About 9 months after Doris’s death — on April 22, 2016, about five weeks before the Memorial Day call – having been doing a little research into topics like EVP, I decided to give it a try myself. I made a simple 2-
Listening to this audio now, I realize that it contains many anomalies I did not pay attention to at the time. For instance, the many clicking-
The decibel format in waveforms gives us a representation of about how loud the sounds are to the human ear. The marker near 30 seconds indicates where I eventually decided I was hearing the word “Yes!” The aquarium-
At the time, however, I didn’t think of this – I don’t know why – likely because I just wasn’t ready to accept that such things as EVP were possible. Today, however, having spent the intervening time investigating EVP and other paranormal phenomena quite a bit, I am ready to look more closely at this recording. So let’s begin with those large blobs occurring between 10 and 15 seconds. In the waveform above I notice that this sound is much louder on the lower or right channel than on the upper. This asymmetry repeats at a few other places in the recording. And it doesn’t make much sense.
Much to my surprise I heard a whisper in this portion of the audio when I played it recently. I had not heard it before, and I suppose that is just because I did not expect anything and did not pay close attention. In the EVP literature we read that early experiences in recording spirit are generally of whispers. This whisper would probably be in what is called class C, meaning recorded language that will often be understood in different ways by different people. Still people will recognize that they are hearing a voice. I have understood this part of the audio in 2 or 3 different ways myself. (But only as to the ending.) At the moment of writing I understand it to say, “I am here now, Opa.” That makes sense in the context of my asking Doris if she were there. This is a pretty strong answer to that question.
Using an audio manipulation program called Audacity (open source and freely available) it is possible to enhance this snippet of audio in many ways. Below here I am pasting a screenshot from the Audacity program of the same 5 seconds or so of audio expanded to more easily distinguish its components by converting the waveform to spectrogram so that we see the intensities of the sound located according to their frequencies, low frequencies at the bottom and the higher frequencies higher up. Visualizing the sound in this way does not change the sound in any way. In this spectrogram red indicates a more intense sound and blue a sound less intense. It is easy to associate the words “I am here now” with 3 clumps of higher frequency blue beginning at about 12 seconds. And then “Opa,” with the fainter, later two voice prints (14.5).
Since the more intense frequencies in red, especially in the lower or right channel, are mostly noise, we can apply noise reduction and see if that improves the clarity of the voice.
The next spectrogram gives us a passing car outside whose sound slowly increases both in frequency and intensity until right at the end we hear or I should say, I hear the shouted word “Yes!” This is the part of the recording that first attracted my attention. The Yes is quite sharply articulated and rather loud in the context, a fact made all the more strange to me because during the recording, my office and I were entirely silent. Of course the Yes definitely also answers my question, “Are you there?” While this seems very clear to me, many of my friends do not agree that this is the word “Yes.” That’s why this is a class C EVP.
Another peculiar feature of this spectrogram is the high blue lines that appear at about 28.5 seconds. When playing the entire 24 to 30 second sequence above, it is not easy to realize that there is another whispered message in those high blue lines. In the margin to the right, I will place those lines extracted and so isolated from the other sounds. The phrase I hear at this point also occurs in the documentary Calling Earth in another context, but as EVP. I’ll put what I hear in this endnote1. I should also make note of the fact that in the EVP literature it is often mentioned that more than one voice, that is voices from more than one person, are commonly heard.
The presence of strange clicks is perhaps even more puzzling than the presence of voices. At least if one has read about EVP, one can expect whispered voices and even much stronger and clearer voices. But clicks like these are new to me. Although it may be that voices are hidden in them in some way, I think myself it is more likely that the sounds derived from some spirit-
Apart from the clicks, I find various whispers later in the recording. But these are uncertain, and in my experience I can find an “I love you” one day and come back to the same place another day and not be able to hear it or even hear something quite different. Here is an instance of “I love you” that I hear today.
Because of the uncertainties of these readings, I omit to provide more. But the interested reader can download the sound files and look for them herself.
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1 – “Be a voyager.”