John Mason is, as you might expect, a close relative of Jon 7 and JMMIII. Jon 7 has a contentious colleague (interactions with whom he still values highly) who had offered him a release of “Guitar Music” for Time Theory. The offer was rescinded though due to Jon 7′s failure to respond immediately. “Guitar Music” was instead offered to a Dutch label, and promptly was never brought up again (though it may have done well where it landed. we just don’t know).
NOt easily out done, Jon 7 commissioned John Mason to construct an album of ‘guitar music’ for a different Dutch label (the now famous and defunct Okkulth, who in it’s unmercifully short lifespan revolutionized a new area of dark ambient drone and noise). Upon submission of “Gammatria” Okkulth came to an end, and it was never released.
Upon reflection this was a bit of a good thing: Mr. Mason had entirely forgotten the methods he used to make the album, and had described it entirely incorrectly to Okkulth HQ.
What you hear here in this release are only two instruments, a Hondo electric guitar (a Japanese surf-guitar, if you will) and a phillips head screwdriver. the rest is just ‘special effects’.
Other artists are encouraged to continue the long fight to prove Decca wrong, guitar music is not “on its way out.” Not when it can take such forms as this.
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