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Formulae

by Rusuden

An ambient, downtempo adventure submerged deeply beneath the sea. Haunting melodies mix with mesmerizing, molten electro as complex hip-hop-infused beats crunch their way to the surface.
Genre: Electronic: IDM
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1. GITD Trea Clym
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2. Day Breaks
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3. Yr Brooding Distortion
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4. Thousand Year Decent
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5. Laptop Vagabond
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6. Minari
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7. Migrate & Molt
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8. Prankton
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9. Membrane
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10. Jellies In A Vaccuum
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11. The Blind Colony
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12. Ana Appears Normal (Abnormal Mix)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Justin Morgan writes electronic music as Rusuden. His style is an interestingly varied one, blending many different styles together into his own form of robotic-yet-beautiful electronica. Originally a member of various indie rock projects, a passing interest in electronic music soon became a passion, and by 1999 Morgan was performing regularly as Rusuden.

Rusuden's Formulae album has been described as "chilled future jazz electronics" and "a grab bag of everything electro from the last ten years." Grooves magazine compared the album as "A bit of Rephlexian 'braindance', organic Kracfive goofiness, old-school Spacetime Continuum funk, happy gabber madness, perhaps some Hawtinesque acid beats, or a little sensual Plaid synth all percolate into the brew."


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Raven

Variety.
It's well worth it (in any case) when an artist can mesh many styles while still keeping their distinct style. While listening to Formulae, I found that Rusuden is one of the most varied electronic music projects I know of. This is worth a buy if you enjoy any form of electronic music, and you're not the biased type who thinks hip-hop is ALL bad. There's plenty of trip-hop beats and some creative usage of voices to add a sickening punch of energy to the frenzy of already eclectic style.

The Milk Factory

Reflecting on classic electronic themes, this album denote an element of musical
With soft melodies and sumptuous soundscapes, Rusuden
almost imperceptibly creates his own musical world
and presents here a consistent piece of work.
... Morgan presents here a textbook electronica
album, reminiscent of early Warp or Rephlex releases.
If this album appears at time formulaic (pardon
the pun), it remains a rather interesting, is rarely
daring, piece of work. Ranging from spacious ambient
moments, often wrapped up in blankets of warm analogue
sounds to classic techno, Morgan intentionally visits
familiar musical grounds to add his sonic imprint.
Steering clear from entirely abstract or abrasive
soundscapes, he carves beautiful melodies in the
heart of complex hip-hop-infused beat structures
and makes good use of his chosen sonic territory.

Reflecting on classic electronic themes, this album
denote an element of musical maturity as it builds
on the musical legacy of the last fifteen years,
yet appears fresh and interesting enough to retain
the attention of the listener all the way through

Indieville

blending many different styles together into his own form of robotic-yet-beautif
Rusuden's style is an interestingly varied one, blending many different styles together into his own form of robotic-yet-beautiful electronica. Influences are plentiful, as well; Rusuden's style takes cues from the likes of Boards of Canada, Plaid, and even Aphex Twin to an extent, with a bit of modern hardcore à la Venetian Snares in the rhythm. Much of Rusuden's album can probably be considered chill-out / electro-lounge material. He flawlessly plays with laidback, flowing basslines and melody, incorporating meaty yet never out-of-place beats to round things out. There are many standout songs. Opener "GITD Trea Cylm" (traditional IDM song title, huh?) is a beautiful piece of Plaid-esque ambient/techno crossover. "Migrate & Molt," meanwhile, is a beautiful piece of BOC-style melodic IDM, and "Ana Appears Normal [abnormal mix]" is a fine slice of mesmerizing, molten electro. ...

Splendid

Formulae, like the Richard D. James Album, Lunatic Harness and Music Has the Rig
... Opener "GITD Trea Clym"'s mixture of moody synth chords, clattering drums, glittery melody and manipulated animal noises is pure late-nineties Aphex Twin. The cleverly-named "Yr Brooding Distortion" supports its Meat Beat Manifesto-style percussion/sample boxing match with an insidious two note peak/valley foundation, while the gushing "Membrane" cycles through a three-layered tissue of sampled piano and crystalline, borderline new-age synth, punctuated with the gentlest of cymbal taps.

"Jellies in a Vaccuum"'s blissfully twiddly melody captures the cozy, reassuring warmth of an appliance commercial, radiating peace and futurism and friendly pastel hues. This isn't a tune you'll remember in its entirety, but it's jam-packed with satisfying, memory-jamming three second hooks. On the topic of hooks, "Migrate and Molt" perfectly captures that early nineties Warp Records vibe -- the feeling you get when you're listening to something you could almost dance to, though you suspect it'll be far more rewarding to sit still and pay attention. "The Blind Colony" modifies the "dark and glittery" template with a 4/4 beat and an aggressively nasal 303 loop...

Formulae is dominated by ocean imagery -- hence the underwater beasties on the album cover -- and that structural conceit extends neatly into aural territory. Listen with headphones on and you'll feel as if you're sinking deeper and deeper beneath the sea, taking in every detail as you go ...

Grooves Magazine

Formulae's more interesting tracks seem to center around a darker core, a weirde
Rusuden's latest full-length on Sonicterror seems a grab bag of everything electro from the last ten years. A bit of Rephlexian "braindance", organic Kracfive goofiness, old-school Spacetime Continuum funk, happy gabber madness, perhaps some Hawtinesque acid beats, or a little sensual Plaid synth all percolate into the brew. As such, you may need to put on a few pairs of ears and be patient, as the results can be hit and miss if some areas of electronic music don't do it for you.

Formulae's more interesting tracks seem to center around a darker core, a weirder vibe that grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Sickly groaning in "Yr Brooding Distortion" builds into a loose, freeform rhythmic sketch that grows more and more out of control--really good stuff when played loud--while "Minari" is centered around a downbeat of distorted, deeply held loogies hawked into a mic. Reminiscent of Jonah Sharp's funky synth approach, "Prankton" brings an erotic, bubbly energy that leads into the industrial-seasoned "Ana Appears Normal." Despite a few missteps, there's plenty of sound in Formulae that will stick in your head long after the disc ends.

All Music Guide

a kind of ambient music for those already well-versed in the styles and for newc
... a kind of ambient music for those already well-versed in the styles and for newcomers and enjoyable enough diversion on its own merits. Morgan is clearly not aiming at some sort of fragmented disruption a la Autechre, say — his songs all have some sort of central melody amid the at times crisp and at times murky beats. More than once he demonstrates a sense of listening beyond the bounds of Laptop 101 as well — “Day Breaks," to its credit, has a lead piano and bassline that could be from a dawn-of-the-nineties techno anthem (though notably the percussion is anything but acid pulse exultation). Elsewhere, when he really tweaks around the drums in full bodyslam fashion — “Yr Brooding Distortion" is mighty strong, “Jellies in a Vaccum" simpler but invigorating nonetheless. ...

Igloo Magazine

the music braces itself firmly on fragile branches of experimental electronics
... Sonicterror have a definite ear for precise, rhythmic, emotive and quality tracks; Case in point, Rusuden. The opener, "GITD Trea Clym" nurtures a pleasant syncopation of beats reminiscent of Plaid's fine-tuned melodic moments on Not For Threes (Warp). It's moments like these where you actually drift inside the oceanic depths of Rusuden's musical formulas. You can surely feel the 8-bit funk exuding from tracks like "Prankton," "Migrate & Molt" and "Ana Appears Normal (Abnormal Mix)," but there's even more unveiled upon further listening: "Minari," "Laptop Vegabond," and "The Blind Colony" contain a sharp subterranean punch that wouldn't be out-of-place on labels like Skam, MAS or even Warp for that matter. Fans of Plone will enjoy the upbeat, energetic "Jellies in a Vaccuum" with its waving melodies and glittering electronic texture. Keep in mind, though, that there's a distinct amount of mutated breakbeats sliding through the cracks making Formulae quite energetic.

The production level on Formulae rests at a confident peak, the music braces itself firmly on fragile branches of experimental electronics, while most of these tracks could also be used as a soundtrack to The Abyss. ...

Tesselate

Chilled future jazz electronics is what "Prankton" drops...
... Acid beatmania style from the offset in "Laptop vagabond". A pounding bassline and bucketful of drumclicks bounce along with the mega beep computer explosion sprinkling itself all over this track. Spirals of drumbeat blend with the distorted vocal healing the broken pc with a shower of pure ram. ...

... Chilled future jazz electronics is what "Prankton" drops 80's disco beeps and bips lean on the sunshine full beach melody riding the waves of beats and synth strikes which are flooding towards it. This would get the room moving, from behind the holographic mirror ball to the orange glittered sofas, you would not be able to sit still. Jazzy japanese pool hall melodies for everyone. Recommended. ...