Apparent Spirit communications have been received for many years on electronic recording and communication devices. Cassette recorders, telephones, telephone answer machines, radios, televisions and computers have all taken it upon themselves to deliver some sort of message. At times random, at times sustained over a prolonged period. This is an area of research that can be fascinating to those who are prepared to spend the time to analyse the recorded material and experiment to obtain and improve on their results. It would also be well suited to those who like to fabricate and experiment with electronic devices.
Electronic Voice Phenomena (or EVP)
Probably the most widely know area of this research. Its most famous exponent was the Latvian psychologist and philosopher, Konstantin Raudive, who amassed a huge library of recordings which resulted in an equally huge volume entitled “Breakthrough.” His work followed in the footsteps of Friedrich Jurgenson, a Swedish artist and producer of documentary films who actually discovered the phenomena. This was then expanded upon by Professor, Hans Bender of the University of Freidburg, Germany.
In the case of tape recorders, the messages seem to appear on the recording when the recorder is left in record mode within a quiet environment. It would be reasonable to assume that all that would normally be recorded would be tape ‘hiss’ caused through the mechanical action of the tape passing over the recording head. With appropriate motivation, e.g. asking for communication to be demonstrated, voices can sometimes be made out. These are classified by three ratings: Loud and clear- interpreted the same by all listeners. Reasonably clear – interpreted differently by some listeners. Requiring headphones to distinguish the voices and open to individual interpretation. Obviously, the last two are rather ambiguous.
Instrumental Transcommunication (or ITC)
However, some are working with much more expensive and professional equipment than domestic portable recorders and they are obtaining clearer results by employing digital signal processor audio filters. Others are working with computers that are connected to sensitive receiving devices that pick up faint electrical pulses and patterns that would otherwise be indiscernible.
The Scole Experimental Group worked with a version of this type of device named the ‘Germanium Device’ The design of which was given to them by their Spirit Team in a freehand drawing along a roll of unopened film! Although utilising a small amount of this rare (and expensive) material as the receiver crystal the device was constructed and the connector lead plugged into a regular cassette recorder mic input socket. When in operation during their experimental sittings the set up produced quite audible voices. It must be made clear that this was not a microphone and was incapable of recording physical human voice. But it was an instrument that, when tuned, was sensitive enough to pick up the vibrational influence of those wishing to communicate.
Computers seem to offer yet another device that is open to influence. There was one quite well publicised case of the chap who had a deceased former incumbent of the cottage in which he lived communicating through his PC. Another incident investigated by the Society of Psychical Research involved incorrect letters being employed on a persons computer spell checker. He couldn’t understand why the spell check kept getting things wrong, until he realised that a meaningful message was being given using the incorrectly applied words.
Transdimensional Communications (or TDC)
The Scole Experimental Group conducted a number of successful projects that can be termed as TDC one of which was named project ‘Alice’ by their Spirit workers. The experiment involved creating a ‘psychomantium’ utilising a video camera and two mirrors with the camera effectively behind one mirror, so that it could catch and reflect electron luminosity back towards the other mirror, thus, a visual loop was formed. The purpose of which was to help create a doorway through which Spirit forms could be captured by the video recorder as they manifested. Precise measurements and proportions were given, but this is the essence of how the equipment was set up.
The experiments were run in the groups cellar, in light and totally dark conditions. With a little adjustment and further Spirit guidance, they achieved results in both environments. The resulting moving images displayed scenes and beings that had never been witnessed by the group before. Along with their other still camera and film images, these images are quite remarkable.
On a personal footnote, although not fortunate enough to have been able to experience sitting with the Scole Group at the time, the writer knows people who did. I was also fortunate enough to have been able to attend one of the last Scole Lectures by those involved in the five year experiment. At which the evidence, pictures and film were displayed for all to see. The venue being the beautiful Scole Inn. (which is next to the house in which the experiments were conducted) In its day, a coaching inn during the time of horse drawn transport, sitting beside the old main road between Norwich and London. It is reputed to have been the haunt of a local highwayman, who would ride straight through the large front door and up the broad staircase to evade capture. Nothing to do with the Scole Experiment, but a nice anecdote. Montague Keen, one of the SPR researchers involved during the Scole sittings also delivered a series of excellent, illustrated, lectures on his findings which I was able to attend.
This article is part of our Paranormal series.
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