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  • Summary: The latest release for Canadian composer features music originally from sessions for a commission for songs based on the concepts of quantum physics, black holes and space.
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  • Record Label: FatCat Records
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Avant-Garde, Experimental Ambient, Experimental Electronic, Neo-Classical, Tape Music
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  1. Nov 5, 2018
    90
    Awe-inspiring and unforgettable.
  2. 85
    Thresholder is a triumph of meticulously detailed composition and, at the same time, a masterpiece that seems to evolve, albeit in an unnaturally sepulchral soundworld of fragmentation, from the simplest of sources into a life-affirming wholeness.
  3. The Wire
    Nov 15, 2018
    80
    For music built around the shrouding and decay of its composer’s bodily presence, Thresholder feels curiously non-corporeal. In large part that’s attributable to the purity of Craig’s voice. ... But elsewhere--when melting between the tremulous organ tones of “And Therefore The Moonlight” or forming grainy cirrus wisps in “Sfumato”--Craig sounds as though he’s already shed his physical shell and ascended into the cosmos. [Dec 2018, p.46]
  4. Nov 5, 2018
    79
    Craig’s music is not concerned merely with his gadgets or the way he wants his voice to be. Thresholder is, instead, a summary of the way his voice might be heard or ignored or interpreted in a universe where activity and entropy only increase without bound.
  5. Nov 5, 2018
    70
    The release feels like what could've been, whereas Centres actually was, but it's still a beautiful, mystifying recording.