Got a voice on tape you just can't explain?

EVP stands for Electronic Voice phenomenon. It is the supposed recording of supernatural voices on recording media. EVP’s have been captured on Audio tape, Digital Audio recorders and also Video audio tracks. Today people are recroding them on their PC’s, Laptops and even mobile phones.

Initially researchers used magnetic audio tape (reel to reel, cassette tape players etc) to record EVP’s – today most researchers use digital audio note takers. Unfortunately these kinds of cheaper digital recorders have very “open” or noisy microphones where lots of unwanted noise is generated and can be interpreted as speech (audio pariedolia) . Some experimenters aruge that an noisy open microphone is better to catch EVP’s then more expensive higher quality microphones.

The majority of EVP researchers believe that voices caught are that of deceased people. While others believe they could be extraterrestrial, voices from other dimensions or realities, impressions of the Akashic records or an imprint of the subconscious mind.

Also known as Raudive voices after Latvian psychologist Konstatin Raudive a leading EVP researcher in the 60’s and 70’s who based his work on the experimentation of Fredrich Jurgenson. Who in 1959 unintentionally recorded voices speaking in Norwegian whilst out recording bird songs. Raudive recorded over 100 000 electronic voice phrases.

There are a few techniques used in EVP sessions. 

1. Static: Whereby the experimenter records in attempt to capture EVP’s in the same place everytime. For e.g. a special room or studio set up specifically for this purpose.

2. Location: Where the experimenter travels to a location and records in suspected “active” areas. For e.g. a haunted building or cemetery.

Usually during EVP sessions experimenters ask questions out loud and invite entities voices to appear on their recordings. The voices are rarely heard at the time of recording but are heard later on playback. Sometimes questions are answered directly but more than often random words are picked up. Many of which do not seem to make sense. EVP’s quite often sound like broken English or other languages.

Critics of EVP claim the phenomenon is simply mis-identificaitons of random sounds such as wind, birds and other natural causes which are interpreted as speech by the experimenter. Others claim EVPs are simply stray radio signals. 

The majority of EVP’s however don't sound like normal human speech, quite often they are whispers which do not sound like they emanate from human vocal chords. Sometimes the voices sound very “electronic”.

EVP’s are usually very soft in volume and are very hard to pick up unless using good quality headphones with the volume up high. Quite often experimenters increase the gain of words heard to make them more audible. Most researchers like to keep the recordings as unaltered as possible.

Sarah Estep founder of AA-EVP designed the Estep EVP Classification system:


Classification A EVP: 

"A clear and distinct voice or sound that is universally accepted and undisputed, because it must be understood by anyone with normal hearing and without being told or prompted to what is being said or heard. It can be heard without the use of headphones."

Classification B EVP:

"A voice or sound that is distinct and fairly loud. This class of voice is more common and can be heard by most people after being told what to listen for. It is usually audible to experienced persons who have learned the skill of listening to EVP. It can sometimes be heard without the use of headphones."

Classification C EVP:

"A faint and whispery voice or sound that can barely be heard and is sometimes indecipherable and unintelligible. It may have paranormal characteristics, such as a mechanical sound. Most investigators would apply objectivity and disregard it, but may save it for reference purposes."

Desecration and Hauntings

 

 

Christchurch Cathedral is a large Anglican Church situated in the suburb of “The Hill” over looking the harbor and city of Newcastle NSW Australia. 

The Church had its beginnings as a slab hut that was constructed in 1812 under the instruction of Governor King "You are to cause the prayers of the Church of England to be read with all due solemnity every Sunday." This building was demolished for a more permanent Church to be constructed.

In 1817, the foundation stone was laid under order of Governor Macquarie. There was no resident clergyman at the time and as the church was one of the Government buildings. In August 1818 at a service conducted by The Reverend William Cowper of St Phillips Church, Sydney, Governor Macquarie himself named the little convict built church “Christ Church”. 

This newer building was to be the Newcastle’s Cathedral for nearly seventy years. The foundation stone of this building still can be seen today in the floor of the current Cathedral at the end of the Nave.

By the year 1881 this church was in very poor repair with it being described as a “crumbling building”. The foundation stone of the Church that exists today was laid in 1892. It would be 43 years before the Cathedral was completed with exception of tower and transepts.

Problems of maintenance plagued the Cathedral and a crisis was reached in 1974 when much of the roof was lost in a severe storm. The decision was made to complete the building at a cost of some $700,000. By May 1979 the finished building was dedicated and on the 25th November, 1983, the Cathedral Church of Christ the King was consecrated.

On Thursday, 28th December, 1989, Newcastle was struck by a serious earthquake. The Cathedral was badly damaged.

Restoration work began in 1995 and was completed in 1997. The Cathedral building was Re-Hallowed on 31st January, 1997.

 

Desecration of Christchurch Cathedral Cemetery

In 1966 the Christchurch Cathedral, Newcastle, Cemetery Act was passed. It allowed for any headstones whose inscriptions were illegible to be removed by the Council and the Corporate Trustees and the cemetery to be converted into parkland. Only a three month notice was given in local and state wide newspapers to any family members or relatives of those interred in the cemetery were able with the approval of the Council to remove the headstones at their own cost.

If relatives wanted to remove the remains of their family members, permission from the Director-General of Public Health was needed to transfer the human remains to another cemetery.

In the early seventies the majority of the headstones were removed by council and used as fill. With the stroke of a pen the memories of the founders of Australia’s second oldest city were swept away.

Today only three rows Headstones remain tho the bodies belonging to those headstones do not lie there.

 

Paranormal Activity

The Cathedrals bell tower is rumoured to be haunted by a resident ghost. Also dark figures have been seen darting around the back of the Church near the cemetery.

 

Sources:

http://www.huntervalleygenealogy.com

http://www.newcastlecathedral.org.au

http://en.wikipedia.org/

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/cccnca1966389/s6.html

The Guide Yourself Tour of Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle Pamphlet.