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  • Audio CD (30 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Planet Mu
  • ASIN: B00005B3Y9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Taking his fascination with the feline species to the most esoteric nth degree, Canadian producer Aaron Funk steps into conceptual territory for his second full-length album, Songs About My Cats. No problem on paper, but on repeated listens could it be one conceptual step too far? Well, to the kind of specialised market this album would appeal to (fans of other noise-manipulators like Speedranch Janksy Noise, Alec Empire and Christoph De Babalon) probably not. But to the rest of listening public the answer has to be a resounding yes. Why you ask? Well because far from being a melodic stroll in the park Songs About My Cats is more a disorientating sprint down crack alley, a digital beatdown; typified by randomised, rapid-fire beats, frenetic digital manipulation and mind-numbing twisted audio. Take the sinister tones of "For Bertha Rand" and the unremitting crash and clatter of "Poor Kakarookee", both of which it would seem verge on the side of experimentalism for experimentalism's sake; absent of melody and recognisable structure, no bad thing of course, but when the same themes are spread over 14 tracks audio patience can run a little thin. Redeeming itself in the latter parts with the haunting Howard Riley style piano work of "Katzescorge" and the free-falling sax jazz of "Pouncelcot", things brighten up somewhat, but in the main this still remains an album for the hardcore only. --Found Sounds

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Format: Audio CD
Because the person who reviewed this album does'nt at all understand what IDM (intelligent dance music) is all about! The reason why people listen to this music is to escape the predictable, formulaic, generic, pigeonholed, commercially dependant styles of dance music which are so easily accessed these days. This music just simply eats up, chews and spits back out ALL the rules in the book giving birth to something truely fresh (in my opinion-which is a fair opinion in my opinion!) Listen to the chopping of the amen breaks, the arpeggiated noises and loops, and also take close listen to the synthetic textures running throughout the album-their all relevant when you listen properly.. for the glitchy sounds to travel to! You'll be telling me how beautiful it really is once you've giveth it the time it deserves! YOU (above) just did'nt give this album the time of day it deserved really did you..?!
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Really found it hard to get into this one, more random than huge chrome cylinder box unfolding.
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My brain can't decrypt this
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This is my fevorite cd and has bin since 2003 when I got used to the sound of it. The man is absolutely a genius.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars classic early snares 12 Nov. 2012
By Robert Strecker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This release by mr funk is an absolute classic. i do think the tracks are clearly about cats due to the sounds that are indicitive of kitten traits. i say this in response to a reviewer that questioned the meaning of the album. The first track uses a filter knob and envelope that sounds like a cat meowing then on track 13 there is an actual sample from the meow mix commercial..(hilarious and appropriate). this album showcases mr funks versatility.. i am somewhat new to snares music although was exposed to him 7 years ago. i am now taking a strong interest after all these years mainly due to his unique compositional style. mr. funk is an important artist and this is evident in his different approaches to not only his drill breakcore signiture sound but also his outright compositional skills.This album contains straight drill with actual constant harmony built by the verse being constant and the blips and drills being implimented at unique times to really give it the feel of playful and devious cats. This album contains acoustic piano as well as a sax part making it definately not a idm lol (i hate that title) album but something much more important--a great compositional album for anyone let alone an electronic musician.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best electronic music albums ever made. 22 Mar. 2009
By HeXXiiiZ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The sense of thematic simplicity developed by the means of such an abstract, confronting, and complex style is a herculean feat of aesthetic sense and technical measure. The meter and character of this album flow liquid but viscous through brief but poignant grooves of rhythm permuting through possibilities while evolving relentlessly. The architectonic sense of ground and setting behind each track are distinct and revealed sometimes quickly yet often gradually, not shedding light on the entire space until its darkly corners elicit a building anticipation and release into colorful motifs of lively ambiance -- as opposed to meandering melodiousness or a self-conditioning series of three-note hooks so frequently resorted to when a vision is not defined enough to fill such an ambitious space.

No little amount could be said about each track and fully convey the manifold points that constitute each picture. To state just one of these multitudinous subjects of great intrigue: even the tracks that function as the interstitial glue to bring cohesion into the forays through denser grounds themselves stand out with brilliance. 'For Bertha Rand' as an example is more straightforward in style and simple in form than many of neighboring tracks like, 'Poor Kakarookee' with its climactic expansiveness, yet itself expresses an artistically complete aesthetic the contours of which reveal hidden depth. A haunting vocal sound followed by reed noises and a very burgundy sounding sax riff create one of the most compelling feats of sample juxtaposition.

I have a hard time picking a favorite track off of this album because each track has the musically rare but astounding quality of being in itself entirely appropriate in its proper time. The direction of the album as a whole moves from cool and glitchy to warm and expressive marked by increasing amounts of jazz samples. Creating this kind of a feel is difficult and requires an acute sense of each color a complex sample adds to the picture. Venetian Snares does this here exquisitely. In Kakenrooken Stivlobits, for example, samples and timbres that most would never get away with find lucidity in context and become justified in their most characteristic notes.

The structure of the album thrusts the listener into a deep blue/green place that begins to warm up and engage with familiarity as though migrating through seasons from spring to fall, reaching a zenith point in the aggressive 'Fluff Master', an emotional track with complicated melodic message. This album is a unique and uncompromising artistic work standing out from its genre relying on little familiar recapitulation of cliches and parameters, rhythmically or sonically, that buttress even some of Venetian Snares other works. Despite the excellence in craft Venetian Snares brings to more conventional beats and styles conventional to IDM and Breakcore, few of these standards are used here. The style and technique, as in all great works of art, are transparent to the ideas they are used to convey.

This album is certainly a work of art to be listened to carefully and many times with little loss of novelty and brilliance. Its expressive abstraction is reminiscent of Surrealist painting and Jazz in many ways analog to visual sentiments of Gorky or Matta. Definitely get this album if you are willing to stare deeply into it and enjoy its complexities actively. I personally think it is one of the best electronic music albums ever made, and perhaps it will become more recognized as it is reflected on in time, which will certainly do it justice.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Venetian Snares ‎– Songs About My Cats 11 Mar. 2014
By scoundrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The prolific Venetian Snares writes SONGS ABOUT MY CATS, and sure enough, the felines have their say, in timestretched and manipulated samples, even as the ambient "Chinaski" veers off into its crazed breakbeat, though it of course doesn't stay there. Chaos and randomness are his calling cards, and "Nepetalactone" offers those in spades. Hints of melodies come in and out, like the singing on "Poor Kakarookee," but it's secondary to the other noise surrounding the track. "Fluff Master" wanders at its start, but then the feedback and bass drops stomp in like Godzilla, even if the melody isn't totally crushed. "Bobo," on the other hand, is almost all percussion until it drifts out on a creepy note. The plucked lines of "Pouncelciot" add a classical element, as do the fake strings of "Lioness." "Cleaning Each Other" has little hints of Latin jazz and the Meow Mix theme song, but like everything else, they appear and disappear. Kind of like cats themselves, if you think about it...
1 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome release from aaron funk 18 May 2005
By Anthony Dicapua - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
this is a really awesome CD, a must have for any venetian snares fan.
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