Communication With The Dead – Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP)
There is a long standing belief that it is possible to communicate with the dead. Attempts to do so have been made for centuries. Traditionally these attempts have been through the use of oracles, mediums, psychics, and séances. However, with a variety of electronic equipment at our disposal today, there are more effective ways to establish communication with Spirits ourselves.
Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP)
What is an EVP? Simply stated, it is an event in which human-sounding voices, coming from an unknown source, can be heard through recorded data (audio tape, digital recorders, and radio station noise) or other electronic media. These mysterious voices operate outside the range of human auditory faculty. While not present audibly at the time of the recording, they are only heard upon playback.
EVP’s are notably the first form of spirit capture. They can vary by gender (male or female), age (adults or children), tone, emotion, and even language. As researchers ourselves, our team (Beyond The Grave Paranormal Investigations) has multiple examples of EVP’s that can attest to this. We have captured voices ranging from children to adults, as well as accents, tone, feelings and emotions.
Note: Just about any kind of digital recorder will work for obtaining EVP’s. Beyond The Grave Paranormal Investigations uses the Panasonic IC Recorder, RR-DR60 for our EVP sessions.Dawn Gervais with Beyond The Grave Paranormal Investigations
With EVP’s, quality varies as well as consistency. Most EVP’s consist of single words, phrases, or short sentences. Sometimes they are made up of, what I would call, grunts, groans, growling, or other vocal expressions such as screaming, crying, or laughing. While some are easily heard and understood, others are not and often open to interpretation. The “Holy Grail” of EVP’s are those rare and phenomenal moments when you capture a voice that is clear and understandable without the need for amplification or noise filtering.
Rating EVP Quality
The quality of EVP’s, as categorized by most researchers, are as follows:
- CLASS A: A clear and distinct voice or sound that is easily understood with little or no dispute and is universally accepted. Additionally, a Class A EVP is understandable without the need for headphones, amplification, or noise filtering.
- CLASS B: This is the most common class of EVP capture. This voice is fairly distinct and can be heard by most people after being told what to listen for. These are usually audible to experienced persons who are skilled at listening to EVP’s. Sometimes these can also be heard without the use of headphones, amplification, or noise filtering although the use of these do help. Class B EVP’s are characteristically lower in volume than a Class A and are characterized by warping on certain syllables.
- CLASS C: These are characterized as a faint whispery voice that is not easily heard, has excessive warping, and are usually unintelligible. The use of headphones, amplification, and noise filtering applications are required to attempt to make sense of the voice inference. These are the hardest EVP’s to understand and are typically disregarded by most researchers as inaudible.
Where Do EVP Voices Come From?
Where do EVP voices come from? That is, of course, the great mystery from Beyond The Grave. (see what I did there?) Honestly, no one truly knows. One could speculate and debate this topic all day, but here are a few of the more popular theories.
- They are the voices of the dead. This is primarily why many researchers visit locations where known death has occurred, tragic death has occurred, the departed spent most of their time, or cemeteries where the dead are buried. Seeking EVP’s in these places are often met with great success.
- They are voices from another dimension. A popular theory is that there are multiple dimensions of existence. One could argue that life-after-death is in fact another dimension of existence. Also, some believe in beings communicating literally from other worldly dimensions. It is perhaps plausible given the fact that they would need to understand our language in order to do so.
- They come from the researchers own subconscious. It is theorized that somehow researchers project their own thoughts onto the digital recording or tape. It is well known and accepted by science that thoughts are a powerful form of energy. Given that this is in fact true, could we have the capability to transfer our thoughts onto a recording? Is this the same method that spirits use to project their thoughts to us in the form of words? Food for thought.
- The voices are angelic or demonic. This, of course, comes from a place of personal, spiritual, or religious beliefs. While angels and demons are believed to communicate occasionally, it is unlikely that all EVP’s are purely from an angelic or demonic being. Angelic or demonic communication is usually due to a researcher actively seeking a dialog with either one, although not always the case. Pure angelic or demonic communication does occur, although extremely rare.
- It’s a hoax. Skeptics ascertain that there is ultimately nothing to EVP’s at all. Their claim is that the voices are faked, random noise, voices planted on the recording during or prior to capture, or voices picked up from radio, cell phones, or other electronic sources. While this may be true in a tiny fraction of the cases, I do not believe all EVP’s are a hoax.
Not everyone believes that EVP’s are the voices of other-worldly beings. Some say EVP is nothing more than radio interference while others say people either imagine them or their minds create meaning out of insignificant sound, projecting what the person wants to hear.
Auditory Pareidolia is the incorrect perception of an auditory stimulus based on meanings known to the observer of hearing messages and abstract patterns in sounds and music. Pareidolia can be considered a subcategory of apophenia. Apophenia is the tendency to mistakenly perceive connections and meaning between unrelated things. According to leading doctors and psychologists, humans are exceptionally wonderful at finding patterns in noise because the hardware in our sensory system is designed to see changes in things.
The Paranormal Research Field
You will find that most paranormal researchers do not completely dismiss EVP’s all together. While a handful of auditory evidence could be debunked as radio interference or audio pareidolia, there are many EVP’s that simply cannot be explained by either. EVP researchers counter that a highly interactive communication they have collected is not possible as random interference or brain trickery. After all, if you are receiving intelligent responses to direct questioning, how can it be?
EVP sessions, done during complete silence with an organized direction of questioning, and roughly a 10-20 second pause in between questions, yields the best results with the least amount of possible interference for skeptics to argue against. That’s not to say it is the only method for collecting EVP’s as evidence, just one specific way to conduct a professional session. We (Beyond The Grave Paranormal Investigations) conduct our EVP sessions with the Panasonic IC-Recorder RR-DR60 using this method. We also use other ITC devices and spirit boxes as well while conducting an investigation and research.
It is likely that the discussion over EVP’s will surely continue on long into the future. As long as just about anyone grabs a recorder, asks questions, and gets responses, there will be someone along the way to discredit whatever you capture. This is why I feel it is my duty as a paranormal investigator and researcher, to educate others, whether in the field or not, as to the importance of professionalism. It does not serve myself, my team, or the field to fabricate EVP evidence. Faking any evidence (including EVP’s) or falling victim to auditory pareidolia does not help the validity of true EVP captures, nor the validity of the paranormal field in general. Let’s all continue to keep it real and support one another.
To most who are familiar with this subject matter, this is nothing new. For those of you who are just getting into the paranormal field, or you are simply just curious, I hope you found this informative and beneficial. As always, your feedback and thoughts are greatly appreciated.
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