Famous EVP Recordings

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White noise is the static that we see and hear on the TV and radio. Usually it is a persistent sound of interference or picking up the remnants of stellar activity ‘ sun spots, radiation bursts and other space-based or earth based activities can sometimes influence this ‘white noise’. Sometimes though, people claim to hear human voices. Often indistinguishable, some claim to hear distinct human voices in the middle of all the static. This is called EVP ‘ Electronic Voice Phenomena and there exists recordings of apparent conversations. Here is a list of some of the most intriguing examples.

1. Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi
Mohandas Gandhi

Leslie Flint was an apparent medium who died in 1994. Labelled a hoax by his detractors and held up as the most famous of his generation by his supporters, Flint claimed during his life to have spoken to many celebrity spirits. He used EVP in communication with the dead and he claimed to have had many sessions with Mohandas Gandhi including this recording: ‘We on this side for a long time have striven to build between our world and yours a bridge whereby man could climb to heights and find that peace which your world could not give. We know that it is only in this truth, only in this realisation of communication between the so-called dead and the living, there lies the salvation of your world.’

2. Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde

Another of Flint’s apparent recordings was of the Victorian writer Oscar Wilde. Speaking in an expected deadpan tone, one of the many recordings of Wilde spoke these words to Flint when asked about the afterlife: “I must admit it’s a relief to be asked to discuss one’s life over here, in preference to one’s life when on Earth, because in any case my life on Earth is pretty well known among the gossip-mongers! If I were to say to you that my life here is not unlike my life on Earth, you’d probably be very horrified!’

3. Chopin

Frédéric Chopin
Frédéric Chopin

Flint also claimed to have spoken with Chopin, the composer. When asked about his death he replied: ‘I only remember that I was very ill, lying on my bed. Some of my friends were with me and gradually everything seemed still. It was as if I was drifting away from everything. And then I began to see an enormous light. At first it was a little tiny glimmer, then it became brighter and brighter…and I began to hear sounds. Music began to swell up and became louder and louder…it was as if there was a whole, whole orchestra. Magnificent!’

4. White Noise

White Noise
White Noise

Hollywood has only brushed with the EVP phenomena on two occasions ‘ the film White Noise and its sequel White Noise 2: The Light. In the first film, Michael Keaton tries to solve the riddle of his wife’s death after witnesses a recording of the event on the static of his TV screen. He later receives a message through the same television and attempts to solve a series of murders. The trailer features a number of genuine EVP recordings (not invented for the film). Amongst them are: I will see you no more and the angry Get out of my house!

5. Yvette Fielding

 Yvette Fielding
Yvette Fielding

Most Haunted is the UKs most famous paranormal investigation show ‘ watched by millions all over the country. It is held equally with derision and amazement at some of the stories, mostly surrounding former investigator Derek Acorah whose methods were anything other than otherworldly. Host Yvette Fielding was left red-faced after she was filmed speaking the words Elizabeth Tapping and then acting surprised when the recording was played back. If EVPs are real then the cause to be taken seriously was not helped by Fielding in the 2005 episode.

6. John Belushi

John Belushi
John Belushi

The consultants to the film White Noise are famous paranormal investigators Tom and Lisa Butler. During the release party for the film, they set up their equipment in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and recorded the voice of the deceased actor speaking his own name. It was later found that the hotel was one of his famous places in life, that he had had an extended stay there during his early career. It was also revealed that he had stayed in the Penthouse they had used during their stay for the party.

7. Unknown Voice ‘ Intended in Jest?

Tom and Lisa Butler
Tom and Lisa Butler

Tom and Lisa Butler have recorded a number of voices throughout their career. In one instance, they were in the Levi House in Nevada when they recorded a voice saying: Prepare to die! Far from being concerned at the outburst, the tone was similar to period movies where duels are made between men. They firmly believed that the voice had a sense of humour after they had asked the question: Do you not want people here?

8. Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island

During one of their many investigations, the Butlers visited the island prison of Alcatraz. Knowing that many people had lived and died there (and died trying to escape from there), they hoped to make many recordings of some famous inmates. They expected a lot of angry residues but surprisingly they were not. One of their favourite recordings goes: Thinking positively’¦ instantly away. This they recorded in one of the cells. Other recordings were of names of people believed to be former inmates.

9. YouTube

YouTube
YouTube

The benefit of freely available electronic recording equipment is that people can upload their videos and voice files up to the internet in moments. This means that video sharing sites such as YouTube is rife with some interesting examples of the phenomenon. The most popular example on the site is something called ‘Little Ghost Girl’ ‘ a disturbing series of clips seemingly about a young girl suffering at the hands of an attacker while calling for ‘momma’.

10. Alexander MacRae

Alexander MacRae
Alexander MacRae

Considered the most famous EVP investigator in the world today, MacRae has received a number of research grants for investigation of the phenomena. Some of his research has demonstrated some strange responses. One particular set of questions, the answers given by the voice did not relate to the questions being answered but when taken in isolation, the answers made sense to each other ‘ especially this exchange – 1st voice: I’ll never see John again. 2nd voice: You never liked him anyway. 3rd voice: You can talk, loser. 4th voice: Stop your noise. Give me peace.

Conclusion

The digital age in which we live means that instances of EVP are on the increase. It is a noisy environment with which to receive interference and as personal recording equipment has improved, opportunities to capture weird and wonderful noises has also increased. It is no longer limited to television and radio ‘ our mobile phones, voice recognition software on our computers as well as cheaper Dictaphones means that most people have had it happen to them, not just professionals such as journalists.

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