Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding

  • Venetian Snares - Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding

    Reviewed by Cormac Heron (

    <b> Venetian Snares </b> - Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding

    I must confess I do have a bit of a soft spot for Venetian Snares ever since his collaboration with Speedranch on 'Making Orange Things' (which is a full on album and deserves the same volume, respect and fear as 'Never Mind The Bollocks'). 'Making Orange Things', however, is a collaboration so I'll leave that one there.
    'Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding' is the 11th release by Canadian Aaron Funk, the brians and time behind Venetian Snares. Eleven! The man must be one hundred and eighty seven years old to do this shit. Each album has about twelve years worth of work in it, and, each track must take about thirteen months to create, so that means that Mr. Funk should be applauded for his ability to slow the fabric of time to a crawling pace in order for him to create these gargantuan collections of sound as much as his intricate music. (Maybe he just has a room full of one hundred monkeys and fifteen hundred samplers. In any case you'll notice that obesity is not as big an issue in Canada as it is in U.S.A. God damn workaholic moose herders.)
    All that said, however, I can't help but find this release a bit of a disappointment. I can see where he is coming from, and sort of where he is going to, but it seems that Mr. Snares is still finding his feet a bit. 'HCCBU' has the future sounds of "tomorrow's jazz" as Brian Eno's 'The Drop', but not as melodic; It has the wonder of Aphex's 'Drukqs' but not as beautiful; It has the chaos of Hellfish & Producer's 'Constant Mutation' but not as full-on. Maybe, and here's another theory, I need to listen to the album for another eleven years and ten months in order to properly "get it". After all, I have been only listening to it for two months now. And that's only eight weeks. Or 56 days.
    Certainly though, each track is best listened to as a single track and not running as a full album. The genius is more apparent when isolated like this, but the man is is definitely heading for bigger and better things. Maybe he should concentrate on splitting his albums into three sections: Melodic, Beautiful, and, Chaotic. Or maybe just get rid of sixty six monkeys and eleven hundred and twelve samplers.
    Cormac Heron

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