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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be kept in a standard Safe-class lockbox at Site-64 when not used for testing purposes. When performing tests with SCP-XXXX, any device capable of cassette tape-playback may be used; however, only personal headphones are to be used to listen to the audio contained on SCP-XXXX. At no time is SCP-XXXX to be played without headphones except with express written permission of Level 3 or higher personnel. Any personnel exposed to the audio of SCP-XXXX outside of testing is to immediately report for psychiatric evaluation and observed for no less than two weeks for any indication of mental deficiency or psychotic episodes.

All test subjects for SCP-XXXX are to undergo Memetic Protocol Gamma-7 to enable observation of the instance of SCP-XXXX-1 and SCP-XXXX-2 that manifest.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a TDK A60 Type 1 casette tape, with "Throwback Jams '82-'84" written on its label in black permanent marker. The tape itself exhibits no anomalous characteristics, other than a seeming inability to be disassembled in any fashion. When SCP-XXXX is played for at least one human being, it begins to manifest the first of its anomalies. A single song which changes based on the prior listener or listeners is produced, and plays on repeat for the duration of the anomaly, (the audio produced seems to always shift to a song which the previous listener found incredibly significant; see experiment log for details). When more than one listener has influenced the song, two songs are combined and prefaced with an unknown voice saying "Remix!" before the song begins, even if no known remix of those two songs exists. Anyone hearing the audio will begin to experience a sense of nostalgia and relaxation, and after approximately thirty-seven seconds, will appear to enter into a state of trance with eyes fixed forward. At this time, the listener will enter into a lucid-dream state, referred to hereafter as SCP-XXXX-1, based upon what each person describes as a happy memory of deep importance to them.

SCP-XXXX-1 appears as the setting of this memory, with all persons that would normally occupy it removed. Listeners are able to move freely about this setting and interact with any object as normal, but have invariably reported feelings of fond nostalgia. After a period of time between six and fifty-three minutes, a single living creature will appear that was particularly important to the memory, (test subjects have stated seeing both people and animals). The individual, SCP-XXXX-2 will observe the listener for a few moments after being noticed, then move away from the listener while attempting to have the subject give chase; reports indicate SCP-XXXX-2 seems playful and light-hearted. Whether the subject gives chase is irrelevant; SCP-XXXX-2 is as of yet impossible to catch and upon reaching a distance of approximately 10 meters from the subject, SCP-XXXX-2 shrinks into a small horizon of white light and disappears.

Upon disappearance, the listener slowly awakens from the trance state, describing the experience as being similar to a fade-to-black video effect. After this time, SCP-XXXX will cause the player to stop and rewind, with its audio having changed according to parameters stated above.

All subjects affected by SCP-XXXX report that they are unable to recall the memory associated with SCP-XXXX-1 with any degree of clarity, but several subjects report headaches, increased anxiety sometimes culminating in panic attacks, and varying levels of stress. In the most extreme case of exposure, subject has broken with reality and experienced complete failure of mental faculty.

Recovery: SCP-XXXX was recovered during an operation at a gallery showing of GoI "Are We Cool Yet?" located during routine Foundation surveillance by Mobile Task Force Phi-3 "Neo-Plastics" Agent Kennedy Onassis. After observing several listeners lined up to willingly partake in SCP-XXXX's effect, Agent Onassis himself, against the orders of the support team, listened to SCP-XXXX. Recovery efforts began at the end of the showing along with various other installations during the tear-down phase of the gallery.