Friday, December 31, 2004

White Noise Movie Review by Chris

Well, I just got the first review of the new Michael Keaton movie White Noise from a visitor named Chris after seeing a sneak preview and it doesn't look good.

A TV commercial for White Noise is what got me interested in EVP in the first place and I doubt I'm alone just from the amount of you searching for "Ruth Baxter" in the last few days. I'm sure many of you are here now because of the same spark of interest when you saw the commercial for the first time. I'm sorry to report, it seems the trailer may be better than the movie.

Chris' review did not surprise me. I fully expect White Noise to be a "boogy man" type movie, after all it's Hollywood making movies for the modern audience and recording scary voices will only go so far. In their defense, it is a film and you do need some visual action to scare people. We have become so accustomed to things jumping out at us, that it's almost required in any thriller now days. Perhaps sad, but very true. This is no documentary after all.

Would you sit for two hours watching a guy talk to himself and then listen to hours of recordings over and over again in the hopes of capturing a voice? No, just like we won't watch cops sitting in a car eating donuts and coffee on stakeout. We want ACTION for our overpriced movie ticket!

The reality of EVP research seems actually a lot like that of real life police work: 99% BORING and 1% HOLY CRAP! I expect little in the way of actual facts and science. But the White Noise producers have been working closely with the AA-EVP, a recognized authority on the subject, so there is hope that it will be somewhat accurate in it's presentation of this as a seriously studied phenomenon.

However, Chris reports the movie is not quite what he expected, even as a skeptic. Here is what he had to say:

"Although I enjoyed your site, I disagree with your views on EVP. After viewing the movie White Noise in a sneak preview, I was ready to walk out.

It started out being a movie on EVP and ended up being a movie about unearthly beings that didn't even seem/look/act like ghosts. I was very discouraged and disappointed and I think anyone that sees this movie should realize it's not all about EVP or anything close. Basically Michael Keaton goes nuts using the ITC thing (which I don't buy anyway) and a "Poltergeist ~ "they're heeerreeee" TV look into the TV thing.

Very, VERY disappointing. I thought it would be a good movie on EVP like "The Others" was to ghosts."

Well, there you have it. Don't forget you heard it here first! The first review of the White Noise Movie: thumbs wayyy down.

Thanks for the feedback Chris!

See my Review of White Noise
or read what a real life ghost hunter had to say.

After Death Communication Star's EVP

After death communication comes in many other forms than just EVP. Some see faces on their TV, others see apparitions and yet a few more actually get written messages from the dead. But how does one report such an experience without sounding crazy? Wouldn't it be nice if we could see all the experiences people have had on one simple to search website?

The After Death Communication Research Foundation is an organization founded by Jody Long J.D and Jeffrey Long M.D. dedicated to the study and reporting of all kinds of ADC or After Death Communication experiences. On their website they have a report form where you can document your own ADC experiences with many detailed questions. They now have thousands of reports online.

This is a valuable resource for those studying the paranormal and also for those who have just lost a loved one and might want to learn more about the grieving process and have their questions about life after death answered. Visit them at

I suggest checking out Star's EVP experience with her son Brad. After his death, Star had a dream where a woman sat on her bed and explained she was Brad's wife. The next day she was talking to Brad while driving and asked him if this was true or if perhaps the devil was playing games with here.

Upon returning home she discovered a phone message waiting on her answering machine. It was Brad. He said "Must be true". Over the next few weeks she captured many EVP recordings of her son. Read about them all now at Star's EVP After Death Communication

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Adolf Hitler on an EVP recording?

Perhaps Hitler did get his just desserts in the after life if a reported EVP from new year's eve 1960 in chapter 11 of "Voice Transmissions With The Deceased" is true. Author Friedrich Juergenson, reports a remarkable electronic voice phenomenon encounter with the infamous dictator where a polish jew woman is heard making fun of him!

“We lived in the deepest confusion…” began the voice in German, “…to oppress the people and to enslave them…the others withdrew, not me… that’s why I’m…” The words that followed were drowned out by our own voices. After a short pause, the man began to speak again. He added only one more sentence with a strange content, “We lived in a bad compote (fruit stew)”, then the voice broke off.

Right after that, the female voice that had said ”Federici is so sweet” became audible and called out mockingly a stretched “Heil!” In the next moment she added excitedly: “…that was Hitler…he’s not ashamed…he was here…” Though the woman spoke German, you could clearly recognize a Jewish accent, particularly that of a polish Jew. Again her voice sounded, this was right before the tape came to an end: “That was Hitler…he sees you!” She called out loud and exited, then added with a change in her tone of voice, embarrassed: “I tell Hitler…he loves me!”

Perhaps his suicide didn't free him from the mocking after all!

Read all about the Hitler EVP :

Friedrich Juergenson

I spent the morning with a dead man, Mr. Friedrich Juergenson. His "Voice Transmissions With The Deceased" has taught me a great deal about EVP and it's beginnings as a studied phenomenon.

I spend mornings with the dead quite often, but it's not what you are thinking. I read books, most of which represent the knowledge and experiences of those who have already gone before us. It's the nature of modern learning to learn from the dead, after all, but can you speak with the dead too? He says he did; many times and over the course of many years.

I have found a kindred spirit in Mr. Juergenson; a man who heard strange voices in his bird song recordings that should not be there, became fascinated at the possibilities and decided to investigate further. A man astounded that his tape recording could capture voices that seemed to be talking directly to him. He was quite honest in his observations without any preconceived notions as to the origin of the voices and explained with great detail his own uneasy feelings and numerous failures as his EVP experience unfolded over the course of many years. In chapter 8 of his book he says:
"I wasn't satisfied with any explanations that are given by parapsychologists,
spiritualists, occultists, ufologists and God knows how many other 'ists', because I wanted to know for sure, and convince myself through personal experience and not be satisfied with the explanation of others."Juergenson Chapter 8
At a time when he had stopped his recordings because he was questioning his own sanity for hearing "voices", and thought he might be hearing aliens or becoming schizophrenic, this man managed to put aside his worry about what others might think and plunged ahead to explore the actual cause of the strange ghostly voices he captured on tape.

The most amazing story he tells is of his first "public" gathering to hear EVP where he invited many guests to come to his house including the famous swedish radio producer Arne Weiss and noted psychiatrist and parapsychologist Dr. Bjorkhem. The results are marvelous and Mr. Weiss may be the first person ever to have an argument with a spirit via EVP.
"Arne grabbed the microphone again. "Where is Tanner?" he asked a few times in his clear strong voice. "I Sverige!" (In Sweden!), came a quiet answer. "I don't believe anything about you!" added Arne energetically, who had not heard the answer yet. "You don't exist at all! How can you answer when you can't possibly give an answer?" "Nonsense!" replied the same voice from the tape"
Over the course of many years, in a time when recording technology was in it's infancy and fancy effects and digital processing were unavailable, he continued his research and recordings. He became a revered "founder" of the EVP sciences and set the stage for those who would follow in his footsteps.

His personal stories are well written and wonderful to read. The book takes you along on his journey into the paranormal and his excitement and wonder at this mystery still come through his writings today. If you are interested in EVP at all, you have to read this book.

Read it for free : Voice Transmissions With The Deceased

I'll have more when I finish the book.

EVP is Real says Dwayne Claud

I was wondering if the new movie would generate real interest in the press about EVP or just more laughing and no real stories other than "look at these fools" like you normally might see the paranormal being treated. Perhaps we may see some more serious reporting of the scientific findings of researchers now?

PRESS RELEASE: Electronic Voice Phenomenon Is Real

“Electronic Voice Phenomenon has gained notoriety in the media recently with the release of Michael Keaton’s movie White Noise’”, states Dwayne Claud, Director of WNY Paranormal.

(PRWEB) December 27, 2004 -- “Electronic Voice Phenomenon has gained notoriety in the media recently with the release of Michael Keaton’s movie White Noise’”, states Dwayne Claud, Director of WNY Paranormal. Electronic Voice Phenomenon is the process through which researchers have been able to capture unexplainable voices or sounds on a recording device. According to Claud, “this isn’t fiction, recordings like this happen all the time – even locally.”

In the movie “White Noise”, Michael Keaton plays an architect whose life has been shattered by the unexplained disappearance and death of his wife. Keaton is contacted by a man who claims to be receiving messages from the dead wife through Electronic Voice Phenomenon, the process of recording a spirit’s voice. “Although the plot of the movie may be far fetched, the concept demonstrated in the movie of capturing unexplained voices on a recording device is not” states Claud.

The credit for discovering this phenomenon goes to Fredrick Jorgensen. Jorgensen was recording bird sounds in the Swedish countryside in 1959. It wasn’t until he played back his recording from that day that he heard the voice of a man discussing nocturnal bird songs in Norwegian. “It has since become a very important tool in the study of paranormal phenomenon, and is one of the most difficult forms of evidence to disprove” explains Claud.

The process by which someone can record an Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) is quite simple. It requires an audio recording device, preferably that uses a standard analog tape, an external microphone, headphones, and access to someplace where the investigator feels spirit activity may be present such as an older home or building, cemetery, or even a public historical site. It’s important to go with an open mind, and ask a series of questions pausing between each for a response. By using the external microphone you eliminate any motor noise from the recorder that you are using but still maintain the “white noise” generated by the tape itself. “You won’t hear anything while you’re recording at the location, but when you listen back in your headphones – you’ll be very surprised” expresses Claud. The voices that appear on the magnetic tape are often recorded well above or below the human hearing frequency – but are still in the recordable range.

“You won’t get something every time, so persistence is important” urges Claud. He records in ten minute segments and then listens to the recordings carefully through a set of headphone turned to a high, comfortable volume. He explains that it’s important to listen to the background for responses to the questions asked. Often times, it will be simple words that are spoken quickly or that sound strained - but sometimes they will sound like someone speaking directly into the microphone.

“Don’t expect long conversations. Often it’s simple answers to questions because it takes so much energy for these entities to verbalize a response” explains Claud. Many movies are based in reality and “White Noise” is one of those movies. To hear actual EVP’s and learn more about recording and the analysis of Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) visit .

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Dec 26 Tsunamis Disaster in Asia

As the waves crashed over what at first looked to be a large concrete barrier near the beach, I realized that it was a two story building being engulfed that filled my TV screen. The full power of the ocean was summoned on Dec 26 by an unexpected earthquake off the coast of southeast asia and the resulting devastation will resonate through both this reality and the next for a long time to come.

While I never trust initial estimates, the death toll estimates are too staggering to believe. 100,000 presumed dead. That's a lot of people folks. All wiped out in an instant without any warning by a terribly powerful act of nature no one could do anything to stop.

I want to take this morning to stop myself for a few moments and realize this could all go any minute now. Poof! Hear the Regman on your IC recorders only from now on.

I know there are many among us, both in the here and in the here-after who are still reeling from this sudden tragedy. I would be scared if suddenly thrust into either situation and the living need food, water, medical attention and shelter now. It simply is not available anywhere in the region. The dead need burying and for those of you so inclined, perhaps a little guidance and explanation would be in order right about now for any of the lost who may be confused and shocked.
If we all work together we can help them all get through this. They need us or more will die.

I hope each of you can find the spare change and the spare time to donate what you can to the Red Cross and their relief efforts, or any other charity of your choice that is mobilizing to help. There is a long list of very brave souls and their organizations standing by to rush to the aid. You won't have to look far to donate somewhere. Please do what you can.

I'm including this donation box and encourage you all to please let me know if there are any others I can post here. Rest assured, I get nothing from this and neither does anyone else but the Red Cross.

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Radio Transmissions or Cell Phones can cause EVP?

Since day one, I've wondered if many potential EVP recordings are really radio transmissions, CB radio or cell phone broadcasts that the recorder picks up. I've seen it happen many times in all types of sound systems. My friends and I used to be plagued by a guy with a booster on his CB that would come through your radio, TV, even the answering machine.

I was glad to find there is a lively discussion over at the TAPS paranormal discussion board about this very topic. But it seems they have not really discovered any "new evidence" and one must still judge each EVP on it's own merits.

EVP can be cell phone or radio transmissions:

Cell phone and radio transmissions can be picked up by ordinary tape recorders if you set them up in the right way and under the right circumstances.

One poster at TAPS suggested sticking a recorder in a can and recording like she did. It even spied on their neighbor 6 doors down and across the street selling phone sex! Wow, what a great ghost website EVP that would be! Glad she nailed that down before we thought it might be real.

Electronic recording devices are able to pick up radio transmissions including the millions of phone calls, radio shows and other noise that constitutes our earthly airwaves. Some evp samples do end up being attributed to this fact and many more may in the future.

How do you explain the clarity?

But what about those EVP that are so clear? If my cell phone were ever that clear I'd faint! (Yes, I had Sprint. You could hear a pin drop but you never heard your dropped call end and I stood there talking to my hand one too many times and got rid of the stupid thing all together. I've never been happier; particularly now that I know people with a tape recorder and a can will be spying on me!)

Even the most hardened skeptic must admit much of the Class A EVP samples available are too clear and too precise to be radio or cell transmissions.

Besides, these voices talk back to you

The other argument is that some of these recordings actually respond to what the interviewer is saying. There are many samples of entire conversations. I found some in past posts. How could these be radio shows or cell phone conversations and give logical answers?

Now that's the million dollar EVP question, isn't it?

Check out the discussion and learn even more at The Atlantic Paranormal Society's EVP Discussion:

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

EVP Gallery

EVP Gallery

Another great GHOULI page to help us compare the quality between Class A EVP and Classes B and C. Lot's of samples of all three levels for you to listen to.

Real White Noise Movie EVP!

In an interview with Michael Keaton and Paul Brooks of White Noise, writer Mark Walters uncovers a facinating EVP experience during one of their press events!

PAUL BROOKS: We had an extraordinary occurrence ... where in a room full of journalists the E.V.P. folks asked if anyone wanted to try an experiment... a kind of cynical journalist said sure. They put the tape in, ... and she asked to speak to Uncle Paul. They played it back and a voice came through and said "Beck, it's Paul." The whole room freaked out, and she's like "You have to be kidding me."
Read about the movie and what Michael Keaton and Paul Brooks have to say about EVP at

Conversation with a Ghost?

Case Studies from South Jersey Paranormal Research Singing (recorded by Lois Weber)

This is the first EVP recording I've heard where there was a good ghost voice and a two way conversation that lasted more than a second or two.

On an investigation at the Masonic Lodge, Lois Weber, a researcher with the SJPR, hears a singing voice and records as IT asks "I hear you...are you here?". He then asks why she is here, (in a mostly male club) and she responds "singing", a second later another voice says "we like to sing". Silly living, they just never understand the dead!

Amazing this! From the same SJPR page as the previous post, but I thought this was so incredible an EVP to deserve it's own post for the archives.

Do We Talk Back?

Case Studies from South Jersey Paranormal Research:

"Do we talk back (recorded by Susan Bove')"

Amazing evidence that spirits are as confused about this technology as we are? More evidence that spirits travel in groups? Could be!

Investigator Susan Bove was instructing a couple in the ways of EVP recording for an interview they wished to have with their ghosts when they record the ghost voice ask
"Do we talk back?"! Amazing stuff you have to hear.

And you have to listen to her next recording of her friend hitting her leg as a ghostly voice sarcastically replies "How'd that feel, Deb?". This one is very clear.

The EVP samples on SJPR's page are almost all Class A EVP recordings. These will amaze and startle you. Guaranteed.

The Other Side - EVPVOICES.COM - EVP Recordings

On my next stop, I'm warmly welcomed by our friendly host Melissa who introduces me to her band of ghost hunters: Mandy, Charlotte, Greg and Heather who all hail from Missouri and have been researching the Electronic Voice Phenomenon for a few years now.
Boy, let me tell you, have they got some great EVP recording samples to share with us.

My favorite is the one where Melissa is teased by some motherly sounding ghost as she complains about her loud neighbors upstairs. The ghost whispers "Melissaaa" and a little girl there mimics the voice exactly seconds later as she pronounces: "Mellissaaa! I'm freaked out!"
Check out Mellissaaa for yourself

Ever hear a Marine sound off? It's the same with all of them, that distinct cadence and tone as they announce their rank and name to a superior. Only a true Marine can sound off like that.

Want to hear the ghost of a fallen soldier sound off when asked his name in a northern Missouri cemetery? This one is clear as a bell and gave me the chills.
Check out ""Marine Corps Staff Sergeant"

Imagine recording in a local cemetery and later hearing on the tape the name of a friend of yours at work! Upon asking your friend about the cemetery, she tells you she knows two little girls who lie buried there. This one is creepy too!
Hear the "Nancy Beagul" EVP

This one makes me laugh. My friend can't hear it, but if you listen as Greg inquires about why a rock is black, you can hear a smart ass ghost tell him "It's painted". Silly living people.
Check out the sarcastic ghost

After more than a few unsuccessful tries at EVP, the girls were astonished to hear "I am Talking. I'm saying Uncle Roger!" on a recording of them begging for someone to please come through!
See if you hear uncle Roger's ghost getting frustrated

And finally, imagine how surprised ghosts from the past must be when they learn for the first time that the living can record them. Listen as this surprised entity announces ""Play Me That Tape" as the girls are recording in a cemetery.
Play the tape yourself and decide

What a great bunch of very clear EVP. They have some that are not so clear, of course, but these are all pretty good examples. I do have to admit the little girl on the Mellissaaa sample doesn't really sound that freaked out to me, but children often don't when they say they are, so I don't know. There is not enough of the conversation after the evp on the tape to hear what happens next.

But all 5 pages of their samples are great and each comes with a fascinating story to go with it. It's definitely worth your time to check out

Monday, December 27, 2004

Best EVP Recording Ever?

G.O.U.L.I - Ghost Haunts of Oklahoma & Urban Legend Investigations says they have the "best damn EVP ever". Well you just know I have to check this out!

It seems there once was a man who started a trucking company. He worked day and night at his business and it became very successful. But he was a workaholic who eventually had a heart attack and died right there in the building while conducting his business.

This man also had one pet peeve: Smoking. He hated the smell of cigarette smoke and loudly cursed smokers for the foul stench they created. The strange thing is that people keep smelling his most hated aroma in an office of the building far away from any outside smoking areas.

Tammy O, a member of GHOULI, visited this building to try and determine if it really was haunted by the cigarette hating founder. From the evidence she collected, it seems he is still there, watching over his beloved business and chasing away the foul stench of unseen smoking cigarettes.

Listen to this EVP and you will actually hear the voice of a man who sounds like he is standing in front of the microphone cursing "God Dammed Cigarette smoken" as soon as the investigators notice the mysterious ghostly smell!

This just might be the best damn EVP ever!

Ruth Baxter from White Noise in NM!

By now you should already know the EVP sample attributed to Ruth Baxter in the White Noise movie trailer is a real EVP recording, but it does not belong to a woman named Ruth Baxter who died in 1987.

That particular sample was taken in a lighthouse on the east coast of the United States and has long been believed to be of a civil war era ghost saying "I was seeing the war".

However, in May of this year, while investigating the old New Mexico State TB Sanitarium in Escondida, the southwest ghost hunters association may have found evidence that this ghost really gets around and now she's a movie star too! Who says you can't make it after you are dead?

Listen to the last sample on this page titled "I won't see you anymore" and tell me that does not sound just like our friend "Ruth Baxter" from the movie trailer. Maybe she was out here rehearsing for the movie?

Ruth Baxter visits the Ghost Hunt of the New Mexico State Sanitarium?
Freaky stuff White Noise movie fans must listen to!

Sunday, December 26, 2004

NM State Penitentiary Riot Ghost Voices

Well, today on my hunt for amazing EVP messages from the dead, I'm visiting the site of my home town ghost hunters, the Southwest Ghost Hunters Association, based right here in wonderful Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have a beautiful site and a lot of EVP and paranormal science info.

I'll have more on them later. But first some creepy EVP examples and a ghost door on video from one of their most gruesome investigations!

On February 2nd, 1980, New Mexico was in the news all around the world. While one might expect it to have something to do with aliens or nuclear weapons, no... this day was to go down in history as one of the worst in american history and would forever change our correctional system.
"Shortly before 2 a.m. inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico near Santa Fe overpowered four correctional officers ... and, within minutes, ... smashed their way into the main control center (and gained) access to every part of the main penitentiary building where 1,157 male inmates were under the custody and care of 25 correctional employees." From the Attorney General's Report
This was human beings at their most violent. Thirty three inmates died horribly at the hands of their fellow prisoners that day. Most of the carnage took place in cell block 4, the protective custody block where snitches and cops gone bad were kept. Some were tortured and then beheaded with power tools, others were hung by sheets and the poor unfortunate few deemed worthy were burned alive with propane torches. Their charred outlines still remain today.

I remember that fateful day well, you see Feb 2 is my birthday and I was turning 11 years old. My brother was a news photographer for a local TV station and was called up there to report the story. It turned out to be one of his biggest and a large help to his successful career. Since then, my brother has seen a lot, from gangster hits to real live war. I have never seen him as shaken as when he returned from this ghastly story.

At eleven, I was unable to grasp the full horror of what had occurred there as he described some of what he saw at the time, but spared me the graphic details. I asked him about it when I got older, but he doesn't like to talk about it much. The most haunting image I will carry from his brief and dismissing descriptions is the four inches of human blood they had to wade through to get into cell block 4. They were among the first on the scene to witness the debris and human body parts still floating on this crimson pond of horror.

The members of SGHA investigated the old penitentiary along with local radio station KZRR 94rock and some winners of a "Fear" type contest. The voice EVP they gathered are somewhat disappointing, but the pictures and video are really interesting. Ghost Hunt of the New Mexico State Penitentiary

All their EVP samples have been modified, which is something I'm learning to
hate in my studies. (but seems to be the norm for samples on the internet due to internet bandwidth or storage space concerns? or just the fact they went through software to get to the internet in the first place?). I wish everyone would post the enhanced version and non enhanced version or at least tell us what software they used and what enhancements were made. I'd like to be able to make up my own mind and at least hear the original sample. Once you modify something without the original to refer to, there is too much chance for error or interpretation and I can't be sure there even was a voice to start with.
When asked if he would like to be somewhere else, one ghostly resident may have responded "playing golf". Yeah, I'll bet!

Another was asked his name, but you can't make it out. There is a sound there though.

And finally when asked "are you alone" a voice may respond "twenty". It seems clear, but it's filtering gives it the trademark "evil alien" voice, so I just don't know if it says twenty or not. Perhaps he was trying to say 23, the number of inmates killed in famous cell block 4?
Decide what they say for yourself!

Now, are you ready to be scared? Proceed with caution if you frighten easily.

Their first video features a sound like a door shutting (yet all the doors were locked and confirmed so by a state employee) as an orb goes rushing by on some urgent errand!

Their second video actually shows a closed cell door mysteriously open as the investigators pass. CREEPY and Guaranteed to make you jump!!! Check them both out!

I'm wondering if there is another investigation planned for the 25th anniversary of the Santa Fe Prison Riot in a few weeks? I'll find out and let you know!

Saturday, December 25, 2004

The Ghost of Christmas 2005

Rich Smith's Christmas Morning Ghost click here to see more

An EVP Christmas Message

Merry Christmas to everyone, Everywhere!

I sincerely hope that you are all enjoying this Christmas day, no matter your beliefs, and find the time to cherish those you love both here and beyond on this special day and every other.

The holidays can be a lonely time for many of us, even those enjoying large family gatherings on this special day. When we finally find the time to all get together, we are reminded of those who have gone before and wish they could be here with us now to enjoy the festivities, see the children grow or all those hundreds of other wishes we all keep close to our hearts.

With so many people thinking of those who are not with us and the fact that many of us will record most of the day in some fashion, I thought there must be a much larger than normal collection of EVP samples taken on holidays such as Christmas. But, if there are, it seems nobody ever reports them!

There is a lively discussion at the Ghost Hounds website on this topic, Where PatrickRsGhost raises the interesting hypothesis:

"I also believe that the reason why the activity tends to be higher around this time, is because during the holidays we tend to recall memories of holidays past, be it Thanksgiving or Christmas or Easter or any other major holiday dealing with family get-togethers. When we recall these people, it's sort of like saying "hey, we still think about you, come and join in the festivities."

So invite everyone to enjoy in your holiday festivities, no matter where they might come from!

I thought it would be fun to share with you the few Holiday Season EVP I have found in my travels so far. Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas!
(But stay away from too much rum punch and eggnog or you might just hear: "that's not aunt Mable's ghost you see, it's just the other two of me!" as you experience your own inebriated christmas 'evp'!)

Our first sample, "I should have seen, I didn't know", comes to us from Susan in Jacksonville Florida who received a new tape recorder on Christmas, 2002. She writes to

"take into consideration that we were not trying to record EVP's at all. After listening to this voice over and over I believe it to be a very dear friend of mine who died suddenly in a motorcycle accident..." Listen to
it at Ghost Tracker / Private Home EVP - JR's Voice
Well, it wouldn't be the paranormal if we didn't have at least one scary example, now would it? This sample was taken in the Old Valpriso Jail Museum on dec 7, 2002 in a room once used as a solitary confinement cell.

ME: "We want to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you'll wish us one too. Thank-you" Spirit 1: " Thank You" Spirit 2: "SHUT THE HELL UP !

The really strange thing about this one is that every time I open it, no matter how low I put my audio settings in windows or in my audio player, every time it starts over it plays at full blast and almost blows my speakers! Open with care!

A ghostly christmas visitor appears in family photos! A picture on Ghost shows a womans face in a turned off TV screen. The donor writes,
"This picture was taken in 1986 on the night we put up my mother in laws
Christmas tree. Christmas carols played on the stereo all night long and the TV
was never turned on. I didn't notice the face until later when my mother in law
told me she had a picture of a ghost. " Check it out here

And, as always since everywhere this man goes is haunted, Rich Smith of ParaTexas brings us this picture of his yard featuring some friendly ghost

taking the opportunity to wish from all of us in the Southwest:


Thursday, December 23, 2004

'Twas the Night Before Christmas (EVP Version)

'Twas the Night Before Christmas we had EVP

A parody
(and my ghost hunter gift wish list in a different window if you click the links;)
by Regmanabq

loosely based on a poem once thought by
Clement Clarke Moore
which seems to actually be a poem by
Major Henry Livingston Jr. (1748-1828)
Read about the controversy over who actually authored 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Only spirits were stirring, except me and my mouse;
night cams and strong mics were all hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

Adobe Audition was on the 'puters flat screen,
My night-vision goggles surveyed the whole scene;
My mics and my headphones were turned up to their cap,
I had just settled in to spring an electronic voice trap,

When out of the speakers there arose such a clatter,
I instantly sprang to see what was the matter.
But it was just windows with an update for flash,
I tore my poor hair out and cleared out my drive's cache.

The goggles were cool with their weird greenish glow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my techno green eyes should appear,
But a miniature ghost sleigh, and eight spirit reindeer!

That transparent old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles was my record button aim,
Digital cameras, recorders and tape players the same,

"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
To the top of the porch! and out through that wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

My hardware was smoking as I reviewed all the tapes,
I could see on the monitor where he went right through my drapes!
So straight to my blog, the proof files they flew,
of my ghost sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, my computer, it CRASHED!
All the files and proof were about to be trashed!
As I clicked with my hand, and things were turning around,
Down the chimney went my hard drive with a bad crunching sound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
His clothes filmed, all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
My AVIs showed this peddler just opening his pack!

I swear! -- his eyes twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, my crashes are rarely!
My night goggles and cameras were all set to low,
But the beard of his chin looked just like widescreen TV snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
But some smoke now encircles my drive like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
Yet my proof is as worthless as a bowlful of jelly.

He looked chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed cause I saw him, in spite of myself;
With a wink of an eye and a twist of his head,
I think St. Nick caused my crash! I can't talk to the dead!

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
Voice recorders caught nothing as he turned with a jerk,
And laying a finger aside his white nose,
He gave me a nod, then up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, his ghost team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, then they *poofed* with a sizzle!

I'd prove he exclaimed, if my drive weren't a sight:


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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Evil voices in my sink?

I think I've been researching EVP a little too much the last few days.

As I was brushing my teeth I began to think of how EVP researchers use running water as a background noise to help the spirits they contact form words when recording these strange voices. I wondered if some ghostly spirit might contact me during my oral hygiene. I thought to myself: I'd be the one to hear "get out".

I ran my tooth brush under the running water and "GET OUT" the water literally spat at me! "GET OUT NOW" it spat again. The water shooting out with each word like the spit from an angry football coach yelling at a referee! I was like a deer in the headlights standing over this angry sink as it took a deep breath and the water almost stopped.

"OUT OUT OUUUT NOWWW" came again the raspy voice-like sound from the faucet as the very pipes rattled the wall.

I jumped back and almost dropped my toothbrush into this obviously not too happy sink!

That figures, the first spirit I contact hates me right off. Where am I supposed to go to the bathroom now?

The running joke around here is that our first time out ghost hunting with a recorder somewhere scary we will hear something say "get out". My friends and I are always whispering in each other's ears or playing jokes on each other with that infamous ghostly phrase. Perhaps a prankster spirit was playing with me instead? Giving me some of my own medicine?

I don't think so. You see, last night the cold water knob on the shower broke. It forced us to turn off the water to the house. I was the first person to run the water in the bathroom and it seems there was some air in the pipes.

Funny how your mind will scare the crap out of you when you least expect it. I think my brain enjoys doing that sometimes. Looking for an adreneline fix, I guess?

If this was my first unaided EVP experience, this spirit has a good sense of humor. Or he's mad and wants me to get out now. I'll try not to think about that last possibility; it's almost nap time!

Spirit Hacking at Para Texas?

"Spirit Hacking" is what one ghost voice called the process of EVP recording when Rich Smith played back a tape of a recent paranormal investigation.

It may not be uncommon for the spirits in the afterlife to move in groups and interact with each other much as you and I do. Rich, an accomplished paranormal researcher and author of "Everywhere I go is Haunted", was attempting to "interview" another spirit regarding a case he was working on when it sounds like a surprised other worldly on-looker could not contain his amazement anymore and blurted out this startling phrase.

Perhaps we shall hear more "Geek speak" from the spirits as more and more of us from the technology age pass on.

9-11 WTC ghost voice?

White Noise is Real claims to have an EVP taken at the WTC two years after the 9-11 accident. The ghost voice you hear is very disturbing.

Richard Smith, author of the EVP book "Everyplace I go is Haunted" (buy it) gave two EVP recording lessons to his brother Mike and his girlfriend Alica before they captured this ghostly audio of a woman screaming for help at the WTC disaster site. There was, of course, no live woman screaming at the time.

A chilling EVP that makes me wonder if there are not more WTC samples out there.

Coffee Pot Ghost

"29% of people recommend KRUPS Crystal Arome Plus Time Coffee Machine"
(presumably, to make coffee with)
Ghosts on the other hand, recommend the KRUPS Crystal Arome Plus Time Machine 10 to 1 over conventional methods of scaring the crap out of people!" Coffee Pot Ghost

Charli thinks her coffee pot is haunted. After hearing her evidence, so do I.

With a nack for finding the funny in the fantastic, is a website full of humor and some pretty interesting EVP samples too.

It seems back in May of 2001 "they" started talking and now a Krups Coffee Pot may be the Earth's preferred method of communication with the other side. Are we going to see infomercials with ghosts advertising Krups coffee pots on TV come January?

There is a lot here on EVP and ton's of recordings. While Charli's design is a little scattered and it's really weird to go from " Grandma got run over by a reindeer " to listening to EVP voices, her content is excellent. Great writing and lot's of wonderful EVP samples.

More on the Coffee Pot Ghost will obviously be forthcoming!

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Possible EVP off Guitar Amp

Zack, a guest at the white noise movie discussion board, has a possible EVP sample that sure gave me the creeps. Universal Pictures :: View topic - Possible EVP off Guitar Amp

He was recording with a mic in front of his humming guitar amp for about 30 seconds just to see what happened. After reviewing the tape, he found an interesting noise about 20 seconds in that was different than the very steady buzz of the amplifier. If you listen carefully it really does sound like a faint voice saying something.

Since he was curious he ran it through Adobe Audition audio software and amplified it and reduced some of the noise. The audio he captured made me jump out of my seat!

"How are you" the voice says. After going back to the original recording, I do believe I can hear that same phrase without amplification. Or my mind is playing tricks on me.

Check it out for yourself.

EVP Samples from Europe

Tina Laurent's EVP Voice Example asks a question many have wondered for ages. Do spirits pray?

Tina, a long time EVP researcher, experimenter and lecturer who lives in Wales, dared to ask if the spirits pray to God. Using a french radio program for background noise, she could hardly expect the clearly english response "Of course I pray, the very idea".

This EVP is very clear at the begining. I find it interesting how the english words do seem to form from the french sounds in the background. But being unfamiliar with french, I cannot say for sure if these words might naturally form in an english speaker's mind when listening to background voices using sounds found in french or if it a supernatural phenomenon.

I do have to disagree with the interpretation here. I hear more clearly, "what a silly idea" than "the very idea". But if the speaker has an english accent, this might explain it.

Linda Williams of Scottland has captured some interesting EVP with a heavy accent. While her carreer seems to have started battling a "negative entity" she has since captured many interesting recordings. While none of these is very clear to the american ear, I blame much of that on my lack of experience hearing Scottish accents.

"I need a match" is said to be heard in her first sample which she believes is her grandfather who was always without a light. You can clearly hear the word "match" but I can't be sure of the rest. This recording could also be of past events.

Her next examples "I see her" and "good luck" also make me wonder about bands of ghosts traveling together. Could the spirit have been refering to actually seeing Williamson? Then why would she say "I see her" as if talking to yet a third person?

Well, it seems there are a lot of interesting EVPs being captured on the other side of the pond.

EVP Samples by Martha Copeland

Martha Copeland's EVP recordings show personalities may make it to the other side completely in tact. Perhaps we don't stop worrying about the living when we go and may even get testy at times once there.

Martha's daughter, Cathy, died as a young woman. One day her dog "Dojo" was accidentally left in the house by himself with a voice activated digital recorder. It seems Dojo was a bad dog and tore up the house while everyone was gone. When they played back the tape, they could hear Cathy saying "Dojo No!".

The questions this sample raises are two fold:

1- Can dogs hear these voices? Either Dojo did not hear Cathy, or he chose not to listen since it seems there is very little she could do in the way of discipline. He may have also heard her and been so excited, he just tore up the house.

2- I'll bet Cathy had said hundreds of times "Dojo No" when she was living. If EVPs are recordings of the past, this could be a sample.

Her next EVP is actually kind of funny. Perhaps even ghosts get testy or decide to be sarcastic.

Martha kept recording the voice of a grumpy old man. She thought it sounded like her grandfather, but was unsure. When she asked "can you tell me the grump's name" during and EVP session, an old voice sarcastically replies "Tell her it's Satan!"

I thought this one might be somewhat scary. But no, it does sound like an old man being sarcastic or encouraging someone else to play a practical joke.

This clip raises the questions: Was grandpa sarcastic like that in life? Could it be from the past and are there other spirits with him encouraging him to joke like a pack of school boys? That's funny.

Karen Mossey EVP Voice Examples

The AA-EVP Voice Examples continue with two from Karen Mossey.

Mossey, as well as many friends and relatives recognize this voice as that of Karen's father. He was a legislator in life and it seems perhaps in death too.

"I love you" is clearly heard and does sound like a man's voice.

"I'm gonna pass a law... to pay you" is not so clear. You can clearly make out the "pass a law" and then "to pay you", but the beginning is not clear to me.

I am curious as to what kind of laws they might have in the after life. What could he be referring to as a "law to pay her", a living person here on earth?

These samples also make me wonder about the EVP theory that what is captured is not spirit in nature, but residual energy from our own pasts. Both of these phrases would have been spoken by him in their home hundreds of time. If this theory holds any water, samples such as this would be expected if recorded there.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Sarah Estep's EVP Recordings

As founder of the AA-EVP, an organization created in the early 1980's dedicated to the study and research of Electronic Voice Phenomenon and the author of the bestselling EVP book 'Voices of Eternity', I have to assume Sarah Estep will have some of the best EVP recordings available and I'm right.

I was disappointed there are so few EVP samples on her website and it seems the six tape audio series she authored is no longer available. Perhaps that will change as interest in this amazing phenomenon grows in the next few months. I'd like to hear it.
See Sarah Estep's EVP recordings page at the AA-EVP

I started with track #32 of the Spirit/Space Tape, Side 1 entitled 'We're down beside ya'.
I picked this particular example because it has to be run backwards to hear. I am always skeptical when listening to backward ran recordings. It's easy to hear things in a voice run backwards. I used to have a blast in school playing with the reel to reel and have heard some of the funniest things doing this. But this recording is different.

It seems Sarah was sitting in her office reading one night when she noticed a black and silver object several feet from her that was spinning a foot off the floor. As is normal in the paranormal, it only lasted for two seconds and she was unable to identify it. When she recorded for EVP the next morning she asked about the strange object. When the tape was played backward they heard a male voice say "We're down beside ya".

Got the creeps yet?

I sure do. The male voice is very clear and articulate and comes well after Sarah's voice in the recording. (Or would that be before her voice since it's run backwards?) It doesn't sound threatening or menacing in any way. Just what you might expect if someone was letting you know where they were.

I have to say I don't have a problem with this sample being played backwards simply because we are not listening to any other voices at the time the EVP comes through. This is obviously a Class A EVP and I am amazed at the clarity and emotion found in the voice.

I quickly move on to Track #20 of the same tape entitled 'Death no more a Casket'. I think the horror fan in me just wants to finally hear something really spooky, but this EVP is anything but spooky. In a sing-songy kind of ghost voice you can hear a man say what does sound like "Death no more a Casket". But I'm not sure about the casket part and if you play it over and over it sounds russian or something. My brain just runs it all together.

Next is track 19 on tape 1, side 2 entitled 'That is your girl'. This EVP is also from a backwards playing of a recording. It does sound like a woman's voice saying "That is your girl". It is very clear and there is little recorded sound around the sample.

The most "heavenly" example of an EVP I've heard yet is track #14 from tape 1 titled 'I found you there'. When Sarah asks "Were you aware that I was on the porch last evening when I went out there?", a singing voice, sounding like a choir of angels, responds "I found you there". Heavenly, but definitely gives you the chills. Very clear and creepy EVP recording.

It seems Sarah Estep is quite talented and skilled at capturing EVP ghost voices. Her samples are clear and she is obviously eminent in her field as a researcher. She also seems to have great luck capturing voices that have to be played backwards to be heard. I bet I'll run into more of her stuff on my Journey and perhaps even get to ask her to tell me some stories herself.

Books by Sarah Estep

EVP Ghost Voice Interpretation

In my previous post, The Electronic Voice Phenomenon: Are the EVP Ghost Voices in the White Noise Movie Real or Fake? I found the controversy over the "Ruth Baxter" recording's interpretation to be quite interesting. I expected hollywood to change names and such, but I was pretty sure the voice on the White Noise movie trailer said "I will see you no more" until I heard it while reading the text 'I was seeing the war'. Now I'm not so sure what it says.

I was wondering how seeing text or being told what a poor quality recording of a "ghost voice" is saying might influence what we hear. As I mentioned in Listening to EVP Recordings, I've seen many people argue over what recording artists are singing on their albums. I've even worked concerts where I misunderstood the band and they were right there live, amplified and digitally processed for clarity. Check out the Yahoo misunderstood lyrics page for a million examples. EVP recordings might not be much different. features over 825 submissions from people who hear the Beatles singing different things. In the song Time, by Pink Floyd, I myself thought for years the lyric was 'Taking away the moments that make up a dull day', when in fact, it is actually 'Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day'. Sometimes we might hear what we want to hear, especially when asking a question or longing to speak with a departed loved one.

But, in all fairness, wouldn't a ghost or other entity say things that might be appropriate to an asked question or a particular place or action on the part of the living? It only makes sense that if you are communicating with someone in another dimension via a crude listening device, you may have to infer their meaning based on your familiarity with this person or the conversation's context rather than what you actually hear.

Think of it like this: If you were talking to your significant other on a bad cell phone connection when they asked "did you take the trash out to the dumpster?", I doubt you would take all your cash out to the trash even if that is what you heard you were to do. You would assume she meant the trash because you were talking about the chores you had not done lately and not your huge amount of expendable cash laying around that is taking up too much closet space.

Sprint has made a fortune from the funny cell phone commercials where the people hear things wrong and get saved by the man in black. See their latest commercials.

So, I have to conclude that the question still remains: Are these real voices or just our minds playing tricks with sound and creating what we think we want to hear? Right now it could go either way since misunderstood conversations happen often with the living. I shouldn't expect the dead or multi dimensional to speak any more clearly than we do.

Are the EVP Ghost Voices in the White Noise Movie Real or Fake?

I quickly find the answer to the burning question I and everyone else will have:

Are the EVP recordings from the movie White Noise real or a hollywood fake? We have the answer to at least the one attributed to 'Ruth Baxter who died in 1987'.

It turns out this one is actually both real and a fake! Sarah Estep, founder of the AA_EVP, recorded the voice when visiting an old lighthouse that was once used as a civil war hospital. She believes it says "I was seeing the war" and no one has any idea who Ruth Baxter is.
"I will see you no more" or "I was seeing the war"? Listen and decide

A notice on her evp recordings page explains the whole thing.
It is interesting that we have had several messages from visitors to this site that have wanted us to know that they hear the EVP we call, "I was seeing the war," in other ways. For instance, "I was seeing the water" or "I will see you no more." We can understand how these alternative interpretations are possible. Sarah was in a lighthouse that was used as a Civil War hospital, and it is natural for her to have been looking for a Civil War related interpretation. Someone listening to the EVP in a different setting could very easily hear the utterance in a different way. Sarah has given her permission for Universal to use this example with the interpretation that better supports the story in White Noise. We do not know who the person is to which Universal attributes the voice.
And that answers that. At least this one, and I suspect a few more, of the EVP voices from the movie White Noise are real. Just expect hollywood to embellish a little bit with the details.

Check this out: Evidence Ruth Baxter may have rehearsed for the movie in NM?

Saturday, December 18, 2004

What is EVP?

EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomenon is when you record mysterious voices from people not present at the time, yet appear when played back later. EVP recordings are usually made on regular digital voice or tape recorders and can range from very faint fluctuations in backgroud noise to clearly defined words and sentences. The amazing thing is, these voices can answer questions and might even make fun of you!

The EVP phenomenon began as modern electronic recording devices became popular. People around the world reported hearing strange, ghostly voices in the background of their tape recordings. Easily dismissed as interference or imagination by most, a small but dedicated band of researchers have been investigating for over 20 years with some fascinating findings.

Using simple tape recorders or IC voice memo recorders, EVP researchers have made startling recordings of ghost voices that respond to their questions, tease them or give advice. Some have even captured conversations between unseen entities who seemed unaware they were being taped.

Imagine taping yourself asking for the names of who is here in a deserted Gettysburg cemetery and hearing five different voices sound off with "That'll be Tim, George Pickett, Elizabeth, Bobby Olson, Un- Huh, ...B. Olson." when you play the tape back!
listen to "Spanglers Names" for yourself

How does it work? Truth is, no one knows. Some think these are communications with spirits while others believe we simply capture residual psychic energy and record events that have occurred in the past. Another theory is that a persons consciousness can hang around for years after death and EVPs are recording those energies.

Of course there are those who say it's all imagination or subtle suggestion. While detailed research is ongoing, there simply is not enough data to make an educated guess or provide any firm scientific proof at this point.

The upcoming hollywood movie "White Noise" is anticipated to bring broader awareness and increased experimentation in EVP during the next few months. The EVP community anticipates a massive influx of samples and experimentation as more and more people try their hand at contacting the dead with this easy to use technique.

But beware! This is not for the faint of heart, those with mental illness or the easily creeped out. You may actually hear some very disturbing things that may change the way you view reality and the after life.

Be warned, be skeptical and most importantly remain open minded. This could be an earth shattering discovery that will forever change humanity and finally prove life after death; or it might just be a fun parlor trick.

Let's find out, shall we?

Friday, December 17, 2004

EVP Voice Examples Starring Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra?

I do have to admit Tom and Lisa Butler of Lake Tahoe have captured some very interesting EVP recordings and amazingly enough they might just be of famous dead movie stars!
EVP Voice Examples featuring movie stars?

It seems they were out investigating a haunting in a cabin used by Marilyn Monroe at the Cal-Neva Resort once owned by Frank Sinatra. They called to Marilyn to speak with them and recorded a voice that clearly sounds like "Wanna see a movie?" Wow, this recording is clear and easy to make out!

At the same resort they were given a tour of Sinatra's old dressing room in the theatre which the employees felt was definitely haunted. When they asked to see inside the lighting and sound booth, the door of which reportedly would often slam shut unexpectedly startling everyone working on stage, the employee declined saying that she "would never go up there". At that Lisa kindly thanked their guide and left.

When they got home a polite voice could be heard in the background at that exact moment saying "please don't come". This EVP is not as clear as the previous one and the voice might be interpreted as "You're welcome" if you listen to it right.

But the creepiest EVP recording they have is definitely the one from Alcatraz. While investigating the cell blocks of the infamous Rock, they may have captured one of it's resident tortured souls. When Lisa advises any spirits present that they "can speak on this device", an eerie reply is heard to say "That's right, we know". Very scary recording. Gave me the instant chills.

It would seem these lakeside researchers have not only captured some amazing EVP samples, but have also managed to record in some rather interesting places.

I hope they will tell Marilyn I'd love to go to the movies with her. Perhaps we can even find an old Sinatra reel playing somewhere!

EVP Books by Tom and Lisa Butler

Listening to EVP Recordings

Before listening to EVP recordings it seems there are some things you should know.

First, it takes some practice to train yourself to hear the voices. It seems the ghost voices are created from the static noise picked up by the recorder. White noise, running water and radios tuned off station are commonly used as "sound energy" sources during EVP experimentation. You have to learn to listen through this noise to be able to hear the recorded voices.

I have to admit this makes me instantly skeptical. How can you tell me there is a voice if I have to train myself to hear it? I remember the days of back-masked records and the subliminal message fears. I never did hear the devil in a Beatles album played backwards or instantly crave popcorn or an A&W root beer at the drive in.

I have some extensive experience with sound working as a stage lighting designer and sometime sound designer/audio engineer for almost 20 years now. I've done audio work for theatre, bands and special events from boxcars in a field to the Georgia Super Dome so I have a college level understanding of the basic physics of sound. As a writer and a public speaker, I am more than familiar with the concepts of phonics, proper pronunciation and the psychology of language.

I could see how the mind could try and make sense of random or white noise and create 'words' out of it. You see people misunderstand speech all the time; from arguments over Rock and Roll song lyrics to radically different legal testimony. Sometimes people will hear what they want to hear.

But I still remain open minded and fortunately Sara Estep, founder of the AA-EVP has developed a system for grading EVP recordings. Samples seem to vary drastically in quality and there are three basic levels.
  1. A Class A EVP is a message that can be heard without headphones and that people can generally agree on its content.
  2. A Class B EVP requires a headphone to distinguish message content and not everyone will agree on the message.
  3. A Class C EVP requires headphones, often needs amplification and filtering and will seldom even be heard by others.

I think it might be a good idea for a novice like me to start with the Class A's and work my way down. I want to hear some clear voices not lose interest or become frustrated straining over unintelligible audio that only someone else can hear a voice in. I'm looking for amazing proof of life after death after all!

Another thing one must know when listening to an EVP recording is that the voices may sound distant, strange or seem to be singing. Sometimes they will have an unusual cadence or consonants and vowels will be compressed or elongated in an unusual way. The theory is that the "entities" can only use available audio energy to form the sounds of words in a recording device and are unable to create sounds on their own. Sometimes the needed sounds just are not there and they must make due.

This would explain some anomalies or why the voices may sound similar to the speaker in the tape. It seems logical that one cannot form a vowel or consonant one does not have a "template" for when communicating like this. It would be a lot like trying to write a letter to someone in English without the letters L, R, N, T and A!

I would think it would also be particularly difficult to exactly mimic one's earthy voice when deprived of those all important word forming flesh and bone organs. Without the lungs, vocal cords, tongue and lips how could you sound like yourself?

The last and final thing one must know before listening to your first EVP recordings is that volume is always an issue. These ghost voices never come through at the same level as a person speaking and often times can barely be heard. It's not uncommon for parts of a message to be recorded under live speech on the tape, making it even harder to make out.

So, get out your headphones and let's listen carefully, realize the voices might sound a little strange or be hard to hear and finally listen to some real live EVP recordings!

Thursday, December 16, 2004

The American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena - AA-EVP, The American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena is the first site that I find in my search for EVP knowledge. Seems like a good place to start.

They describe themselves as:

The American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena (AA-EVP) is a nonprofit educational association that is dedicated to the support of people who are interested in or who are studying Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) and Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC). This web site offers examples, techniques and concepts concerning Electronic Voice Phenomena and Instrumental TransCommunication.
Bingo! Just the type of site I was looking for. Although some of it is member's only, there is a plethora of information for the public as well. These seem like level headed people using care in their research of a paranormal phenomenon. This is no alien abductee site or a bunch of hoaxters out for publicity.

They struck me more as a group of serious scientists trying to explore a newly discovered phenomenon without any religious or cultural preconceptions. Some of their basic precepts are stated on the about us page:

Members understand that this "objective evidence" must be based on good science. As such, you will see that great care is taken by the members
to maintain an objective view of the phenomena. Yes, the evidence does
strongly indicate that the messages are nonphysical in origin; however,
members recognize that there are other possible explanations.

So they seem open minded and without some hidden agenda or epidemic mental illness. They go on to describe themselves as a well rounded group of people with three main hypothesis:

  1. Most members have come to believe they are communicating with people who have transitioned out of physical life.
  2. Some believe that there is a good possibility that the voices they record are little more than residual energy from the past imprinted into the fabric of the physical world. Or else we somehow trancend the limits of time and space and may actually travel back in time to some extent when recording voices or seeing apparitions.
  3. A few think the idea that the messages are nonphysical in origin is all nonsense, and are trying to prove this by determining their physical source.

And, as I suspected from the tone of the site, they claim many of their members (and it seems quite a few EVP researchers in general) are skilled scientists conducting serious experiments and not a bunch of wackos with no experience:

It is interesting that several AA-EVP members are research scientists. You will
not see their titles on our member lists, though. Just as you may be feeling
considerable doubt about this phenomena, and therefore our sanity, so too do
many institutions feel that a true scientists would not associate with
organizations like AA-EVP.

As usual with anyone interested in the paranormal no one wants to talk in public for fear that people will think them crazy. It's understandable. I don't think I've mentioned my real name yet either. Thank God for Internet nicknames, eh?

Well, it seems I've found a great place to start my exploration of EVP. I'm curious to hear what an actual EVP recording done in a somewhat scientific setting might sound like. I can't imagine them being as clear as the ones for the White Noise movie.

I'm anxious to be creeped out and amazed by some actual samples; aren't you?

The White Noise Movie Site

The official White Noise movie website (see it here) is typical of the modern pre-release hollywood site. Lots of Flash and cool fancy graphics on the splash page with a list of needed plugins. But bandwidth issues will not deter me and I'm sure I have the latest players so I bravely venture on.

As I watch the countdown while the Flash player loads, I wonder again if this is another Blair Witch Project. I spent a night on their website the first time I saw the TV ad too and at first glance their "found footage" seemed pretty real. Their website had lot's of "evidence", a great story and a few experts to boot. For the first week I, like everyone else, thought this looked real until the story broke it was purely well crafted fiction and a clever marketing department.

At first glance though, you realize White Noise will be different. This is obviously a movie where paranormal activity is simply used in the plot to help give everyone a good scare. There will be no "actual footage" here and with Michael Keaton as the lead, it would be hard to pass this off as any type of "reality movie".

Michael Keaton plays architect Jonathan Rivers who is devastated by the disappearance and death of his wife, Anna (Chandra West). Jonathan is contacted by a man (Ian McNeice), who says he is receiving messages from Anna through EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon), the process through which the dead communicate with the living through household recording devices. At first skeptical, as any lawyer would be, Jonathan is soon convinced the messages are genuine and becomes obsessed with contacting his wife on his own. As he explores further into the world of EVP, he of course opens the door to some other dimension where something evil is lurking to scare us all to death. Standard horror movie fare.

I'm no expert, but I have always been interested in the paranormal and was surprised I had never heard of EVP before. Ok, I figure, a few ghost hunters said they recorded some things and some aspiring script writer took the idea and ran with it. The three samples on the White Noise movie site were very clear and must have been manufactured by a special effects team. There is no way any real recordings of the dead, if even possible, could be that clear.

I would soon learn otherwise as I continue my journey into the paranormal possibilities of regular old white noise.

The White Noise Movie Trailer

Don't waste your bandwidth visiting all the EVP websites you find on the search engines. Most of the recordings are inaudible and you will spend hours finding the best paranormal researcher websites. Many of the sites out there have little to do with EVP and only offer the same old samples over and over again.
But I can help. Join me every day as I scour the Internet to bring you the best EVP recording samples, researcher case files and paranormal resource websites out there.

My journey begins, as it will for millions of others in the next few weeks, when I see a movie trailer for the upcoming Universal release WHITE NOISE. I was not really paying attention to what my friends were watching until a spooky voice called out from the TV "I love you". The voice sounded so weird that I had to turn and see what was going on.

Chills ran up my spine as more creepy voices followed with "Get out of my house" and "you will suffer". They definately had my attention. Good trailer for a movie that was sounding pretty scary so far.

See the official white noise movie trailer or watch it and see production pictures at the White Noise movie page at Yahoo

The voice over announces that "the real life phenomenon is the most disturbing movie of the year" and I had to learn more. I love scary movies and this one was sounding really good. Everyone in the room was creeped out just from a 30 second TV spot! I jumped online and went straight to their official site to learn more.

As I watched the full theatrical trailer, I became more and more enthralled. I had heard of recording ghosts before, but these recordings were amazing. I figured this was another Blair Witch Project and Hollywood was once again fabricating media loosely based on a real life phenomenon to pitch a scary movie.

What I found on their site was much more than simple theatrics. It sparked something in me and I have to learn about this amazing phenomenon. The more I learn the more facinated I become. This really could be proof of life after death, time travel or alternate dimensions. I intend to find out if it is all true and do what I can to figure out what the answer might be as to how it all works.

I invite you along. I guarantee I'll find the best EVP on the internet and bring it to you each and every day right here along with my own commentary and experiences as I explore this strange new world of the Electronic Voice Phenomenon. I'll scare the hell out of you and have you rolling on the floor laughing, guaranteed or your money back.

Most of the EVP recordings on the Internet are barely audible and many EVP websites you find with the search engines are not worth the time to visit or have nothing to do with EVP at all.

Don't waste your valuable bandwidth searching through the thousands of EVP examples out there. Let me do the work and just check in when you find the time and I'll show you exactly where to hear the best EVP and learn from the people who really know how to do it.

I look forward to your company on this wild and wonderful journey and please be sure to leave your own comments for me and the world to ponder as you read each post! (email not required!)

Friday, December 10, 2004

Announce your Paranormal Event

Having a Paranormal Event?

Does your ghost hunting group have an upcoming meeting? Are you planning a ghost hunting trip to capture some EVPs and want some company? Please feel free to use this space to announce group meetings, gatherings, festivals or any public event having to do with ghosts, ghost hunting or EVP.
(Please no psychic, alien or magic events. Ghosts only!)

Add your comments below and include:

Name of event:
Date of event:
Location City and State:
Exact Location address:
Contact Name:
Way to contact you for further information:

and a short description of what the event is all about.

Or find your own local Paranormal Group or Ghost Hunter Gathering at

EVP Press Relations Office

Welcome members of the press and publishing media as well as webmasters and E-zine editors.

It has been man's dream to talk with the dead. Now you can.

"All you need is a regular tape recorder" say researchers of the electronic voice phenomenon, or EVP, and you can record ghostly voices that answer your questions, call out your name or even tease you a little. Featured in the new Michael Keaton movie 'White Noise', this is no hollywood creation. People have been recording these strange voices ever since the invention of sound recording equipment and the popularity of digital and PC recording has produced a dramatic increase in the number of high quality samples taken by people around the world.

Experiments were conducted in special radio proof rooms during the early seventies at both Cambridge University and Pye records in England which suggest these are not stray radio waves inadvertantly picked up by the recording equipment. After listening to thousands of samples taken during his own research, noted ex-NASA voice recognition expert Alex MacRae concluded some are indeed recordings of actual voices, even though no one present during recording heard any voices at all. Supporters claim they communicate with the dead who respond to direct questions while skeptics struggle for a more plausable scientific explanation.

This is a story for you.
Talking with the dead via tape recorder is an attention grabbing subject. Stories featuring people's personal experiences or ghost hunting reports, the history and science of evp, short biographies of the famous researchers, how to do it yourself or even debunking will keep your readers attention until the very last word.

Why now?
With the new Michael Keaton movie White Noise in theaters, interest has never been greater and your readers are demanding for the first time to know more about this strange paranormal phenomenon. EVP is a hot topic in the major press and broadcast media as well as the internet. As one web surfer put it "there are more discussion topics on the internet about EVP than Jesus right now."

But where do you find quality content your readers will enjoy when most freelance writers think evp stands for Executive Vice President? (contact me)

I can get you a great story before your deadline.
Don't waste time bringing someone else up to speed or sifting out the junk on the internet. I am familiar with the subject, it's history and the people involved. I know where the good resources are, where the best samples can be located and I can get interviews with people who have first hand experience or the ghost hunters who document them. I can quote various sources on just about any point of view.

I have quality content ready for you to cut and paste from my website or you can access each article via XML for real time use in your own website or newletter.
I can custom tailor an article or sidebar under 1000 words in usually less than 24hrs. Longer articles or those requiring extensive research or interviews will take longer. How long would it take your staff writer to start from scratch? (contact me)

What treatment do you need?
Let me know what you need or query me for suggestions. If you have back issues online, I can quickly work with you to develop story ideas suitable for your audience and the space you have available. You can see samples of my work by browsing this website or request articles similar in topic or style to those you find here. (contact me)

Possible story ideas include:

"The haunted coffee pot"
Charli's Krups coffee pot is haunted, not by just one ghost but hundreds who stop by to say hi and have a chat. It's become the prefered inter-dimensional phone booth!

"My daughter yells at the dog from the dead"
Two years after her death, Martha Copeland recorded her daughter Cathy yelling at their dog as he tore up the living room. It prompted her to found an international organization dedicated to contacting the dead with a tape recorder on thursday nights.

"Ghosts in your TV?"
Can evil beings come through your television like in the new movie white noise starring Michael Keaton? No, say professional ghost hunters, very few evp experiences are from evil spirits and spirit beings don't generally come out of TV's.

"What is in the White Noise? Scientists trying to prove it was the radio failed."
An experiment was conducted at Cambridge University in 1971 to prove the electronic voice pheonmoneon, featured in the movie white noise, is not a method to communicate with the dead using ordinary electronic devices, but only stray radio signals picked up by crude devices. Scientists failed in their attempt and abandonded their research.

"Hearing voices in white noise."
White noise is literally all the various frequencies the human ear can hear at the same time. Why do people hear voices in it? Psychologist Jim Alcock says “Perception is a very complex process, and when our brains try to find patterns, they are guided in part by what we expect to hear; The brain puts together the visual cue and the auditory input, and we actually “hear” what we are informed is being said, even though without that information, we could discern nothing.”

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EVP, Paranormal and Ghost Website Links

This is a list of some of the better websites I've seen in my travels with little notes about each. If you want to suggest a link, add your comments below and I'll visit soon!

EVP / ITC Websites

  • AA-EVP The American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomenon - is a nonprofit educational association that is dedicated to the support of people who are interested in or who are studying Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) and Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC). This web site offers examples, techniques and concepts concerning Electronic Voice Phenomena and Instrumental TransCommunication. (description from website)
  • EVPVOICES.COM - Join your host Mellisa and her merry band of ghost hunters as they bring some amazing EVP to us from north-central Missouri. This award winning site has lot's of EVP samples, some pics and a little astrology too! (mellissa, I'm freaked out!)
  • EVP - - This dutch website is quite interesting. While they could use a better english translation, it's not so bad you can't follow along (and doesn't matter if you happen to read dutch) and there is a lot of info here. Check out their "20 voices from the beyond" and see some great pics too.
  • Haunted Voices - One of the world's largest website and community about EVP. Great info, free training, a busy forum and weekly chats make this site a must see!
  • The Coffee Pot Ghost - A lady from the east-coast named Charli communicates with the dead through her Krups coffee pot! A hilarious ride awaits this site's visitors as they enjoy some wonderful EVP samples with a side dish of humor. see my first visit

Paranormal Websites

  • Paranormal Phenomenon at - describes their site as "THE starting place for exploring paranormal phenomena and the unexplained" and that claim might not be too exagerated! From anomalies to zombies, they have it all.
  • Truth Seeker TV: hosted by Jimi Petulla, this is an all new Reality Show that dares to go where other shows fear to tread.

Ghost Websites

  • All About Ghosts - A little of everything and a lot of great links, this is a good resource for everything ghastly and ghoulie out here on the net.
  • American Ghosts- Your online travel guide to haunting around America!
  • Everything Scary - This site has a little bit of everything scary. From horror movies to haunted houses, you'll find something of interest at this site.
  • - Ghost Research, Evidence, and Discussion
  • Ghost Study - Hosted by the world famous "Ghost Master", Jim Eaton, this is one great site with a little bit of everything. A rather large collection of pics and a chance to show off your own as well as plenty of ghost stories!

Paranormal Investigators & Ghost Hunters

  • GhostVox - Paranormal Phenomenon Research in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. These folks captured some great EVP recordings in their local cemetary and have some pretty cool pictures of all sorts of freaky things.
  • G.O.U.L.I - Ghost Haunts of Oklahoma & Urban Legend Investigations- These guys really have it all together. They do investigations and offer tours of OKC's most haunted locations! They also have a very lively and informative discussion group and lot's of great EVP and pictures to see.
  • Paranormal Investigations of Texas - "Thar's Ghosts in them there hills!" Discover the haunted hills of Texas with Ghost Hunter, author and now paranormal film maker Richard Smith, his wife Mary and their merry band of Lonestar ghost hunters. Lot's of great EVP samples, info and some great ghostly pictures! Watch for their new movie: "Everywhere I go is Haunted"!
  • Spiritseekers of Ohio - Our organization was founded in May 2001. Our main focus is to document and present credible evidence to the public of spirit activity. In our website you will find articles and tips on ghost hunting as well as some of our case investigations, photo's and evps. (description from website)
  • SpiritSearchers - A husband and wife ghosthunting team located in Central New Jersey founded this website to present their findings to the world. Never asking for money, all they ask is that you keep an open mind...
  • South Jersey Paranormal Research - A group of paranormal researchers from all walks of life who have captured some of the most amazing EVP ever. Hear an actual conversation with a couple of singing ghosts and the first human and ghost co-ed orientation lecture on how to do evp ever recorded! Listen as the ghosts even ask questions!
  • Southwest Ghost Hunters Association - This group of believers and skeptics alike based in the southwest US, are all about research, not necessarily to prove the existense of ghosts, but to investigate all possibilities of a "haunting" and draw sound conclusions. Great documentation and some interesting investigations of the "Old West".

    Skeptic Sites

  • - The Skeptics Society is dedicated "to the promotion of science and critical thinking,and to the investigation of extraordinary claims and revolutionary ideas". You really have to prove your case to these guys!

White Noise Movie Related Sites

  • Official White Noise Movie Site - Check out all the latest and see clips, trailers and learn more at Universal's website for the upcoming blockbuster movie White Noise. Scare your friends and email them an EVP recording!

Paranormal Radio, TV and Magazines

  • FATE Magazine - provides a one-of-a-kind reading experience. Published continuously since 1948, FATE is the only publication to consistently supply its loyal readership with a broad array of true accounts of the strange and unknown.
  • Ghost Magazine - Ghost! Mag caters to researchers, ghost clubs, ghost groups, and those who just want to learn about the technology, and or travel to haunted locations around the world.
  • Truth Seeker TV: hosted by Jimi Petulla, this is an all new Reality Show that dares to go where other shows fear to tread.

Haunted House and Halloween Sites

  • Haunted - The best haunted house site on the net. Check out real haunted houses or find an attraction near you!