SCP-1981: Ronald Reagan Cut Up While Talking
SCP-1981 is a standard Betamax tape. “RONALD REGAN CUT UP WHILE TALKING)”(sic) has been handwritten on the adhesive sticker in felt tip pen. SCP-1981 appears to be a home video recording of former United States President Ronald Reagan delivering his “Evil Empire” speech to the National Association of Evangelicals at Sheraton Twin Towers Hotel, Orlando, FL on 3/8/1983. However, At 1 minute and 10 seconds, the speech begins to deviate heavily, eventually resembling no known speech ever made by Reagan. Beginning at approximately 5 minutes, multiple incisions, lacerations and penetration wounds can be seen being slowly inflicted, though no corresponding source of these wounds is visible. Despite suffering bodily harm that would likely incapacitate an ordinary person, Reagan will continue to deliver his speech until either his vocal cords are severed or the tape degrades to static at 22:34.
Upon rewinding SCP-1981 and initating playback, Reagan will deliver an entirely new speech, often radically different from the ones previously observed. Topics have included torture, child molestation and ritual sacrifice. In roughly one in seven viewings of SCP-1981, a figure clothed in black robes with a conical hood will have replaced a random member of Reagan’s press detail, henceforth referred to as SCP-1981-1. The significance of the appearance of SCP-1981-1 is currently unknown.
Transcripts of several recordings of SCP-1981 can be found on the main article.
The more time I spend recording and arranging music the more I’m realizing the cold truth behind the process: it doesn’t just happen. It’s not magic. It really is hard work. And perhaps it’s made even harder in ways by the existence of huge programs like Logic that give you so many options and so many possibilities. It’s a lot like a giant playground where you’re allowed to play on anything you want, but after some time you realize just how many different structures there are to play on and you really don’t know what what exactly you want to do. I’ve just spent the last several hours recording different instrument tracks, realizing that they didn’t really fit, and deleting them. I feel I need to go to ben now. Night night.