Audio is utilized in a paranormal investigation to capture sounds which investigators cannot source and to capture electronic voice phenomena – the term traditionally used to describe unexpected sounds or voices sometimes found on recording media. EVP may be indicative of paranormal activity, however EVP may be prompted by different means. This protocol is designed to capture EVP during different situations in order to determine
- 1. Do spirits communicate through electronic manipulation?
- 2. Does conversation amongst investigators create more instances of EVP?
- 3. Does absolute silence affect the frequency, and clarity of EVP?
- 4. Are spirits choosey about who they communicate with?
Digital or analog recording device, batteries, spare batteries at least three sets, tapes if using analog – enough to cover the entire investigation, external microphone (required for analog/optional for digital)
- At the beginning of each EVP session, each investigator will state his or her name for audio to provide a sample of their voice for comparison later, and to capture their presence for the record.
- EVP work will consist of a series of pre-scripted questions.
- There should be no less than 2 audio recorders running in a location where capturing EVP is attempted.
- The lead investigator in each team will ask the pre-scripted questions first and sometimes other investigators will also ask questions (done to verify whether spirits will speak one person over another or if they communicate more with males or females).
- All questions will be asked in a normal conversational tone.
- There will be a pause of no less than 5 seconds and no more than 60 seconds between questions.
- After each question is asked there will be a significant pause where all investigators should remain still and silent.
- After the period of silence, there can be conversation or a continuance of the EVP session at which time silence is expected.
- When all questions are completed and no other investigator has any further questions the EVP session will be announced to be closed and conversation may take place.
- It is recommended that each team has a least one investigator that is male and one that is female.
If, during EVP work an audible response is to occur (rapping, knocking, etc.) it is expected that EVP protocol will be abandoned to an extent. The person asking the questions will change their course of questioning to elicit more active responses.
- All investigators should stay within eye shot of the video camera during this time to validate that no investigator is causing the phenomena. Pictures can be taken around the areas where the activity is occurring to help document the experience. If activity does not include solicited response type activity – the questioning investigator should state for audio – “We will begin gathering readings at this time” Temperature, EMF, and other readings will be captured and documented.
During EVP Work it is very important that all investigators remain as still as possible and as quiet as possible. If an external noise is heard; or an investigator shifts, sighs, makes a body noise; the interviewer should verbally remark for audio.