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My Guest Appearance on The Kiwi Psychic and the Midwest Ghost

I was very honored that Debbie Black and Thomas Spychalski invited me to be their very first on-air guest for Episode Two of the brand new podcast, The Kiwi Psychic and the Midwest Ghost! I was very nervous, but excited. (Sometime I’ll have to tell you a funny behind-the-scenes story that happened while recording.) Both Debbie and Thomas have been great supporters and followers of this blog, and I thank them for giving me the opportunity. The YouTube video of the episode is below. The episode can also be downloaded HERE.


 

My “Show Notes”

If you’d like to listen and follow along, the links to many of the topics and stories that I discussed in the episode can be found below.

 

My post on How To Record EVP

Final Report from the Friedens United Church of Christ investigation. The “It’s all over me” EVP is covered in the video at the top of the page, or you can scroll down through the report and find more details and further discussion just below the first picture of the fellowship hall.

My initial post on the “Can You Help Me” EVP and the Investigation Report from that undisclosed location. Also, here is the original, unenhanced audio and the enhanced audio.

A look back on my visits from the “Rapper” (with transcripts and audio examples) –  My Rapper: Missing you, old friend…

Some spirit box examples: Belvoir Winery: Audio Highlights of Spirit Box and Flashlight Communication, and 200th Post and Fort Chaffee Prison Spirit Box Session.

For several posts about the Ouija Board, visit the Ouija Category Archives.

For a free download of Audacity, visit audacity.sourceforge.net.

All of the Belvoir Winery Posts:

Audio Highlights of Spirit Box and Flashlight Communication
The Brilliant Britt Griffith!

Ghosts can do that? The Evidence… Sort of… (Discussion of the mysterious disappearance of the video.)
Amy, Adam, Britt, and Chip!
New Friends!
The Photos
I’m Baaaaaaaaaack!
TAPS and Chip Coffey at Belvoir Winery in March!

For my cemetery photography, you can find most of the cemetery albums on my Flickr page, or visit the Cemetery Category Archives.

Adopting Graves 2013: My Thoughts and a Look Back on a New Tradition

Here’s Thomas’s very popular Amityville Ghost Boy Post 

 

More links for The Kiwi Psychic and the Midwest Ghost 

Facebook for Kiwi Psychic and the Midwest Ghost 
YouTube Page
Twitter: @Kiwi_Psychic
Thomas Spychalski’s Blog – News From the Spirit World
Debbie Black’s Blog – Spirits and the Paranormal (debbiedakiwi.com)

 

 

 

 

 


EVPMaker and Spirit Box…

Yesterday was the 10th  day of my EVP experiment. Although I did not find anything I would consider to be a true EVP, I did hear some interesting “responses” in the segment where I used the EVPMaker. I decided I would post this segment along with another example, because its use in EVP and paranormal research is somewhat controversial. I tend to be very careful when claiming things are truly communication from spirits. On this blog and on the Missouri Spirit Seekers website you’ll often see me list audio examples as a “possible EVP”, or like I mentioned above… “interesting responses”. Since absolutely nothing about the paranormal or EVP can be 100% proven (that sucks, I know), I have to be pretty confident before I’ll claim something is a true EVP. With that being said, as a very spiritual person I don’t need science to know in my own heart that life doesn’t end at death, or that sometimes spirits hang around or communicate with us (whether earthbound or from the other side). I’m just not willing to claim that a sneeze from another investigator is an EVP, or that the asthmatic breathing of the person holding the recorder is a ghost spookily telling you to “Get out!” In the rush of wanting to find cool evidence I think this happens too often in paranormal research these days. I’ve spent probably hours in the last week alone analyzing segments of recordings which sound like they could be impressive EVPs only to throw them out because I realized (sadly) the noise came from something in the natural environment around me.

Transform EVP…

Most likely, the EVP that you may be familiar with, have heard through  my blog or on TV, are examples of Transform EVP. An example of this would be if you were to take a basic tape or digital recorder and were fortunate enough to capture a spirit voice in the natural environment around you.  When I use a sound source, such as white, pink, or brown noise in the background, this is also an example of transform EVP, although it’s sometimes harder to review. More and more we are finding that spirits seem to be able to use this energy and sound source to create or form their own words and phrases. You may remember that just a few days ago I got what may have been a response of “yes” when I asked if turning up the volume on the pink noise made it easier to communicate. Many EVP researchers have even found quite a bit of success using just a fan (something with a motor) or running water nearby. I’ve used both for this current experiment.

More Controversial types of EVP…

EVPMaker is a computer program that many EVP researchers have used in the last few decades. It’s an example of what we call Opportunistic EVP. According to the site where the software can be downloaded, “EVPmaker is an experimental software for the generation of acoustic ‘raw material’ for recordings of paranormal voices on tape, also known as ‘Electronic Voice Phenomena’ (EVP). For this purpose, the program divides any recording of speech into short segments and then plays them back continuously in randomly order. The resulting ‘gibberish’ still sounds like speech, but can’t be understood anymore, and is therefore suited as background noise for EVP recordings.”

For my experiment I recorded my own voice reading a couple paragraphs out of a book. You can tell EVPMaker how short you want the segments to be chopped into.  The segments are always played back randomly. In addition, I have it set to overlap segments and have the speed set to 122%.

Why is it so controversial? Since what you’re hearing is already portions of a human voice, it is harder to tell if it is a spirit manipulating the data and random sounds to create their own voices, or if the message you’re hearing is a pattern of sounds that coincidentally forms a message. Sometimes our brains hear what they want to hear. This would be an example of auditory pareidolia (commonly referred to as matrixing).

Here’s my example. I won’t tell you what I hear right now. You kind of have to develop an ear when working with opportunistic EVP. After each question I ask in the example I hear several possible responses. I hear maybe 4 or 5 responses in the whole example. Are they truly answers from a spirit or spirits present for my session, or is this just coincidental sounds that my brain just wants to hear? I look forward to your comments and feedback!

Audio Example: (click the link below)

EVP Maker with “How many of you are present with me today?” 

Audacity sound wave for "How many of you are present with me today?"

Another example of opportunistic EVP that is fast growing in popularity is the use of Radio Sweep or Spirit Box (sometimes “ghost box” or “Frank’s box”). Recently I’ve gotten to know Darlene, founder of Joplin Paranormal Research Society (JPRS). They have had lots of success with using the spirit box. Below is a video of just a few of their many examples.


EVP Experiment: Day Eight…

The Experience…

As someone who has spent a lot of time working with EVP and hours and hours of audio from investigations in the past, I know how time-consuming it can be. You wouldn’t think a daily 15 minute EVP session would really tie you down for long periods of time. Because I’ve been recording each session with two recorders, and because it takes at least twice as long to review a recording as it took to record it, and because you then have to dig in and really analyze anything you’ve flagged along the way, this project has taken a couple of hours out of each day. This is especially true recently because even though they’ve been very soft, I’ve begun to hear voices. Because they’re not incredibly clear yet, they can more easily be confused with other natural sounds from the environment.

I feel like I’ve learned so much from this experiment… and not just about EVP, surprisingly. I’ve had so much fun and I really feel like I need to extend it and keep going after the two weeks are over. Since the voices are only beginning to come through it seems really silly and almost irresponsible to stop now. One problem… on Monday my spring break is over and life continues. Can I devote the time without going crazy and still stay in the focused, positive frame of mind that I’m finding EVP needs? My last session for this experiment as it is now will be on Monday evening, which is a school day for me… and no doubt it will be a long day. I guess that will be a good time to decide if I can keep going for a while. Would recording once or twice a week be effective? I’ll have to ponder the subject and keep you posted.

Here’s an Update…

Yesterday’s two EVP sessions (I did an extra one just for the heck of it) were uneventful. I did not hear anything impressive enough to document. However, in today’s session (day eight) I have flagged some interesting audio. I would not feel comfortable taking a stab at what this voice is saying, if it is a voice at all. Feel free to submit your opinion.

The audio below comes from the Tascam DR-07, using the Tascam TM-ST1 stereo microphone. Exactly nine minutes into the recording you can hear a possible voice speaking  (through the pink noise I was playing in the background) what seems to be several words or a phrase. I apparently heard it through my headsets because I turned up the volume of the pink noise and asked “Is someone here?” The last thing I asked before this possible EVP was “Cathy, or anyone from The Big Circle, are you here with me?” and then “Are you available?” followed by “I’m really enjoying your mom’s book about you” (I plan on posting on the topic of The Big Circle sometime soon. It’s a wonderful group and an amazing story…I’m waiting to finish a book first). Twenty-four seconds later the possible EVP was recorded. Nothing from this moment was picked up in the Sony PX-820.

Possible EVP from 3-20-12
(Best heard with headphones)

Unedited Audio
You can’t hear much in this file, but I like to always let you hear the unedited file. The Tascam tends to be softer and I have to amplify those recordings a lot. 


With Noise Removal & Amplification
This file has been cleaned up a lot. I with I could make it more clear.


With Noise Removal & Even More Amplification


Peace!


You Speaking?: One Week Into My Two-Week EVP Journey…

It was several minutes after my official 3-18-12 recording. Joe had just gotten in the shower. I decided to record just a few minutes of his shower with my Tascam DR-07 digital audio recorder and Tascam TM-ST1 stereo microphone. If there were any remaining spirits or entities chilling out with me, maybe they could help me determine if the sound of the water running (or the water itself) helped them communicate? I recorded for about a minute and a half and spoke quietly into the recorder because I did not want Joe to know that I was recording. When I mentioned it later in the evening he said he never heard me and didn’t know. After asking “Is there anyone present with me? Can you speak?” there is what I believe could be a true EVP saying something like “you speaking?” You can hear the water running as well as the podcast playing from Joe’s iPhone. Joe (who is a 100% skeptic) did not remember speaking to me or saying anything from the shower and claims it is not his voice. I know it was not my own voice because I was wearing headsets and heard it while it was happening. After hearing it I wondered if it was Joe saying “Are you speaking?” It apparently was not. If anyone has an opinion on what you hear, feel free to share.

“You speaking?”

Unedited Audio
With Noise Removal
With Amplification
With Noise Removal & Amplification
With Noise Removal, Amplification, & Slowed Down

 Obviously, recording EVP with a podcast in the background is not recommended. We immediately wondered if I was just picking up a voice from the podcast. Joe mentioned there are several people on that podcast and they very often talk over each other. I downloaded the episode of The Vergecast that Joe was listening to and tracked down the exact moment to make sure there was no one talking over the main person speaking. No one is talking over him… and for sure no one says anything that could possibly sound like this EVP. Because I’m not sure how legal it would be, I won’t post the segment of the Vergecast that is captured in this EVP. However, it is a free download on iTunes if you’re interested. Look for episode 22 from 3-16-12. You’ll want to cruise through and listen from about 29:04-29:12.

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After the excitement of hearing what could be my first clear EVP from this experiment (I’m not sure yet what it would be classified as), I was very excited to review the audio from the main session that I actually recorded just before. The results were not as spectacular, but about three minutes into recording I did get a very soft one-syllable response after the question “Is there anyone present with me today?”. I apparently thought I heard something while recording because I then say “Did I just hear an answer? Can you please reply again? Is there anyone present with me today?” A second or two later this time you again can hear a very soft one-syllable response. This was all before adding any background noise.

I’ve been using two recorders for my main sessions, so I went to the same two spots from the other recorder, the Sony PX-820. This time the first response sounds more like a “bonk” or something being struck to me. Weird. This will happen occasionally when comparing EVPs from investigations. One recorder will record what sounds like a voice while another recorder picks up something very different. While listening to the portion of the recording where the Tascam picked up the second one-syllable response, the skeptic side of me wonders if what I heard was the bark of a dog… possibly coming from outside. Who knows.

Lastly, about a minute after the responses from above, I said “Thank you for trying if you’re here.” Again, some kind of soft one-syllable response was recorded from the Sony PX-820, followed by some other very soft noises.  Cleaning it up in Audacity didn’t make it any more audible. Nothing from this moment was picked up by the Tascam DR-07.

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The recordings from above were from yesterday. Today’s recordings marks my seventh day, the halfway point in this journey. I have yet to review them, but considering the above progress I am very hopeful!

Peace!


Day Two of EVP Sessions…

Today’s EVP session was uneventful. I recorded for about 20 minutes. The transcript was very similar to day 1, with some differences in questions. The same background noises were tried and in the same order. Changes to day 2 included using an additional digital audio recorder (Sony PX-820 using the internal microphone) and running the above ceiling fan on medium for extra background noise (very soft). Because of the ceiling fan I had to use the wind shield with the Tascam Stereo Microphone used with the Tascam DR-07 digital audio recorder. I only flagged one segment from the PX-820 recording where I hear a low murmuring that stands out and seems to fade out and in for about 10 seconds, but is really soft. This was about 9 minutes into recording and was right after me asking “Was anyone able to assist in bringing in Sarah Estep?” After listening to the rest of the recording I realized that the light murmuring is most likely coming from the ceiling fan above. Even if it is not, it probably wouldn’t even be graded a Class C EVP. I plan on uploading the audio into Audacity for further review.

I am still hopeful that I will eventually record EVPs and possibly real-time spirit communication before the end of the two weeks. Yesterday I contacted Tom and Lisa Butler, directors of Association TransCommunication, and let them know of my two-week journey of daily EVP sessions. They responded with some helpful advice and encouragement.

For those who are curious, here are samples from my recordings where you can hear the white, pink, and brown noises, as well as the EVP Maker manipulating my voice for background noise.

White Noise Example from an EVP Session

Pink Noise Example from an EVP Session

Brown Noise Example from an EVP Session

EVP Maker Example from an EVP Session

 

Stay tuned!


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