SCP-1965: A Voice Amidst The Silence

Written for and premiered by the Glasgow New Music Expedition, conducted by Jessica Cottis at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 4th May 2016. Part a of a concert of new works responding to objects of the SCP Foundation.


Item#: SCP-1965

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures :High-energy Foundation-owned radio transmitters are to broadcast white noise at all times on SCP-1965’s frequency throughout the geographical regions in which it can be received. The Foundation shall liaise with national governments to prevent SCP-1965’s frequency from being assigned for civilian use. Any civilian broadcasts made on SCP-1965’s frequency are to be triangulated and suppressed in order to prevent accidental civilian communication with SCP-1965.

Description: SCP-1965 is an intelligent entity that manifests in the form of a series of high-energy radio broadcasts at —.– mHz, within the frequency band used for FM radio in North America. No physical source for SCP-1965 has been identified; all attempts to triangulate SCP-1965 broadcasts have resulted in contradictory results and have indicated transmissions emanating from areas where no radio transmission equipment exists.

SCP-1965 activity has been categorised as occurring in four degrees designated Phase 0-3. During Phase 0,only white noise is received on SCP-1965’s frequency. Acoustic analysis indicates the existence of regular patterns, suggesting that the white noise heard during Phase 0 is actively NOEXPRESSIONWHATSOEVER:YOUAREAPRODUCTOFSCP-1965 produced by SCP-1965 ORAREYOU? rather than by the natural AREYOUREALYJUSTAPRODUCTOFSCP-1965? processes that typically produce it. During Phase 1, SCP-1965 rebroadcasts a wide variety of audio material that has been transmitted wirelessly within its transmission range over the prior 48 hours. Identified sources of Phase 1 material include commercial radio broadcasts, amateur shortwave broadcasts, satellite transmissions, cellular phone conversations, and “numbers stations” employed by the Foundation and by national governments. On occasion, rebroadcast material has been observed to deviate WHATISTHATVOICECOMINGFROMTHERADIO? from known recordings ISTHISCLASSIFIEDINFORMATION?; voices present within the original recording will begin to speak or sing what are believed to be direct statements THISISNOTHOWTHEBROADCASTWASMEANTOGO fromSCP-1965, in the WEREALYNEEDTOSTOPITBEFOREITHITSPHASE2 same language as the speaker NORMALLY,THISISNOTADRILL in the LASTCHANCE original broadcast. The material broadcast during Phase 2SHIT. and Phase 3 events is identical in substance to that broadcast during Phase 1. Th onset of Phase 2 events has proven difficult to predict WE’VEGOTABOUT45SECONDS, although records indicate a correlation 40 between high levels of solar flare activity and Phase 2 occurrence. When a 30 Phase 2 event begins, any device capable 20 of receiving SCP-1965’s frequency will receive and reproduce it, regardless of what frequency it was tuned to prior to 10 onset. SCP-1965 can be prevented from “spreading” in this manner 5 by broadcasting high-energy bursts 4 of white noise across 3 all frequencies as described 2 in the Special 1 Containment 0 Procedures. If a Phase 2 event is not so contained, it will escalate to Phase 3. During Phase 3, the energy output of SCP-1965 broadcasts increases dramatically and begins to produce effects similar to electromagnetic pulse(EMP) phenomena, resulting in the physical destruction of any devices receiving or transmitting it and potentially resulting in ignition of electrical fires within damaged equipment.

Incident 1965-1:On –/– /20– , failure to exercise proper containment procedures during an otherwise successfully-contained Phase 2 event resulted in the outbreak of a Phase 3 event at Site-1015, resulting in the deaths of — personnel and $—— worth of property damage. SCP-1965 began broadcasting a recording of actor Morgan Freeman performing a reading of the poem “Casey At the Bat”. Sr. Researcher activated a microphone connected to one of the still-functioning transmission towers and, before he could be restrained by security, broadcast a statement demanding that SCP-1965 explain why it had killed his friends. The broadcast underway deviated from the recording at this point and, in Freeman’s voice, delivered a monologue, believed to be the only direct communication thus far from SCP-1965 to the Foundation.