would like to tell you how easy and simple that I found
my initiation into EVP, As a hardened English skeptic, I
was sure that after reading so much about the subject that
the only way to test the validity of it was to try it.
1) Can you tell us about the first time you tried for EVP It was in July of 2003 just after
the celebration of my Golden Wedding Anniversary to Annie.
I had received a silver trophy award from Poetry.com early
in that month for poems I had written about Annie and it
was on the following day I decided to try an EVP contact
at my daily graveside visit. I used a Grundig analogue mini-tape
machine. I played it back when I got home, and almost immediately,
I thought I heard the word, "Celebrity," in the
playback noise. As Annie had passed away during a respite
visit to a nursing home, I had no chance to say goodbye.
The first word that was on the recording was, "Goodbye,"
and then followed by, "Happy, you are my celebrity
John." I was stunned by this and felt my whole self
vibrate with nervous shock. There came more words, but it
was difficult to remove all the background noise due to
2 ) Where
did you go from there? From
the start I would mentally tell Annie when I was about to
record and her voice would appear almost as soon as I pressed
the record button.I learned to do it better by experimentation
and persistence, and following advice from the books of
others that seemed genuine. After establishing contact I
was guided by words from Annie, for instance when I changed
to a digital recorder the first thing she said was "Yes
that’s the one John". She also advised me to
mute the mic, because it was too loud, so I placed my thumb
over it and kept my voice to a whisper, low when recording.
This resulted in our voices being of a similar magnitude
when played back. This method gives me a good recording
but it is up to the individual to experiment in this way.
3) So what method do you use now?
I now use a digital
Olympic W-10. I have used the digital Olympus w-10 recorder
since almost the beginning because it has a U.S.B. output
enabling you to transfer the recorded data straight into
to extract noise. The noise is minimal but there are occasional
heavy clips and pops caused, I believe, by atmospheric static.
The method used is one advised by Annie, and entails holding
a finger over the microphone face to mute any heavy background
noise. I find the quietest place in the house, and as advised
by Annie, use my voice as in whispered mode almost matching
her own level. This may sound unusual but it gives the best
4) Have you tried recording direct to your computer
using a sound editing program? I have tried use
to P.C. as a 'detector' as they call it but I find the noise
levels too high for clear reception.
5 ) When do you record? During
the first few months I would be able to contact her for
about 8 hours in a day, the times being advised by her.
These periods were reduced as time went by where she would
reply that she was busy, then she said she was working.
For a while I was only able to contact her at about 2.30
P.M, daily for about half an hour after which she told me
she had to ‘go back.’ I found that times would
change sometimes without warning. For the past year
I have been able to contact her pretty much at any time.
It is common to have 3/4 dozen recordings a day with Annie.
We speak of personal things, yet many times she says she
is present with me wherever I am and even describes what
I am doing and what is around me as if she is right there
6) Are other people able to understand your EVP
recordings? I find E.V.P recordings extremely subjective. Lots
of people, even my brother, can't make head nor tail out
of them and I have listened to many others from the internet
without being able to understand a word of them. Almost
all recordings come through as Class two/three as in Sarah
Estep's book. It is most unusual to get a Class one. Probably
because the people on the other side do not have the same
ability to use vocal chords as we do. Almost always the
voices come in loud and then tail of but just before they
end the amplitude ( loudness) will increase. You have to
examine closely the quieter passages because there may be
a message attenuated that is worth amplifying.
You have to remember that most recordings are personal communications-
My recordings have always been a personal communication
between Annie and me. After living with Annie for so long
I have her 'voiceprint' embedded in my mind so obviously
I usually understand what she is saying, although at times
I have to replay them over again. I did not really intend
to share them with anyone but was motivated when I saw on
your website another man who was making regular EVP contact
with his wife and thought my story might help someone else.
The following day I took the car into the local garage for
a brake check and the engineer later said that the rear
brake cylinder rubbers had burst covering the linings with
oil leaving the car in a dangerous condition. WOW!!
b) On another occasion she asked me to
go and help our grandson with a lift home from school because
of a poorly foot. I phoned my daughter living a couple of
miles away and she said she had already picked him up. It
turned out that he did have a very sore foot with an ingrown
c) One one occasion I had some friends visit me from a local
Spiritualist Church to watch how I did evp. The next day
I got through to Annie and she told me my friend had been
secretly recording on his mobile in his pocket. I had no
idea about this so I phoned him and raised the matter and
he sheepishly admitted to trying to get an E.V.P. of his
9) What advice would you give someone
who wants to try EVP for themselves?
It is from my own experience to find a quiet place to record
and try to do this at the same place each day until you
get a connection.
An experienced operator will be able to get a connection
at any time or any place in time. I have even been able
to contact Annie in a noisy hospital ward. She has told
me that it is not easy for them either due to the energy
required, so do not make it last too long.
Do not spend a lot of money on your first recorder before
you get a contact. I can use any recorder now and get a
result. It seems to me that the key is the amount of emotion
in your attitude because the essence is feelings. Of course
Love is the most powerful of all but be prepared for a terrific
shock when you make your first contact, because what you
have achieved is beyond the bounds of scientific understanding
Working with e.v.p.recording
is better (I find) wearing headphones, for obvious reasons.
When playing back recordings after noise removal always
play using the same program used the remove the noise. Windows
Media Player may not have the same playback characteristics.
Just keep it simple.Believe in yourself and
be patient. Try lots of different methods to find the one
that works for you. There
are no hard and fast rules about this so do not let anyone
put you off.