Music producer called in for “investigation”
A Lebanese composer of Dark Ambient music is to be investigated on 2 June 2006 at the headquarter of the General Security department in Beirut, his music being categorised as “satanic” and “offensive to people’s morals”
Osman Arabi, 24 – also known as Xardas – is a composer of Dark Ambient music, based in Tripoli, Lebanon. He composes Industrial / Noise / Ambient music, and in April 2006, he released an album for one of his projects, 20.SV. The album is entitled ‘Acid Vomit.Human Genocide’.
He usually receives many packages through mail from all corners of the Earth which contain music CDs of various genres and messages.
“Most of the times those CDs do not reach me,” he says. “Instead, I get an empty package with a letter from the General Security stating that the items in the mail were taken as being “illegal”, “satanic” and fall under the category of Heavy Metal music. I tend to ignore this, though… and even ignore the fact that Heavy Metal music is banned in this country, and also ignore the fact that the Industrial and Dark Ambient genres are not in stock in any local stores in the country.