Aaron Funk, a producer of hardcore drum'n'bass noise, gained a profile in experimental techno circles with his signing to the Planet Mu label run by Mike Paradinas (aka µ-Ziq). It's a tribute to his production prowess that his base of Winnipeg, Manitoba, hasn't prevented IDM enthusiasts around the world from investigating his recordings. Venetian Snares' meticulously constructed works generally feature obtuse time signatures (often 7/4, although he frequently contorts his rhythms even further) sequenced at impossibly fast speeds, along with complex melodies that are as likely to be gorgeous and crystalline as they are unsettling. Likewise, he injects his music with a biting, sometimes shocking sense of absurdist humor, reflected in his song titles as well as samples and his own exaggerated vocals. On the other hand, his work can be devastatingly bleak and dejected, as demonstrated by releases such as My Downfall. His music incorporates influences ranging from ecstasy-munching rave and jungle to grindcore to contemporary classical, and while he's most commonly associated with the breakcore and IDM genres, his works have received acclaim from outside of the experimental electronic music sphere, most notably for 2005's Rossz Csillag Alatt Született.
After self-releasing a series of cassettes during the '90s, as well as a split cassette/CD-R with B-movie enthusiast Stunt Rock, Funk's first vinyl release was 1999's Greg Hates Car Culture on History of the Future. EPs on Zhark International (Salt), Low Res (7 Sevens.med), and Dyslexic Response (the particularly caustic Shitfuckers!!!) followed in 2000, along with his first full-length, printf("shiver in eternal darkness/n");, a CD for the Isolate label. Paradinas came across Greg Hates Car Culture in a Minneapolis record shop and immediately hired Funk for Planet Mu, resulting in three early 2001 releases for the label: the "Defluxion" 7", Making Orange Things (a noisy co-production with Speedranch), and Songs About My Cats. In addition, a child abuse-themed full-length titled Doll Doll Doll appeared on Hymen Records that year, as well as a split 12" with Cex on Klangkrieg and a ragga-jungle 7" under the name Snares Man! on History of the Future.
Snares' Your Face EP surfaced on Planet Mu in 2015. Following its release, Funk announced that he was going through financial troubles; his fans responded ecstatically by purchasing downloads of his albums, and he offered his gratitude with a free digital album, Thank You for Your Consideration. The following year, Funk revived his Timesig imprint with his next proper full-length, Traditional Synthesizer Music, which was recorded entirely on a modular synthesizer system. Soon after, Funk began collaborating with legendary musician/producer Daniel Lanois. The two posted a ten-minute studio session video in March of 2017, and announced that they were working on an album. Their first concert together was a sold-out show at the Great Hall in Toronto the following May. In early 2018, on his 43rd birthday, Funk digitally self-released a Venetian Snares album titled She Began to Cry Tears of Blood Which Became Little Brick Houses When They Hit the Ground. Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois, the duo's first collaborative album, arrived in May of 2018; pre-orders contained a bonus album taken from the same sessions. ~ John Bush & Paul Simpson