Terence Hannum, member of Locrian and a visual artist in his own right, certainly does take the negative path on Via Negativa. Utech Records calls ambient “the music of subtraction.” Hannum takes the ambient genre and makes his own eerie reduction of it. On “If You Only Knew What Darkness I Am Plunged Into,” the drums are reduced to throbbing bass pulses and the electric organ rings in to existence, caustically sustaining its one-note drone. The organ is then joined by other notes on its apparatus. As it envelops the already cold atmosphere Hannum has created, it freezes the other elements in to a form of suspended animation. It’s almost as if Hannum has turned the flowing river of time in to a pool of molasses. He plunges you in to his own darkness and you can’t help but succumb to the trance. Via Negativa would amply fit among the best horror movie soundtracks, if Hannum felt like loaning this out to one. Listen to Via Negativa below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!