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What are EVPs?

(EVP) Electronic Voice Phenomena are recorded noises or Intelligible words that resemble speech; they are recorded on recording devices, and heard through the white noise, they are not the result of intentional voice recordings or audio renderings.

Intro to EVPs:

Paranormal researchers capture electronic voice phenomena (EVP). By the means of recordings of sounds or voices on electronic devices such as tapes or digital recording devices.

Digital Recorders

Digital Recorders


After making the recording(s), paranormal researchers have to analyze their findings by listening to their recordings for any sound that resembles a voice, not present at the time of the recording.  Paranormal investigators use computer software to view the wave pattern, researchers view the wave form to enhance, magnify, isolate and clip the audio that does emerge.


History of EVPs:

The most notable researchers in the field of electronic communications were by the most notable scientists and inventors like Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Guglielmo Marconi and Oliver Lodge.

Thomas Edison worked on the first paranormal communication invention through the use of a phonograph device in the 1890s.  In 1928, he worked on an invention that he hoped would allow communication with the dead, using chemicals that included potassium permanganate. Thomas Edison died before the completion of these inventions.


Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison

The present day study of EVPs begins with Friedrich Jürgenson (1903-1987).  Jürgenson was an archeologist, philosopher, linguist, and painter. Jürgenson’s interest in Electronic Voice Phenomena began in 1959 when, after having recorded bird songs with a tape recorder, he could hear a human voice on the tapes. He heard a female voice say, “Friedrich, you are being watched. Friedel, my little Friedel, can you hear me?” It was the voice of his dead mother even though there had been no one in the vicinity.


Friedrich Jürgenson

Friedrich Jürgenson

Dr. Konstantin Raudive (1906-1974), a student of Carl Jung, was a psychologist who taught at the University of Uppsala in Sweden.  He is a current day pioneer for EVP research. He published  numerous books about his 70,000 messages. His research became so popular that EVP is often known as “Raudive Voices.”

Dr. Konstantin Raudive

Dr. Konstantin Raudive

EVPs were again brought into the public eye and made popular in the 1970’s by a researcher named Ernst Senkowski, the inventor of  Instrumental Transcommunication.  He was the recipient of the first Honorary Nobel prize for afterlife and paranormal scientific investigation.  Mr. Senkowki coined the term Instrumental Trans-Communication (ITC) that refers to the more general term of communication though the usage of electronic devices such as digital recorders, reel-to-reel tape recorders, cassette-recorders, video-recorders, video cameras, television and computers.


Ernst Senkowski

Ernst Senkowski

Theories of EVPs:

Capturing EVPs is open to much debate and speculation. The question is always who or what is the source that is forming the EVP.  The nature of what is forming the EVP that touches upon subjects many people are sometimes uncomfortable discussing and often even more uncomfortable considering the possible of reality of the existence of this topic.

Possible origins of EVPs:

  • Auditory Pareidolia – (interpreting random sounds as voices in their own language) The human mind is always searching for patterns to make ordered sense out of random chaos. This is a situation created when the brain incorrectly interprets random patterns, as being familiar patterns it is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus being perceived as significant. The voices or sounds heard from an EVP session are nothing more than our minds trying to make sense of random sounds
  • Radio/Television interference – Skeptics of the EVP phenomena insist that there is nothing more than noise and voices transmitting from radios, cell phones or televisions that are interfering with the electromagnetic recording mechanisms or digital recorders.
  • Spirits – It is speculated that the most common cause of EVPs is that a ghost or spirit of a dead person is trying to communicate with us from a different plane of existence. This theory touches on religious aspects that are unsettling to some people. This theory is supported by the fact that EVPs are often found in places where people have died in a traumatic way, and left an emotional imprint on the environment.  Many EVPs are also found in cemeteries and hospitals, this would strongly support the fact that EVPs are connected with people who have died, often in a violent or unexpected ways.  Another aspect to this theory is that the souls of those have not “passed over” into the afterlife and are trapped between here and the next plane of existence.  Some believe those entities are trapped and are trying to communicate with us for help or to give a message. People believe that some are even unaware they are dead and are trying to interact with us as they would in normal life.

The fascination with EVPs is made popular with current day paranormal TV shows. Technology and science is providing us with many more options by which to conduct our EVP experiments. I believe we must rely on science and data to explain the electronic voice phenomena. To listen to our collection of EVPs, click here.

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4 Responses to “What are EVPs?”

  1. Ryan Scott #

    Thanks a bunch for all the paranormal info on your site. Looking forward to reading more.

    July 30, 2011 at 7:25 pm Reply
  2. Thanks thats a bunch of info you have on your website!

    August 3, 2011 at 8:27 pm Reply
  3. Tj Strader #

    I’m very excited to see your episode tonight, Which isn’t something I normally do! Also, thanks for keeping it real.

    August 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm Reply
    • ParanormalEXP #

      Thanks, TJ!

      August 27, 2011 at 11:16 am Reply

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