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Electronic/Dance - Released December 6, 2019 | Timesig

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Dance - Released February 19, 2016 | Timesig

For an artist whose recordings typically consist of intensely edited, sample-heavy sonic constructions, the "traditional" way to go about making music is to spend countless hours programming an overwhelming modular synthesizer system that takes up an entire room. Aaron Funk has explored analog synthesizer music before, but he usually saves this type of work for his Last Step moniker, which veers toward acid techno rather than the frenetic breakcore of his more well-known guise, Venetian Snares. On Traditional Synthesizer Music, he steps away from the crushing breakbeats, shocking samples, and monstrous vocals of his previous VSnares releases, but his penchant for complex time signatures remains as strong as ever. He pushes his machines to their furthest limits, twisting the rhythms into time signatures that most musicians simply wouldn't dream of, accelerating the tempo to a heart-quickening pace on opening cut "Dreamt Person v3," and embellishing the drum patterns with intricate drum fills and stereo separation. Tracks such as "She Married a Chess Computer in the End" feature miles-deep bass drum kicks, making sure that these tracks have a gigantic bounce to them, which isn't normally associated with music crafted on vintage synthesizers such as these. Aside from the beats, Funk pays as much attention as ever to melody, and his ethereal, decay-heavy notes express terror, longing, confusion, sadness, ecstasy, and a wide spectrum of other emotions. If there's any tradition to what Aaron Funk does, it's that he's always creating fascinating, futuristic music, and Traditional Synthesizer Music is no different. The album is a sharp, thrilling experience, and easily one of Funk's most focused works. ~ Paul Simpson
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Alternatif et Indé - Released March 14, 2005 | Planet Mu

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Alternatif et Indé - Released June 16, 2014 | Planet Mu

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Alternatif et Indé - Released October 27, 2003 | Planet Mu

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Electronic/Dance - Released September 1, 2001 | Hymen Records

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Alternatif et Indé - Released January 27, 2003 | Planet Mu

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Alternatif et Indé - Released July 29, 2002 | Planet Mu

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Alternatif et Indé - Released April 6, 2009 | Planet Mu

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Alternatif et Indé - Released May 27, 2002 | Planet Mu

Alternatif et Indé - Released October 13, 2003 | Planet Mu

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Dance - Released March 5, 2012 | Timesig

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Alternatif et Indé - Released May 29, 2006 | Planet Mu

Alternatif et Indé - Released January 29, 2001 | Planet Mu

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Alternatif et Indé - Released October 23, 2006 | Planet Mu

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 20, 2003 | Hymen Records

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Alternatif et Indé - Released June 1, 2009 | Planet Mu

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Alternatif et Indé - Released May 10, 2004 | Planet Mu

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Alternatif et Indé - Released August 23, 2010 | Timesig

There's something to offend just about everyone on Aaron Funk's latest album as Venetian Snares. If you're a social conservative who doesn't like the "F" word, you'll want to skip past the first two tracks: the Baroque-flavored keyboard licks on "Posers and Camera Phones" are (probably ironically) offset by some genuinely nasty vocal samples, as are the queasy synths and chugging breakbeats of "Cadaverous." And if you're more inclined toward liberal political correctness, you're sure to be displeased by "Who Wants Cake," in which an unnamed woman is repeatedly referred to as "retarded." With those tracks out of the way, sensitive listeners can relax; that is, until the superhumanly fast breakbeats of "Ultraviolent Junglist" hit you like a bullet in the side of the head, or "Aaron2," with its crazily bouncing beats, grumbling bassline, and a synth line that sounds like it's wringing its hands with anxiety. "Welfare Wednesday" brings a bit of reggae deejay flavor to the mix, and "Sound Burglar" adds a blend of chopped-and-screwed hip-hop and dancehall MC flavor. But best of all is the album-closing title track, which is grimly brilliant: "My So-called Life" involves the most disciplined use of breakbeats, which skitter and pound within a fine and subdued harmonic matrix provided by a rather resigned-sounding string section. Not quite drill-n-bass, but well beyond the boundaries of traditional jungle, Venetian Snares' peculiar brand of drum'n'bass beat freakery remains something of a mystery, but one that continues to be worthy of investigation. ~ Rick Anderson
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Electronic/Dance - Released January 13, 2004 | Addict Records