"The Musical Box" (WIP)
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Photograph of SCP-####, taken by Dr. Q████ in his family home prior to containment.

Item #: SCP-####

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-#### is to be kept on the desk of Dr. Q████. Despite its status as Foundation property, the object was a family heirloom, apparently built by Dr. Q████'s grandfather circa 1968 (according to the date inscribed on the object's base; see below).

Description: SCP-#### is a large polished wooden device with a cylindrical "drum" lined with a row of evenly-spaced holes. The drum is driven by a crank installed in the side of the device. Attempts to dismantle SCP-#### to analyse its internal mechanisms have been unsuccessful, despite the fact that the device appears not to be constructed out of any materials beside wood (in the drum and body of the device, as well as the handle), tin alloy (the plate to which the tuners are attached, as well as the tines) and plastic (the tuners themselves), which would not ordinarily be able to resist the methods attempted by Foundation researchers (see Experiment Log ####-A).

SCP-#### has three round sound-holes in its front-facing panel, above a small drawer. The drawer contains a large number of small black pellets of a nickel alloy. The amount of pellets (hereafter referred to as instances of SCP-####-1) seems to be endless, the drawer appearing constantly full no matter how many pellets are removed. Pellets which are left outside of SCP-####'s drawer and not inserted into the drum will dematerialise when not observed by any living subject.

These pellets can be inserted into the various holes on the drum and will stick out by a minute amount. When the drum is wound, the pellets will strike any one of a set of 12 metal tines, which are screwed onto the top of the box to face the drum, and have been revealed by Foundation analysis (see Experiment Log ####-B) to be tuned to a diatonic C scale. Several attempts to re-tune the device have been unsuccessful (see Experiment Log ####-A). Striking the tines using any object besides an instance of SCP-####-1 produces no anomalous effect. SCP-####-1 instances which strike the object's tines will produce the same effect regardless of whether they are attached to the drum or not (see Experiment Log ####-B).

When instances of SCP-####-1 are placed in SCP-#### in a specific configuration and the crank is wound, the resultant melody will produce a local anomalous effect within a range of approximately 10ft, although its exact range varies dependent on the size of the area within which SCP-#### is operated, as well as the number of living subjects within audible range1 (audio recordings of sound played on SCP-#### using instances of SCP-####-1 do not produce these effects) These effects vary depending on certain conditions which have been identified through extensive testing led by Dr. Q████ and Junior Researcher Sandra G██████. The following is a table demonstrating the anomalous effects of SCP-#### under various conditions (as determined by the tests recorded in Experiment Log ####-B).

Condition Effect Notes
Dr. Q████ inputs the melody of "Auld Lang Syne" into the drum using instances of SCP-####-1 and operates the device using the crank. Junior Researcher Sandra G██████, when questioned, cannot recall any events that occurred within the 48 hours between December 31st, 20██ and January 1st of the following year. Upon review of the audio-log of this experiment, Dr. Q████'s transcription of "Auld Lang Syne" was found to contain one wrong note.
Junior Researcher G██████ inputs a version of "Happy Birthday" with both chords and melody, and operates the device using the crank. Dr. Q████ displays a sudden negative change in mood. When questioned about this by Junior Researcher G██████, he insists that he "[doesn't] want to talk about it right now". A week following this experiment, Dr. Q████ sent out an email to his entire division containing a link to a social media event page for his "56th un-Birthday". Dr. Q████'s actual birthday was celebrated by various colleagues from his department on [DATE REDACTED], ██ months prior to the experiment.
Using an instance of SCP-####-1 held between his thumb and forefinger, Dr. Q████ taps out a melody on the tines at random. No initial effects observed or reported. After a period of about 3 hours elapsed, Dr. Aang S█████, a colleague of Dr. Q████, admitted himself to the psychiatric ward of the [REDACTED] division, telling Department Convenor Michael K███ that he could not "remember [his] mother's face". The evening after the experiment, Junior Researcher G██████ sent an email to the entire division. Review of the audio-log of the experiment revealed that the apparently random melody which Dr. Q████ played on SCP-####'s tines was that of the Indonesian national anthem, Indonesia Raya. Dr. S█████, a man of Indonesian descent, was within 10ft of SCP-####'s area of effect at the time. A thorough psychological examination revealed that Dr. S█████ had no memories prior to the age of 12, and that his earliest recollections were of attending ██████████ High School in the suburb of B██████████, New South Wales, Australia. Treatment with high-grade mnestics enabled him to remember events from his home life around that time, as well as other significant events which involved his family, including minor personal interactions with them, but could not recall any of their names or appearances, and appeared visibly distressed during a monitored phone call with an individual which his personnel file indicated to be his sister. Future experiments with SCP-#### were conducted in a designated soundproofed laboratory, rather than in Dr. Q████'s office.