Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP)
Voices of the Dead
Voice Phenomenon (EVP)
Voices of the Dead
phenomena (EVP) are sections of static
noise on the radio or electronic recording media that are interpreted by
paranormal investigators as voices speaking words usually attributed to
ghosts or spirits.
Recording EVP has become a technique of those who
attempt to contact the souls of dead loved ones or during ghost hunting
In addition to deceased spirits, various paranormal
investigators say that EVP could be due to psychic echoes from the past,
psychokinesis unconsciously produced by living people, and the thoughts
According to parapsychologist Konstantin Raudive, who
popularized the idea, EVP are typically brief, usually the length of a
word or short phrase.
Skeptics of the paranormal attribute the
voice-like aspect of the sounds to apophenia (finding of significance or
connections between insignificant or unrelated phenomena), auditory
pareidolia (interpreting random sounds into voices in their own language
which might otherwise sound like random noise to a foreign speaker),
artifacts due to low-quality equipment, and simple hoaxes.
reported EVP can be attributed to radio interference or other
A number of paranormal explanations have been suggested for the origin of EVP.
Explanations include living humans imprinting thoughts directly on an
electronic medium through psychokinesis and communication by discarnate
entities such as spirits, nature energies, beings from other dimensions,
References to EVP have appeared in the
reality television shows Paranormal State, Celebrity Paranormal
Project, and Ghost Hunters, the fictional television series
Supernatural, Medium and Ghost Whisperer and Hollywood films such as
White Noise and The Sixth Sense.
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
He 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
Electronic voice phenomena (EVP) are
electronically generated noises that resemble speech, but are not the
result of intentional voice recordings or renderings.
Common sources of
EVP include static, stray radio transmissions, and background noise.
The Most Horrific EVP Ever Recorded
This is an EVP that was obtained by Central New York Ghost Hunters in
January 2007. The EVP has not been altered in any way, except it was
edited for time.
CNY Ghost Hunters have tried to reduce the noise,
amplify and "clean" it up, but found it difficult to make out exactly
what was being said.