)
- printf("shiver in eternal darkness/n"); (2000, Isolate Records; 2013 re-issue, self-release)
- Making Orange Things (2001, Planet Mu, collaboration with Speedranch)
- Songs About My Cats (2001, Planet Mu)
- Doll Doll Doll (2001, Hymen Records)
- Higgins Ultra Low Track Glue Funk Hits 1972–2006 (2002, Planet Mu)
- Winter in the Belly of a Snake (2002, Planet Mu)
- The Chocolate Wheelchair Album (2003, Planet Mu)
- Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding (2004, Planet Mu)
- Winnipeg Is a Frozen Shithole (2005, Sublight Records)
- Rossz csillag alatt született (2005, Planet Mu)
- Meathole (2005, Planet Mu)
- Cavalcade of Glee and Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom Poms (2006, Planet Mu)
- Hospitality (2006, Planet Mu)
- My Downfall (Original Soundtrack) (2007, Planet Mu)
- Detrimentalist (2008, Planet Mu) 
- Filth (2009, Planet Mu)
- My So-Called Life (2010, Timesig) 
- My Love Is a Bulldozer (2014, Planet Mu)
12″s, 7″s, EPs, and mini-releases
- Fake:Impossible (1997, self-release)
- Greg Hates Car Culture (1999, History of the Future)
- Salt (2000, Zhark International)
- 7 Sevens.med EP (2000, Low Res)
- White Label (2001, Hangars Liquides)
- Defluxion / Boarded Up Swan Entrance (2001, Planet Mu)
- Shitfuckers!!! (2001, Dyslexic Response)
- The Connected Series #2 (collaboration with Cex) (2001, Klangkrieg)
- A Giant Alien Force More Violent & Sick Than Anything You Can Imagine (2002, Hymen Records)
- Find Candace (2003, Hymen Records)
- Badminton (2003, Addict Records)
- Einstein-Rosen Bridge (2003, Planet Mu)
- Nymphomatriarch (2003, Hymen Records, collaboration with Hecate)
- Podsjfkj Pojid Poa (2003, Double H Noise Industries, split with Phantomsmasher)
- Skelechairs (2004, Addict Records, collaboration with Doormouse)
- Moonglow / This Bitter Earth (2004, Addict Records)
- Horse and Goat (2004, Sublight Records)
- Infolepsy EP (2004, Coredump Records)
- Pink + Green (2007, Sublight Records)
- Miss Balaton (2008, Planet Mu)
- Horsey Noises (2009, Planet Mu)
- Cubist Reggae (2011, Planet Mu)
- Affectionate (2012, Mute Song)
- Fool the Detector (2012, Timesig)
As Snares Man!
- Clearance Bin/Breakbeat Malaria (2001, History of the Future)
- 2370894 (2002, Planet Mu)
- Leopards Of Mass Destruction (2003, Death$ucker Records, split with Fanny)
As Last Step
- Last Step (2007, Planet Mu)
- 1961 (2008, Planet Mu)
- Sleep (2012, Planet Mu)
12″s, 7″s, EPs, and mini-releases
- You're A Nice Girl (2005, Planet Mu)
- Bhavani (2006, Project 168)
- Lost Sleep (2015, self-release)
- Sabbath Dubs (2007, Kriss Records)
As Speed Dealer Moms
- stevvi. "Venetian Snares interview on c8". Isolate Records. Retrieved 2007-02-24.
- Colin Nagy, Flavorpill. June 16, 2008.  Access date: July 27, 2008.
- Ranta, Alan. "Venetian Snares: Detrimentalist", PopMatters. Retrieved on December 4, 2008.
- Sound on Sound, interview with Mike Paradinas and Aaron Funk, May 2002
- 'Vache' in Renoise
- VENETIAN SNARES Interview, The Milk Factory
- Venetian Snares: Deep Cuts, Trebuchet Magazine
- Venetian Snares Interview 2012 M3 Event
- Planet µ Records
- Discography entry for My So-Called Life Planet Mu
- "The very first article about Speed Dealer Moms".
- "Planet Mu to issue Poemss album".
Media related to Venetian Snares at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Venetian Snares / Aaron Funk at Discogs
- Venetian Snares at Last.fm
- Last Step's page on Discogs