Venetian Snares is well known for his ludicrous break mashing at insane tempos and bizarre musical structures. Never shying away from a different approach Traditional Synthesizer Music is his take on the modular synth. Each track made from scratch and each element synthesized, and recorded in one take, then delete, move on to the next. It’s a different approach, but still the Venetian Snares chaos we all love.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 18 February 2016
Everyone’s fave electronic loose cannon Venetian Snares has slowly been building a modular synth. A natural progression it seems, considering the capacity for the modular to destroy all preconceived notions of music in a flurry of patch cable spaghetti. But, wasn’t he already doing that with software? That makes this album ‘VS uses different tool to make identical musical chaos’.
Not quite identical, though. You’ve still got the glitchy breaks style that he semi-invented, those freaky spookmaster melodies as well as impeccable production. This man can control the machines, after all. But the difference is that each element of the synth has been made for one purpose - sound as delicious as possible. Which is the standout thing here - the sounds that the ‘Snares uses on Traditional Synthesiser Music (hehe) are much more glossy and clearly defined than he’s been using as of late. In restraining the set of tools available to him, he’s making stuff that isn’t as haphazard as usual; it’s all still chaotic, sure, but with sweet melodies and little clicky beats such as those on ‘Magnificent Stumble v2’, you’re presented with a clearer ‘Snares, a refined ‘Snares. See the previous link to see him make the track in one take while smoking, grinder just in view. Oh, u.
Ok so the promo CD has refused to play the second half of the album so this’ll have to do. But no doubt that it does eventually fall apart spectacularly in a way that only Aaron Funk will understand. Thus far though, it seems that he’s taken to the modular with way more cohesion than was expected. Way to go.
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