As you recall from last week’s blog, Electronic Voice Phenomenon, or EVP, refers to voices or sounds captured using digital audio recorders that can detect sounds below the threshold of human perception. Some folks believe that evp’s are voices from beyond the grave and proof that an afterlife exists.
My concern about EVP’s is that when you crank the gain you crank up all the sound in the room – the fridge, electrical equipment in standby mode, noise from outside, the tone of the room etc. So there is a lot of static and audio garbage to deal with. Not the best conditions to capture dialogue. Besides the noisy conditions, my point of contention is that these researchers are “ leading the witness “ (to use a legal phrase). If I record an EVP session and tell you to listen for the phrase “ eureka “ then you will hear “ eureka “ . The recording could be terrible but as I’ve already cued you – your brain will fill in the blanks.
Last week I said I would try and record my own EVP’s and that’s just what I did.
“ Are you a spirit? “ I asked and if you listen closely you can hear the response from beyond the grave! Not sure what you hear? Not sure that you hear anything except noise? This is my point – because I haven’t cued you and told you what to hear – then there is no EVP. There is a noise there if you listen closely. Is it a disembodied voice saying “?” You tell me. People who record EVP’s a lot claim that it takes a lot of practice to be able to pick out words. That may or may not be true but one thing for certain is that they all cue you on what to listen for. So for me the jury is still out and perhaps it’s difficult for a spirit to speak in the world of the living. For one thing they have no vocal chords and as sound is changes in air pressure then it’s no wonder they remain silent. Perhaps that’s why I like the work of Tom Kenyon so much, he is a channel for others to speak and sing through.
That’s it for this week. I’m disappointed that a lot of the phenomena I’ve blogged about have turned out to be hoaxes or undetermined. But I’m having fun anyway – hope you are too.
Electronic Voice Phenomenon, or EVP, refers to voices or sounds captured using digital audio recorders that can detect sounds below the threshold of human perception. Some folks believe that evp’s are voices from beyond the grave and proof that an afterlife exists.
At the end of the 1950’s while shooting a film on birdsong, Friedrich Jurgenson noticed that when he played back the film audio-strange and unexpected voices could be heard. This sparked his interest in EVP’s and he even claims to have recorded his long dead mother on reel to reel tape. The next person of note would be Latvian Philosopher and Scientist Dr Konstantin Raudive who after meeting with Jurgenson, began recording on his own EVP’s and in 1968 published a book on the subject The Inaudible become audible. In the Early 1970’s Raymond Cass began recording voices at his office in the centre of Hull in the UK where he recorded over 2000 examples of EVP. The examples you heard previously were recorded by Cass. He believed there could be 3 possibilities for the phenomenon:
1) Deceased persons having survived the death of their physical bodies 2) Voices somehow produced from the operators sub conscious (Psycho Kinesis) 3) Breakthrough from a parallel universe.
The Spiricom Mark IV In 1979 George Meek and Bill O’Neil created the Spiricom, a device that enable the inventors and spirits to communicate in real time. Here are some of their recordings… http://www.worlditc.org/k_06_spiricom.htm
Alright, so now that you’ve heard two examples of EVP’s – what do you think? I need to tell you that the Spiricom recordings are wrapped in controversy and many believe them to be a hoax. The spirit that O’Neil speaks with is supposed to be deceased professor and NASA scientist George Jeffries Mueller.
“ In a brilliant article entitled Spiricom or Spiri-Con? published at ghostlytalk.com, Dr. S. Rorke, an academic interested in the EVP phenomenon, provides evidence that The Metascience Foundation’s spirit Dr. J. Mueller did not die in 1967 as claimed. Dr. Rorke has obtained two photographs from NASA of Dr. Mueller-one from 1969, and the other from 2001. He has provided a detailed physiology comparison analysis of a Metascience Foundation-provided photograph and the NASA photographs; all the photos seem to show the same man. “ from The Spiricom Device: The Continuing Mystery of Contacting the Dead by Richelle Hawkes
So where does that leave us? I’m not sure. What I do know is that no one has picked up the ball since and been able to duplicate the recordings.
Making EVP Recordings: When one attempts to record an EVP, the process is as follows: 1/ place a digital audio recorder in a room you may think has spirit activity. 2/ start the recorder and ask a question aloud, give the spirit a chance to answer and then continue the same way with all your questions. 3/ load your recording into audio software and crank the gain after your questions to determine if a spirit has answered. Apparently the spirits speak at extremely low levels and you can’t hear them during the recording.
Of course, when you crank the gain you crank up all the sound in the room – the fridge, electrical equipment in standby mode, noise from outside, the tone of the room etc. So there is a lot of static and audio garbage to deal with. Not the best conditions to capture dialogue. Besides the noisy conditions, my point of contention is that these researchers are “ leading the witness “ (to use a legal phrase). If I record an EVP session and tell you to listen for the phrase “ eureka “ then they will hear “ eureka “ . The recording could be terrible but as I’ve already cued you – your brain will fill in the blanks.
Are EVP recordings disembodied speech or just wishful thinking? I guess the best way to find out is to record or try and record my own EVP’s and post the results. But that’s next week’s blog. See you then.
Ok, how many of you have been in a yoga class or meditation class and chanted om at the beginning or the end? Did you like it? Personally I love it. When you chant it in a group, you get fantastic unexpected overtones(like harmonies} that fill up the room with sound. And on a personal level, I love the feeling of the sound resonating deep within my chest. Most people have never experienced this resonating. In singing terms this is referred to as Tessitura or the area of the singer’s range where he or she is most comfortable singing and where the voice is the strongest and most dynamic. Most of us speak and sing in a much higher range. Sing a low note to yourself right now! At the very least, you can feel it in your chest cavity. Now sing a high note! Notice that the sound is no longer in your chest at all, it’s gone up into your throat. Om is not squeaky, Om is deep and BOOOOMMMMMIIINNNGGG.
So what is om all about?
According to Wikipedia, “ om is a mystical Sanskrit sound of Hindu origin. The vibration of “OM” symbolizes the manifestation of God in form (“sāguna brahman”). “
“ OM is said to be the original primordial creative sound from which the entire universe have manifested. It is also known as the ‘Anahat Nada’, the “Unstruck Sound”. This means the sound that is not made by two things striking together. You’ll find that all ordinary audible sound are produced by the striking of two objects : bow and strings, drum and stick, two vocal cords, waves against the shore, winds against the leaves, bat against the ball, tires against the road etc. In short all sounds within our range of listening are produces by things visible or invisible, striking each other or vibrating together, resulting in pulsating waves of air molecules which we interprets as sound.
In contrast to the above, OM is the sound which is not the result of the striking of two objects. It, rather emanates on its own. It is the primal sound of the universe that contains all sounds in itself. “
So there you have it. It’s not just fun, it’s spiritual and spiritual to the point of being Godlike and everyone with vocal chords can do it. So what are you waiting for? Still need some encouragement? Here’s some good chanting: