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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!


First of Many EVP Sessions in the Next Two Weeks…

Sarah Estep in her office conducting an EVP session

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been very excited and have looked forward to conducting and hopefully chronicling an EVP session daily for the next two weeks. In the last few years I have occasionally conducted these recording sessions in my home, but I’ve not been very consistent. Consistency is very important. Sarah Estep, who was a pioneer in the study of EVP (electronic voice phenomena), conducted EVP sessions almost daily and documented them. Her book Voices of Eternity inspired me to take this two-week journey… and this journey started today.

There are best practices in doing routine EVP sessions, and I’ve done my best to follow them. You can find some of these best practices along with lots of information about EVP at ATransC.org (Association TransCommunication). I’ve not had a lot of success with EVP sessions from home, but experts will tell you that the more you conduct them and the more consistent you are, the better your chances will be of documenting clear spirit communication.

At the risk of having a Geraldo Rivera/Al Capone moment, below are the details of my EVP Sesssion for 3/13/12 that began at approximately 2:30pm.

For this session I used a Tascam DR-07 digital audio recorder, along with a Tascam TM-ST1 stereo microphone (after today I plan on additionally using a Sony PX-820 digital audio recorder at the same time) in conjunction with a pair of headsets to hopefully allow for 2-way real-time communication. For portions of this session, using my computer, I played white noise, pink noise, and brown noise as additional background noise. For another portion of the session I used Stefan Bion’s EVP Maker (which I use to create background noise using my voice… I recorded myself reading a couple of paragraphs out of a book and then the program jumbles up that recording and plays it back so that nothing is recognizable) from 80ms to 120ms with Z-Cross and with the speed control set to 122%. For the last portion of the session I played the recording “Heartsounds” by David Lanz. 

Before starting the session I meditated briefly and asked for assistance from spirit guides and explained my intentions.

After starting the recording I always allow time for communication before I speak. I then explained that I would be recording daily for two weeks with the intention of learning about EVP/Spirit Communication and the Spirit World/Afterlife/The Other Side. I would share my findings with others. No background sounds added yet.

I asked “Is there anyone from the spirit world present with me today?” And then a minute later… “Today I’d like to request the assistance of any spirit guides, Merlin, and loved ones who have passed, and I’d like to make a special request that someone please help bring in Sarah Estep for today’s EVP session.” A few seconds later… “Is Sarah Estep available?” Moments later I again asked if there was anyone present. I also asked if anyone was able to reach Sarah Estep. I mentioned that there were other EVP pioneers and experts that I’d love to communicate with as well if she wasn’t available. I mentioned I’d been reading Sarah’s book Voices of Eternity and that it inspired me to conduct this series of EVP sessions.

At 5:42 into the recording I mentioned that I would begin using the different background noises to possibly help with communication. I urged any entities present to communicate and let me know what works, what doesn’t, and what I could do to make it more successful. I then started the white noise audio. For each different background noise I gradually tried different volume levels.

At 8:35 into the recording I started the pink noise audio. A minute later I asked “Are there any messages you’d like to pass on today to others here on Earth?” At 10:15 into the recording… “In Sarah Estep’s book she mentioned that she learned that having a mirror near the recording device was helpful in reaching communication. Can you tell me if that’s true? Will a mirror help?” A few moments later.. “Where do I need a mirror if this is the case?”

At 11:40 into the recording I started the brown noise audio and urged any entities present to please continue trying to communicate. A moment later… “Can you tell me what volume works best?” A minute later… “Can you tell me if there is a time of day that is more convenient to record EVP or spirit communication?” I explained that I knew there was supposedly no concept of time on the other side, but I was interested in finding out if there was an earthly time that was better for recording EVP.

At 14:33 I started the EVP Maker and again asked if there was anyone present with me. At 16:00 into the recording I asked if the pitch or the speed of the file being played made a difference.

At 17:15 into the recording I started the David Lanz recording and again invited anyone present to please communicate. Two minutes later I asked “What can you tell me about this music? Do you enjoy this music?”

At 20 minutes into the recording I stopped the music and announced that I would be ending the session and asked if there were any last messages that needed to be passed on. A few moments later I decided to ask if it was possible for anyone present to make a knock, noise, or a thud in the room to let me know they were present. I also suggested moving an object in the room if that was possible.

A minute later I asked anyone present to let me know of anything I could do to make these sessions more successful.

Lastly, at 22:20 I asked anyone present to invite others from the light in the coming days and weeks to help. I thanked them for their presence, their energy, and their help before signing off.

After listening to this session twice I did not hear any obvious EVPs. I’m hoping that the focused and consistent recording in the next few weeks will change that. In the event I do hear EVPs I will be using the below classification system used by Sarah Estep, ATransC, and believed to be developed by Konstantin Raudive. This summary is from ATransC.org.

Class “A” voices can be heard and identified by anyone with normal hearing and knowledge of the language spoken; no special training of the ear is needed to detect them.

There are several hundred microphone-voices amongst my recordings that fall into this group. It is easy to make tape copies of “A” voices, and they can be repeated as often as desired. Thus, I have analysed roughly 25,000 voices according to speech content, language and rhythm. By this method of repetition, the acoustic reality of the voices can be established beyond doubt, and hallucinations of the ear are excluded.

Class “B” voices speak more rapidly and more softly, but are still quite plainly audible to a trained and attentive ear. The ability to differentiate increases with practice, but this is a slow and wearisome process. For this reason it is difficult to use non-regular participants for experimental purposes with class “B” voices.

Class “C” consists of the most interesting voices; voices that give us a great deal of information and much paranormal data. Unfortunately, these can be heard only in fragments, even by a trained ear, but with improved technical aids, it may eventually become possible to hear and demonstrate these voices, which lie beyond our range of hearing, without trouble. This grading and my comments are but a rough guide in the present stage of our approach to the psycho-acoustic aspect of the investigation.


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