Venetian Snares is the (main
) pseudonym of Canadian electronic music
producer Aaron Funk. He mostly does breakcore tracks and is credited with making the genre what it is today
, but he also makes glitchcore, IDM, noise, Dubstep and orchestral music
. Classical music
is also frequently sampled in his Breakcore work, along with various Hip Hop
acapellas and Jazz
- Acceptable Targets: His hometown of Winnipeg.
- Amen Break: This man has made an entire career out of mutilating the Amen.
- Awesome McCoolname: Aaron Funk, obviously.
- Bilingual Bonus: The lyrics to "Welfare Wednsday." "Punani" is Italian for vagina. Does the song make sense now?
- Blatant Lies: During interviews, he will often make patently ridiculous claims.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Just watch this interview and suddenly his music will make a lot of sense. The man claims himself to be a hillbilly, for crying out loud.
- Concept Album: Most of them are this to some degree.
- Contemptible Cover: His album Horse and Goat had to be sold with a reversible cover, with a close-up of a girl's face on the front and the real cover on the back. The first two manufacturers they went to wouldn't even print it. Not surprising, considering that the cover was done by Trevor Brown.
- Crazy-Prepared: The liner notes for "Shitfuckers!!!" entail how to give an enema.
- Everything Is an Instrument/Intercourse with You: He and Hecate, an industrial/dark electronic artist, released an album called Nymphomatriarch. It was made solely out of recordings of them having sex between shows while on tour. It's one of the best-known works of either artist to date.
- Foreign Language Title: Rossz Csillag Alatt Született, whose tracks (along with the album itself) are titled in Hungarian.
- Genre Roulette: Breakcore, IDM, Noise, Glitch, Ambient, Acid, Electro, Dubstep, Modern Classical...
- I Have Many Names: Vsnares, snares, Snares Man!, BeeSnares, Ventriloquist Snakes, Puff, Last Step and Senetian Vnares.
- Intentionally Awkward Title: Winnipeg Is A Frozen Shithole, an awkward enough title in its own right, contains a song titled, Die Winnipeg Die Die Die Fuckers Die. In the years between Greg Hates Car Culture and Making Orange Things, he put out a 12" titled Shitfuckers!!! and a split with US musician Stunt Rock, titled Fuck Canada Fuck America. And of course the above mentioned Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett. It's not awkward for Hungarian speakers, of course, but for everyone else...
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: His album Songs About My Cats is about,well, his cats.
- Last Note Nightmare: "Hand Throw".
- Loudness War: His releases are some of the loudest in history; of course, considering the type of music he's playing, it's entirely intentional.
- Mind Screw: "Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding," full stop.
- Minimalistic Cover Art: printf("shiver in eternal darkness/n");◊
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Pretty much all over the scale, but his breakcore material is never lower than a 10 or 11.
- Sampling: To the point where one album was built almost entirely out of classical excerpts.
- Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Venetian Snares normally makes music just as aggressive and unfriendly as he looks◊, but a few of his tracks (I'm Sorry I Failed You) are soft and melodic, often built out of orchestra samples.
- Then again, when one reads interviews with Funk, he's less scary than really snarky, so it goes both ways.
- Serial Killer: Discussed on Meathole.
- Sensory Abuse: He has made this into an art form.
- Something Completely Different: "Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding," described by critics as "one of the best albums Autechre never made."
- He does acid (music, you guys) as Last Step.
- "Filth", which was released under his main alias, is also mainly acid techno and is more abrasive than his Last Step work. The album was a big stylistic change from "Detrimentalist", which angered some fans.
- His collab with Speedranch, bordering on Harsh Noise.
- Speedy Techno Remake: Öngyilkos Vasárnap, originally Gloomy Sunday, the Hungarian suicide song.
- Stylistic Self-Parody: "Plunging Hornets", in which the sampled audio makes fun of his tendencies regarding musical structure.
- Uncommon Time: Inverted—7/4 is his most common time signature, and he tends towards others as well, such as 11/4 or 10/4, but once in a blue moon, he'll play in 4/4.
- In even rarer cases, he not only plays it straight, but turns it Up to Eleven. Case in point: "Nineteen 1319," A song written in 13/4 and 19/4 time, alternating between the two.
- Word Salad Title: There is no such thing as a "Cadmium Lung Jacket" or a "Huge Chrome Peach." And there certainly is no "Cavalcade of Glee And Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom Poms."
- Would Hurt a Child: Wrote two albums on the subject.