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Venetian Snares is the performing name of Aaron Funk, an electronic music producer and performer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is known for making experimental IDM , breakcore and glitchcore often in odd numbered time signatures. He is a prolific artist, having released records on the History of the Future, Isolate/DySLeXiC ResPonSe, Addict, Zod, Distort, Sublight, Low-Res, Planet Mu and Hymen record labels. Musical influences include funk, free jazz, metal, gabber and symphonies.
His style has been critically acclaimed, notably by the late British radio disc jockey John Peel. Venetian Snares’ 2005 album Rossz Csillag Alatt Született has sold over 15,000 copies, and Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers has cited Venetian Snares as his personal pick for “best new artist.”
Past interviews with Funk have pointed out his early interest in punk rock and death metal, and he draws from these genres heavily in his approach to music. Much of his work is a reaction to the often repetitive, confined, and streamlined tendencies of rave music and drum and bass, similar to the way in which punk rock musicians challenged established musical trends in the aftermath of arena rock.
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 5001. At some point prior to 2000, he began using a PC and the Windows port of OctaMED, MED Soundstudio4. Currently he is mainly working with Renoise5. A video of “Vache”, a track from Cavalcade of Glee and Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom Poms, being played through Renoise is available on YouTube.
The covers for four of his releases have been illustrated by Beat down central British artist Trevor Brown. In Brown’s usual style, these covers feature airbrushes of young girls in shocking sexual or violent scenes. Other releases feature benign and banal artwork, such as pictures of cats, birds, children’s toys or even badminton players.
Aaron Funk has recently released a new track on his “MySpace” titled If I Could Say I Love You that features symphony and choir.