• Joseph Nothing - Dummy Variations

    Reviewed by [R.E.] (Other Music)

    Joseph Nothing - Dummy Variations

    Nothing, aka Tatsuya Joseph Yoshida, makes an album with a strange conflict. While it's a nice trip through, it has no center to speak of. This is Yoshida's first album solo, but he's worked in Japanese studios for a long time. His work is all texture and no form. He arranges textures (and hundreds of them, not just twenty or thirty) into complex arrangements that build into rhythms, but not simple ones. He'll make a formula for a five-second
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  • Joseph Nothing - Dummy Variations

    Joseph Nothing - Dummy Variations

    Tatsuya Yoshida, as he is known to his parents, releases his first album under his Joseph Nothing moniker on Michael Paradinas’ Planet Mu label. Reminiscent of both Paradinas’ µ-ziq and Richard D. James’ Aphex Twin projects, Yoshida also brings his own personality to a funky and imaginative record.
    All along this album, the shadows of his masters are present, especially on tracks like A Shine On Your Head or Ballad For The Unloved, where
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  • Joseph Nothing - Dummy Variations

    Reviewed by James Cowdery (Burnitblue.com)

    Joseph Nothing - Dummy Variations

    “I’m mad, me … he’s a right headcase … you nuttah!” Acid house arrives and suddenly everybody’s bloody Brandon Block. From Dave Beer to Bez we’re a (one) nation of self-styled lunatics, so it’s refreshing to actually encounter someone who’s proper loony. Tatsuya Jospeh Yoshida, aka Mr Nothing can vaguely recall meeting Mr Reality from that party last year, although he couldn’t put a face to the name, since he was predisposed in
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  • Joseph Nothing - Dummy Variations

    Reviewed by Ken Hollings (The Wire)

    Joseph Nothing - Dummy Variations

    A work of fun-sized magnificence written & performed by Tatsuya Yoshida (not Ruins' drummer), "Dummy Variations" thinks small to great effect. Across 17 tracks of near microscopic intricacy, flakes of rhythm, melancholic snatches of distorted vocals and frizzed melody scatter and regroup like a flock of caged canaries let loose on a whim. Standouts include the futuristic blend of high velocity beats, mournful accordions and ghostly chatter on "A
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