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Can You Hear Me Now?

A Journey Into the World of EVP/ITC


By Trey Hudson



Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC) is the use of electronic equipment to communicate with or record unknown or extra dimensional entities.  ITC uses many different types of equipment and phenomologies such as digital audio recording, analog audio recording, radios, telephones, computers, fax machines, video cameras, televisions, and others.


Capturing Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) is a type of ITC.  Since, at the present time, the OPS team is primarily working on audio ITC, I will focus on EVP and audio ITC.


It is believed that there are three types of EVPs, Transform, Opportunistic and Environmentally Stimulated.


Transform EVP.  This is the process were available audio energy, such as white noise, is transformed into EVPs.


Opportunistic EVP.  This is usually done by sweeping a radio dial and having words or portions of words transformed into speech.  Another form of this type uses electronic created allophones, the 72 basic sounds of human speech, randomly selected and projected by a computer program.  These bits and pieces are then formed into speech.


Environmentally Stimulated EVP.  A cutting edge effort that uses various environmental changes such as light, EMF, voltage and other factors as a catalyst and changes the variances into electrical impulses that are converted into sounds and hopefully speech.


EVP is not a recent practice; it has been around, either conceptually or as a reality, for at least 80 years. 


In 1877, Thomas invented the phonograph and later went on to develop other wonders such as the incandescent light bulb, fluoroscopy, and the carbon microphone.  He was truly one of the foremost technical minds of his time.


In 1920, during an interview Edison was asked about using technology to contact the dead, as the spiritualist movement was in full swing.  He replied

If our personality survives, then it is strictly logical and scientific to assume that it retains memory, intellect, and other faculties and knowledge that we acquire on this earth. Therefore, if personality exists after what we call death, it's reasonable to conclude that those who leave this earth would like to communicate with those they have left here.. . . I am inclined to believe that our personality hereafter will be able to affect matter. If this reasoning be correct, then, if we can evolve an instrument so delicate as to be affected, or moved, or manipulated . . . by our personality as it survives in the next life, such an instrument, when made available, ought to record something.(It might) be possible to construct an apparatus which will be so delicate that if there are personalities in another existence or sphere who wish to get in touch with us in this existence or sphere, this apparatus will at least give them a better opportunity to express themselves than the tilting tables and raps and Ouija boards and mediums and the other crude methods now purported to be the only means of communication."

 The concept of modern ITC was born.


In 1936, A Californian man named Attila von Szalay began recording strange, unworldly voices on phonograph records.  Later, in the 1950s, he and Raymond Bayless used magnetic reel to reel recorders to capture many EVPs.  Their findings were published in the Journal of the American Society for Physical Research. The field, however, was still relatively obscure.


In 1959 this all changed.  Swedish film producer, Friedrich Jurgenson, was recording the sounds of song birds on his tape recorder.  When he played the recordings back, he was shocked to hear human voices when no other human had been present during the sessions.  In 1964, Jurgenson wrote Voices from the Universe.


Dr. Konstantin Raudive, a Latvian psychologist, while a student of Jurgenson, expanded the research on what had become known as “Raudive Voices”. 


Raudive wrote Breakthrough, an Amazing Experiment in Electronic Communication with the Dead in 1968 and Colin Smyth a publisher from the United Kingdom, had it translated into English and published in 1971.


EVPs had hit the mainstream and parapsychology was never the same.


Up to this point, all of the communications were recorded using basic analog magnetic tape recorders and was one sided.  This was about to change with Spiricom.


The year was 1979; George Meek and Bill O’Neal built a transceiver to the other side and christened it SPIRICOM.  Spiricom consisted of a device generating 13 specific acoustic sound waves (131, 141, 151, 241, 272, 282, 292, 302, 415, 433, 515, 653, and 701 Hz) and HF radio signals 29-31 MHz. 


With the device, they were able to contact the presumed spirit of Dr. George Mueller, a former physics instructor at Cornell who had died in 1967.  Dr. Mueller spent over 20 hours communicating with O’Neal and Meek and assisted them with the engineering expertise to improve the Spiricom. 


Unfortunately in 1982 Spiricom went silent.  Many attempts have been made in constructing Spricom like devices in order to achieve Meek’s amazing results.  Sadly, all further attempts by other researchers failed to establish any contact.


In 2002, an unassuming man from Colorado changed this, his name is Frank Sumpton.  After a few years of working with traditional EVP methods, Sumpton developed something new.  He called his device simply “Frank’s Box”.


It was a device that is a random volt generator that scans low band electro-magnetic frequencies such as AM radio.  It takes these raw materials and filters, amplifies and rectifies them into high quality white noise.  The by-product is used for two-way ITC.


Last year it was discovered that a simple modification can be done to an inexpensive Radio Shack radio that will allow it to frequency scan the AM/FM bands and produce similar results.


OPS has recently begun experimenting with both the frequency hopping radio shack radio and the synthetic allophones for real time ITC.  We have been pleased and surprised at the results.


Whether you are a believer or skeptic, ITC techniques should be part of every team’s investigative toolbox.


For more information about ITC and EVP visit these excellent resources: