Terence Hannum, member of Locrian and a visual artist in his own right, certainly does take the negative path on Via NegativaUtech 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!


The Details

Via Negativa is the first solo album for Utech Records by visual artist and Locrian member, Terence Hannum. Incorporating voice and organ, Hannum creates a world where time slows and sound is reduced to the steady pulse of the universe.

Via Negativa is latin for negative path. It is a means of distillation. A way of describing something by saying what it is not.

You might say that ambient music is the music of subtraction – subtract the melody, subtract the harmony, subtract the rhythm. Subtract the author. Where much of music composition is a process of layered construction, ambient composition is closer to that of distillation – find the essential ingredient that will fundamentally transform a sonic environment and dispense with the rest. Recorded in Hannum’s basement studio with the most basic equipment, Via Negativa is a document of the artist’s own meditative process of subtraction.

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