Join Patrick as we look back on over 3 years and 100 episodes of The Big Seance Podcast. Plus bloopers, funny moments, and the top 6 all-time most popular episodes.
Join Patrick as we look back on over 3 years and 100 episodes of The Big Seance Podcast. Plus bloopers, funny moments, and the top 6 all-time most popular episodes.
Are you fascinated by the EVP examples you hear on your favorite paranormal television shows? Have you ever wanted to learn just how to conduct an EVP session? Or maybe you’re already actively involved in an area of spirit communication, but you’d like to learn about someone else’s process and hear a new perspective on EVP. In this episode, I share the techniques that I’ve learned and use in my research on Electronic Voice Phenomena.
There are many many ways of recording for and capturing EVP. For decades, people all over the world have successfully recorded spirit voices in their own individual way. There are basic techniques and there are techniques that are rather complicated, some requiring more equipment and more explanation. There are also techniques that due to times changing and new technology, are just outdated.
My experiences with EVP began as a paranormal investigator, but more recently it comes from research and conducting various experiments and seances, mostly in my home.
I want to make it clear that my intention for this episode is to share how I typically go about recording for EVP during experiments in my own home, specifically. The process might be a bit different during a paranormal investigation, especially if you are investigating with a group.
And before I really get into my process, I have to give some credit to the following researchers/authors who have influenced me in recent years: the late Sarah Estep, one of America’s great EVP pioneers; Tom and Lisa Butler, directors of Association TransCommunication; and Randall Keller, a wise and experienced researcher who has been a great mentor. And he’s also a former guest of the podcast, from Episode #8 from August 14, 2014. A lot of what I know and the “how to” came directly from these folks in one way or another.
Determine your location/recording environment
Recorders and their placement
Advice for saving time and frustration later
Just before the session
The Actual EVP Session
If you experience activity during the session
Before ending a session
I think my sessions are longer than most people prefer. A typical session for me is 15 to 20 minutes. Just remember that depending on how thorough you are during the analysis of your audio recordings, it will take at the very least twice as long to listen and analyze as it took to record. Some of my more complicated and longer sessions can take a day or more to get through. And that’s just with one recorder. You get the picture.
Other techniques and tools that you can combine with your EVP session
So as you can see… there are so many things you can do with an EVP session. You can have a very basic session, or you can be very detailed, go crazy with it, and pretty much make a full-time study of it. But as I always say, as long as you’re being respectful and have good positive intentions, there’s nothing wrong with it. Just be smart and have fun.
Perhaps in a future episode, I’ll get into how you can listen to and analyze your recordings, in search of those possible spirit voices.
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This last fall I was so very excited and honored to be asked by Randall Keller, EVP researcher and paranormal investigator, to join him in an EVP experiment. In the past I’ve thrown “no relation” in a set of parentheses after his name, but according to his research (the family tree kind, not the paranormal kind), we are third cousins, three times removed… but I don’t even understand what that means… so I just smile and nod. Cousins or not, in the last year I’ve known him as a great teacher and mentor, and I want to thank him sincerely for inviting me (ahem… and for putting up with me). As a fairly new guy on the scene, it is a great honor to be involved in this kind of research. Unfortunately we’ve not had the opportunity to shake hands since we’ve never been in the same geographic location at the same time (insert lame bilocation joke here), but we’ve done the telephone and online equivalent. We send the occasional smoke signal as well.
Through our experiment, we hoped to achieve results that suggested bilocation in the spirit world was possible. In other words, we wanted to prove that a spirit could be in two different places (like Randy’s house in Maryland and mine in Missouri) at the same time, or be able to travel great distances instantaneously… and we’d prove it through EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena).
I believe Randy’s inspiration for this experiment came out of an earlier project where he began capturing EVP in cemeteries. He figured no one in the world would want to stand guard at their own grave site for all eternity, so since many spirits seem to be there to communicate when he records, it certainly suggests that it may be possible for them to show up if someone is paying them a visit. Are they able to be in multiple places at one time? And if not, do they just travel really fast?
So here’s a basic summary of what our experiment looked like. Using the same recording devices, Randy and I recorded for 30 minutes, 5 nights in a row, same time each night. We followed an agreed upon script that allowed for a few opportunities for improvised questioning, but was otherwise strictly timed and planned. For the first 15 minutes I recorded in silence as Randy introduced the experiment and our intentions to any spirits present at his location. During this time he asked these spirits to visit my location and to deliver specific answers or responses to my recorder. After 15 minutes passed, I began a similar process on my end as Randy recorded in silence.
One of the exciting elements to our experiment was that each night we agreed on what I like to call our “secret password”. For example, Randy would ask his spirits to deliver his middle name to me in Missouri while I would ask my spirits to share my middle name with him in Maryland. Each night was a different password. Similarly, each night I decided to throw a very random word on a piece of paper that was displayed next to my recorder. At some point during each session, even though I never said the word out loud, I asked for any spirit present to visit Randy and deliver the word from the paper. This was something I kind of just threw into the mix early on in the experiment. I didn’t tell Randy what word was on the paper until it was all over after the fifth night.
The next step was to review and analyze our own recordings, identifying what we felt were EVP or at least a classification that I like to use often, “possible EVP”. Anyone who follows my blogs or my thoughts on EVP knows that I have a hard time having the confidence to declare something as “EVP”. Even though there is no council or jury to say that I am right or wrong, I’m very careful and very analytical about it. Yes, it is annoying… but Randy still likes me (I think). So when it came to the last major step in our experiment, to compare and agree on our joint EVP, it was a challenge for me… but a great learning experience. Randy then put together an amazing timeline of events for each session, including questions asked and EVP responses that were documented. This way we could easily see if responses matched up to a question being asked on either end.
Though we did capture EVP, most of which were from Randy’s side of the experiment (this was not a surprise), we did not capture clear evidence of bilocation. We did, however, capture one of our “password” responses on Randy’s end. Randy recorded a response of “Keith” during the session where I asked spirits present to deliver my middle name (Keith) to Randy. Really cool… but not enough to shout “Bilocation is possible!” But this certainly doesn’t mean it is not possible. We just have more work to do.
More to come…
I’m not sure I was completely prepared for the amount of work this experiment actually took. With a full-time job and other paranormal research happening at the same time, it really takes a nerd and a lot of time. But as I said before, I learned a lot through this process. And guess what? We’ve decided that we’re taking what we learned and will soon be organizing part two of the experiment, which will happen this summer! This time Randy is going to work me even harder. Stay tuned for more info on part two!
I encourage you to check out Randy’s Voices Podcast, episode 55, titled “Is Spirit Bilocation Possible?” to get a more thorough explanation of the experiment from Randy himself. You can also visit www.RandallKeller.com, his The Voices Blog, and The Voices Blog Unplugged. Tell him Patrick sent ya. Actually, tell him my middle name, which is “Keith”. On second thought, both of those ideas are really dorky. Just go visit Randall Keller! 🙂
I just wanted to take a few moments to share a page that anyone interested in EVP (electronic voice phenomena) needs to visit. Author and EVP Researcher, Randall Keller (who I’ve had the pleasure of working with recently), has an amazing collection of EVP, and fortunately he has shared over 50 samples with us on his site. Check out his banner below and click on “EVP Samples”. Then contact him or join the Facebook group (I hang out there frequently) and tell him what you think. Just tell him Patrick sent you and said “Peace”. 🙂
Did YOU know that if you say HU (pronounced like “hue”) before bed it will help you to remember your dreams? Did you know it is also supposed to be helpful in curing addictions and even insomnia? Just another tidbit I learned in a Randall Keller book.
I had no idea… It’s a vibration thing… and apparently it’s been around for many, many years. Where have I been? Check out this site. You can scroll down to find videos.
Okay so Randall Keller (again, no relation… but a REALLY good last name) has been mentioned in my last several posts. I promise he’s not paying me. I also promise I’m not a stalker. 🙂 But I have kind of lived and breathed Randall’s books and his The Voices Podcast and The Voices Blog in the last few months. And as I’ve said before, he has been a really great mentor, he’s supported this blog, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know him through e-mail and his The Voices Podcast Facebook group. There are some pretty cool folks that hang out there… and plenty of really nerdy conversations.
My excuse for this post is that I finished There Is No Silence, which is Randall’s second book. After this post I promise to do a Randall Keller detox… at least for a day or two… 😉
“All the things we truly know about EVP and the paranormal don’t mount up to very much – we’re not as smart as we think. And yet we keep pressing on because there is such earth-shattering potential. This book represents my attempt to understand the mystery behind EVP, and speaks to what we can truly learn from them. They are as far away from us as the ages, and still we hear their voices reach out across our lives and deep into our souls. We are meant to hear them, and the time has clearly come for us to focus beyond the old suspicions and tired stereotypes. There is no silence – it’s time for us to listen. And learn.”
Randall Keller, 2010
(from the back of There Is No Silence)
As I mentioned in my review of his first book, Voices From Forever, Randall is such a fresh voice (no pun intended) on the subject of EVP and Spirit Communication. I’m finding that I probably agree with more of his feelings and opinions than any other author or expert on the subject. He is very down to earth and isn’t afraid to be honest, nor is he afraid to admit he doesn’t know it all. And no one does.
If it’s true that the majority of my readers are interested in spirit communication, then I absolutely recommend these books to you. In my opinion, Randall is headed for the pioneer club with Friedrich Juergenson, Konstantin Raudive, and Sarah Estep.
I’ve been trying hard (but probably failing) to not get too excited about the small burst of very cool EVP I’ve been getting lately. I suppose hard work and patience really pays off. I’m hoping that’s the case, anyway. Check out this EVP recorded just two days ago. Once again, even though I don’t aim for noises to be the main form of communication, it ended up going in that direction, with some really fascinating noises that usually followed questions, and some of them even got Meril’s attention. I was having a light-hearted conversation about the noises when I decided to ask “Are you the same person who is often tapping, popping, and making noises?”. I believe I have captured a response with the message “Yes it is.”
I forwarded my initial blog post on this EVP to author and new online friend/mentor, Randall Keller. He’s an absolute pro! He was gracious enough to listen to it and clean it up a bit. I want you to know that before Randy cleaned it up, I had no idea or guess as to what the message was. I just knew it was a voice. It took me about 5 times of listening for the words Randy heard in the newly manipulated file… but once I heard it, it hit me like a brick wall! The loud noise in the middle of the voice is the amplified sound of my mouse hitting the desk. Take a listen and tell me if you hear “Is it really death?” or perhaps “Is this really death?”
A couple of weeks ago I was getting to one of those places where you’ve read all of the exciting books on your “to be read” shelf and you’re not really excited about any of the others. It was time to stock up again. Just when I thought I’d read every current book on EVP or Spirit Communication, I stumbled upon a new (at least to me) author, Randall Keller (to our knowledge we’re not related). He is the author of Voices From Forever, and most recently, There is No Silence (which should arrive on my doorstep any day now).
After listening to one of his podcasts (visit The Voices Podcast) I knew I had to have his first book. I’ve since finished it as well as listened to about 15 podcasts (I suppose that makes me a serious nerd). He is very easy to listen to driving to and from work.
Voices From Forever chronicles my journey through the paranormal by way of EVP. What started out as an experiment, proved to be the most eye-opening and profound experience of my life. There is no longer any doubt that beyond this existence is a greater continuation; an equally dynamic and vital place where the passion of human emotion and the animism of the universe converge to reveal a glimpse of what is to come. My attempts to make contact through EVP taught me just how thin the veil is between what we know as living, and the afterlife that claims us all. Death is not the end of being alive, but the beginning of our next step.
Randall is such a fresh voice (no pun intended) on the subject of EVP and Spirit Communication. I’m finding that I probably agree with more of his feelings and opinions than any other author or “expert” on the subject. He is very down to earth and isn’t afraid to be honest, nor is he afraid to admit he doesn’t know it all. And no one does. He’s very easy to talk to and we’ve commented back and forth a few times in the blog world.
I can’t wait to read the next one…
It has definitely been quiet in the last several days. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bummed or disappointed. For the most part I have been sticking to the same method and processes from Day 1… however, I’ve changed or tweaked a few things as I’ve gone along to attempt to help entities more successfully communicate. I’ve also added a few unplanned, less formal recording sessions in addition to the official daily recording.
Yes, I’ve worked with and recorded EVPs before… but not a lot, and never so consistently and formally. And… I have picked up a few from this experiment. But why so quiet lately? What am I doing wrong? I’ve spoken to a fellow blogger about “belief and intent” and how it could possibly be affecting my experiment. Synchronicity may have also led me to reading about the same thing recently in Randall Keller’s book, Vocies From Forever. I want you to know that I absolutely believe, without a doubt, that spirits can and do communicate. You also need to know that I have never been so inspired and focused with a clear intent… even when reviewing the sessions. There have been a few days where I struggled to get a session in when life happened. I also know that sometimes I struggle meditating (something I’ve tried to do before every session), and there have been a few days where I haven’t completely felt grounded with a positive and high spiritual energy. Again… life happens. But right now I feel my problem might be due to more of a lack of confidence, and maybe feeling a little insulted after a few quiet days. Is there a problem with my invisible bat signal that other researchers who record tons of EVP project so well? Do they not see and hear me? Are entities communicating volumes of information but something is just standing in our way? Are they frustrated as well? Am I broken? I can go on and on… Any advice? Words of wisdom? I’m down but I haven’t given up!
Since Sarah Estep was my main inspiration for starting the experiment, today I decided to go back to her book, Voices of Eternity. I’ve reached out to her daily in the sessions. Maybe she can’t hear me. Maybe I can’t hear her. Maybe she’s got bigger things going on. Maybe her soul is currently living another incarnation. Could she be reading this blog now? Am I still talking? 🙂
What words of wisdom would she give?
Frequently at the beginning I would go for days without recording a paranormal voice. Then, when I felt most discouraged and wondered if I wanted to keep on taping, someone would speak. Now, twelve years and twenty-four-thousand messages later [this was in 1988], I am convinced that I am in communication with entities from other dimensions. At the same time, I feel I have learned a considerable amount about life in the beyond.
I have two EVP sessions left for this current experiment, today and tomorrow evening. Please know that if I hear anything impressive you’ll see a post on it. In the next week I think I’ll create a page linked to this blog and list information about the experiment, my findings, my progress,etc. Once this current experiment is over I fully intend on continuing to record on a consistent basis… hopefully 3 or 4 days a week.
Anyway… thanks for reading and following my progress!
Upon arresting the alleged assailant, police were surprised that the 15-year-old not only admitted to the offense, but also confessed as to why he committed the crime, stating that “the Ouija board made me do it.”
Is it just goofy teenagers? Is it mental illness? Or can the Ouija board really be that powerful?