Reason Isn't Radar by Lid Emba
2006 CD

"When the drugs finally wore off in late 2004 and my brain de-fogged, I realized I needed to be more than just "the drummer" in band after band. The final galvanizer was hearing Mick Harris' beats and textures on Gyral, the 1st Scorn record he did alone, and thinking, "I can do that, and I want to do that."

Fortuitously, I already had the tools in place: a Mac; a Roland JX-3P synth with the PG-200 Controller that some guitar player had abandoned in a former practice space; an ultra lo-fi, cheap-ass Boss Dr. Sample; a ProTools demo limited to seven tracks; assorted audio freeware.

Sidestepping my ignorance, I started making tracks, blissfully unaware of such imperatives as having an audio interface. I just plugged any hardware straight into the computer's audio jack. The limitations melted in the face of being able to design and preserve my own noise. It felt fucking exotic and absolutely freeing.

Reason Isn't Radar is the first result of me working alone without consideration by committee, my solo project baptism. Sure, it's a mixed bag of naivete, innocence, invention, and searching for an identity. Years later, some of it makes me wince, and some of it makes me smile. It was a necessary start and a logical beginning for what Lid Emba became." - Sean Moore

"The raw sound points to the use of traditional, non-sophisticated equipment for processing and marshalling; yet the glitch noise indicates complicated computer generated music. A unique debut." - The Plastic Ashtray

"Noisy and dysfunctional psychedelia." - Creative Loafing

"Think Autechre with a smile on its face and a song in it's heart." - Wonderful Wooden Reasons

"There's something new and crazy every other second, with a more organic approach taken to a style usually embodied by synthetics." - Ohmpark

Released In April 2006.

MP3 Sample: Rib Cage

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"The debut album of Lid Emba falls in the new age ambient experimental electronic music category, where rhythms and structures lose their visibility and the motif remains more on the constant investigation of tonal atmospheres as the compositions progress. On one hand, the grungy raw sound of this eight-track offering points to the use of traditional, non-sophisticated equipment; yet the glitch noises indicate complicated computer-generated music. An interesting fact to note about this album is that, though Sean Moore's infatuation with drums is exemplified throughout (he is a member of a rock band), the collection overrides any rock-influenced undertones with its excellent endeavors fusing outright noise with ambient psychedelic sounds. Casual listeners might draw comparisons with the minimalist approaches of Robert Hood, yet more or less indiscernible structures limit this comparison to songs like "Memory Merchant" and "Pardon Me, Claude." For that matter, songs like "Rib Cage," "Butterwings," and "Resin Rains" might sound close to the noisy, ambient-paced approaches of greats like DJ Spooky and John Cage, yet the whole inconspicuous style adheres Lid Emba to unregulated divergence. Moreover, it's more the intelligent use of technology and equipment rather than sampling that makes this album uniquely styled, in contrast to most of Lid Emba's contemporaries. The closing track, "Ghost of Sand Train," might well be singled out as a representative single here. Though it sounds noisy and chaotic upon the first few spins, the album becomes relaxing and ambient with repeated listening." - Bhasker Gupta / All Music