Ghosts And The Spirit World

What Is An EVP?

I am fairly new to reading about ghosts and the paranormal. Earlier this morning I read a story on another site and the person was talking about an EVP and a demon that was talking to him. I was like WHAT? IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?

Now I am real interested to know if EVPs are real and if so then what in the world are they and how would a regular person be able to make one?

Sorry if my question seems dumb. Before this morning I had never heard of EVP

Asked by Amanda

3 replies on “What Is An EVP?”

Hi Amanda

Electronic voice phenomena (EVP) are electronically generated noises that resemble speech, but are supposedly not the result of intentional voice recordings or renderings. Common sources of EVP include static, stray radio transmissions, and background noise. Recordings of EVP are often created from background sound by increasing the gain (i.e. sensitivity) of the recording equipment.

Interest in EVP surrounds claims that it is of paranormal origin, although many occurrences have had natural explanations including apophenia (finding significance in insignificant phenomena), auditory pareidolia (interpreting random sounds as voices in one’s own language), equipment artifacts, and hoaxes.

Parapsychologist Konstantin Raudive, who popularized the idea, described EVP as typically brief, usually the length of a word or short phrase.

There are plenty of equipment available that supposedly captures ghost talk. In fact, we’ve had a discussion on this board about them before. I’ve had a quick search but can’t find it at the mo but will post a link if I do come across it.

Personally, I think short-wave radio, that most of these gizmo’s seem to use, is far too unreliable to be able to say for certain whether the audible noise is that of a ghost or whether it is interference from elsewhere, such as something else using radio waves.

After all, ghosts can talk in your ear or in your head, so why would they bother with new-fangled technology?


Morning AJ,

Hello Amanda,

Less complicated explanation 🙂 … EVP’s are noises, words or comments recorded on some sort of item, such as a tape recorder, digital or otherwise and mobile phone (message bank) or house phone answering machines. They can be voices of people that you recognise who have died. They can be sounds like screams or crying, or other noises associated with ghosts in the house of the person doing the recording, or, in the case of ghost hunters, on their recording devices when they are in a house they suspect is haunted.

You have to take the equipment home, load the recording onto your computer (much easier now we have digital recorders) and then listen very, very closely, and don’t let your imagination run away with you. You CANNOT have a conversation with a ghost or demon in this form, because generally any comments recorded are not audible on the tape until you remove other sounds by editing, or perhaps simply adjusting the volume (up). Sometimes things are very clear, mostly there’s a lot of guess work involved.

Next: you cannot EVP with a Ghost Radar, Franks Boxes, or Spirit boxes .. which are all different names for much the same thing. They pick up radio signals and the ‘ghosts’ or spirits, use them to send messages. Now, I love mine, although its never been as fantastic as the very personal experience I had at a haunted house some friends and I visited, when my son who would have been 28 when it happened, came through so clearly, so precisely, that there was no mistaking that it was him, in single words .. which is all the Radar is capable of producing, to make it known to everyone that he was there. The Ghost Radar does not record anything, it simply reproduces words it picks up. That was an amazing night all around, for various reasons, and I hadn’t ‘seen’ him for 10 years. I still smile to think about it and that was last year.. hmm.. year before last?

As AJ says, since some of us can actually ‘hear’ ghosts and other entities, we don’t really need toys, but it can be very interesting to get EVP’s but also create a great deal of trouble if the person gets obsessed with it and spends far too much time trying to make ghosts talk. I know of one lady who used to scream at them and demand they talk into her recorder .. I did remind her that ghosts are just people without bodies, and respond better to politeness .. but whatever.

The person that said they had a chat with demon through an evp .. they didn’t, not in ‘real’ time. What some researchers will do is ask questions, then leave a 10 second gap (or longer) after each question, so the ghost can respond, so it sounds like a conversation, but it isn’t really. And how did they know it was a demon? .. these days everything seems to be identified as demonic, when it really isn’t. There are nasty ghosts out there, and husky voices and nasty sounding ones. And most people, if they ever met a real demon, would run like hell and abandon their devices, and so they should.

In my opinion, EVPS can be real, but not every sound reproduced is a word or sentence, although our minds would like to turn them into a conversation. There’s also the odd thing of having three different people listen to a recording and get three different sentences out of the same group of ‘sounds’ .. that’s what I mean by your ‘mind’ wanting to turn the sounds into words. That also happened to me, when a friend did a recording and sent it to both me and her husband to comment on .. we did .. and could never agree with what we think we might have heard.

I don’t recommend people do EVPs, unless you just put the recorder in a room and walk away and come back 30 minutes later. If you sit and try and talk to whatever is in the room, you are feeding it your energy, and that is nothing healthy. It might play, it might not, but you are going to be feeling very tired, and probably very cold, even on a warm night, afterwards. And then there’s the problem of developing an obsession with conversing with the dead. They really aren’t that interesting to talk to …

Love & Peace
Ama Nazra