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E. V. P.

Electronic Voice Phenomena ...is a process whereby unexplained snatches of voices are embedded onto magnetic recording tape by a process that is not yet fully understood. The embedded "ghost" voice can be heard when the magnetic audio tape is played back on a standard tape recorder/player.
The Beginning
Ever since the birth of Spiritualism in the second quarter of the nineteenth century, people have been fascinated with the idea of contact with the dead.   Early experiments were of course relatively low-tech (i.e. through channeling, rapping on tables, or the use of ouija boards).  Inventor Thomas Edison predicted however that the spirit world would strive to keep up with the times, and that they might avail themselve of  more technological means to make contact with the living in the future. Edison's theory was "proven" in 1959, when electronic voice phenomena were discovered by the Swedish artist Friedrich Jürgenson. Jürgenson was recording birdsong using a reel-to-reel tape recorder.  Even though there was no-one else in the vicinity when the recordings were made, Jü ;rgenson heard faint but intelligible voices in the background when he replayed the tapes.  After some experimentation, Jürgenson found that the voice recordings could be reliably replicated by repeating the procedure.

These phenomena were subsequently investigated by  Hans Bender (a German parapsychologist) and Konstantin Raudive (a Latvian psychologist).  Following the 1971 publication of Raudive's book on his research, EVP are also often referred to as "Raudive Voices".
 

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Recording Electronic Voice Phenomena
The growing popularity of EVP research is in part due to the ease in which EVP recordings can be made.  Any kind of tape recorder will work.  New audio tapes should be used, to avoid taping over sounds that may have already been recorded.  The tape recorder itself should run for at least 30 minutes, and if possible, should be allowed to run in silence. Where to make recordings is up to the researcher.  Graveyards are favourite location, though any site may produce EVP.  Some researchers have suggested that simply generating white noise and taping it will produce Raudive Voices.  Once your taping is completed, the next step is to listen carefully to the tape, preferably using headphones.  Most EVP are very close to the background level of static, while others may be clearly discernable. EVP are generally only a second or two in length, so careful attention must be paid to the tape.

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What Is EVP?
It has been argued that the "voices" are simply subjective intepretations - that the human ear tends to hear voices in random patterns of sound. It may be possible that the human brain has an in-built tendency to create these perceptions even when there is no "objective" basis for the experience. There are those, however, that believe EVP to be genuinely mysterious, even paranormal. Some even believe they open up the possibility of communication with the dead.  For believers, the fact that the speech is difficult to understand can be explained by the fact that the communicating spirit may be talking in a language or dialog that is not in common usage today.

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A Real EVP Recording
This was sent to me by Kim. She has sent me many photos which you can view in the
Guest Gallery. In this EVP recording, you can hear a voice saying, almost in agony, ..."Save Me."
You might have to play it a couple of times but you can't miss it. This recording has only been enhanced by myself using a sound editing program. The reason was to cut down on the "noise" and "bring out" the actual voice.
"Save Me"

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