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Capturing Ghost Voices

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (PRWEB) October 8, 2005

“Since the movie ‘White Noise’ and the show ‘Ghost Hunters,’ the amount of suspected EVP’s Western New York Paranormal receives for analysis from the general public has skyrocketed” express Sandra Heglund, a researcher for Western New York Paranormal of Rochester. “Unfortunately, people base how they do it on what they have seen on television and in the movies” said Heglund. There’s a better way to capture electronic voice phenomenon.

EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomena – it’s one of the most remarkable and exciting things that can captured during an investigation. “The only problem is that unless you’re using a professional grade audio recorder, you don’t here it when it happens. The EVP is discovered after you review your evidence” said Heglund. She explains that capturing “ghostly communication” doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby and is not difficult to do. It is time-consuming – and boring – until that unexpected voice or sound pops out at you.

According to Heglund, “First, new investigators will need a tape recorder.” It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive but she explains that according to her experience an analog recorder (one using magnetic tape) works best. “Everyone’s body is composed of energy. When a person passes, that energy has to go someplace because energy is neither created nor destroyed. It’s simple physics. We believe that electronic voice phenomenon is created when a spirit uses that energy and ‘physically imprints’ a message by rearranging the iron particles on the tape” explains Dwayne Claud, an EVP specialist for Western New York Paranormal of Rochester. “We’ve used digital recorders in the past, with limited success” said Heglund. It still seems you can get higher quality the good old fashion way with regular cassette tapes. Most recorders need to be listened to after the recording is made. The Marantz recorder can actually record and the operator can hear what is being answered at the same time. So you get to hear the answer in real time, allowing you to tailor questions instead of using stock ones. These recorders are top of the line, however, and very expensive.

Heglund explains that the second item an investigator will need is a good “omni-directional external microphone. The external microphone cuts down on the possibility of recording motor noises from the tape player. “By choosing one that’s omni-directional, you’ll have the opportunity to pick up sounds from all sides and not needing to worry about pointing it in any one direction” said Heglund. She jokes that “you never know when a spirit is standing behind you.”

She suggests that you prepare yourself with a list of questions before you begin recording. “As you ask them, it’s important to pause for about 20-30 seconds between each question, to give time for an answer.” You can stay in one place, or walk through an area – your choice. “We’ve also been known to set up a recorder in a room, invite spirits to use it to communicate, let it run while you go elsewhere” said Heglund. She elaborates that this technique is particularly useful when wanting to record something in your home while you sleep – like when there seems to be activity in the wee hours of the morning.

The most critical and exciting part is listing to the recording. “You need to listen carefully to everything” explains Heglund. The use of good quality headphones is essential in this process with a very quiet place. “I try to pick a time when I won’t be interrupted or distracted” she states. Listen closely, because what you get can come in any form – a whisper, normal tones, or a shout. Or it may be an unidentified sound, one that has no logical explanation. “I’ve recorded voices, animals, and even the sound of a shaman’s rattle, drum beat and cry” Heglund explains.

“You may also find EVP’s captured on a video camera” said Heglund. She suggests that when you watch your video of your own paranormal investigation to listen carefully to the audio along with it. “I once saw a video that had been set up in an attic in Gettysburg. On that tape was recorded an orb, flying across the attic, a voice saying “catch me,” then a second orb flying by. I’d like to think they were playing tag” said Heglund.

Bottom line, it doesn’t take expensive, state of the art equipment to capture that ghost voice. All it takes is a recorder, a microphone, headset, and patience. As you advance in your skills, there are also many software programs out that can help you enhance the sound of the EVP to make it sound cleaner. “There are some great articles on http://www.wnyparanormal.com about cleaning up EVP’s with software” said Heglund. Remember, if at first you don’t succeed, keep trying. Eventually, you’re going to be very surprised. “When you do succeed, send me a copy to hear at Western New York Paranormal” encourages Heglund.

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Warning: Paranormal Phenomena EVP is on the Rise

(PRWEB) June 02, 2011

EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomena is the newest weapon in the armory of the amateur parapsychologist. Those wanting to pursue paranormal phenomena into the other realms are now using modern day technology to do so.

In an ongoing survey on paranormal phenomena, researcher, Rosemary Breen, the founder of Psychic Revolution (http://psychicrevolution.com) has discovered that more people than ever are talking about how they use EVP to contact the dead.

Electronic Voice Phenomena recordings are made using everyday household items such as tape recorders, fax machines, television sets, computers, and whatever else people can get their hands on, such as telephone answering machines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_voice_phenomenon).

The recordings register electronically generated background noise which can, on playback resembles decipherable sounds.

“In the first survey round, which I ran for my university dissertation, there was barely a mention of EVP,” said Ms. Breen.

“Now, three years later, I’m noticing how frequently people are opening up and writing about their personal use of electronic equipment to record their own paranormal encounters with the deceased.

EVP has definitely become a common past-time for more people. In its early days, EVP was really the sole domain of those geeks who went about carrying tape recorders. However, of late, it seems more people are actively using this medium to contact the dead, and sometimes with dire consequences.”

What follows are three extracts from the current survey.

1. The earliest account of EVP dates back the 80’s, long before technology became commonplace and central to our lives. This survey respondent writes:

“The small town I was living in had an old cemetery on its outskirts.

“It used to be part of a concentration camp during the Boer War and, as such, was more likely than not to have seen its fair share of horror.

“One night a friend and myself decided to go to the graveyard for a spot of ghost hunting. I took along an old mono cassette player (advanced for its time) because I had been reading about EVP’s and was excited to experiment.

“Later that evening we set off. Wrapped up warm with provisions for a small army we were prepared to stay till the sun rose. We set up ‘camp’ in amongst the old headstones in the middle of the graveyard and I wandered about with my tape player, recording as I went.

“After about 2 hours we sat chatting. That’s when I heard it, not far away, but on the edge of my hearing range.

“The night was still and quite, but there was something. I could feel the noise rather than hear it. We both stood up, straining our eyes. Even though the sky was clear and with our eyes well adjusted to the dark, the cemetery was full of large, looming gum trees and they cast moonlit shadows over much of the ground.

“Large stone angels and other carved guardians helped obscure our view as well. There it was again. Louder and more of the same.

“It now sounded like something large tumbling in our direction but we could see nothing. Louder. Louder. Could still see nothing.

“Then, suddenly they were upon us. I screamed like a girl and would have run if I could. My friend had fled like a greyhound, hitting his horizontal terminal velocity in a heartbeat.

“Directly in front of me, out of the dark, a small drove of donkeys came to a screeching halt, panicked, and shot off in all directions.

“I calmed down, found my friend who was as white as the marble cross he hid behind, and we laughed hysterically. We decided that we had had enough excitement for one night and went home.

“Once there, I fetched my sister’s cassette player. It was far more sophisticated with an equalizer and other twiddly bits and you could clean up cassette sounds very well with it.

“I got into bed, plugged in my headphones, switched off the light and pressed play. There was the faint hiss of static and me crunching through fallen leaves and softly asking if anyone was there. Did anyone have anything they wanted to say?

“I must have dropped off to sleep at some point but was woken by a different voice. Faint but not whispered, male, gruff, and foreign. There were other voices too, far away and hurried, lasting only a few seconds.

“None of them seemed to be English. I shot out of bed and switched on the light.

“I didn’t sleep much that night but listened to the tape over and over again. No one believed me and dismissed the voices as a number of things. I know what I heard.

“I just don’t understand the foreign aspect to it. Unfortunately, time and a penchant to country hopping stole the tape from me. I never tried doing this again.”

More recently, another type of EVP investigator has emerged. This group may still comprise amateurs but, as the following survey extract show, these EVP enthusiasts are more organized, more focused, more professional, and, just as vulnerable.

2. The next encounter involve more than EVP, as paranormal accounts often do. It tells of walk-ins, poltergeists and angels.

“I am a paranormal investigator and have witnessed, with my team, a poltergeist in the form of an intelligent but nasty spirit. This spirit communicated with us by tapping yes and no and answered questions that were researchable through historical records.

“The spirit also had a dark entity attached to it. I have hard evidence of this spirit in the form of EVP and photos.

“The spirit attached to our ex team leader and then attached to me. The spirit was a convict hanged in Australia.

“Attachment to the team leader was detrimental and affected her whole life in a negative way.

“Attachment to myself could have turned out to be the same but I had an visitation from an angel which I saw with my 3rd eye and felt the energy.

“I saw the angel do something to the spirit and that spirit was very changed after that. He is still with me but not like how he used to be.

“I am very aware of him, as are my team, and I still get evidence of him on investigations. I hear him telepathically and feel him. His energy is not as strong now.

“I am not religious but I do believe in god. This spirit has taught me about the afterlife a great deal and about some abilities that I have.

“I have witnesses and evidence to back up what I say here. I have been investigating for a few years now. I am a nurse and 49 years old.”

3. The final EVP report demonstrates how some people are actively seeking to maintain contact with deceased loved ones that they knew in this life. Can the bonds made now really live on beyond the grave? It would seem so.

“When I became a paranormal investigator, about 3 years ago, my mother and I would have long talks about life after death.

“My mother felt that she would go to Heaven, and live as a spirit. I agreed with her, and asked her to contact me if possible when she passed. She agreed to try, and her death was on (date removed).

“After the funeral, my wife and I returned to the cemetery, to take photos of the flowers. I took about 12 photos and all were normal, except the first two.

“The first shows a mist form on the ground, and several more around the grave. The second shows looping mist trails over the grave, but none of this was visible to the eye.

“I honestly believe that this was my mother’s first message to me.

“Since then I have recorded several EVP messages from my mother. The messages have decreased, but I still receive them. I used to have questions of Heaven and Hell, but I have recorded enough EVP, to convince me that these things are very real.

“In one EVP, an unknown spirit says my mother has wings, and she came to where I was.

“She was called by her maiden name, and it is quite unusual. Her maiden name is (name removed), which is Indian.”

Further Information:

The creator of the anonymous, online survey, Rosemary Breen intends to leave the paranormal phenomena survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ParanormalPhenomena) open indefinitely.

“My aim is to create the largest, online repository of reports of paranormal experiences every created,” said Ms. Breen, “and, with over 7,000 questionnaires collected already, I am well on the way to doing this.”

Some of the findings of the survey on paranormal phenomena have been released on the Net and can be read at Psychic Revolution.

Contact Details:

Rosemary Breen

+613 98361994

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Excelltech Brings Paranormal Recorder to Android


Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) October 12, 2012

The top selling paranormal investigative app for iOS, Paranormal Recorder, is now available for Android devices. The app works on the premise that paranormal phenomenon is associated with abnormal electromagnetic fields. To capture audio likely to contain paranormal communications, Paranormal Recorder uses the magnetic compass found in smart phones to monitor electromagnetic fields and to trigger recordings only when abnormal readings are detected.

The recordings created by Paranormal Recorder often contain unexplainable noises and voices. Researchers have given these types of recordings a name, electronic voice phenomenon, or EVP.

Paranormal investigators have already shared nearly 1500 examples of EVP from iOS devices”, said creator Ed Williams. “With the large numbers of Android devices in the public I’m hopeful that we’ll hear even clearer examples of EVP captured with Paranormal Recorder.”

Recordings created by Paranormal Recorder can be found at the Paranormal Recordings Soundcloud Page.

Paranormal Recorder is available on devices running Android 4.0 and later from Google Play as well as the iPhone Operating System 4.0 or later from the Apple App Store or iTunes.

Excelltech, creator of the famous “Fake-A-Call” app, has designed over 30 applications for the iPhone as well as several titles for the Blackberry and Android platforms. The company is dedicated to utilizing mobile technology to deliver useful innovations and entertaining diversions. For more information on Excelltech please contact them online. Copyright (C) 2012 Excelltech Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.






Do You Hear Voices in the White Noise?

(PRWEB) January 5, 2005

The new Michael Keaton movie White Noise opens on Jan 7 and is sure to scare audiences with its spooky theme centering around voices of the dead caught on tape and weird ghostly images appearing on TV screens. But, as audiences leave the theater, many will be wondering if this is a real phenomenon or just a Hollywood creation. The surprising fact is that people have been capturing these strange voices since the early 1950s, yet very little is known about where they actually come from.

EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomenon is a way some say you can communicate with the dead using average household electronic devices like portable tape players and digital voice recorders, your video camera and even a coffee pot or your computer. Some say you need white noise such as a fan or running water to record properly and give the ‘spirits’ something to create their voices from, but many claim all you have to do is tape yourself asking questions of the dear departed and when you play it back you might just hear them respond.

Supporters like Tom and Lisa Butler of the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomenon, or AAEVP, say that just about any recording device will do and they have thousands of samples taken by people of all walks of life from around the world. Skeptics claim it is all simply intercepted radio transmissions or active imaginations. While radio transmission is a prime suspect in this world of over crowded airwaves, there has been scientific research conducted to explore this possibility with some startling results.

In 1971, engineers at Britain’s Pye Records decided to set up an experiment with the famous European psychologist and EVP researcher Dr. Konstantin Raudive at their special studio that blocked out all radio and television transmissions. The conditions for the experiment were quite strict and Dr. Raudive was not allowed to touch any of the equipment or make any modifications whatsoever. The good Dr. was allowed only to speak into a microphone during the 18 minutes of recording. Everyone present agreed they had heard no voices or any unexplainable sounds at all during the experiment, yet when they played the tape back, over 200 voices could be heard.

Also in 1970 another British researcher, David Ellis who researched EVP as his degree project at Cambridge University wondered about the possibility of radio interference. Setting up an experiment in a radio wave blocking room made of copper sheets called the Faraday cage, Ellis sought to prove once and for all if radio waves could cause EVP. Researchers at the University agreed; if he didn’t capture a voice it would prove radio waves had been the culprit all along. To everyone’s surprise, Ellis captured a definite voice. Since the Faraday cage does not block sound waves, a stray voice from outside was blamed and further study was canceled. EVP enthusiasts still ask why there was not another experiment to confirm these unexplainable results at such a prestigious university.

In 1982 Scottish researcher Alexander MacRae, a college lecturer in microelectronics and NASA voice recognition researcher, heard strange growls and groans as he worked on his biometric invention, the Alpha. MacRae used a tape recorder to take his notes and was surprised to hear voices, including that of his father when he played them back. After years of research and thousands of collected samples using the Alpha, MacRae concluded “All the utterances are short; and each one begins at its beginning and ends at its end; each utterance is complete. Now that cannot be random. I have worked out that the odds against all the phrases being short and the right length happening by chance are of the order of a trillion to one.”

Sound engineers and scientists in a specially designed studio, a noted psychologist, researchers at Cambridge and a NASA voice expert all concluded radio waves were not the cause of EVP. So what could it be? Are these really spirits of the dead contacting us through some inter-dimensional phone system?

Dr. Robert Carroll, noted skeptic and author of the “Skeptics Dictionary” and SkepDic.com, says no; it’s all in our heads. The human brain is simply making sense out of the chaos of noise and people hear what they want to hear. He quotes psychologist Jim Alcock: “Perception is a very complex process, and when our brains try to find patterns, they are guided in part by what we expect to hear; The brain puts together the visual cue and the auditory input, and we actually “hear” what we are informed is being said, even though without that information, we could discern nothing.”

EVP researchers say that while this does often happen, real EVP is much different and most people can agree with what is being said by many voices they tape. Popular Internet blogger Regmanabq, in his blog EVP – the Electronic Voice Phenomenon(http://evprecording.blogspot.com), reports that this may not be the case with at least one famous EVP sample currently featured in White Noise movie trailers and TV commercials.

“It seems the now famous recording of deceased Ruth Baxter supposedly taken in 2003 saying “I shall see you no more” was actually taken many years ago by EVP guru and founder of the AAEVP Sarah Estep in a lighthouse used as a civil war hospital and prisoner of war camp. For years EVP enthusiasts agreed this recording said, “I was seeing the war”, yet Hollywood now has everyone convinced differently.“

Is it the giant letters on the screen telling us what is being said that makes us hear these voices? Could it be radio or TV interference or even cell phone conversations that are mysteriously recorded somehow? Or can you really talk with the dead over your voice recorder or television? The simple truth is that no one has any proof, not the skeptics or the believers. It could be ghosts, it could be radio transmissions or it could just be in your head. What do you hear in the white noise?

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Electronic Voice Phenomena: Voices of the Dead, or Just So Much Static?

Amherst, NY (PRWEB) January 6, 2005

Electronic voice phenomena (EVP), the alleged attempts of the dead to contact the living through recorded media, have long been popular with the paranormal crowd. EVP were featured in the 1999 film The Sixth Sense, and serve as a plot hook in the movie White Noise, which premieres in theaters this Friday. But experts at the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) say there’s little evidence to support claims of EVP.

 

“Serious parapsychologists today show virtually no interest in EVP, and modern reports in the parapsychological literature find no evidence of anything paranormal in such recordings,” says James Alcock, CSICOP Fellow and professor of psychology at York University in Toronto. “That does not deter the devoted; it is claimed that there are more than 50,000 sites on the Web devoted to EVP.”

 

Proponents claim that electronic voice phenomenon (also known as “Raudive voices,” after Latvian psychologist and EVP researcher Konstantin Raudive) are a type of interference in recorded media, created by the spirits of the dead in order to communicate with the living. EVP are usually produced by making recordings of an empty room, though sometimes participants will pose questions to any spirits that may be present. The recording is played back and analyzed for speech samples – speech samples that weren’t heard during the recording process. Many of the results are indistinct at best; the use of headphones is recommended, and multiple attempts may be required to make out words.

 

Since the rise of Spiritualism in the nineteenth century, there have been many scientific researchers (including noted inventor Thomas Edison) who dabbled in “spirit communications” while also engaging in scientific study. One such dabbler was Friedrich Jürgenson (1903-1987): philosopher, archaeologist, linguist, singer, court painter to Pope Pius XII, documentary filmmaker, recording artist-and a pioneer of EVP recording.

 

After recording birdsongs with a tape recorder, Jürgenson heard human voices on the tapes, even though there had been no one in the vicinity. He began to study recordings specifically made with no one around. He published two books on the subject, Voices from Space (1964) and Radio-link with the Dead (1967). His work brought him into contact with the Latvian psychologist Dr. Konstantin Raudive (1906-1974). Raudive would spend the last ten years of his life studying EVP, making over 100,000 audiotapes and writing about his findings in the 1971 book Breakthrough.

 

There are several non-supernatural phenomena, known to “play tricks” on people’s perceptions, which may be responsible for EVPs, Alcock says.

 

The mechanical phenomena include cross-modulation, where electronic devices accidentally pick up transmissions on other frequencies. Mental phenomena include pareidolia and apophenia, perceptual mechanisms that cause people to see images where none exist (such as Rorschach inkblots) and to think they hear distinct sounds in white noise patterns (like “hearing” the doorbell or the telephone while one is in the shower).

 

An over-active imagination may also play a role in “finding” EVP. In fact, Raudive comments in Breakthrough that reading Voices from Space left him with “a very definite impression of the author (Jürgenson) as a highly sensitive and susceptible man. Many of his ideas seemed to me to have been formed by a vivid imagination; the kind that could conjure up pictures in an empty room or voices out of the stillness.”

 

Alcock explains that EVP can be simulated in a laboratory setting. If the test subject is given an expectation of what they will “hear,” and if the cadence of those words matches the cadence of the white noise, “then the brain will turn those sounds into those – now clearly discernible – words.”

 

“Given that we can routinely demonstrate this effect, it is only prudent to suggest that what people hear with EVP is also the product of their own brains, and their expectations, rather than the voices of the dearly departed,” Alcock comments.

 

However, Alcock recognizes that many people who report success with EVPs are “reporting an experience that was highly meaningful and perhaps highly emotional – not something that is easily challenged by logic.” As a matter of fact, Raudive and Jürgenson both had intensely personal experiences with EVPs: Jürgenson thought he heard his dead mother calling him by his pet nickname; Raudive thought one of the voices talked about the recent death of a friend.

 

Hollywood – and audiences – love a good ghost story, but skeptics want to remind the public that films like White Noise and Ghostbusters are still just fiction.

 

CSICOP is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization, founded in 1976 by Paul Kurtz, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan and other prominent academics, scientists and writers. CSICOP encourages the critical investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims from a responsible, scientific point of view.