Is it possible to talk to the dead? Many people have tried to achieve this feat by performing séances, or by using an Ouija board or medium. Some paranormal researchers, however, are convinced that Electronic Voice Phenomena, recording the voices of the deceased, is the method to communicate with the dead.
EVP involves recording white noise with recording equipment or other magnetic devices and examining those recording to see if there are any discrete messages from spirits. EVP investigators clean up the white noise in the recordings with computer software in order to make the voices easier to hear. Since recording equipment uses magnets to record sound, anything that would disturb its magnetic field, such as paranormal activity, could be recorded on tape.
Who is to be credited with discovering the EVP technique is up for debate. Legend has it that Thomas Edison himself worked to develop a EVP device, a device he called the “psychic telephone”. In 1920, the magazine Scientific American asked Edison if he thought it would be possible to contact the dead.
Nobody knows whether our personalities pass on to another existence or sphere but it is possible to construct an apparatus which will be so delicate that if there are personalities in another existence or sphere who wish to get in touch with us in this existence or sphere, this apparatus will at least give them a better opportunity to express themselves than the tilting tables and raps and Ouija boards and mediums and the other crude methods now purported to be the only means of communication.
In the 1950′s, psychic Attila von Szalay was known for his ability to hear voices that others could not. Szalay, along with psychologist Raymond Bayless, began researching ways to record the phenomena. They began their attempts using a 78 RPM Pack-Bell record cutter. This proved to be a disappointment. Next, they constructed a box-like device consisting of a microphone set inside a speaking trumpet, placed inside a wooden cabinet. Almost immediately they began recording strange voices.
Sarah Estep claims to have heard the voice of her late husband on Teac reel-to-reel tape recordings she made in the 1970′s. She founded the Association TransCommunication (previously the American Association of EVP), and ever since, interest in EVP in the US has increased greatly. You can find tons of examples of EVP recordings here, including images.
I tried to find an interesting video that showcases this method, but unfortunately Youtubers have mostly shared very over the top, horror-like videos which in my opinion aren’t really a good example. If you want to hear examples, definitely visit the Association TransCommunication site.
You might also recognize EVP from the movie White Noise (2005), which in my opinion wasn’t a very good movie :p.
So what do you think? Is EVP real? Do they actually record voices of deceased people, or is it just people’s (sometimes wild) imagination?
This is also another Flash Fiction Challenge! Write a story of a 1000 words, max. You have until next week – please do share your stories, I love to read them