SCP-XXXX (Musical Statuettes)

Item #: SCP-XXXX (Musical Statuettes)

Object Class: Safe
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SCP-XXXX at its original discovery site in a basement at ████████ Hood Canal

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be placed on

Description: SCP-XXXX consists of three animate wooden statuettes held together by metal nails, each about 30 centimeters in height. Each statuette of SCP-XXXX holds a wooden depiction of an instrument: a french horn, a bass drum and mallet, and a trombone respectively. Each statuette is independently mobile, though they are only capable of stationary motion and are seemingly incapable of moving from their wooden bases. SCP-XXXX's movement is consistent with that of early stop motion animation.

SCP-XXXX is able to play any song requested of it, including songs recorded in the future, regardless of the instruments depicted in its carvings (see Addendum XXXX-01). When performing, the statuettes of SCP-XXXX become animate and move on their own accord. SCP-XXXX requires an audible request to perform, and once an adequate request is given, it will play the requested tune. SCP-XXXX is apparently incapable of singing lyrics and will consistently replace a requested song's lyrics with an instrumental version.

When left alone for extended periods of time, SCP-XXXX has often been observed playing songs by itself without request. During these instances, SCP-XXXX typically plays instrumental jazz, mariachi, or more rarely, classical. On even less frequent occasions, and only when personnel are present, SCP-XXXX has been observed emitting infrasonic frequencies of 5-15 Hertz with varied but distinguishable patterns in the presence of Site personnel. These patterns are occasionally observed in ranges more audible to personnel through an assortment of instrumental noise. It is hypothesized that SCP-XXXX is attempting to communicate through these patterns, though no coherent phrases have been deciphered as of ██/██/████.

SCP-XXXX has been noted to be incapable of performing when any one of its statuettes is removed from within a 10 centimeter radius of another. If separated beyond this performance radius, any separated statuette will return to the others seemingly instantaneously if no personnel are present. When recorded in any visible manner, SCP-XXXX appears incapable of returning any missing statuette to the performance radius and the statuette will remain wherever last placed by personnel.

Notes: SCP-XXXX was found in the basement of a decrepit beach house located on the ████████ coast of Hood Canal in Washington state, USA, on ██ November, 1975 at 17:32:08. Investigative personnel were alerted to SCP-XXXX's presence by a hardly audible instrumental performance of Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me To The Moon". Upon tracing the music's origin, personnel were led downstairs to a small room hidden behind a large full-body portrait painting of a man playing a trumpet. SCP-XXXX was discovered atop a glossy, upright 1950's-era Yamaha piano, in mid-performance of "Fly Me To The Moon". After the performance, the statuettes were handled and transported in a plastic bag to Site-17 without incident.

Addendum XXXX-01: ██/██/████: Site personnel tested SCP-XXXX's potential for musical foresight. After extensive failed song suggestions, SCP-XXXX was requested to perform "Beat It" and to present personnel's surprise, began to perform. Three years after this request, in 1982, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album was released, debuting a song called "Beat It" with identical musical structure to that of SCP-XXXX's performance. This was the first confirmed accurate performance of a song that had not previously existed by SCP-XXXX.

Addendum XXXX-02: After continued testing, it is noted that SCP-XXXX will apparently refuse to play any medium of sound that it does not deem to be music.