Venetian Snares is Aaron Funk, an electronic artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Best known for his breakcore compositions, Funk has also produced acid, IDM, glitch, dubstep, and even classical works.
Music produced by Venetian Snares is almost invariably fast, aggressive, and abrasive. A fan of unusual time signatures and production methods (i.e. recording an album in 12.6 surround sound), Funk continuously experiments with new sounds and rhythms. Relying primarily on syncopated snare hits to produce much of the rhythm in his tracks, Funk uses a variety of time signatures to achieve the desired effect of each song. These range from standard (7/4, 5/4) to ridiculous (23/8, 19/4, 57/8).
A prolific producer, Funk typically releases at least one album per year under the Planet mu and Hymen record labels under his Venetian Snares alias in addition to EPs and side projects. Additional aliases include Vsnares, Snares Man, Bee Snares, Snares, Last Step, and Speed Dealer Moms (a collaboration with John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame.)
In addition to his standard fare of breakcore and drill & bass, Venetian Snares has also released two albums comprised mostly of classical compositions: Rossz csillag alatt született (Hungarian: literally "Born Under a Dark Star" or "Doomed from Birth") and My Downfall: Original Soundtrack.
Venetian Snares' works are definitely not for everyone. Breakcore has a strong propensity towards chaos by nature, and Snares pushes this even further. Fans of extremely complex compositions and those that enjoy finding little intricacies in tracks will find a lot to love here, while others will likely just hear a bunch of noise layered over a smattering of random snare hits.