History of using background noise to contact the dead
To begin, ever since Friedrich Jürgenson recorded voices from the deceased over 50 years ago, paranormal researchers have continued trying to make contact to the other side using recording devices of all types & fashions as well as radio coupled with background noise. However, this method leaves room for too many ambiguous results since most of the time it’s not possible to discern whether the voices come from spirits or from the program airing on that particular radio station. This is where EVP’s become easily figured out by fellow investigators and / or skeptics. Utilizing Instrumental Trans-Communication (ITC) techniques improve the bar at which investigators can detect paranormal activity with no radio interference while making the results more reliable.
EVP sessions & the recording devices used
As a paranormal researcher you are faced immediately with the challenge of recording voices from spirits. This is no easy feat to achieve since the frequency at which spirits “speak” on is not indigenously audible to the human ear. The intention with EVP is that a spirit can make itself audible to us, in the physical world, by utilizing a fragment or portion of ambient sound available in our environment (i.e.: noise generated from mechanical parts, TV’s, radios, etc.). This is generically known as “white noise”. In theory, spirits are able to manipulate such white noise in order to shape words, phrases, guttural sounds, and sometimes even full sentences. Since the birth of this theory paranormal researchers have been employing these techniques for decades in an attempt to manufacture white noise in order to allow it to be manipulated by spirits in an effort to obtain contact from them.
Words, phrases, guttural sounds along with full sentences captured in these recordings are believed to be the direct result of manipulating white noise provided by mechanical parts, TV’s, radios, etc. However, some of the EVP acquired may contain a direct response from a question asked or remark made by an investigator. This must be compelling enough to make it worthwhile evidence to either analyze further or consider evidence of a spirit response. Things you must consider or factor in when weighing in whether these are actual voices from the other side:
- Media contamination – Those who use tapes to record their EVP sessions need to make sure to never use the same tape twice. If you do so, you risk the potential of left over remnants / artifacts from previous recordings that did not get fully erased. Therefore creating a false positive. This can not only damage the rapport of your group within the paranormal research community, but lead your clients on to believe there was interaction when there was not.
- Radio interference – Devices such as the Frank’s “ghost” Box are electronic devices used by paranormal researchers that are AM and / or FM tuners designed (technically hacked) to continuously scan though AM or FM channels, in turn, producing audio clips as well as white noise. The use of a ghost box can make it difficult to determine whether the anomalies recorded are voices from spirits or just a result of audio clips from the radio coincidentally producing an intelligent response or from an actual spirit trying to communicate back to you. Most importantly; and contrary to popular belief, I discovered a very interesting fact that ALL paranormal researchers should be enlightened to with regard to EVP’s. The use of obscenity, indecency and / or profanity on the radio. For example, most paranormal researchers investigate in the wee hours of the morning (i.e.: P.O.R.T. holds our investigations between the hours of 12am-4am). If you heard cursing or indecent statements between the hours of 12am to 4am (using P.O.R.T.’s investigation time slot as an example), it is possible that “EVP” is not an EVP at all and actually originated from an aired program. Here is why – It is not in direct violation against FCC (Federal Communications Commission) laws regarding Obscenity, Indecency and Profanity between the hours of 10pm to 6am local time to allow such content. For more clarification refer to: http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/oip/Welcome.html However, don’t dismiss it as well. Try to consider what was heard. If you heard screaming or pleas this might also be worthwhile to document. Having someone nearby with a functioning radio to confirm current programming being aired might be helpful in disproving false EVP’s.
- Analyzers’ influence – It is a common finding that most EVP’s recorded through such devices aren’t discernible at first. More often than not, it’s necessary to listen to them many times in order to grasp what was being said. Even with the aid of audio editing software you still may find yourself undecided on what exactly is being said in the audio. Some will seek assistance from a consultant who holds an occupation in the field of audio forensics. The use of consultants allows for an unbiased professional opinion without the historical knowledge of case specifics, thus leaving them uninfluenced. If a second party or professional consultant can’t concur that they hear the same EVP that the analyzer has extrapolated, then this can indicate that the analyzer might be influencing their belief of what is there to validate the anomalous audio clip as being evidence. This is why all researchers analyzing audio should keep their findings to themselves until the appropriate time to compare & contrast with their fellow peers.
Background Noise usage during your EVP session
Over the years ITC techniques have evolved. To the point even that it’s plausible to use some sort of background noise without radio interference. One way is to find and old TV and remove the antenna system out of it thus rendering it useless for picking up over the air broadcasts (video or audio). Once you have done so you can couple this with your recording device and use the static generated from the omitted signal whilst holding an EVP session. Another method is to create background noise is using a CD or digital audio file (i.e.: MP3) that has prerecorded static / white noise. Again, coupling this with your recording device while holding an EVP session. Another technique, not as frequently used or known about is the use of random phonemes that have been previously recorded onto a CD or in the form of a digital audio file. Examples of phonemes would be: the sound p in ‘pet’ and b in ‘bet’ are examples of vowel phonemes, the sounds j in ‘judge’ and sh in ‘ship’ are consonant phonemes; diphthongs include the oy sound in ‘boy’ and the ay sound in ‘bay’. Playing these during an EVP session could allow for the spirit to utilize the phonemes to form words and communicate a message. To better understand what phonemes are and there use follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoneme
A key strategy when using phonemes is to make sure they don’t mean anything when put together. The last thing you want is a scripted dialog as this would thwart your cause. Some researchers suggest that you have at least a 150 different phonemes recorded, and that they must be repeated for a minimum of 20 minutes during your EVP session. This is believed to ensure you have enough quality material to offer the spirit(s) to form responses out of. However, I will leave that up to each researcher to figure out what works best for them. Now listening to this recording of phonemes outside of an EVP session will just come across as gibberish. For example, something like this: “fabeepoyshayjuh”. But, once you begin your EVP session and spiritual communication commences these phonemes could be transformed by the corresponding spirit(s) into superimposed responses such as: “I am here”, “Leave me alone”, “Go away”, “Help me” or whatever response they choose. If the phoneme recording you have; that obviously does not contain spirit responses, is employed for all EVP sessions, and yet still every response has a different message. This proves there’s no possibility that these responses were apart of the previous phoneme recording.
When you have concluded your EVP session and move forward with the analysis of these recordings, I would suggest consulting with a few of your colleagues (that were not present at the investigation) to listen to and / or analyze the recordings. The hope here is that they can validate what you believe you captured & heard. If the majority of them are in agreement about what was caught in the recording, this will lend credence that you have, in fact, obtained authentic and intelligent spiritual communication. Additionally, anytime you can correlate EVP’s with any other technology such as camcorders and / or EMF meters strengthens its credibility. Therefore making your evidence more solid and not as susceptible to dismissal due to its lackluster nature or easiness of disproving.