Mason Jones is a San Francisco, CA-based musician, artist, and writer who has been active in the
independent music world for over 25 years. After a string of albums
under the name Trance, that name was retired and songs and albums
began appearing under his own name. The music has a wide range, from
noisy experimental guitar work to recent psychedelic pop forays.
Mason founded the improvisational psych-rock band
SubArachnoid Space and
led the group from 1996 until 2003, releasing 9 albums before leaving the
Mason is a member of the quartet
an experimental group mixing many instruments and ideas.
Mason also currently has the project Numinous Eye,
a free-form noisy,
psychedelic rock guitar-drum duo. For Numinous Eye, Mason brings in
various drummers depending on the circumstances and availability.
His noise project, We've Come For What's Ours, has released several limited-edition albums.
Mason has also collaborated with numerous artists including Makoto Kawabata,
Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, Instagon, Hijokaidan, Seiichi Yamamoto, and many more.
While running the independent label Charnel Music, Mason released
over 30 albums by artists including Crash Worship, Pain Teens,
Vas Deferens Organization, Angel'in Heavy Syrup, Fushitsusha,
Mainliner, and others. The label specialized in working with
Japanese artists to give them an audience in the U.S. and Europe,
including the release of three compilations, Land of the Rising
Noise, with a wide variety of Japanese artists. Under the
continued auspices of the Charnel Music name, Mason continues to
organize shows and small tours for bands from Japan.
As an artist and designer, Mason has contributed works to magazines
and books. He has done graphic design for a number of CDs including
releases from Charnel Music, Manifold Records, and others, including
naturally his own albums. He has also designed the covers for a number
of books and magazines.
Mason's writing has included countless interviews and record reviews
for magazines and web sites including File 13, You Could Do
Worse, Industrial Nation, Browbeat, and Ptolemaic
Terrascope. He currently contributes reviews primarily to
Dusted Magazine online.
He has interviewed and written features about bands including Acid
Mothers Temple, Angel'in Heavy Syrup, KK Null, Scot Jenerik,
Yamamoto Seiichi (Boredoms), Kaneko Jutoku (Kosokuya), Keiji Haino,
and many others. He also contributed a section about the Japanese
noise underground to the book Japan Edge (Cadence Books, 2000).
During the '90s Mason published four issues of the magazine
Ongaku Otaku, devoted to covering the Japanese independent
music scene. A few of Mason's short works of fiction and miscellaneous
non-fiction have been published in magazines such as Enterrupted,
Morbid Curiosity, and Cyber-Psycho's A.O.D..