Talking to the dead, voices from beyond the veil. Is it really possible to hear the spoken words of the deceased? We look in brief at Edison, delve into early EVPs, research of Konstantin Raudive, Telephone calls from the dead and the history of Spiricom. In the redeux of Sounds from the veil from Beyond The Line Issue 4.
Looking back through the history books
Thomas Edison during his life saw a need for technology to connect to the other side. Spiritualism was growing and then when the science community were also looking with curious eyes – looking to develop a means by which spirits might try to contact us. Depending on who you read and who you talk to, he strove to make contact through some sort of phonograph device in the mid 1890s. Then, in the late 1920s, he tried to make contact with the souls of the departed by means of some sort of special chemical equipment. It is claimed that spirit voices were first captured on phonograph records in the year 1938, which was seven years after he left his mortal coil.
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Whilst not a reality, imagine if that were true? In our early podcasts you can listen to the “Ghost in the machine” audio feature where we report on a first hand account of a mother whose five year old was playing, as children do, when he said “The phone is ringing”, though the mother admitted she couldn’t hear it. She said, playing along “Are you going to answer it then?” Her son went and did so, the lady had headed into the kitchen to check on the dinner and called back to her boy
“So who is on the phone?”.
Her son replied “It’s grandma”
“What does she want?”
“She wants to talk to you, she wants to say goodbye”.
His mother took the phone and anxiously put it to her ear, but she heard nothing. I can only imagine what was going through her mind. She explained that her mother had died five years earlier, whilst she was pregnant. She had never told her son about grandma, as she felt he was too young to understand concepts like death. He had not even mentioned her name until that moment.
So perhaps there is a way for spirits to use the phone?
“Telephone calls from the dead” by Cal Cooper is worthy modern reading. The question of does this really happen was looked at in detail in 1979, in a book entitled Phone Calls from the Dead, written by D. Scott Rogo and Raymond Bayless. Thirty years on, Cal Cooper takes up the mantle of research into the subject of anomalous telephone communication. New reports, experiences and accounts have been researched, new history has been considered, new findings are presented and alternative theories for how such events take place are discussed.
Keeping with the theme of the passed over speaking to us directly, without the middle person of a medium.
Let’s imagine for a moment that you are the dead person, that your body has died, but your conscious mind is aware and lives on. You are as they say an “energy field” you will want to tell people, especially the friends and family you have and prove to them you still exist! What would you do?
Firstly you wouldn’t have a voice box therefore you cannot speak. You have no limbs nor any means of moving things. Perhaps you could you reach the people you love and want to nudge by interference with devices that rely upon other energy fields, a light, a radio or tape recorder as good examples.
Personally would like to see the getting rid of the yes and no, one rap two raps in favour of Morse code!
What if you were able to generate some kind of sound on a tape recorder, would anyone even detect it, or pay attention if they did? Bringing us nicely to electromagnetic voice phenomena or EVP.
It was with Friedrich Jürgenson who lived from 1903 to 1987 that the studying of EVP began, Jürgenson was a man of many interests an archaeologist, a philosopher, a linguist, a painter, a singer and recording artist, and a film maker. Jürgenson’s interest in Electronic Voice Phenomena apparently began quite by accident when recording bird songs with a tape recorder for film sound effects, when he played his recording he could hear human voices on the tapes, even though there had been no one in the vicinity of when he did the recordings. This as you might guess naturally piqued his interest, and he turned his attention to making more recordings, recordings specifically made with no one around. Yet he continued to detect voices on these tapes, and his studies led to the 1964 publication of his book Rosterna fran Rymden in Europe, “Voices from Space”. It is said he began to recognize some of the voices that his tapes had picked up, he was knocked for six when his mother, deceased for a number of years, called him in her voice and began using her pet nickname for him!
It seemed natural to him to assume that she was communicating from beyond the grave. Thus, he came to the conclusion that all the voices that he had recorded were voices of the dead, In 1967, he published a new book: “Radio-link with the Dead”, a title I found under the original name “Sprechfunk mit Verstorbenen” available for around seven euros.
Dr Konstantin Raudive (1906-1974), a student of Carl Jung, a psychologist who taught at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, read Jürgenson’s book, “Voices from space”, and was so impressed by it that he arranged to meet Jürgenson. He then worked with Jürgenson to make some EVP recordings in controlled environments, but their first efforts bore very little although they believed that they could hear very weak voices. Raudive in later experiments was impressed by a personal message which he goes into great detail in his book “Breakthough” that encouraged him to spend the rest of his years researching and working with EVP.
EVP has moved forward, mainly with its accessibility to make recordings, thanks to developments in technology and electrical device manufacturing. Reel to reel to cassette to digital storage media, digital and tape based dictaphones are tools of the trade in the modern day ghost researchers tool kit. The general consensus to using them on an investigation is either leaving them recording in a room known to have activity, or by a conducted session where questions would be asked with around twenty seconds time given to receive an answer before the next question.
A somewhat forgotten chapter in EVP is the Spiricom device which had five incarnations, Mk 1 – Mk 5 respectively each a major improvement over the other previous design. developed during the 60s ’til officially ending in 82.
Research for Spiricom came from the “Metascience Foundation”, formerly based in Franklin, North Carolina, on the development of a system of communication with the dead. Two inventors, George W. Meek and William J. O’Neil, supposedly developed a machine containing sophisticated audio electronics that allowed actual two-way conversation with the afterlife. They called it Spiricom. Unlike EVP, where an investigator has to wait and playback a recording to hear disembodied voices, the Spiricom device allowed real-time two-way communication (or “Direct Voice”) from beyond the grave. The project was officially defined as “An electromagnetic-etheric systems approach to communications with other levels of human consciousness”. The theory was, if a ghost could record itself to magnetic media such as video cassette or audio tape via manipulating electromagnetic frequencies, the entity could manipulate the electromagnetic fields produced by the Spiricom machine and create a synthetic voice over a speaker through the oscillator of the noise generator.Which in theory makes a sort of sense, but yielded varying results, though nothing conclusive, It is said proponents insist that the best reported contact was on April 16, 1980. Meeks and O’Neil claimed they were able to talk to a very clear voice of a deceased physicist, Dr. George Jeffries Mueller, who died on May 31, 1967 from a heart condition. Mueller claimed he was once an associate professor of engineering and mathematics at Orange Coast College, in Costa Mesa, California, and had also worked for a time with NASA. Mueller had existed and worked exactly where he claimed, which they went and found out afterwards. Mueller’s voice sounded like a robot, buzzing through hissing background noise. Over time, his appearances/voice became sporadic and eventually ceased thus research in Spiricom ended. It must be said that amateur investigators on the wiki site of the Spiricom device claim to have had success using the design.
There are dialogues and sound clips of conversations of the spiricom http://www.worlditc.org/k_06_spiricom.htm
So what are your thoughts on Electromagnetic Voice Phenomena?