Ghostly Encounters - The clips from this ghost box EVP session were recorded
on 8th March 2010. During this session, I was interrupted by a phone call
and had to restart the recording. Shortly after this, a ghostly voice
is heard perhaps talking about this event.
As normal, I hear Martin and Debbie's name mentioned and also heard a lot of voices saying "ghost" and
"spirit" throughout. As normal I am left wondering where these spooky
voices come from and are beings from the paranormal and supernatural
world watching over us and are willing to communicate. My investigations
with the ghost box will certainly continue.
|Electronic Voice Phenomena
EVP or electronic
voice phenomena as it is known is thought to be voices of those passed
away trying to communicate with us captured on electronic devices.
trying to capture EVP, you can sit and ask questions or leave an audio
recording device in a quiet room.
When you play these recordings back,
sometimes you will hear voices that were not present at the time,
answering your questions or talking in general.
This area of paranormal
research was popularized when the film White Noise was released in 2005
starring Michael Keaton.
Common sources of EVP include static, stray radio transmissions, and background noise.
Interest in the subject normally surrounds claims that EVP are of paranormal origin, though there are natural explanations such as apophenia (finding significance in insignificant phenomena), auditory pareidolia (interpreting random sounds as voices in their own language), equipment artefacts, or simple hoaxes which are offered to explain them.
Recordings of EVP are often created from background sound by increasing the gain (i.e. sensitivity) of the recording equipment.
Parapsychologist Konstantin Raudive, who popularized the idea, described EVP as typically brief, usually the length of a word or short phrase.
The most popular method of capturing EVP is by
using ordinary tape or digital audio dicta-phone's or recording devices.
One of the pioneers in this field was Dr Konstantin Raudive (1909 -
1974) and his experiments are still much talked about today.
the Spiritualism religious movement became prominent in the 1840s–1920s
with a distinguishing belief that the spirits of the dead can be
contacted by mediums, new technologies of the era including photography
were employed by spiritualists in an effort to demonstrate contact with a
So popular were such ideas that Thomas Edison was
asked in an interview with Scientific American to comment on the
possibility of using his inventions to communicate with spirits.
replied that if the spirits were only capable of subtle influences, a
sensitive recording device would provide a better chance of spirit
communication than the table tipping and ouija boards mediums employed
at the time.
However, there is no indication that Edison ever
designed or constructed a device for such a purpose.
As sound recording
became widespread, mediums explored using this technology to demonstrate
communication with the dead as well.
Spiritualism declined in the
latter part of the 20th century, but attempts to use portable recording
devices and modern digital technologies to communicate with spirits
According to paranormal researchers, electronic voice phenomena (EVP) are speech or speech-like sounds, which are inaudible during recording but detected on electronic recording media upon playback.
They are typically brief, usually the length of a word or short phrase and are sometimes claimed to be in direct response to the questions of researchers.
The 1st EVP recording in this video was taken from an old derelict church in Essex and was left in an empty area and the team at the time was all accounted for. Where did the voice come from? I had complete faith in the group around me and don't believe anyone would have tampered with the recordings so is this a clear spirit voice from the other side?
Also there is a second EVP clip in this video taken from an old English pub. I have also added a couple of pictures of possible ghosts trying to manifest themselves from various haunted locations around the UK. Is this evidence that the paranormal is real?
American photographer Attila von Szalay was among the first to try recording what he believed to be voices of the dead as a way to augment his investigations in photographing ghosts. He began his attempts in 1941 using a 78 rpm record, but it wasn't until 1956, after switching to a reel-to-reel tape recorder, that he believed he was successful.
Working with Raymond Bayless, von Szalay conducted a number of recording sessions with a custom-made apparatus, consisting of a microphone in an insulated cabinet connected to an external recording device and speaker.
Szalay reported finding many sounds on the tape that could not be heard on the speaker at the time of recording, some of which were recorded when there was no one in the cabinet. He believed these sounds to be the voices of discarnate spirits. Among the first recordings believed to be spirit voices were such messages as "This is G!", "Hot dog, Art!", and "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all".
Von Szalay and Bayless' work was published by the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research in 1959. Bayless later went on to co-author the 1979 book, Phone Calls From the Dead.
In 1959, Swedish painter and film producer Friedrich Jürgenson was recording bird songs. Upon playing the tape later, he heard what he interpreted to be his dead father's voice and then the spirit of his deceased wife calling his name. He went on to make several more recordings, including one that he said contained a message from his late mother.
EVP: An Unbelievable Response
On paranormal investigations the use of control questions is an important part of all ghost box and EVP recording sessions. A control question is basically asking something to which there can be only one possible correct answer to determine whether or not you are communicating with an intelligent life form.
In this short video I used such a question and got more than I bargained for. Was this voice caught on tape showing intelligence, was it a spirit answering my question precisely, was it just co incidence?
EVP or electronic voice phenomena as it is known is thought to be voices of those passed away trying to communicate with us captured on electronic devices.
When trying to capture EVP, you can sit and ask questions or leave an audio recording device in a quiet room. When you play these recordings back, sometimes you will hear disembodied voices that were not present at the time, answering your questions or talking in general.
This area of paranormal research was popularized when the film White Noise was released in 2005 starring Michael Keaton. The most popular method of capturing EVP is by using ordinary tape or digital audio dictaphone's or recording devices.
One of the pioneers in this field was Dr Konstantin Raudive (1909 - 1974) and his experiments are still much talked about today.
Konstantin Raudive, a Latvian psychologist who had taught at the University of Uppsala, Sweden and who had worked in conjunction with Jürgenson, made over 100,000 recordings which he described as being communications with discarnate people.
Some of these recordings were conducted in an RF-screened laboratory and contained words Raudive said were identifiable.
In an attempt to confirm the content of his collection of recordings, Raudive invited listeners to hear and interpret them.
He believed that the clarity of the voices heard in his recordings implied that they could not be readily explained by normal means. Raudive published his first book, Breakthrough: An Amazing Experiment in Electronic Communication with the Dead in 1968 and it was translated into English in 1971.
Spirits Spiricom Tape
In 1980, William O'Neil constructed an electronic audio device called "The Spiricom." O'Neil claimed the device was built to specifications which he received psychically from George Mueller, a scientist who had died six years previously.
At a Washington, DC, press conference on April 6th, 1982, O'Neil stated that he was able to hold two-way conversations with spirits through the Spiricom device, and provided the design specifications to researchers for free.
However, nobody is known to have replicated O'Neil's results using their own Spiricom devices. O'Neil's partner, retired industrialist George Meek, attributed O'Neil's success, and the inability of others to replicate it, to O'Neil's mediumistic abilities forming part of the loop that made the system work.
However, there is strong evidence to suggest that the recordings of conversations were falsified by O'Neil, specifically with an electrolarynx. The clearly audible vocal fricatives in the recordings, along with the fact that during the hours of recordings O'Neil's and Mueller's voices never overlap (as would happen in normal conversation), support this theory.
Another electronic device specifically constructed in an attempt to capture EVP is "Frank's Box" or the "Ghost Box". Created in 2002 by EVP enthusiast Frank Sumption for supposed real-time communication with the dead, Sumption claims he received his design instructions from the spirit world.
The device is described as a combination white noise generator and AM radio receiver modified to sweep back and forth through the AM band selecting split-second snippets of sound. Critics of the device say its effect is subjective and incapable of being replicated, and since it relies on radio noise, any meaningful response a user gets is purely coincidental, or simply the result of pareidolia.
Paranormal explanations for EVP generally assume production of EVP by a communicating intelligence through means other than the typical functioning of communication technologies. Natural explanations for reported instances of EVP tend to dispute this assumption explicitly and provide explanations which do not require novel mechanisms that are not based on recognized scientific phenomena.